We loved her thirty-five years ago so we absolutely knew we’d be in for a treat seeing Elkie Brooks live at the Theatre By The Lake in Keswick tonight – but to say that we enjoyed the night would be a colossal understatement: the star was the brightest and best in the firmament.
“I’ll be 71 in a couple of weeks”, the beloved entertainer confided, with that familiar gravelly voice that sends shivers up your spine. “I love you”, some bloke shouted. “I like you, too”, Elkie shot back, before storming into rocking the socks off a house full to bursting – breaking every known law of physical capability for most forty year olds let alone someone over seventy. This lady’s movement and energy defy description.
Known as one of Britain’s best loved entertainers, this power-house of a woman has ginorrrrmous presence and a repertoire that had us crying one moment and grinning like hyenas the next – with a band (vocal, drums, sax, guitar and bass) that was thrillingly felt as well as heard in every nook and cranny of the house!
Pearl’s a singer; Gasoline Alley; Lilac wine; We’ve got tonight … we didn’t want it to end. Knockout. Simply fabulous. Unmissable. Utterly outstanding. Wow – Elkie’s a singer!