Author: Yvonne Mitton
Susheela Raman and Sam Mills at The Stables, Wavendon, Buckinghanshire, UK.
I came to
Susheela Raman rather late in life ~ but better late than never in
this case ~ when she guested on
Su where I was immediately transfixed by her ‘lush, breathy voice’
on the track Ab-i Beka. On a cold Sunday night she, with her husband, Sam Mills,
impressively skillful on acoustic guitars, played to a small but truly
enthusiastic and appreciative audience in the up close and personal surroundings
of Johnny and Cleo’s Stables in the hinterlands of Milton Keynes.On stage there was a powerful and refreshing simplicity to their pairing ~
they had no other musicians with them and used only the minimum of tracks ~ but
they still made a totally involving and mesmerizing night of it, with that
acrobatic and throaty depth to her real woman’s voice that has something of the
dark and primeval about it. She moved seamlessly from emotive, traditionally
based songs to smooth cool jazz and was equally as exciting to watch as to
listen to, throwing
herself physically into the wilder, rocking renditions from
Music for Crocodiles and her earlier albums, making full use of
that amazing mane of hair.
She apologized before the encore for the frog in her throat ~ well, it must
have been some incredibly talented frog! ~ and then sinuously launched into the
most sexy, sensual and scary, scary version of Trust In Me from Disney’s Jungle
Book as it was never sung by the snake, Kaa!!!
I’ll never be able to look Mowgli in the eye again………………..