The Little March album and subsequent tour by Melbourne’s Shelley Segal and US guitarist and singer/songwriter, Adam Levy, is one of intimate storytelling, (sometimes) biographical lyrics and performances emphasizing the joy of this creative collaboration.

 

Both Shelley and Adam were warm & engaging performers; constantly bantering with the audience, providing backstories to songs & revealing how and why they teamed up.  Apparently, music producer and mutual friend, Tom Nichols, set them up on a “blind date” with Shelley still curious to know if she “looked like my profile pic?”

 

From there, they then spent a week in New York penning this album and the influence of the city is clearly evident. Together with Jonathan Zion on double bass and Tony Floyd on drums, they showcased a selection of theirs, hers & his songs as well as faithful renditions of both Ray Charles & Norah Jones classics.  Sometimes jazz, sometimes blues & sometimes folk, this musical dialogue was lapped up by the ever so appreciative hometown crowd.  Their obvious rapport and mutual respect translated to the stage and to the audience, with Bennetts Lane the ideal venue for such a gig.

 

Segal’s vocals ranged from almost the whimsical and childlike to sultry, smokey chanteuse, in particular on the tracks ‘Wiggle Room’ & ‘Forbidden’.  And Levy, aside from his renowned guitar prowess, was sporting a very fetching pair of spectacles & chunky knit.  Both which really appealed to my aesthetic sensibilities.

 

The encore and title track ‘Little March’ featuring her father, Danny Segal on violin, took on ethereal transcendental qualities and left the crowd definitely wanting more.