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Gina Dootson

The Red Shed, Wakefield
Saturday 8 July 2006

Gina Dootson quite comfortably falls under the category of 'rock chick' rather than folkie singer-songwriter. She always throws herself into her performance and gives 110%, even a good few months into pregnancy,  hammering both her Gibson and Lowden guitars to near death, with such well crafted songs as Dinner on Mars, Wrapped and Falling At Your Feet. The Red Shed was not full to the rafters as is usually the case (July is traditionally the time of year when the regulars go on their jollys), but it seemed packed. The enthusiastic audience rocked throughout Gina's two sets, and during the more 'anthemic' power ballads towards the end of the night. No one got away with the ritual arm linking around the room, instigated by one or two of Gina's more enthusiastic followers from Hartlepool. Gina introduced a handful of new songs tonight as well as some well chosen material from her debut solo album 3am Generation. There were one or two covers in there too, Tracy Chapman's Talking 'Bout A Revolution, Dolly Parton's Jolene and of all things, Dylan's Blowing In The Wind as an encore. A good enjoyable night.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky