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Thursday 21 August 2014

Leo Sayer still in fine form nearly four decades on

Crowd-pleaser: Leo Sayer

Leo Sayer began his Ulster Hall concert on Saturday night by reminiscing about his debut gig in Belfast, some 39 years ago.

"Is there anyone here aged 39?" he joked to the sold-out audience (including Sayer's 'long-lost' cousin from Fermanagh).

The tousle-haired hit-maker was on fine form as he delved in to his back catalogue for a crowd-pleasing two-and-a-half hours of bluesy pop-rock.

The Show Must Go On, Moonlighting and One Man Band got things off to a rousing start, with 65-year-old Sayer's voice in excellent shape.

New material like Saturday Girl and Pop Life stood up against classics such as You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try).

Guitarist Ronnie Johnson, Sayer announced, had been recruited after 10 years in Van Morrison's band.

"He's suffered enough," the singer quipped.

Spangly jackets, saucy wisecracks and sprightly dance moves were the order of the night.

But Sayer is clearly still having the time of his life after more than 40 years in the game.

"I reckon the next 40 years are going to be even better," he offered as a parting shot, sporting a grin as wide as his trademark mop is curly.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

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