WHILE many people may have enjoyed the vocal talents of Curtis Stigers on Parkinson on TV a lucky crowd gathered at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth on Saturday to see the man himself.
Curtis and his three supporting musicians, Tri-Fi, played a combination of songs from his most recent albums, together with earlier works to keep all his fans happy.
And, as consummate professionals, the whole repertoire was delivered with seamless ease.
Highlights of the evening included Keep Me From The Cold, from the excellent Time Was album and two tracks from his latest release, Think It's Going To Rain Today.
Curtis responded to the warm and enthusiastic reception from a packed auditorium.
He gave a superb performance, his distinctive voice enhancing the lyrics of each song.
However, it was evident although his recent work was appreciated, it was his classics from the 80s - when he was being groomed for pop stardom - that people had come to hear.
Of his more recently- penned material two tracks stood out from the rest. They were Lullaby On The Hudson, written for his daughter, Ruby, on her first night home from the hospital, and Columbus Avenue, inspired by the first date with his wife.
Both songs brought home the incongruity of a quintessential New York artist appearing in this Yorkshire setting.
After the show Curtis spoke of how `lovely' and `cute' Holmfirth appeared, having spent the afternoon sightseeing - well, struggling to find the venue!
His parting comment was that he'd be back. We can't wait!