However, for someone who did not bring an old vinyl record with him to the club and came solely to hear Ian sing her nice songs, this meeting-like approach was not problem-free. The stories Ian told about her mother, Joan Baez, the ups and downs of her career and about what it's like to be a lesbian in conservative America were amusing and touching, but they were stories, talk. It is not entirely clear why this singer, who knows how to tell her life story in song in such a moving, wise and captivating way, feels a need to also tell this story between the songs. If she had skipped three or four stories there would have been time for three or four more songs and a smoother musical flow, without verbal interruptions.
Those are the only reservations. As meeting-like as it was, it was in the end a concert. Ian is not just a gifted songwriter - she is also a fantastic singer. Except for a few hints of effort when going to a high register, her voice has kept amazingly well, and her singing was a fine example of comfortable, precise presentation of the highest musical caliber and full of emotion. Ian is also an excellent guitarist, although when I saw her in concert in New York over 10 years ago her playing was more intense and impressive.