Carmel Courtney at Lyttelton LibraryIt was perfect – serenaded by the soulful, conversational music of Carmel Courtney in the warm while the rain drummed on the roof. With a mix of her own compositions and a few covers, last Saturday’s performance was polished yet personal; Courtney’s first since the quake. At times mellow and expressive, sometimes fiery, but with just the right leavening dash of fun, Courtney’s voice kept her audience engaged and captured many more new arrivals as they popped in to find something of interest.

We couldn’t have asked forĀ  better.