Michelle David and the Gospel Sessions at Vanslag

Hearing that Michelle David was coming to Vanslag with the Gospel Sessions was just the best. I mean: The Gospel Sessions in a former church, the ‘Cathedral of music’ ¬†of the North, it can’t get much better than that!

I saw the band once before at Swingin’ Groningen. It sounded great there, but it was outside and now it would be inside, the crowd -a massive turn up for this session in church- right up onto the stage and the promise of swinging gospel.

Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions – Click image for full set

The band has been around for a while. Paul Willemsen and Onno Smit long ago started Beans & Fatback, then came Lefties Soul Connection, where Michelle David got involved too and then they started the Gospel Sessions which is now onto it’s third album.

Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions – Click image for full set
Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions – Click image for full set

They don’t do old style Gospel, but have found their own way of music which adds the gorgeous musical style of Paul and Onno -greasy bluesy- to that magnificent voice of Michelle and the result is pure magic.

Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions – Click image for full set
Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions – Click image for full set

They played one long set and whoever wasn’t a believer in the beginning was converted in the end. The band gave it their all and then some. I really really hope the band enjoyed the location as much as the audience enjoyed the band and that they’ll return for another session. Miraculous stuff here…

Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions – Click image for full set