Zee Gachette invited the audience on stage. The whole audience. The peripheries between performance and reality had already been blurred by that point and so everyone squeezed themselves between musicians. Getting down and funky in the middle of the band made sense that night.
Which made me realise, you don’t watch Zee, you experience her. Her band was loud enough for a world stage, her voice a fifth instrument. A born performer, she gives her all whether playing for a festival or in a back street pub.
Headlining ‘The Old Market Presents’ she seemed possessed by some demon, yet somehow in full command of her band and audience who were under her spell. It seemed impossible that she had kept herself a relative secret despite the sheer energy and charisma that drove this wall of psychedelic rock.
At the end, she left the groove to ‘marinade’ with us and then let it stew entirely as the band left and the instruments remained, still resonating. This fusion of music and cooking was no doubt a result of her half Trinidadian roots.
She is the granddaughter of saxophonist Al Timothy who composed the famous ‘Kiss Me Honey, Honey’, and from whom she must have inherited some serious chops. Having collaborated with the likes of Beverley Knight and Meshell Ndegeocello to name but a few, her band now consists of Diogenes Bapisttella and Sebastien Heintz (lead guitar), Lee Spreadbury and Carly Bryant (Keys), Mark Moonshine (Bass), Nikolaj Bjerre and Roo Robertson (Drums).