Review and pictures: The Three Degrees, Robin 2, Bilston

It was the perfect start to Saturday night as The Three Degrees brought that sweet soul music swinging into Bilston.

Review and pictures: The Three Degrees, Robin 2, Bilston

The Three Degrees perform at the Robin 2

If you were looking for something reminiscent of a seventies disco inferno then The Robin 2 was the place to be.

Prior to the sassy soulstresses taking to the stage, support came from former Britain’s Got Talent 2013 semi-finalist Rosie O’Sullivan from Streetly in Birmingham.

Her Adele-esque vocals warmed up the crowd as she belted out some of her favourite Motown hits and debut single ‘Do Your Thang’.   

Then it was time for The Three Degrees to take the temperature up even higher.

Dressed in identical black sparkly frocks it was clear from the start that these ladies were ready to shimmy their way through the hour long set with nothing less than crowd-stomping classics.

Performing in the powerful line-up was feisty frontwoman Helen Scott, who has been with the group since 1976, alongside Valerie Holiday - who has been with the Three Degrees since 1967 - and more recently signed-up member Freddie Pool.

As the trio kick started the evening with Shake Your Groove Thing, by RnB duo Peaches and Herb, their booming vocals encouraged the crowd to boogie along as they emphasised the lyric ‘we got the rhythm tonight’. 

And they sure did.

Throughout the show they twisted and turned their way around the stage even encouraging the audience to join in with their arm swishing dance moves.

Not only were their vocals on point but their banter was too. Before bursting into their 1974 hit Dirty Old Man, Valerie tried her best efforts to match-make the single ladies and gents by insisting that love was in the air.

Helen added: “It is Saturday right? And we are here with you as the longest running female trio in history and the music sounds good, you all look good and we want to see you move!”

The tempo was taken down a notch for one of their last and most popular songs – When Will I See You Again.

The Robin 2 sang and swayed in unison before erupting into dodgy disco moves and some dad dancing none-the-less for a hip-shaking rendition of the Earth, Wind and Fire classic Boogie Wonderland to end the night on a high.

“Tonight you have been a wonderful audience and you could have been anywhere else in the world but you chose to be here with us and for that we thank you,” Helen said.

Let’s hope it isn’t too long before we do see them again.

By Clare Butler

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