AMERICAN singer songwriter Nell Bryden kicked off a tremendous night of entertainment at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff last night.

The singer was first on stage in support of Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on their annual visit to the city.

Nell, from New York, has a powerful mesmerising voice. Her haunting Sirens song from her 2012 album Shake The Tree is her tribute to the victims of the 9/11 disaster which shattered America and the rest of the world.

She also revealed she lost her hair two years ago because of stress but it hasn't deterred her and if anything she feels stronger as her song Second Time from the album of the same name is testament too.

She was the perfect opening to what followed as Jools bounced on stage with his entourage to fill the huge arena with hits which had the audience up on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

Special guest performer on this autumn/winter tour is former Spice girl Melancie C who is obviously having a great time.

She belted out several hits including the song made popular by Chrissie Hynde with back up from Jools and co - 'Don't Get Me Wrong' and the Stevie Wonder hit I Wish.

She is a terrific singer and looks comfortable as a solo artist strutting her stuff with the fantastic back up from Jools and his orchestra.

There was also several old favourites from long time backing singer Louise Marshall but it was obvious the audience were waiting for the larger than life performer Ruby Turner to take hold of the stage and make it her own.

Up on our feet, dancing for what seemed like ages and just having a good time, Ruby had the crowds cheering and clapping and calling for more.

She is terrific. Going to a Jools concert is like going to a party with your best mates.

He is like an old friend on stage - I've seen him the last three years - and come away thinking he can't better that - but he does, every time.

Terrific, wonderful, a fabulous night's entertainment! Gushing? Maybe, but I don't care.

Roll on next year when this great show will hopefully be making another return visit.

Review by Gina Robertson