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- Posted on Jul 16th 2010 6:00AM by Jody Thompson
The flame-haired chanteuse credited her whooping audience for making her career as she played a one-off headlining local gig in the beautiful environs of the the 18th Century courtyard on the banks of the River Thames.
Appearing almost overwhelmed by the reception towards the end of the gig, Welch said, "Thanks so much to everyone here for all you support. I started here, and everyone of you have helped me get where I am, so thank you. Thank you London!"
The statuesque redhead then admitted that she'd almost had a wardrobe malfunction when she nearly fell out of the billowing white floor-length hooded vintage frock she sported during the gig.
But before her heart-felt thank-you to her hometown and nearly exposing a breast, Welch played a consummately tight set drawing from her chart-topping UK debut album 'Lungs,' before getting the sold-out crowd throwing their hands in the air with her hits including 'Dog Days are Over,' 'Rabbit Heart (Raise -t Up)' and her rousing cover of Candi Staton's 'You've Got the Love.'
Gigs coming up in the Somerset House Summer Series include Corinne Bailey Rae on Friday, July 16, the Divine Comedy on Saturday and Soul II Soul on Sunday.
Welch, meanwhile, is back out on her world tour before heading back to the UK for the V Festival on Aug. 21 in Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Aug. 22 in Staffordshire's Weston Park.