STRAIGHT from Motor City, well, via Newcastle, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas arrived in York in red spangled dresses to show, like their voices, not much has changed since their heyday in the Sixties.

The audience who were at first sat at the sides of the room soon headed towards the stage front where they could appreciate in full view the Motown legends before them.

A couple of songs in, we were treated to a cover of (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher. In between songs, Martha told anecdotes drawing on a wealth of experience and the different artists she have had the pleasure to spend time with such as Marvin Gaye.

She also offered thanks to the DJs she says catapulted Martha and The Vandellas to success by giving air-time to their hit single Heatwave, which they still perform with the same fiery passion they had when the song was first released 53 years ago.

Their vintage soul songs were performed with great support from their backing band, who were all given due credit throughout. From Jimmy Mack right through to the finale of Dancing In The Street, they did all their biggest hits and it is a great experience to be in the crowd to have the privilege of hearing this Motown legend.

While many artists can only dream of maintaining their level of vocal ability and showmanship after decades within the industry, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas do it with ease and it is reflective of their pure love for the music.