Monday, 19 December 2016

PAPPY'S PRESENTS: SECRET DUDES SOCIETY @ Soho Theatre, London


Don't you just love comedy, the smile on face only disappeared after I had gone to sleep later that evening. Grinned all the way home.
Pappy's Tom Parry, Ben Clark and Matthew Crosby were joined by a two piece house band and guests, Richard Herring, Stuart Goldsmith and Beasts to provide a perfect antidote to Christmas.
Drinking of Advocat as part of the performance will long be remembered as will the ghost of christmas past which had Tom on the shoulders of Ben staggering around on stage (Tom being the larger of the two and trying to use the lighting conduits fixed to the ceiling above to stabilise).
Great evening and catch them if you can.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Calypso Rose @ Jazz Cafe, Camden, London.


First and foremost, a thank you to Cerys Matthews on 6 Music  as hearing her interview with Calypso Rose and listening to her perform two live songs, took us some thirty odd hours later to see her for real.
What a great lady! Frail yes but in front of a mike, with a great band behind her, this was something else. Her zest for performing and singing was infectious, and the audience just loved it.
This was up tempo, jazz rocky calypso music. yet again, what a difference a horn section makes! Only a two piece, trumpet or trombone and sax, but the way it pushes the song along just cannot be replicated by a guitar based band.
She was rude (funny rude), flirtatious, political, and just pure feisty.
We loved it and went away with a big smile on our faces. Just wished we had come across her when we went to Sunday School in Tobago a couple of years ago.
Many thanks, Calypso Rose, for a great evening.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Ade Edmondson: Bits of Me Are Falling Apart @Soho Theatre


Quickly becoming our favourite venue, two weeks after seeing Richard Gadd, we are back at the Soho Theatre to see Ade Edmonson perform a one man monologue lasting for a solid 60 minutes.
A bitter sweet story of a man looking back at his life following the separation with his partner and 2 year old son.
Touching performance by Ade showing that he has become an actor to be reckoned with. How he remembered that dialogue is beyond me.
Finally, a big mention for the inventive stage set, simple to a degree, but well used to illuminate the act that was evolving below.
Yet again, if you get a chance, go and see.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

P J Harvey @ Brixton Academy, London

I will let the links below bear testament at what a great gig this was, but a few observations first.
I said to my partner about five songs into the set, its a Rock Opera for a Brave New World, with PJ Harvey playing the Pixie Queen with her nine musicians as her commanders.
Highly appropriate that on Halloween, they should be all dressed in black and only black and there was certainly a bit of the Gothic in the performance.
Finally, it was so good to hear a performance that was not driven along by the drummer. It featured percussion heavily, but not the constant bass drum thump, the zing zing of the hi hat, and the crashing of cymbals.
As one of the reviewers below said, PJ Harvey is a class act.

The Guardian  NME  FT  Telegraph

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Girl on the Train


Reasonable psycho-thriller with Emily Blunt on form again. Mash up of timelines in the first half added unnecessarily to the story and it became rather obvious who the real villain was.
Nevertheless, decent film with a number of interview style face on shots of the protagonists gave it an edge above the mainstream.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Monkey See, Monkey Do, Richard Gadd @ Soho Theatre London


What can I say, was it a total act, and therefore utterly convincing, or was it for real, and therefore rather heartfelt. Yes we all laughed, and to keep running on a treadmill for nigh on an hour is certainly very impressive whist keeping up the comedic effect, Richard Gadd, you were convincing which ever it was. This is certainly not the sort of entertainment you often come across/ever come across and very much worth going to.
Utterly enjoyed, go if you have a chance.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Meilyr Jones @ The Bullingdon, Cowley Road, Oxford

Five weeks from witnessing Meilyr's appearance at EOTR Festival which included a prolonged 'death' fall followed by countless rounds of band introductions (five in all). Including the sight of one stockinged foot with a large hole in it, we are back again but in the very intimate surrounds of The Bullingdon on Oxford's Cowley Road.
A shortish set over 75 minutes long which run through the usual set numbers by in a different order than before. Meilyr and band constantly swooped instruments, a bloke behind me saying 'Genius, sheer genius' all the time, which we could not contradict, constant time changes within the songs, different melodies also adding to the mix, somewhat reminded me of prog rock back in the 70s (which it wasn;t) and just a performer who clearly enjoys his art.
This being the last gig of their current tour it ended on a high note that wont be forgotten in a long time. Meilyr, his bass and lead guitarists armed with violins ventured into the audience, stood right next to us as everybody gathered around and performed the last number acapella with the drummer playing the flugelhorn 'last post ish' behind us still on the stage. (have you ever seen a drummer blowing the horn and drumming at the same time, well this guy did)
Superb. A quick chat afterwards reminding him of his hole in the sock venture . Well done Meilyr for being unique. (catch him if you get a chance) We went home smiling