Friday, 3 February 2017
Last gig of a long tour for the band and possibly showed slightly although four encore numbers sent the sold out audience happy enough.
Personally I dont think is was quite as good as their appearance at Koko last year, not enough gospel inspired numbers or slow songs to my mind, probably as more numbers from the Sea of Noise album were performed. But coming back on the tube afterwards there was a young guy with the cover of SoN under his arm that he had managed to get the whole band to sign. He did not think so.
Thursday, 19 January 2017
This production was 75% bollocks but with 25% of jaw dropping acrobatic stunts. What it had to do with Willy the Shake's Tempest I have no idea.
Technically the staging was indeed very well thought through which cannot be said for the garbage rock music that was played relatively heavily (would imagine that most of the audience thought that it was what rock music was all about, oh little do they know) throughout the nigh on two hours of the performance. No light or shade, no nuances, no tonal differences zilch.
The best was a rather stunning performance from Lara Jacobs Rigolo (as the helpfully-named Balance Goddess) as she creates a boat frame using only canes, her toes and feats of balance that seem impossible. But best of all, no music, only the sound of her very regular but calm breathing. It will be the only I will remember about the whole show.
Monday, 19 December 2016
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
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
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
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
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.