Adelaide Festival

Festival Review: Paul Grabowsky and Vince Jones

The legendary Paul Grabowsky was in fine form as he combined his talents with those of the amazing Vince Jones


Presented by The Adelaide Festival

Reviewed 5 March 2021

The legendary Paul Grabowsky was in fine form as he combined his talents with those of the amazing Vince Jones in the new venue The Summerhouse. The performance was all class, much more so than the venue. Future patrons be warned the bench seats are hard (all unpadded wood) and could do with sanding so probably best not to wear your silk jacket!

The multi award winning Grabowsky looked relaxed and happy as the two musicians blended piano, voice and the unusual flumpet (a hybrid of trumpet and flugelhorn) on many of their joint compositions. Their opening piece written (so Grabowsky says) about his mother’s budgie, started the very special playlist. This Is Always was a beautiful romantic song which they followed with a song about Murdoch (and his press) called Don’t Jettison Everything. The appreciative audience was with the duo every step of the way. Highlights included Rainbow Cake, a song about natural foods and a traditional ballad, Our Town.

Grabowsky’s magic fingers made each song memorable and Jones’ warm voice and interpretation gave everything a special feel. Their version of We’ve Only Just Begun was lovely and they finished with Wonderworld and the delightful Parting Glass. A standing ovation made it a fitting end to the evening.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

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