Fringe Review: My Dad Brainwashed Me With 60’s Music

Australians will be very familiar with Peter Combe as one of the most successful children’s entertainers of the 90’s, but this one-off performance was not of his classics but of a different kind of classics.

By
Peter Combe and family
Overall
4.5

Reviewed at the Garden of Unearthly Delights on 23 February 2019

Presented by Peter Combe
Reviewed 23 February 2019

Australians will be very familiar with Peter Combe as one of the most successful children’s entertainers of the 90’s, but this one-off performance was not of his classics but of a different kind of classics. Joining Peter on stage were none other than two of his children: Emily and Thom. Together, this trio have given us one very memorable performance of My Dad Brainwashed Me With 60’s Music.

 

As the title suggests, this was an hour of 60’s songs that his children were introduced to growing up, with Peter himself constrcusting the set list, and both Emily and Thom choosing some of their own personal favourites. This is one family of very taltned musicians as all three were just outstanding, and together gave this audience quite a treat! Starting off with Thom Combe solo on stage with a rendition of The Beatles’ Blackbird, soon joined by Peter and Emily following. They were also joined by Lyndon Gray on Bass, with both Peter and Thom also playing guitar.

Highlights include Emily’s smooth vocals during Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide, as well as Peter really shining during a lovely cover of Here Comes the Sun, also by The Beatles. There was a nice blend of harmonies, with the sounds of soothing soft-rock and a good mix of songs from Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and the Mamas and Papas. The final song introduced one final musician on stage, Stefan Hauk on lead guitar as the five gave a stunning cover of The Eagles’ Hotel California. Hauk is a fine musician and knew the lead guitar part to this song perfectly.

 

It was very clear from watching the audience reactions that we were all really in for quite a treat, and with only one performance this was the only chance to experience this. Peter even had the crowd join in for Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, always a crowd pleaser. This was one fine show from a very talented family of musicians, with a very lucky crowd witnessing an hour of outstanding music.

 

Reviewed by Daniel Knowles

One performance only – Season Ended

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