Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Paul & Catherine Sing Together

We have missed the alternate view that Paul McDermott has on the world and its woes and its great to have him back.

Paul McDermott is back and in fine form with Catherine Alcorn in fine voice!
5

Presented by ROADCASE Present
Reviewed 25 February 2021

We have missed the alternate view that Paul McDermott has on the world and its woes and its great to have him back. Coupled with the lovely Catherine Alcorn, McDermott gives us some great songs and a lot of humour. Putting the thoughts and feelings of many Australians into his songs with his tongue-in-cheek digs at Adelaide, he shows the humanity and affection he denies during the course of the show.

From his hilarious song about his fear of touching things (who touched the screen last?) to his final song When The War Is Over (no, not the version you know) his wit and irreverence keep the audience’s attention. It is also the fact that he has a good voice and is easy to listen to. Paul also regales us with COVID tales, turning fear into amusement.

Catherine Alcorn gives a powerful performance in a few songs without McDermott but when they combine with the addition of guitarist Glenn Moorehouse they blend well and obviously enjoy the performance.  Alcorn has her own moment of comedy when she reveals she always wanted to be a John Farnham’s backup singer and lives her dream.

The able fingers of Alex Wignall keep pace with all this levity on the piano, cleverly backing all the many styles. The complete show is too short and highly entertaining; well worth catching one of the three remaining shows.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue:  The Chamber (The Queens)
Season:  22 -27 Feb 2021
Duration:  60 mins
Tickets:  $21-$29
Bookings:  https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/paul-catherine-sing-together-af2021

Rating out of 5: 5

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