Fringe Review: Rebecca Ireland

Rebecca IrelandPresented by Cornerstone Events
Reviewed Friday 21st February 2013

Rebecca Ireland, singer, song writer and guitarist, is visiting the Fringe from Queensland, bringing her very distinctive style of music to Adelaide’s newest performance venue, and tapas bar, Ensalada, the Union. Accompanied by Alex McCleod, on electric guitar, and Cassie Rose, providing vocal harmonies, Ireland presented a selection of her own wonderful songs drawn from her life, family background, and spiritual understandings.

The three seem to be totally lost in the music as they play and sing. Alex McCleod seems to be singing to himself, his voice coming through the guitar. Cassie Rose seems to be drawing on a source of inspiration from some other, better world. Rebecca Ireland gets so carried away with her music that she cannot resist dancing as she sings, smiling all the while. It is clear that they love what they are doing but it is equally clear that they want to share that with their audience, carrying us along with them on their uplifting music.

There are beautiful melodies, that are not as simple as they first sound, and a lot of rhythmic complexity, and then there are the moving and inspiring lyrics that sit on top of all of that crystal clear support. The vocal harmonies, too, are quite amazing.

Rebecca Ireland’s two CDs, Love & Sticky Tape, and the new one, Wild Bear, are both available at the venue.

Cassie Rose also has her own performance at this venue at 6pm on 27th February.

Reviewed by Barry Lenny, Arts Editor, Glam Adelaide.

Adelaide Fringe page

Rebecca Ireland’s web site

Venue: Ensalada the union, Rymill Park, Adelaide
Season: 6:15pm Sunday 24th February 2013
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: Adults $23/Child $18/FB $21
Bookings: Fringetix Box Offices, on line here, or 1300 621 255

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