Presented by Promise
Reviewed 15 July 2016
Take four talented young performers with musical and theatre backgrounds, introduce them to the music of the 60’s and give them the chance to harmonise, then sit back and enjoy the result. I am a child of the 60’s so there was a good chance I would enjoy this performance, but it was so much better than I expected.
Each of these young men is talented and the program gave them all a chance to shine. Ben Francis has an amazingly good falsetto and used it to good advantage, Tom Russell has a beautiful quality to his voice, lots of depth and feeling, Lachlan William’s clear strong tones are a delight and Kyle Hall has a cheeky quality about him. All sound great alone and harmonise so well.
They brought back the music of the 60’s with a freshness that made the evening special. Covering the songs from so many of the very well known groups they sang up a storm. Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Stay were just a start. Day Dream Believer, I’m a Believer had them monkeying around, but they were deadly serious when they sang Simon and Garfunkel’s Homeward Bound and Mrs Robinson.
Grease, California Dreaming and My Eyes Adored You and a little of the Liverpool Lads with Help and A Hard Day’s Night nearly brought us to the end of the first half.
After the interval they were back in full voice including an audience member recruited before the break. An amusing addition and a chance for Petra Taylor to get up on stage and sing.
The hits and the groups kept coming, Why Must I Be a Teenager in Love, Stand By Me, Runaround Sue had the audience bopping. Then a touch of sunshine with the Beach Boys; Wouldn’t it Be Nice, a very well sung version of God Only Knows and Good Vibrations – lots of fun.
Then it was back to the beautiful harmonies of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel when they gave us, in duet form, two by two, their version of Bridge Over Troubled Water and a haunting version of Sound of Silence.
Then to prove they don’t really need a backing track a Cappella version of Who Put the Bop. They finished up with Why do Fools Fall in Love and the very appropriate Oh What a Night. The audience did not want to let them go: a good time was definitely had by all.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
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Venue: Norwood Hotel
Season: 15 July 2016 7.30pm and 7 Aug 2016 2.30pm
Bookings: [email protected] and Norwood Hotel