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Belly Of A Drunken Piano (Go Productions)

By | Published on Friday 10 August 2018

This too-short hour of rhythm and blues made me nostalgic for smoky basement clubs with sticky floors and disreputable company. Stewart D’Arrietta had some great stories; he and his excellent band played his own songs in addition to Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen well and – joy of joys- the late, great Ian Dury. The numbers that really arrested my attention were a couple of the slower ones: familiar late-night tear jerker ‘Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen)’ by Tom Waits and Stewart D’Arrietta’s own setting of Charles Bukowski’s poem ‘There’s A Bluebird In My Heart’. I’m surprised to report that the latter is my new favourite song – and that’s the magic of the Fringe.

Assembly Rooms, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]