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True Love (Philip Contini And His Be Happy Band)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2011

This classy evening of nostalgia, nestled in the backroom of famous Italian deli, Valvona & Crolla, saw Philip Contini and his talented band perform some of Cole Porter’s best-loved songs. As Contini belted out hit after hit, including ‘I get a kick out of you,’ ‘Under my Skin’ and ‘True Love’ I came to realise Porter’s incredible impact on the music scene of the first half of the 20th Century. Contini’s charming anecdotes about Porter’s eccentric and extravagant globe-trotting lifestyle made me wish I’d been around in the 30s. Mr. Contini doesn’t quite have the buttery voice or easy grace of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin but he’s loveable and entertaining and gave his enthralled audience an evening to remember.

Valvona & Crolla, 6, 10 , 12, 17, 20, 13, 19, 25 – 29 Aug (not 28), times vary, £10.50 – £12.50, fpp222.
tw rating 4/5