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Tubular Bells For Two (Shortwalk)

By | Published on Monday 10 August 2015

Tubular Bells

Richard Branson had to bribe Mike Oldfield with his car to get him to play ‘Tubular Bells’ live. After seeing the entire album performed by these two expert barefoot Australian multi-instrumentalists, dashing around the stage frantically playing and cueing each other, I understand why. I enjoyed many things about this show – not least watching a musician sort out the wires under his keyboard with his toes! It was a highly accomplished performance; the music was wonderful but not perfect – and that was its great charm. The alternating terror and joy of the performers electrified the audience. It seems almost impossible to get these multi-layered instrumental parts right all of the time, but it sure is fun watching them try!

Pleasance Courtyard, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]