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Jamie McDowell And Tom Thum (Hey Boss)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

This duo, a beatboxer and a singer songwriter, combine for an hour of stunts and songs in this flashy musical exhibition. Tom Thum, the vocal artist, flaunts his diverse range of sounds and mimicry, from jazz trumpet to Dubstep. However, Thum fails to distinguish himself from other beatbox talents and invariably falls foul of the ‘once you’ve seen one’ trap. He and McDowell also play some original material together, but the songs themselves are generic and similar, and although this is partially disguised by the duo’s musical tricks and constant showmanship, these gimmicks wear thin quite quickly. Overall, this is a lively and shamelessly sensational show, but one that feels more like a street performance than a concert.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 22 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [James Napleton]