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Whirlygig (Daniel Padden, Co-Produced With Catherine Wheels And Red Bridge Arts)

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2022

A whirlygig is an object that spins – perhaps most commonly in Scots parlance one of those outdoor clothes drying contraptions. This is that but in music: a whirly, ahem, gig. Four musicians enter the stage and perform a playful, mesmeric ensemble show spanning around 30 different instruments. The complexity of the arrangements is remarkable as the four walk around, taking turns to strike different notes on the same instrument or, at one point, all joining together to make a four-person one-man band (look, I know that makes no sense – it will when you go and see it). And all the while a playful connection is retained with an entranced audience. It’s a gig and, rather giddyingly, it whirls.

Dance Base, until 21 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]