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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ian Shaw: The Sage, Friday December 14th

Ian Shaw (vocals and comedy); Barry Green (piano)
(Review by Ann Alex).
This was the second set of the performance involving Sector 7 (first set  to be reviewed shortly).  We were mightily entertained with great vocals, piano, and a good helping of comedy.  The amusing stories about weight loss, loss of virginity in Morpeth, and cheeky shouts to the technicians to turn down the lights, flowed well between songs both amusing and sad, with lots of space for the pianist to display his soloing skills. 

Do Your Stuff opened the show with the singer obviously enjoying the rhyming couplets, scatting in a falsetto voice and swapping 4s as if there was to be no tomorrow in which to sing.  We moved on to a witty Fran Landersman song Small Day Tomorrow, followed by Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; then a lively version of Cole Porter’s Let’s Do It, with extra images added.
Because there was lots of comedy, the more serious songs were more effective by contrast, so I’m Glad There Is You was quite moving. The audience was encouraged to sing along for some familiar bits of songs, not something that normally happens except if it’s folk music!  Use Me Up had the audience guessing when to applaud because of the teasing false endings.  The whole performance was rounded off in Christmas style with the singers of sector 7 coming on stage for a performance of Christina Rossetti’s hymn In The Bleak Midwinter, sung with wonderful harmonies to the Gustav Holst tune.  A fitting ending to a very good evening of music and fun. 
Ann Alex  

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