The Garden Of Unearthly Delights – The Spiegeltent, Tue 23 Feb
Although not billed as one, this evening’s performance was a tribute to the words, life and songs of Amy Winehouse. Lead vocalist Atlanta Coogan who, by her own admission, was struggling to keep her voice before the show and therefore declined to MC the show from the beginning, seemed to relax, loosen up and enjoy the performance once she proved to herself that her voice was indeed going to not only hold out but sound great doing it.
The Little Big Band (Steve Hadley, Steve Morrison, Pete Mitchell, Matt Poynter, Matt Dwyer as Guitarist and MC for first part of the evening) performed well but kept a reasonably low profile as, after all, we were there to hear ‘Amy’ do her thing. Although special mention needs to be made of the dirty, sexy sax sound created by baritone and tenor sax players Matt Poynter and Pete Mitchell. Their solos alone are worth the admission price.
Amy’s best known and loved songs were played with informative dialogue between the numbers to give us some background to what Amy may have been thinking and feeling at the time of writing and performing these songs.
The performance allowed fans to reminisce in the music, singing and dancing along with the melodies of Amy once more.