La Bohème – Upstairs, Sat Feb 14
It’s a hot Valentine’s Day afternoon and Alison Coppe dispenses with the signature three piece suit to tell us about one of the great loves of her life, k.d. lang. The adoration may not be reciprocated, but clearly the example and the music of k.d. lang has made a big impression on Alison over many years.
This is not a greatest hits tribute show where the songs are selected for familiarity to the audience. Unless you’re a serious fan it’s likely you won’t have heard some of them. There is just one of k.d.’s well known covers – Roy Orbison’s Crying, and a few expected numbers such as Constant Craving and Miss Chatelaine. From there we delve into a catalogue of heartbreak and love gone wrong, Trail Of Broken Hearts being a standout.
We are reminded, had we forgotten, that k.d. came to us as a country singer, albeit a slightly edgy one, and the impeccable four piece band, decked out in cowboy shirts, deliver some real toe-tappers amid the plaintive ballads.
Alison Coppe is very comfortable in this intimate setting, and she delivers her show with the authority of knowing her topic well, and is up to the task of delivering the songs of one of rock’s great singers. Her stories reveal a sense of humour perfectly suited to intimate cabaret. Having previously brought us the songs of Tom Waits in her excellent show New Coat Of Paint, it is a real pleasure to hear songs by innovative artists performed so well, and with such love and respect.
Put your money down for any show where you see the name Alison Coppe.
constantly craving k.d. is repeated at La Bohème – Upstairs at 9pm Sun Feb 15.
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