Festival Theatre Stage, Fri 17 Jun
Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter, Joe Stilgoe brought a relaxed jazz atmosphere to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival tonight. Stilgoe presented the third instalment of his movie themed cabaret shows, following artistic directors Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect seeing his sell-out season of Songs On Film at the Edinburgh Festival.
Stilgoe rarely presented full songs from start to finish, but instead combined short snippets of generally recognisable grabs, like his child of the ‘80s tribute and his homage to animation. Stilgoe showcased his incredible skill as a pianist and arranger; the way each song flowed into each other was exceptional.
He was joined on stage by equally skilled Tom Farmer on double bass and Ben Reynolds on drums who effortlessly kept up with the frenetic arrangements. The three performing Rhythm Of Life from Sweet Charity was a particularly sweet candy bar treat. Other highlights included music from Quentin Tarantino soundtracks, Pixar films Up and Toy Story 2 and the encore he insisted he would never play.
Stilgoe struggled to relate with his audience tonight with some pretty lacklustre applause following actually quite skilful performances. The show was lacking in energy and any interesting genuine connection between Stilgoe and the songs he was presenting. He mentioned great material, like recently becoming a father, which could have easily had half the audience in tears with a heartfelt story and connection to a few songs.
Overall, there were plenty of celebrated golden tunes from the silver screen presented by magnificent musicians for a pleasant night out.
Joe Stilgoe performs Songs On Film at Festival Theatre Stage, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times until Sun 19 Jun.
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