[MUSIC/FOLK ~ GBR]
The Garage International @ Adelaide Town Hall, Thu 13 Mar.
Phoebe Katis clearly enjoys and has a respect of Carole King’s music and brings with her performance an understanding of what it is to be a piano player and singer but also has an obvious admiration for King’s ability to write life changing songs. Songs that map King’s life, which is a story offered to us through Phoebe’s words and interpretation of the correlation to King’s lyrics and songs to the real goings on in King’s own life at the time of penning each song.
As an audience, we learn about the singer song writer whose music has helped start many careers by penning their first hit song, Little Evie and The Shirelles and who with songs written specifically for them helped re-establish so many singers along the way, Aretha Franklin and James Taylor just to name a few.
Adding to the story and song is the showing of pictures from the life and times of Carole King, however the all black backdrop (hiding a beautiful church chapel) was in stark contrast to the colourful images you can get from lyrics and imagery conjured through them.
Phoebe plays and sings beautifully, and does not recreate via duplication, instead bringing an interpretation of her own to the songs we all know and love so well. Phoebe’s very English accent at times takes you out of the spell that King’s words and music can create as it can be hard to hear a different accent in songs that you have been listening to sung a certain way for so long, but if you are a fan of Carole King, you will become a fan of Phoebe’s through her storytelling, musicianship, musicality and clear passion for the style of music.
The Carole King Story continues at The Garage International @ Adelaide Town Hall from 7pm until Sat 16 Mar.
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