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Another star to join the 3 recent musical shows I have enjoyed: Adam Tas, Jenny and the Jameses and Dewald Waserfall.
Very diverse talent, different styles, different song choices. All 3 acts included a number of the artist’s own compositions. I overheard an audience member remarking that he thought they should concentrate on better known songs rather than their own songs. That is certainly a viewpoint. The other side of the coin is that songwriters need an audience to hone their songs and to perfect their performance. Where would Cat Stevens be if the London coffee bars didn’t welcome him in the 1960s singing “Where do the children play” and other gems; where would Ralph McTell be if he hadn’t busked in the underpass at Charing Cross station for we hurried commuters. His very famous song ‘The Streets of London’ might have been inspired by the time he spent in the busy underpass practicing his trade.
I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 performances at Evita’s, all for different reasons. On St. Patrick’s Day Jenny and the James were brilliant. Jenny’s voice is uniquely clear and beautiful and it conjures up memories of Joan Baez and Judy Collins. In spite of the variety I picked up a comment from an audience member that they didn’t “sing enough Irish songs”. Well I heard plenty of Irish songs without them flogging the overcooked Irish pub belters to death. Their rendition of “I’ll be a wild rover” was a more musical and more reflective performance than the customary belligerent challenge that the words portray. Their music was enough to conjure up past moments in smokey pubs in Dublin singing our hearts out, lingering over rebel songs, sharing the moment.
AdamTas and Dewald Wasserfall were both outstanding; they had their audiences in the palm of their hands in their first songs. Their musical choice was broad and very well received. They also included some of their own compositions. Thank you to them both for doing that.
Dewald Wasserfall ‘Jy is Die Storm’ started their show and finished the show as an encore for a very confident young lad in the audience (our next door neighbour’s grandson).