Printable CopyCRY ME A RIVER – FEATURING DENNIS RUSSELL AND THE TUNISIAN NIGHTS LITTLE BIG BAND
Until 14 Mar 2020

Review by Kylie Pedler

Timeless and iconic music made famous by Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jnr filled the Function Centre. The small eight-piece band sounded like a top-flight big band; big, brassy and well-rehearsed. Dennis Russell did well with the vocal style but was often overwhelmed by the band and missed some important notes. His performance of ‘Georgia on my Mind’ on the flugelhorn was outstanding and he plays a mean guitar.

But overall the show feels a little lacklustre and unrehearsed with a number of dead spaces. The addition of interlude music and addressing the crowd during set and music changes could help as would integrating elements of conducting the band through more natural movements and continued interaction with the audience.

Show highlight was the cameo performance by Floreance Lane. Accompanying herself on keys, her warm soulful vocals hit just the right note in ‘Your Heart Is As Black As Night’ and continued in a duet of ‘Hit The Road Jack’ with Russell.

The audience’s elder generation enjoyed dancing to tunes like ‘Mack The Knife’ and ‘Save The Last Dance’ while a Blues Brothers number from their final set provided a great opportunity for each band member to take the stage in a fantastic solo.

The show continues at various other venues through the Fringe season.

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)