Young Elvis: He's Back
- Henry Northmore
- 6 August 2019
Impressive tribute to the King
Most impersonators go for the Vegas years. The jumpsuit and rhinestones are an easy shortcut to channel the King. Thankfully, Young Elvis is a tribute to the music rather than a pastiche of an icon.
Oliver Harris is back for his third Fringe. And while there are some of Presley's physical tics, jittery legs and mannerisms, Harris concentrates on capturing Elvis' vocals. There are no real surprises, just hits from start to finish including an emotive 'Always on my Mind', a big blustering 'All Shook Up', a galloping 'Viva Las Vegas', a strong 'Suspicious Minds', complete with bursts of strobe, before ending with a magnificent 'American Trilogy'.
A couple of moments are a bit cheesy and it's a shame the guitar is only a prop (Harris knocks out a few simple chords but in the main performs to a backing track). Harris is obviously an Elvis geek, drip-feeding some interesting and informative trivia in his native Barnsley accent between tracks.
Probably the best Elvis tribute act in Edinburgh this August, (though Tim Vine might want to argue) and a welcome reminder of the wonder and majesty of one of the greatest back catalogues in music.
Frankenstein Pub, until 26 Aug, 3.45pm, £14.50 in advance or donations at the venue.