Ed MacArthur: Humoresque (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Ed MacArthur: Humoresque

Ben Wilkin

Entertaining and affable jaunt around some music styles and references

Ed MacArthur's day job is as a music teacher, and he's enlisted three of his pupils to help him with the show, via recorded voice clips. A move made simply to warm the audience to him, perhaps, but it works. MacArthur is a multi-instrumentalist who flits between keys and guitar, occasionally dropping in an accordion. He has a strong singing voice and demonstrates that he can perform a range of styles very well, from country to ballads and everything in between.

His lyrics use smart wordplay, and whilst most just raise smiles, there are a few stand-out pieces which have the audience in stitches. Most notably, his performance of an Andy Murray post-match interview is excellent, as is his Radiohead impression (although it's a reference which flies over the heads of some among this daytime crowd).

MacArthur is an affable host, and his rapport with the audience means he has no trouble in convincing several to come up to form a band, who then proceed to perform a song written by his young pupil Phoebe. The funniest part of this charade (and maybe the whole show) is ad-libbed and comes from his interactions with his new band. Endearing and entertaining, Humoresque might not be ground-breaking but it's a fun way to spend an hour.

Voodoo Rooms, until 25 Aug, 2pm, donations at the venue.

Ed MacArthur: Humoresque

  • 3 stars

Join award-winning Ed MacArthur in this mad-cap, multi-instrumental, one-man musical comedy show.