Frank Satan In Person (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Beguiling and bawdy drinking songs

If you dig Tom Waits, Dean Martin and Hank Williams, then Frank Satan (pronounced ‘Say-tan’) is your man. The long-time alter ego of the Cameo Cinema’s general manager Ian Hoey is back after a lengthy break to regale audiences with a bawdy combo of drinking songs, bad taste jokes and oddball personal anecdotes, the latter very amusingly merging Frank’s spiritual home, Las Vegas, with Hoey’s birthplace, Greenock.

The set is a mix of classics such as Williams’ ‘Ramblin’ Man’ and self-penned new material – the worthy-of-Waits ‘Grandad’s Going Down the Warehouse’, the avant garde ‘Who’s Gonna Bury the Undertaker?’ – all belted out with lung-bleeding aplomb.

It’s an enjoyably shambolic show – Frank himself describes his outfit as ‘the wedding band from hell’ – performed with only two members of his band His Husbands (just drums and guitar, though up to five are to appear on other nights) in the glorious surroundings of the Cameo’s main auditorium. You’ll be beguiled.

Cameo Cinema, 0781 704 2052, 15, 18, 22 Aug, 11pm, £6.

Frank Satan in Person

  • 4 stars

Originals, country standards, rock and humorous chat. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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