Patti Plinko and Her Boy (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Patti Plinko and Her Boy

Husky vocals from an endearing songstress

What strikes hardest about Patti Plinko as she unravels herself from the snakelike coil in the centre of the stage is the profound huskiness and charm in her voice as she seductively cackles and howls her way through opening track ‘Sway’. Her band, known professionally as ‘The Boy’, consists of a mysterious barefooted man in a dark jumpsuit playing guitar and a slightly less conspicuous lady who drops in and out of the scenario with her finely tuned violin.

The music is a mixture. Some is of a foot stomping Moroccan wedding-esque nature, with Patti banging on her tambourine and stomping her Doc Martins, an unorthodox choice of percussion that unfortunately overpowers her voice at times. Others are far more subdued, with dark lyrical content accompanied by the clatter of a Sailor Jerry bottle and a saucepan. The show has a rather art house feel to it, with Patti emerging dressed as Sophia Loren at one point, which suits an intimate venue such as this, also allowing her coy, endearing personality to shine through.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 31 Aug (not 17), 10.05pm, £11–12 (£7–8).

Patti Plinko and Her Boy

  • 3 stars

Entrancing vocals and twisted guitars. A passionate and enthralling performance. Likened to Tom Waits, Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday. Time Out London Critic's Choice. 'A performer whose sheer brilliance leaves you breathless' - **** (Fest Mag). From nun to nurse and now to the dark side of rock'n'roll...


1. LK11 Aug 2009, 5:27pm5 stars Patti Plinko and Her Boy Report

Patti Plinko is quality! Such good lyrics and sound. Gonna get another ticket before I leave Edinburgh!

2. SR13 Aug 2009, 1:57pm5 stars Patti Plinko and Her Boy Report

Ahhhmazing! I've seen Patti and her Boy a few times now, in London and at C Venues last year, and they've blown me away each time. She was ill when I saw her and had to cancel her show the next night (we had tickets to go again) so her voice was quieter than usual, but still an mindblowing show. The band take you on a real emotional journey through their music. I thought the addition of the violin since I last saw them was excellent, and love the relationship they all have on stage. Highlights of the show were Patti screaming and howling out at the beginning whilst beating her drum, and the beautiful, tragic lullaby song. I can't think of a contemporary musician to compare Patti Plinko to - totally unique, and totally unmissable.

3. JMS23 Aug 2009, 3:25pm Report

This is easily the best show at the fringe this year - totally entrancing vocals and phenomenal guitar playing too. Mind-blowing, don't miss it!

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