Helen Arney (3 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Helen Arney

Sweet songs with a tender heart

For Helen Arney, love is a many tentacled thing. Two centuries ago, there was ‘less choice, more farming accidents’ while now we’re never too sure whether the grass will turn out to be greener on the other side. For her own part, she seems to have a pretty awkward love life, given that her bloke resides in Australia. In this second full Fringe show, her slight, ukulele-led tunes take in morris dancing, life in Stoke Newington and ‘making love like animals’. There’s a distinct feel of a home crowd in The Caves, some of whom holler their appreciation at the very mention of names such as Ben Folds Five and Divine Comedy, two of the bands she idolised as a youth, while no doubt penning odes to love in her poster-riddled bedroom.

Next door, fellow lo-fi geekette Josie Long ushers in a large capacity crowd, with Arney awaiting the nightly thunder through the walls which interrupts her own set. It’s a tough call whether Arney is destined to simply maintain a devoted yet streamlined following or whether she has that streak which is required to step up to the next level.

The Caves, 556 5375, until 29 Aug, 7.35pm, £8 (£7).

Helen Arney's Songs for Modern Loving

  • 3 stars

Comic songs, ukuleles and stand-up to take you through the highs, lows (and really lows) of looking for that perfect someone. Helen's début comedy hour looks at Modern Love. If Juliet were alive today, would she still choose secret trysts and double suicide over a fixed-rate mortgage and awkward Christmas dinners with…

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