Paddy Lannigan

  • 31 July 2006

This article is from 2006.

Ian Paisley singing about the Jean Charles de Menezes murder with lyrics which link the War on Terror to the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby Road (to Guantanamo) movies? A spoof on the Laughing Policeman as a cancer patient goes through treatment? And musical numbers about men dressing up in frilly knickers and interfering with themselves? It could only be the Fringe.

Yet, Paddy Lannigan is no showbusiness rookie taking time out from his studies to upset his parents and romp with his fellow undergrads. For Lannigan is a classically trained musician who has worked with Madonna, Robbie Williams and Diana Ross and whose double bass can be heard on soundtracks for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

Add to that a stage acting performance as Casanova and a future role as tango maestro Astor Piazzolla and you wonder why he would allow himself to be go before audiences and be abused by little old ladies. ‘It was in a Catholic club in Harrow and I had come on dressed as a priest. This woman in the front row called me a “motherfucking cunt.”’ You’d like to think that a Fringe audience will be less hostile. Especially when he dresses as the Pope while ‘Ian Paisley’ sings ‘Sexual Healing’.
(Brian Donaldson)

The Jazz Bar, 220 4298, 7-25 Aug (not 12 & 13, 19&20), 5.30pm, £5 (£3).

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