Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen (4 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

Tales of human taxidermy, the laments of a pencil-moustached Catalan Casanova and some rather questionable Eastern European accents are amongst the unlikely but superb treats on offer at a performance that is as amusing as it is musically accomplished.

The immaculately coiffed force of nature that is head honcho Mikelangelo, a Nick Cave-voiced crooner who kisses, sits on and attempts to undress various members of the crowd, has enough charm to get away with sending shards of glass and hot wax flying by taking a swipe at a table.

The accompanying Sea Gentlemen take their varying solo turns too, including Guido Libido acting out an eerily realistic silent film, or the Great Moldavio’s hilariously rambling story.

Inter song banter is sharp and dryly delivered, and the musicianship top notch, whether it’s Croatian westerns, a sadly underrepresented part of modern music, rollocking polka tunes or the ultra catchy ode to carnal desire that is ‘A Formidable Marinade’. (Emma Newlands)

The Spiegel Garden, 667 8940, until 27 Aug (not 21), 9pm, £10 (£8).

This article is from 2006.

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