Barry Morgan's World of Organs (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Barry Morgan's World of Organs

Bouffant bravado and silly surrealism combine to create a memorable comic character

Organ salesman Barry Morgan, proprietor of Barry Morgan’s World of Organs, Sunnyside Mall, Adelaide, has come among us Edinburgh folk to share his missionary zeal for his instrument. He’s hopeful to cinch a sell in the process, for this is no ordinary organ, this is a Hammond Aurora Classic, featuring Zither Arpeggiator.

The stuff cult figures are made of, sartorially Morgan embodies Wes Anderson’s wardrobe department while his bouffant shares a soft, blow wave voluminosity with David Dickinson. Aesthetically, the whole shooting match has that tremendous hyperreality cum surrealism of Peter Serafinowicz’s TV hit, Look Around You.

Barry Morgan is rocking out with his organ on display, sipping Campari and delighting the audience with memorable finger skills. We can even get up close and personal during medleys of world music, a spot of classical and his own compositions while the ‘Barry cam’ shows his rapid handiwork in action. Allow him to make your festival.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 27 Aug (not 13, 20), 7.20pm, £11.50--£13.50 (£10.50--£12.50).

Barry Pappa

Barry Morgan's World of Organs

  • 4 stars

Australia's 'fast-becoming-a-celebrity' organ salesman Barry Morgan is packing up his Toyota Crown and crossing the Pacific! He will delight and entertain you with the Golden Syrup sounds of his 1981 Hammond Aurora Classic. Sit back, relax and be swept away by the mesmerising power of Barry's Zither Arpeggiator, his…

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