Well, It's Woody (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Well, It's Woody

Woodstock Taylor / Photo: Marc Marnie

Seamless cabaret night with a programme to savour

Edinburgh legend BBC Pink Tent guest while singing aficionado Woodstock Taylor lures you into a packed piano bar to enjoy an eclectic mix of song, instrumental music, spoken word and comedy. This rather enigmatic lady arrives in dark glasses and hat reminiscent of a 1940s stage star, and quickly befriends the room with a range of classics and off the wall offerings in a delightfully relaxed (yet pitch perfect, and perfectly pitched) manner.

Guests for the evening included the most delicious New Yorker Amie Amis, singing the self-penned 'Caveman' (the only perfomer ever to make the French Horn look sexy), alongside her guitar-playing partner, David Bruce, whose solo vocals are also a force to be reckoned with. Stokey Bard Gil is an endearing interlude with his spoken word take on our farcical world, while Oxford-based Moogieman entertains (and increases the vocabulary of) the crowd with an imaginatively verbose performance in the key of comedy. Piano from both Woody and Martin C Waugh fill the remaining time in delightful harmony.

The basement atmosphere of Fingers only misses the smoke of 100 outlawed cigarettes to complete this musical cabaret. Considering a last-minute change in format (original partner Will had to pull out at the last minute) and a host of eager volunteers pulled together by word of mouth and social media, the show is almost seamless – something to consider for next year's festival. Woody will most definitely be welcomed back.

Fingers Piano Bar as part of Edinburgh Free Fringe, RUN ENDED.