Adam Page (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Adam Page

Multi-instrumental comedy from the hirsute, high-spirited Aussie

Adam Page has an almighty beard and he’s not afraid to use it. The high-spirited Australian’s show starts with a cacophonous demonstration of loop pedals and a request that the house lights go down because people – apparently – make him nervous.

If he’s out of his comfort zone it doesn’t show: within half an hour he’s whipped his beard into some scratchy, if slightly uncomfortable, sounds and delivered impressive genre-meshing musical improv.

A multi-instrumentalist with talent, he overlays flute, sax and string riffs with his own beatboxing and sporadic vocal additions, generating jazz, reggae and afrobeat rhythms.

The ‘Wellington wonky beat’ is his homage to the New Zealand music scene and a bizarrely fantastical track is also created from the plink plonk of drinking water.

There are worthy comedic moments throughout, Page only turning serious for a heartfelt saxophone rendition of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ and to play a harmony flute, the spiritual end to a diverse musical hour.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 4.50pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Adam Page

  • 3 stars

Adam Page is guaranteed to make a mark on the Edinburgh Fringe as one of the most original shows the festival has seen. Looping vocals, beatboxing and instruments such as sax, guitar, harmony flute, didjeridoo, keyboards, percussion … and his beard, every audience member will feel a part of this interactive feel-good…