Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (5 stars)

This article is from 2014

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Joyous show fusing superb musicianship and slick dance routines raises the roof at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

It’s impossible to know for sure, but the final song in Rhythmic Circus’ set might just be the most joyful five minutes at this year’s Fringe. Admittedly, we’re already in a very happy place by the time they play it, having spent an hour in the presence of seven musicians and four dancers who ooze skill and talent from every pore. But still, it’s a great song, we’re on our feet clapping along – and the prospect of the show ending feels like a very bad idea.

Rhythmic Circus delivered their particular brand of feel-good funk in Edinburgh two years ago, and this year’s show is even better. Soulful vocals, superb musicianship, four tap dancers with boundless energy and enthusiasm – and a beatboxer who appears to have had his vocal cords removed and replaced by an entire DJ mixing table.

The dance routines are slick, tight and synchronised, with tap shoes pounding away on hard wooden boards, or percussive rhythms created on metal chairs. The band knows each other inside out and plays as one spirit-lifting whole (although quite rightly, each musician gets a brief moment in the spotlight). Few words are spoken, but the communication between performers and audience is warm, friendly and encouraging. Playing original material throughout, the music is so accessible and strong, it’s as if we know the songs already.

There aren’t many sure-fire good times guaranteed at the Fringe, but this is definitely one of them.

Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 18), 7.45pm, £15 (£13).

Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now

  • 5 stars

Rhythmic Circus Home-grown hoofers from the USA hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the stage with Feet Don't Fail Me Now! Heatbox the human beatbox joins the swingin' seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and…