Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman (3 stars)

Wickedness and wonder in an entertaining evening

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This article is from 2015.

Late Night Phantasmagoria with Jack Lukeman

While Jack Lukeman may have multi-platinum selling records to his name, only a measly crowd of 50 (at a push) turned up to the Irish crooner’s opening night at this year’s Fringe. However, crowds or none, Lukeman dressed and performed to impress. Taking to the stage in a Mad Hatter meets Robin Hood-style get-up, he launched into 45 minutes of songs of self-proclaimed ‘wickedness and wonder’. With matt-black acoustic in hand and twin pheasant feathers stuck firmly in his cap, Lukeman conducted the stage and audience with the tenacity of a well-seasoned professional, his powerful vocal range filling the almost-empty space with suave ease.

Where Lukeman excels is in his ability to fit his own often generic lyrics into classic blues and folk styles and make them sound at home. Several of his tracks tonight are straight out of the blues rock canon, each brilliantly embellished by a flawless backing band. His finest moments come when the music is at its most simple and the themes at their most whimsical. Ironic love letter to capitalism ‘It's Money that I love’ (Randy Newman's 1979 hit) and the hilarious ‘Sky News Blues’ succeed through their tongue-in-cheek wit, yet the saccharine lyrical genericism of the likes of ‘In Germany Before the War’ (another Newman composition) mars what is otherwise a hugely entertaining set, with its Eurovision-esque cheese and Disney musical sentiments.

The Famous Spiegeltent, 0844 693 3008, until 31 Aug (not 23, 30), 11pm, £15 (£13).

This article is from 2015.

Late Night Phantasmagoria With Jack Lukeman

  • 3 stars

Jack Lukeman Join award-winning, international singing sensation Jack Lukeman, as he returns to The Famous Spiegeltent following last year's show-stopping appearance in La Clique. This is Jack's 14th appearance at the Fringe festival, hot on the heels of his recent UK tour with Jools Holland. Prepare to be hypnotised…

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1. Annemarie2726 Aug 2015, 11:13pm Report

Jack Lukeman's show was highly entertaining, a perfect end to a great day in Edinburgh. He sang a great variety of songs which included my favourite Rooftop Lullaby, He has stage presence by the bucket load, an amazing voice and expect to get up and dance and sing along. I have been a fan for many, many years and Jack's popularity is growing every year here in Scotland.
An Irish whirlwind of energy, wickedness, charm and charisma who has supported Jools Holland around the UK in recent years, has some fantastic albums (check out "Broken Songs" "27 Club" via www.jacklukeman.com ) An independent artist who is hardworking and genuinely wants his audience to enjoy themselves - A real treat to see LIVE - so CATCH him while you still can at the Spiegeltent. You won't regret it!

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