Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel

A mercurial, tight and funny set from the Men at Work icon

Inexplicably placed in the Comedy section of the Fringe programme, Colin Hay nevertheless provides plenty laughs with his stories of early life in Saltcoats, arriving in Australia as a boy, and the fame and misfortune he experienced with Men at Work. An enjoyably laidback, thoughtful and sweary host (the group in front of me were taking bets on how many 'fucks' he would emit: whoever ventured the highest guess probably scooped the winnings), Hay is perfectly happy to play the hits while offering newer songs and one intriguing cover version.

Constantly tuning his guitar, the band he has assembled are similarly tight, while his Cuban singer wife Cecilia Noël throws in some expressive choreographic moves, coming into her own with that cover version (AC/DC's 'You Shook Me All Night Long') and throwing out some woodwind sounds from her mouth as she air-flutes the instantly recognisable lines from 'Down Under.'

This three and a half minute slice of classic early-80s pop is transformed into a sprawling epic that closes the show, allowing for each band member to take their extended solo moment in the sun. As for the enigmatic title of the show, you'll just have to buy a ticket and hear this mercurial man at work.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug, 10.30pm, £12–£14 (£11–£13).

Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel

  • 4 stars

Fox Dyson Pty Ltd It's been said that live bands are an endangered species. This one is alive and well, and fronted by Colin Hay, a singer/songwriter and storyteller. He made musical history with Grammy-winning Men at Work in the 80s. With the sheen of renewal, Colin and his band, who hail from Philadelphia, Peru and…