Des de Moor
EdinburghGuide.com 16 August 2001
Photo: Theo Cohen
Darkness and Disgrace - A musical cabaret
Drams ** for the venue, * for the show!
[ranging from none for unmissable, to five for unwatchable]
Venue Pleasance Dome (23)
Address 1 Bristo Square Edinburgh
Reviewer Neil Ingram
Performed by Des de Moor and Russell Churney
Des de Moor and Russell Churney present a late-night entertainment with words and music by David Bowie. This is no tribute band, though, it's a serious re- creation of Bowie's work, mostly of less well-known songs, by two stars of the London cabaret scene. It's a musical form I've rarely seen at the Fringe, and if their treatment of the songs seems laid back, it is ultimately very rewarding.
Des de Moor's singing is in the chansonnier tradition, often associated with Kurt Weill and Jacques Brel. He performs, and at times acts, the songs in a very personal way, and most of them stand up well to this treatment. Look out particularly for his renditions of Time, All the Madmen and We are the Dead. Russell Churney is not just the piano accompanist, he sings as well and it is his arrangments that bring fresh life to the songs, especially to the opening Diamond Dogs.
Bowie fans may be surprised at how well the songs transfer to this intimate environment, or they may not like it at all. I found that sometimes the words were rather empty, but other pieces came to life when stripped of their usual electronic clothes. It's a matter of taste, but this is a well put together and very professional show. The venue, though, is less than perfect- it's too damn hot!
© Neil Ingram 16 August 2001
Until 27th (not 19th)at 00.15 (lasts one hour)