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Des de Moor
Press Cuttings: Darkness and Disgrace


Highbury and Islington Express 19 January 2001
Bowiesque
Photo: Theo Cohen

No disgrace in this personal homage

DARKNESS AND DISGRACE
Rosemary Branch
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What is it about David Bowie that inspires such devotion? The well-documented rise from Bromley to stardom? The ability to get in touch with his inner chameleon? The different coloured eyes?

For Des de Moor, writer and performer of Bowie tribute cabaret Darkness and Disgrace, it's his ability to reach into "a steaming pot of cultural swag" and throw anything and everything at his songs without fear of being labelled pretentious.

De Moor, a singer/songwriter who has been heavily influenced by Bromley Dave, spends over two hours [actually 1 hr 40 mins] wading through a wide sample of the Bowie canon accompanied by piano maestro Russell Churney. The respect each had for the music is evident, not only in the sincerity of de Moor's delivery but also in the way the pair attack each song with such punch that instruments regularly jump off the top of the piano.

Darkness and Disgrace is a touching show and de Moor, warms to his task, which is not just to pay homage at the altar of Bowie, but to prove the concept of cabaret based on English songs has a healthy future.



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