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Des de Moor
Press Cuttings: Chanson


The Stage 3 April 2003
Des in action
Photo: Eve Matthews

Review: English Chansons

Drill Hall


Irregular Records' latest attempt to collect together several performers of similar musical persuasion resulted in this celebration of some of the finest contemporary artists working in the chanson genre, presented in the Drill Hall's studio space for a short season.

Towards the end of the run, there was an intriguing evening devoted to a pair of contrasting performers, Peter Sarstedt and Des De Moor [sic]. Unassuming and looking rather like a retired bank manager these days, Sarstedt was in excellent voice...

De Moor's set, in which he was accompanied by pianist David Harrod, entertained in quite a different way. Far more contemporary in attitude and style than Sarstedt, he plugged his albums and regular appearances at north London's Pirate Jenny's cabaret club, while offering an often thought provoking programme containing an item about his left-wing, hero/monster grandmother, a rare love song and a nice number about Amsterdam, which for some reason evoked memories of the musical Irma La Douce.

By John Martland



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