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cafe cadenza

Previews Aug 1-2 21:00 (1hr) £5.00
Aug 3-9 21:00 (1hr) £7.00 (£5.00)
Zoo Southside

"Twenty-one hundred in a darkened room in auldtown. The little winged god is being mischievous. Who is the woman in the picture? Who is the wooden-legged man doing the beguine? Will they commence a dance of courtship by sidestepping what they want to say? Will anyone do the full monty? What do Mozart, Scarlatti, Henry VIII and Socrates have to do with any of this? Welcome to the Cafe Cadenza!"

Cafe Cadenza brings together eclectic wind virtuoso John Sampson and song-writing singer-guitarist Stewart Hanratty for an hour of classy music that will create a warm, forget the world, atmosphere.

Stewart has travelled the world both as a professional jobbing musician (playing rock, pop, jazz, blues, folk, big band, Latin, theatre and most points in between) and as a performing songsmith. His material reflects these influences but does not fit into any particular category. He has played his own music at gigs and on radio on both sides of the Atlantic. Cafe Cadenza will feature the debut of songs from Stewart's new CD.

John has been a professional musician for 32 years. As a composer he has worked for dance companies, BBC radio, TV and many theatre shows, and he has toured Europe for 18 years with the Scarlatti shows and Pat & John. In his career as a session musician he has played on many soundtracks, including Rab C Nesbitt and Baldy Man, and as a Wildcat theatre member and the original Cafe Graffiti compare he has performed in most theatres and halls in Scotland.

For more details visit www.stewarthanratty.com and www.johnsampson.co.uk.

Reviews

Café Cadenza, a comfortable, low key show in a small cabaret bar, is an aural indulgence. Singer songwriter Stewart Hanratty begins the show with a few humorously introduced solo numbers, and is accompanied by a changing display of his own accomplished artwork, proof of his all round creative prowess. His eyes remain closed throughout his Latin tinged performance, a sign of his refreshing bashfulness, and it becomes clear that he is up there purely for art's sake. He is soon joined on stage by the masterful John Sampson and his band of unusual wind instruments, each of which he plays with great aplomb, alternating songs with humorous tales, and making this event a delight to witness.

Three Weeks. 3/5

 

 

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