Dean Friedman – Story Songs review Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18) ​ Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 Thursday 11th August

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Dean Friedman – Story Songs at Sweet Grassmarket once again lived up to all expectations.   Dean introduced the show by saying he would be “singing a bunch of story songs and telling you about the songs”, which is exactly what he did, with his usual warmth and humour. 

Dean’s songs range from the gentle and moving to the hilarious, but all have stories behind them and I’m sure many of the audience could relate to songs such as “Death to the Neighbours”, the tale of living next door to people who are noisy and messy. 

All of the old favourites were here, including “Ariel”, “Woman of Mine” and “Lydia”, along with a few new songs.  “The Ducks of St Stephen’s Green” was one of the new ones, with a historical story behind it that sounded improbable, but I’ve looked it up on Google and it’s true.

Dean’s most well known song, Lucky Stars, was saved for last, with the audience being given the Denise Marsa part of the duet to sing, which they managed with great enthusiasm if not always accuracy!  

This was simply a great 80 minutes of entertainment, with no gimmicks or fancy stage sets, just Dean, his guitar and keyboard, in a show that was warm and friendly and left the audience wanting more.

Review by Lisa Sibbald

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