Dirty Harry bill themselves as The Ultimate Tribute to Blondie, and this show at Merchant's Hall (Venue 112) certainly give them a fair claim to that title. With Sarah Kennedy fronting the band they have a very good Debbie Harry look-a-like and sound-a-like with actually stronger vocals than I remember the original having live on stage. Dirty Harry certainly bring to the stage the energy and fun with the songs that the original Blondie band were famous for.
With Debbie Harry upfront on vocals and making the visual image of the band, it is easy to forget at times what a tight band Blondie were, and Dirty Harry as a band are also very tight when they play together on stage.
For me, Blondie always will be the harder sounding punk style band of the first two albums and Sarah does great work with early songs like “Rip Her To Shreds”, “X-Offender” and “In The Flesh” and “Denis” – a great cover version of Denise by Randy and The Rainbows 1963 hit with that classic little name change.
As always of course it was the huge disco sounding hits like “Heart of Glass”, “Sunday Girl” and “Atomic” along with the reggae sounding “The Tide is High” that hit that nostalgic chord with many of the audience tonight.
It’s often easy to forget just how many good songs Blondie recorded over a relatively short period of time, and nice to hear tracks like “Shayla” and “Union City Blues” getting played.
The venue tonight was a seated “supper table” event with an opening half hour set, a half hour food break and a closing set of around 45 minutes or so, but even with a fairly sedate setting Sarah Kennedy could get people on their feet and dancing. I have seen Dirty Harry perform at the last few Fringes and a club setting is certainly their more natural home, but this was still a strong set and an impressive play through some classic songs by an iconic band
Watch out for their other Fringe show - Dirty Harry Ultimate Tribute to Blondie and the Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band at The Liquid Room (Venue 276) on 28th August. Details at
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Review by Tom King