Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers – A Celebration in Song (The Outhouse – Venue 99) is a revival of Pam Lawson’s first Fringe show from 2011. That show was a sell-out, and from tonight’s performance, it looks as though this year’s show will be one too.
Pam is joined by some of Edinburgh’s finest jazz musicians – Tom Finlay (piano), Ed Kelly (bass), Colin Steele (trumpet) and Davide Rinalde (drums) – to give an hour long performance of the classic songs from Astaire & Rogers’ films from the 1930s.
The repertoire includes such wonderful songs as “I Won’t Dance”, “Night and Day”, “A Fine Romance”, and of course “Cheek to Cheek”, all sung with great style by Pam, who also introduces the songs with a bit of the background about the films they appeared in and the songwriters who wrote such memorable music and lyrics.
Pam’s voice is perfect for these nostalgic songs, and her warmth and humour make this a very relaxing and enjoyable show, in a comfortable, intimate venue. The band, especially Colin Steele on trumpet, are also on top form.
Pam said that she loves performing at the Fringe, as for these two weeks she can say she is “a singer”, and the audience tonight loved every moment of the show.
This show runs until Sunday 21st August. If you like the music of Astaire & Rogers, try and get a ticket before they sell out.
Review by Lisa Sibbald