Dean Friedman opened up his concert by saying “I’m gonna sing a bunch of songs for you guys”, and that simple introduction led to a great show with songs, anecdotes and much laughter. This was entirely a one-man show, with Dean singing and playing guitar and keyboards, and even a ukulele for one song.
It’s been nearly 40 years since his first hit with “Ariel”, but Dean Friedman’s songs haven’t dated a bit, and the lyrics are every bit as relevant today.
A story about Dean’s song-writing workshop and writing love songs led into “I’m not sorry to see you go” – the opposite of a love song! Dean’s songs are about real life – many about falling in love, sometimes unrequited teenage love as in “McDonald’s Girl”, but there are also some hilarious ones, such as his almost manic rendition of “Death to the Neighbors” and “A Baker’s Tale” written in response to the band Half Man, Half Biscuit releasing a song entitled “The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman”.
Some of these songs were entirely new to me, but the old favourites were there, including “Ariel”, “Lydia”, “Woman of Mine”, and of course “Lucky Stars”. I had wondered how he would manage the duet of “Lucky Stars”, but the answer was very simple – the audience had to sing the female part of the song, and for the most part they were word-perfect.
This was a very “up close and personal” show, in the comfortable intimate venue of Sweet Grassmarket, and one that I’d definitely recommend.
The show continues until 30th August, and you can find out more about Dean at www.deanfriedman.com