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REVIEW: Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

It’s over a decade since Adele burst onto the music scene with her debut album 19. From there the then teenage sensation has matured into a world-dominating megastar. With Adele on a seemingly infinite sabbatical, Katie Markham’s Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook is both a fitting tribute to the star and an excellent substitute.

Former X Factor finalist Markham was chosen to appear in the TV special Adele Live at the BBC presented by Graham Norton, an event that was to change her life. Not only did she get to sing with her idol, that appearance inspired Markham’s decision to create the show Someone Like You, a show that has now toured Britain. A wise decision, as the superstar’s music transcends both musical genres and the generations as evidenced by the large and diverse audience in the Theatre Royal this evening.

Markham manages to capture Adele’s vocal and physical nuances, but she is clearly a gifted singer in her own right and accompanied by a talented four-piece live band and two backing singers, she more than delivers the goods. From Hometown Glory through: Chasing Pavements; Make You Feel My Love; Set Fire To The Rain; Someone Like You; Rumour Has It, Rolling In The Deep, Skyfall to Hello, every hit and some lesser known album tracks are here as well as some tributes to Adele’s musical heroes. There’s even an astonishingly good version of Cheryl Cole’s Promise This, originally performed for Radio One’s Live Lounge, proving that a class act like Adele can make a silk purse out of any musical pig’s ear. Markham’s talented backing vocalists also get their chance in the spotlight with a knock-out version of Natural Woman.

It takes a brave performer indeed to take on arguably the world’s best female vocalist, thankfully Markham is a class act like her musical idol, and Someone Like You is a highly entertaining two hour musical treat.

Katie returns to Scotland next month with shows on:

11th March – Eden Court, Inverness
12th March – Music Hall, Aberdeen
13th March – Webster Theatre, Arbroath 

REVIEW: The Jerseytones – The Village Theatre, East Kilbride

With the national tour of Jersey Boys finishing in Edinburgh last week, fans of the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons needn’t despair. Four piece vocal group The Jerseytones deliver their own take on the fabulous hits of the 50s and 60s.

With a refreshing mix of favourite tunes from the Four Seasons, some greatest hits of the rock n roll era, a Dirty Dancing medley, a bit of Uptown Funk and a few modern classics with a doo-wop twist, it’s a programme of wall-to-wall winners with the packed auditorium at the East Kilbride Village Theatre.

The slick choreography and winning set-list are backed up by some first-rate vocals and rather than having a lead there are four fine singers here.

A thoroughly entertaining evening that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, a song in your heart and a spring in your step – highly recommended.

REVIEW: Beatlemania – The Pavilion, Glasgow

It is over fifty years since The Beatles released their debut album “Please Please Me” and Beatlemania is still very much alive and well and filling theatres and concert halls up and down the country.

Beatlemania is also the name of the well-established tribute act playing to the packed house at Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre.

A musical love letter to the Fab Four, it follows a format now familiar: an ‘in character’ concert from the sharp-suited early days to the final Apple years. Rip-roaring through the back catalogue of the worlds greatest ever band.

The engaging quartet are without doubt talented musicians, particularly worthy of note is the drumming of Dave Gee as Ringo and the nifty playing by guitarist Rich Jevons as George. The pairing of Paul McDonough and David Peterson as Lennon and McCartney are competent if a little vertically challenged and in McCartney’s case, a little more substantial in girth, but the pair provide a little between-song banter to amuse the crowd. There’s also an attractive light show throughout. Of note the band don’t utilise projection screens to set the scene for each era as most of their contemporaries do.

But it’s the songs the audience is here for. Those age-defying, generation-busting classics – and every one really is a winner. It’s hard to whittle The Beatles vast back catalogue down to a 2 hour set, but the choices here cover the biggest and best, much to the delight of the crowd who sang, clapped and attempted to dance* their way throughout.

It did lack that certain sharp edge to the sound and electrifying immediacy that the very best Beatle acts achieve, though this could be down to the acoustics of the auditorium or the sound mixing on the night, but this is a hugely enjoyable evening and hearing the first chord of these much-loved tunes is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Well worth the ticket price visit if they’re visiting your town. A great night of nostalgia.

*On a side-note and no reflection on the highly talented musicianship onstage, were the antics of the Pavilion crowd. Not unlike an episode of Off Their Rockers or You’ve Been Framed, it was definitely Pensioners Behaving Badly; the frisky Friday night audience of advancing years provided some entertaining highlights of their own.

There were the dance rebels, who, disgusted at the staff’s zero-tolerance policy on boogieing led a rebellion in the aisles and vociferously voiced their dismay to the band at any quiet moment. After most of the boppers had been calmed by the staff, the lone rebel, committed to showing his defiance, managed to cuff a fellow audience member on the back of the head during one particularly I’ll-advised move, only to be rewarded by the injured party with a punch in the face.

Joining them were the strategic bar queue manoeuvrers who had the psychic ability to calculate when the interval was coming and stage a mass walk out to get to the head of the line as the band were still giving their all onstage.

There also appeared to be little awareness from some that the were not actually in their own living rooms and some chatted incessantly throughout. Thankfully the volume level of the band managed to drown out the majority of it.