English Jazz artist, Amy Winehouse, walked the earth for only 28 years, and during this short time she made quite an impact on all who heard her sing, among them Moogy, who pays tribute to her in Amy Winehouse’s ‘High’ Tea for this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
The Globe Cafe was packed to the rafters on the night I attended Moogy’s performance. She strutted onto the stage, in a leopard print spaghetti strap dress, showing off her well toned arms decorated with “tattoos,” swigging from a bottle of “Vodka” and sporting the signature beehive the infamous Amy was so well known for.
Accompanying Moogy were, the dreadlocked suave looking Apu on percussion and the talented Charles Wilson on keyboard, who also interacted with Moogy, shooting humorous tongue and cheek comments her way, making for a light and intimate feeling show.
The insights and comments about Winehouse’s life and music provided by Moogy were fabulous bits of amuse bouche, which carried the audience from one song to another and enriched the overall performance. One such jewel was a reference to Roger Moore in Winehouse’s ‘You Know I’m No Good,’ where Moogy said that Moore commented on his being incorporated in the song, only because Amy could not find a word which rhymed with Sean Connery.
Moogy is a very gifted singer with a sultry and soulful voice, and her performance was quite appealing, but her impersonation only slightly channeled Winehouse. I personally, would have preferred to experience the homage to the late singer – though clever – sans wig and rest of getup, as I felt that it somewhat detracted from Moogy as an artist.
Thanks to Moogy’s delightful performance, ‘High’ Tea provides a glance into the life of a gifted individual who shined too bright for her own good, and burned out before the world got to know how talented she truly was.
AMY WINEHOUSE’S ‘HIGH’ TEA
2013 Melbourne Cabaret Festival
Venue: Globe Cafe | 218 Chapel Street, Prahran
Dates: Sun 30 June and Sat 6 July
Tickets: $30 show only | $45 high tea