Don't let anybody tell you that nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. An ecstatic audience cheered, clapped, whistled, hollered and got to their feet on numerous occasions during Tapestry at the Enmore Theatre last Friday night.
The full, rich and varying tapestry of tunes from the Carole King song book were beautifully embroidered and embodied by Vika Bull and Debra Byrne as they traipsed troubadour adoringly through the hits.
Singing solo, doubling duets, or providing backup to each other, these barefoot bravuras belted out the track list from the album Tapestry, and then some, rebooting, reclaiming and reinvigorating early gems from the Goffin-King partnership.
Backed by a band cheekily dubbed the Brill Band – after the Brill Building where King toiled over her tunes, not because they're brill – which they are – Bull and Byrne blast the space with blistering renditions of beautiful ballads and exuberant pop.
From You Made me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Beautiful, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, You’ve Got A Friend and Up On The Roof, Carole’s kingdom of composition reigned.
The crowd could not be contained as they erupted into spontaneous dancing to Smackwater Jack and Locomotion – yes, she wrote that pop phenomenon for her babysitter, Little Eva, and had a subsequent hit with a disco rendition from Kylie.
Astonishingly, it was Debra Byrne’s first performance at the Enmore – what a stunning debut! Glen A Baker would have been beside himself, except that I was beside him, as he hummed and beat time, folded and fondled into our nostalgia nooks.
King celebrated her 75th birthday that day (still Feb 9 in the US) and a more fitting tribute would hard to attribute.
Like Shakespeare’s Cleopatra, age cannot wither nor custom stale her infinite variety. And the same can be said about Bull and Byrne. With these two queens of Australian song, Tapestry was pre-ordained and guaranteed to be a King hit.
Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King
starring Vika Bull and Debra Byrne
Venue: Enmore Theatre | 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW
Dates: 10 February 2017
Bookings: www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849