Best of British with Cathrine SummersThe title sounds like Last Night of the Proms with Land of Hope and Glory as the finale. Nothing could be further from the case.

The ever charming and deliciously voiced soubrette was in top form tonight, despite the elements being fickle in the unkindest degree. The day before yesterday Perth sweltered at 42 degrees, one slightly nicer day and today intermittent drizzle developing into heavy showers from time to time. Are Perth punters braver than most, able to withstand adversity and hang on in there? Unquestionably!

The hundred and fifty odd outdoor lawn concert area was sold out and some took to the verandahs of Bishop’s House but most stuck to their guns (tables) and pulled up jacket hoods or popped up umbrellas as the showers came and went. Noted – Cathrine Summers concerts attract patrons with some incredibly stylish brollies.

Her “soul band” are a group of immaculately talented musicians who, in the best jazz tradition, featured individual solos in various songs. Summers is a chatty hostess and more often than not introduces songs with quite surprising, amusing anecdotes about the British artists who originally wrote or recorded the number.

The programme was a delightful melange of hits from British artists; Chris Martin, the Stones, Jamiroqui, Eric Clapton, the Spice Girls, Ed Sheeran, Oasis, Amy Winehouse, the Eurythmics, David Bowie, Snow Patrol, the Beatles, Take That, Adele and a fabulous Elton John medley to complete the tour of “the Best of British”.

Summers enjoys the company of an elite band of musicians – I will name them here as they are all worthy of recognition and following: Brodie Stewart (keyboards), Mark Osborne (saxophone), Alistair Peel (bass guitar), Vaughan Jameson (guitar), and Daniel Harrison (drums). A truly tight, sharp outfit.

Summers is possessed of a nice line in self-deprecating, dry humour and she made the most of the extraordinary summer weather and the resilience of her patrons.

The show is there for a few more nights but all tickets are sold out, however there is a second chance to see this classy act together with showgirls and acrobatics.

2019 Fringe World Festival presents
Best of British
with Cathrine Summers

Venue: Lamont's Bishops House | 90 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA
Dates: 23 January – 13 February 2019

The Sunset Room at Cottesloe Beach Hotel | 104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA
Dates: 31 January – 2 February 2019


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