Friday, October 09, 2015

The Stars From The Commitments

9 October 2015

I'm not a big fan of covers bands or tribute acts but I was tempted to see 'The Stars From The Commitments' at The Stables in Wavendon last Sunday because: 1. the line-up still includes two of the original members, and 2. the original band was fictional. Kenneth McCluskey and Dick Massey played members of Dublin soul band, The Commitments, in Alan Parker's 1991 film of Roddy Doyle's novel and, since 1993, have been touring almost continuously with a version of the band. They put on a great show, recreating classic soul numbers with high-quality musicians and three excellent singers (Myles Hyland, Sandra Hyland and Antoinette Dunleavy). It's a party from the start and the packed audience at The Stables had clearly come to enjoy themselves. The show closed with a fantastic performance of 'Try a Little Tenderness'. It really made me want to see the film again.

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