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Dougal Irvine’s ‘Acoustic Overtures’ Launch, Battersea Barge

30 Oct

Dougal Irvine is probably best known as the composer of the award-winning musical “Departure Lounge” that ran at the Waterloo East Theatre last year. On the 1st November he is going to release his debut album “Acoustic Overtures” on SimG Records.

Unfortunately some of the original performers couldn’t be there (apparently they are all in Colorado…), but it was a simply amazing afternoon and was a treat to hear all of the songs sung live.

The first song was “Mr Musical”, sung by the amazing Katie Bernstein. It’s a great song full of musical references. I’m still trying to work out how many exactly. Great fun and performance by Katie.

Next up was “Clean Cut Rapper”, sung by Dougal himself with Sarah Lark and Sarah Earnshaw as backing singers. Again, it’s a fun song and I think his sense of humour is brilliant.

The third song “Two Faces” was the total opposite of the first two. It’s a very moving and beautiful song, I fell in love with it when I heard Ashleigh Gray sing it back in April. This time it was sung by Sarah Earnshaw, who was incredible as well.

“Silence and the Rain” was sung by Dougal Irvine and Cassie McIvor. It’s another stunning song, probably one of my favourites.

Then Dougal sang “The Morning After You Do It”. It’s a very rocky song, loved it.

Katie Bernstein came back on stage to sing “Megan’s Hero”. It’s a lovely and quite fun song, loved her performance.

Next was “Tir Nan Og”, sung by Annalene Beechey and Dougal Irvine. I simply love Annalene’s voice, ever since I’ve heard both of them sing exactly this song at the Perfect Pitch Fundraiser last year. Hearing it again was just amazing and I still think that hers is the ultimate interpretation of this song.

The next song is not part of “Acoustic Overtures”. It was “Do You Know What I Think of You” from Departure Lounge, but with different lyrics and sung by Steven Webb and Dougal Irvine. It just was incredibly funny and one of the highlights for me.

Steven Webb then sang “Simple”. It’s such a beautiful song and suited Steven’s voice perfectly. Stunning.

Dougal then sang “Do You Want a Baby Baby”. Again a very funny song and I enjoyed hearing Dougal singing it himself.

The next song is not part of “Acoustic Overtures” either, “Values”. It’s a lovely song.

“Mermaids” was sung by Annalene Beechey and Sarah Lark. It was stunning, their voices sounded amazing and it’s a hauntingly beautiful song.

Sarah Earnshaw, Sarah Lark, Dougal Irvine and Peter White then sang “We Need Love”. For me, Sarah Earnshaw’s voice stood out in this song, but it’s another brilliant song.

The last song was “Song For Friends”, sung by Dougal again. It was the perfect ending for a wonderful Sunday afternoon.

Dougal Irvine is an incredibly versatile and talented composer and this album is an absolute treat with some of the best performers in the West End . I’ve listened to it as soon as I got home and it sounds wonderful. It’s a great mix of songs and well worth buying. You can buy it British Theatre  and iTunes from Tuesday.

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Scott Alan & Friends, Jermyn Street Theatre

26 Jun

For one night only, the American composer Scott Alan was back in London for a late-night concert at the Jermyn Street Theatre, organised by SimG Productions.

I love his music, mainly because I can relate to many of his songs and they are just beautiful, but I had never seen him live before.

He was joined by Stuart Matthew Price, Annalene Beechey, Ashleigh Gray, Bradley White-Dale, Cassie McIvor and Mark Evans for the evening.

The atmosphere was very relaxed, loads of joking and banter among the performers (and swearing from  Scott 😉 ) and apparently no rehearsals beforehand.

Scott started the concert with West from his album Keys. Lovely song and I really like his voice.

He then sang It’s Good To See You Again, the song he sang in his first ever concert in London at the Duchess Theatre.

Kiss The Air was next, sung by Bradley White-Dale . I love this song, but I wasn’t too keen on Bradley’s performance. I can’t even say what it was that I didn’t like, because he wasn’t bad in any way, but I think I just prefer other interpretations of that song.

After some not so nice comments about Betty Blue Eyes by Scott, Stuart Matthew Price sang Blessing, a song he wrote for his mother when he came out.I’ll just have to say it again, but I love the way he acts whatever song he sings.

Ashleigh Gray’s Never Neverland was stunning!

Mark Evans then sang a song that’s going to be on his new album, unfortunately I didn’t catch its title, but I’ll call it Waiting For You for now. It’s another beautiful song and I’m looking forward to hearing the recorded version.

Then Cassie McIvor sang Home, which apparently is about his dog. It’s one of my favourite songs and Cassie was great.

Having saved the best for last, Annalene Beechey sang a beautiful rendition of I Remember. She’s got such a gorgeous voice, simply stunning! As is the song.

The last song, sung again by Scott himself, was Anything Worth Holding On To. It’s one of the rare songs that are better at expressing what I feel/felt than I am myself and I’ll be forever grateful to Scott for writing about these things that nobody ever seems to talk about. Just the knowledge that you are not alone and there are other people out there, going through similar feelings, is comforting and I’m sure I’m not the only one getting this sort of comfort from Scott’s music.

Hopefully his sister really is moving to London, so that we can get many more Scott Alan concerts over here! In the meantime, go and buy his albums if you haven’t got them already! Either at Dress Circle or from his website .