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The Great American Songbook - One4Review

Strictly Songtime’s production is a celebration of the music and lyrics of the period between the 1920’s and 1950’s, when songs from musicals dominated popular music. Singers Anne Diack and Greig Hill, well supported by Al Moore on piano and keyboards, have selected a range of songs from legends of musical composition – Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers to name but a few. Both singers have a background in musicals and their voices are clear and distinct. They perform without microphones in the venue’s intimate setting and sustain the performance for almost two hours with a short interval half way through. Individual highlights for me included Anne Diack’s ‘Supper Time’, a less well known song by Irving Berlin, and the Cootie Williams/Thelonius Monk composition ‘Round Midnight’; Greig Hill’s interpretation of the standards ‘I’m beginning to see the light’ and ‘It was a very good year’. When singing duets, they performed well together in songs such as ‘Let’s face the music and dance’ and their finale ‘Moonlight in Vermont’.   Strictly Songtime have put together an entertaining, well packaged showcase of music which will endure passing fads. ***

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