Carol Cates Tell Tale 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 09, Aug 2019
It was ten years ago that I first saw Carol Cates perform at the Fringe and have seen her perform quite a few times in the last decade. The format of her show is always very similar, Carol perched on a stool in the centre of her stage, accompanied by her trusty ukulele, elegantly clad and entertaining with a mix of songs, both covers but more often self-penned originals linked with funny gags and anecdotes. This format has always worked a treat and the 2019 show Tell Tale adheres to it, well why not?
On entering the room she is in stage framed in the arch over her stage, strumming away on the uke, welcoming each and everybody into the bijou room and once settled the extravaganza commences. Her voice is unique and for me amazing. I was not alone in thinking this one member was moved to tears even after just the opening number.
The all too short set flowed through stories, and illustrations of chanteuse styles, showcasing the range, quality and even volume, tales of visits to dentists, her grandmother, her costume making mother, the retelling of a classic kids story all blend in with the lyrical songs.
Carol Cates has always been a hidden gem and tucked away I the Dragonfly bar one has to search for her, but do make the effort and be quick she has only a few shows left,
Reviewed by Geoff
Heroes at The Dragonfly
18.00 to 19.00