The Dunstan Playhouse’s double bill of the Hussy Hicks band and solo artist Liz Stringer was really a triple given that it also featured players from the Blues and Roots Winter School. Variety and talent abounded in more than two hours of guitar delights.
The opening night of the Adelaide Guitar Festival showcased the masterful guitar playing of Paco Lara and the equally passionate performances of Adelaide’s own Compañía Alma Flamenca ensemble. It was a delightful combination.
Prinnie Stevens’ show recognises talented women of colour who communicated their suffering through song. In her own soulful way, she harnesses their blues music to present a powerful sampler of personal stories and larger themes. ★★★★ ½
A Midsummer Night’s Dream sits squarely in the tradition of a comedy of errors. Benjamin Britten’s take on the play, directed by Neil Armfield, is likely to throw fresh challenges to aficionados of opera and Shakespeare alike.
The danceable rhythm of Willie Brown’s ‘Ragged and Dirty’ was a great way for Cal Williams Jr’s trio to usher in a delightful performance of Mississippi blues songs. They hooked the full audience right there and kept them hooked. ★★★★★
In a year that’s been distinctly short of cheer, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra came to the rescue with beautifully performed pieces and a strong feel-good factor.