Review: Dale Anninos-Carter
What: Bobby Fox – The Irish Boy
Where: The Festival Centre – Dunstan Playhouse
This year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the festival that just keeps on giving – and it gave us Bobby Fox and his show ‘The Irish Boy’. This musical performance saw a blend of traditional and modern Irish songs delivered ever so beautifully with pure passion and emotion cast by the entire band.
The star of the show, Bobby, sang, guitared and piano accordioned his heart out, while his fellow musicians expressed themselves through the means of a fiddle, a keyboard, a guitar, a base and the drums. From mellow melodies to energetic tunes such as the Irish classic, Galway Girl, you’ll be transported to either an Irish pub or atop the rolling hills as Bobby vocalises folk and poetry.
These timeless tunes from many moons ago really can resonate within individuals to this day. Songs of love will always prove meaningful, even amongst various cultures and tongues as observed by the audience’s reaction of awe.
Bobby aided this musical experience by sharing stories of his childhood and what it was like growing up in Ireland. Following the vivid description of the pressures from his mother for Bobby to become the best riverdancer in Ireland, he treated us to a brief tease of his talents. Bobby is a four time world champion in riverdancing, and boy it shows…never have I ever seen a pair of feet move so incredible fast. This talent was “downloaded into (him) from his mother”, Bobby shared.
I can safely say the support from the audience portrayed complete enjoyment derived from the show. As for Bobby, it is obvious that he performs with true spirituality and burning desire for music. I couldn’t resist sneakily noting this beautiful quote that Bobby affirmed during the show – “songs of joy and songs of sorrow make me feel more human when I play…it sparks pure joy.”
Put this way, if Bobby Fox and his band return to Adelaide, I would make certain not to miss these talented artists.