The Sorries
The Sorries
Dates: 6th-11th: 13th-18th: and 20th-25th Aug. 2018
Time: 16.30 (17.30)
Price: £12.50 (£10.50) (£30.00F)

Music. Folk. Traditional. All Ages.

Company Description

The Sorries are Douglas Kay (vocals, guitar, bodhran, mandolin) and Martin Philip (vocals, guitar, bodhran). The duo celebrate ten years at the Fringe this year, garnering great reviews and full houses across the decade.

Production Description

Celebrating 10 successful years at the Fringe and a host of sold-out shows, the kilted duo return with more selections from the much-loved Scottish songbook. Inspired by a love of The Corries, Douglas Kay and Martin Philip sing, play and banter their way through an entertaining hour of traditional Scottish and comic songs.

'Deliciously infectious... riotous fun' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Authentic, lively and hugely, hugely enjoyable' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'A must for lovers of Scots songs' **** (EdinburghSpotlight.com). 'Genuinely funny' (FringeReport.com). 'Their... revision of Johhny Lad is entertainingly true to a noble, public figure swatting tradition' (Rob Adams, Herald).

Review

 

Monday 6 August 2018

 

Review of THE SORRIES at the Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40)

 

The Sorries comprise Douglas Kay and Martin Philip, two highly accomplished musicians who have been attracting impressive reviews while playing to packed houses at the Fringe for a decade now. They are renowned for their Corries-inspired music, offering a one-hour-long show of typically Scottish songs that can't fail to please.

 

Attired in brightly coloured tee-shirts and kilts, the Sorries made a dramatic entrance to their show by marching into the theatre and up the aisle, near to where the audience were seated, singing a lively song accompanied by the booms of their bodhráns. (A bodhrán is a hand-held frame drum popular in Irish and Scottish music. One side is covered in some sort of animal skin, popularly goatskin, and it is struck with a small wooden stick called a tipper stick.) The duo combine bhodrán, guitar, mandolin, vocals, interesting anecdotes about the roots of the songs they sing, and a lot of badinage to create a most exhilarating show.

 

After their surprising entrance, they took up their positions behind the microphones on stage. One of the duo jested that they now have a “stage set” – a tall large black-and-white photographic outline of each of the duo standing beside a lamppost, against a dramatic castle backdrop, one photo positioned on each side of the stage.

 

Douglas and Martin incorporate a staggering array of typically Scottish songs into their repertoire, from sad love songs such as 'Jock o' Hazeldean', 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and 'Loch Tay Boat Song', to songs plucked from the Corries' arsenal of battle songs, such as 'Sound the Pibroch' and 'Killiekrankie'. And their own revamping of the lyrics of 'Johnny Lad' was uproariously rib-tickling and had the audience in stitches. The foot-tapping, hand-clapping, sing-along songs like 'Wild Rover' that are familiar to most of us were welcomed by the audience with unbridled enthusiasm. Each number in the set was usually preceded by a fascinating anecdote about the origins of the song. It is not difficult to see how this talented pair have experienced such burgeoning popularity over their years of performing at the Fringe.

 

With this year being the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Sorries thought this would be an appropriate year to perform 'The Green Fields of France', the poignant war song written by the celebrated Scottish Australian folk singer-songwriter Eric Bogle. Apparently, they last sang this in the 2014 Fringe, but gave a beautiful rendering of it in their current show.

 

These two performers gave an extremely generous hour's worth of non-stop entertainment, into which they obviously put their heart and soul. Towards the end of the set, they advised spectators that, since the show was running a little over, if anybody had to rush off to another performance they should feel free to go, but that this would, of course, have to be verified at the door on their way out. This amused the audience a great deal and was just a small sample of the duo's humour.

 

All in all, these two affable guys remained smiling all the way through their show, giving a superlative performance that was entertaining in every way. Even those who aren't ardent Corries fans couldn't fail to enjoy it!

 

 

Lynda Carey

 

 

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