One man and a piano look on the bright side
LONG before I understood satire and the double meaning of lyrics, thanks to children's radio, I was familiar with many of the songs featured in this show.
In 90 minutes, seasoned entertainer Peter Gill engagingly rattled through some of the funniest songs of the last 90 years, in this one man and his piano show.
With his clipped strident tones, it dawned on me just how many of these familiar songs shared a rhythmic speaking style of delivery, rather than singing.
Yes, collectively, this became a little repetitive but the witty, whimsical humour remains irresistible.
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We laughed at the antics of an amorous bantam cock, giggled at George Formby's voyeuristic window cleaner and perhaps heeded Noel Coward's advice not to put our daughters on the stage.
The Gas Man Cometh, Right Said Fred and My Old Man's A Dustman poked fun at the British working man whilst Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh highlighted the foibles of children. Meanwhile, Flanders and Swann lambasted Charles de Gaulle in All Gall; prompting the question why we no longer lampoon politicians in song.
A ding-a-ling distracted Chuck Berry and Victoria Wood urged "Let's Do It" in the Ballad Of Barry And Freda; proving the lexicon of humour is never complete without innuendo.
Perhaps, like children's radio, the age of the comedy song has passed, but in taking his leave, Peter encouraged us to Always Look On The Bright Side.