Tonight we saw Sweet Dreams, a tribute to Annie Lennox by very fine singer and pianist +Michael Griffiths​. A friendly and warm performer, and skilled and playful pianist that he embodies would draw the crowds, but top this with a fine voice with clear and sonorous tones and it's gold.
He is Annie Lennox's biggest fan, and sings a mix of her songs as a sort of biography with snippets here and there in a pleasing narrative. Now these are not sung parrot style but in a way that shows Michael's range and musical mastership both of voice and piano off to good effect.
Fans of the Eurythmics and of Annie Lennox will be interested in hearing the early works - I'd forgotten the power of the lines "You can hear the sounds of the underground trains... you know if feels like distant thunder..." and even the most uninformed will enjoy and probably be familiar with Sweet Dreams.
This was playing at The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, and they presented it as cabaret style entertainment with chairs and tables up on what would be the stage normally, with "Annie" performing from near one of the wings. It was intimate and a very pleasant way to do things, and people enjoyed their drinks at the tables.
This was Michael's last show for the Perth Fringe this year, he's heading off to Queensland for his next show and try to see him if you're fond of the Eurythmics, because he does a fine and sensitive job. Hope he comes back next year.
9/10 powerful and moving and finding the briefcase with the two figurines in it from the old Live From Heaven video on the Sid and Nancy Scale.
Outside mer-acrobats, a stilted jellyfish and a huge moray eel entertained passersby. I will definitely be looking into more fringe events in Mandurah. The food vans here have much more gluten free options than the Cultural Centre fringe ones do.﻿ #fringeworld #fringeworld2016 #hubbub﻿ Show less