Thursday, September 29

Something About George – Assembly Rooms Spiegeltent

The songs of George Harrison are something of an enigma to many. More known as a member of The Beatles, the ‘greatest band in the history of the world’, than a solo artist. This show aims to set the record straight, and does a pretty good job of that, although it falls short on other fronts.

Through songs like, All Things Must Change, Something and My Sweet Lord, Daniel Taylor, tightly accompanied by Jon Fellowes on Guitar and backing vocals and Jon Thorn on Keyboards takes us at a swift pace through Harrison’s extensive solo repertoire.  Along the way Taylor also fills in many of the blanks that few of us were aware of – his difficult marriages, his legal battles, his part in the creation of the worlds first super group, The Travelling Willburys his work in film production, and his funding of classic Python vehicle The Life Of Brian. All very interesting, and no doubt there is much here to learn and enjoy. I am nearly on the hook, but not quite. Something is missing.

Unfortunately, in portraying someone who was clearly so spiritual, it is ironic indeed that the quietness and contemplation needed to portray Harrison is simply missing. Instead, we are subjected to a somewhat breathless attack on many of the numbers, just too loud and shouty for my tastes. Taylor looks like he took a wrong turning on the way to The Buddy Holly Story- all restless energy, and toothy delivery and he looks nervous.

Having said all of the above, The Assembly Rooms Spiegeltent was shaking with thunderous applause from a great, and large, crowd as Taylor finished with swagger, drawl and (at last) confidence, with While My Guitar Gently Weeps. A fine finish, but too little too late for me.

Running time – 60 mins

Playing until 18 August, full details and tickets can be found HERE.

Reviewer: Greg Holstead

Reviewed: 7th August 2022

North West End Rating: ★★★