Category Archives: Reviews

Playlist: Gavin Friday – Death Disco Dublin

Gavin guest-DJ’ed at B.P. Fallon’s ‘Death Disco Dublin’ at Eamon Doran’s on Sunday June 2, 2002. B.P. Fallon: “It’s a great vibe, a special treat, that Gavin Friday is coming down to do some spinning. Even before his full-on madness/genius with The Virgin Prunes he was at the cutting edge, this thrusting artist spawned on…

Forest of No Return review

The Guardian reviews the Forest of No Return show and notes: “The best performances extracted new meaning from the originals: Gavin Friday camped up Lady and the Tramp’s Siamese Cat Song over an oblique arrangement by Jun Miyake…”

Nothing Like The Sun newspaper reviews

Alfred Hickling reviews Nothing Like The Sun for The Guardian: “But the most charismatic moment occurs when Friday stalks on in gold jewellery and inch-high brothel-creepers to intone Sonnet 40 like a diabolical lounge entertainer.” Lynne Walker for The Independent: “The most extraordinary setting, however, is Gavin Friday’s take on No 40, which he intones…

Nothing Like The Sun, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Thirteen sonnets scarcely represent Shakespeare’s 154 poems in a Complete Works season but Nothing Like the Sun is at least a nod in the right direction. Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company invited Gavin Bryars to curate an evening of musical settings, the centrepiece of which is his own sequence of eight sonnets for…

Came So Far For Beauty – Dublin – Review

Came So Far For Beauty – reviewed by Stuart Hardy Is it really three weeks since I was in Dublin, enjoying breakfast after the first night of the Came So Far For Beauty tribute to Leonard Cohen (orchestrated by Hal Willner (long time collaborator and producer of Gavin Friday’s albums ‘Each Man Kills the Thing…

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow!

Patrick Lynch sees Tomorrow Belongs to Me, July 27&28, 2006 If I Didn’t Come Up The Liffey In a Bubble (Gavin’s spoken word and autobiographical production at the 2003 Dublin Fringe Festival) was his ‘A Life Story of My Life’ show then ‘Tomorrow Belongs to Me’ certainly would seem to come from the same prized…

Bryars and Friday come together

Review of the Gavin Bryars, Crash Ensemble and Gavin Friday concert in Dublin on November 10, 2005. By forum member roguevox 3 violins, cello, double bass, percussion [complete with xylophone], keyboards, electric guitar and bass – The Crash Ensemble. They’re laid out in a semi-circle thing, all standing, and there’s a microphone there. And the…

Friday stuns ‘Other Voices’ audience

Gavin Friday, accompanied by Maurice Seezer, Des Moore and Gareth Hughes played to a captivated audience for RTE’s ‘Other Voices’ in St James Church, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland on Wednesday. Starting the set with a stripped down version of ‘Shag Tobacco’ and the torch song turns vaudeville classic ‘Melancholy Baby’, Gavin belted out superb versions…

Shock and Awe: The Songs of Randy Newman

Shock and Awe: The Songs of Randy Newman, a tribute event was held at Royce Hall, UCLA Live, on January 24, 2004. Organised by Hal Willner, Gavin and Maurice performed three songs: “Pretty Boy”, “In Germany Before the War” and “You Can Keep Your Hat On”. One Elvis Costello fan reports Gavin was ‘beyond belief,…