My Leonard Cohen
  • By Lynn Rusk
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  • 25th Aug 2017
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  • ★★★★
  • 1591

My Leonard Cohen is a soulful and informative show celebrating the life of the recently deceased Canadian musician and poet. Performed by Australian Stewart D’Arrietta and his six-piece Scottish band, the audience are treated to powerful renditions of Leonard Cohen’s hits punctuated with snippets from his life story. Some of the songs performed include Everybody Knows, In My Secret Life, Like a Bird, Dance Me to the End of Love, and of course his most iconic hit Hallelujah.

Not just for hard-core Leonard Cohen fans but for anyone who enjoys music and stories.

D’Arrietta at times uses a pessimistic tone informing us that we will all pass away and mocks society’s demise with Leonard Cohen passing away on the 7th November, followed by Donald Trump being elected President the following day. D’Arrietta has a raspy quality to his voice similar to that of Tom Waits and he puts his heart and soul into each rendition of his hero’s works. He provides us with interesting background stories for each song.

I learned a lot in this hour about the life of one of the greatest musicians and poets of our time. This show is not just for hard-core Leonard Cohen fans but for anyone who enjoys music and stories. 

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The Blurb

Following a sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House, D'Arrietta and his six piece band return, due to popular demand, with their rousing celebration of the late, legendary Cohen. This stirringly personal tribute offers arresting and imaginative arrangements of Cohen's best work, punctuated with poetic anecdotes that give insight into the great musician's life. The heartrending Suzanne, desperately sensual I'm Your Man and iconic Hallelujah are part of the 15 songs given the D'Arrietta treatment. 'Not to be missed' ***** (Daily Business). 'Surpasses mere imitation' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'magic' 10/10 (TheAdelaideShow.com.au).