Dean Friedman In Concert

Dean Friedman shot to fame in the late 70’s with the American hit Ariel in ‘77 and then Lucky Stars which made it to no. 3 in the UK charts in ‘78. But soon after that the artist fell largely into obscurity, still producing songs and albums but never achieving the limelight he did in the 70’s. But at the Fringe, Friedman seems to have found his spiritual home. Dean Friedman in Concert is a relaxed and very enjoyable evening with a talented performer whose mellow but often wacky musical style has never been easy to categorise.

It’s worth watching Dean Friedman in Concert. He sounds great and possibly the best he ever has.

Friedman works through his favourite songs of his long standing career, including the mischievous Death to the Neighbours and the excellent Shopping Bag Ladies from the 1991 album "Well Well Well” Said the Rocking Chair. He talks about what inspired his song writing and asks the audience if they have any questions for him. On the night I saw his act, one audience member said to Friedman ‘It’s been 35 years since commercial success. What happened?” Friedman, appreciative of the question begins a personal and considered response that takes the evening on a fascinating personal journey through the artist’s history when he explains how disputes regarding his McDonald’s Girl song led to it being banned. Although it has since received quite a following. Friedman then does an excellent rendition of the song which toned down to an acoustic performance sounds great. Another question from the audience is ‘will we get to hear solo version of Lucky Stars?’ Friedman responds ‘if you can help me out then yeah why not?’ It’s a great, friendly and brilliantly performed night. Friedman’s Lydia is a particular highlight.

Dean Friedman has performed at the Fringe ten times now and as well as his concert show, Friedman also has two children’s musicals he’s written, being performed at the Sweet this year. He’ll also be doing a separate concert later in the festival. Friedman seems very much at home at the Sweet and the vibe at the concert is relaxed and enjoyable.

Friedman has a style that’s not always appealed to everyone. But if you’re a fan or even if you just enjoy easy listening and fun songs it’s worth watching Dean Friedman in Concert. He sounds great and possibly the best he ever has.

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This critically acclaimed, world-renowned recording artist returns to the Fringe to perform his popular hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia and more. Enjoy an evening of powerful, poignant, hilarious songs from this legendary singer/songwriter. ‘Songsmith extraordinaire’ (Music Week). ‘An amazing talent’ (Sun). 'Pop troubadour of choice' (Scotsman) are just a few of the superlatives used to describe Friedman's unique and original talent. Discover what legions of devoted fans have known for years – the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith and consummate performer. Fringe sell-out 10 years running. Order tickets early!

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