Reviewer: John Roberts
Returning once again to Edinburgh for a much shorter run and in a new venue, Camille O’Sullivan brings her Parisian/Irish heritage to a natural fit in a show that celebrates and highlights the power, the passion, the desire and the lust of French Singer/Songwriter Jacques Brel.
O’Sullivan is a unique artist, she straddles the barbed wired fence between eccentric performer and genius and while her on stage persona may not be to everyone’s taste, you can’t deny that she doesn’t give her all. From her haunting A capella version of Amsterdam to the boisterous and rousing rendition of Carousel. O’Sullivan laps up, chews and devours every syllable and note with a love and passion that is hard not to get swept along.
Each song played with bags of energy from her four-piece band. There are times however when she gets a little carried away in her own world and lyrics become inaudible and lost but that thankfully only happens a few times throughout the evening.
Brel is by far one of her most interesting productions in which she dedicates the evening to her parents who introduced her to the singers work when she was a child. This is a real labour of love and so personal to her own journey and it shows with a classy and highly enjoyable concert.
Reviewed on 12th August 2015