Review | Climb: The Live Album, Underbelly, Bristo Square ⋆⋆⋆

In a festival where many artists are fighting to be the next big ‘something’, creator/performer Duane Forrest doesn’t claw for your attention but asks you to sit back and unwind to some soothing melodies which blend jazz, reggae and soul.

Duane from Toronto, Canada has got a winning smile and a gentle spirit. As he plays his guitar, you feel that you are in safe company. In the 60-minute show, Duane is accompanied by pianist John McGowan and performers Sandra Aguilar and Mariela Josid.

The ‘Live Album’ is a fitting description for this show as the songs are its centre piece and the storyline loosely fits around it. Some of the standout songs include ‘Wonder-ful’ and ‘Mariela of My Dreams’. The story being told does not seek to reinvent the wheel but shares a tale as old as time – falling in love and losing it. Duane’s conclusion? “relationships are hard” – thanks for the tip.

For anyone seeking a change of pace from the madness that the Fringe can be, I’d recommend treating yourself to Climb.

Climb: The Live Album is running at the Underbelly, Bristo Square on Aug 11-12, 14-26 at the time of writing.


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