Gruff Rhys:Resist Phony Encores, Pleasance Theatre – Edinburgh

Friday 24th August, 2018

As if being in a Pianodrome wasn’t enough excitement for one night, we also had tickets to see Gruff Rhys in his late night show at the Pleasance.

Resist Phony Encores was a mixture of songs and chat, with cue cards and a Powerpoint presentation thrown in for good measure. All that I was expecting. I wasn’t expecting philosophy and group dynamic theory but then this was the Edinburgh Fringe.

I’d happily listen to Gruff sing and speak all day and all night, his voice is just so lush and I have to say it, sexy. Again, this I was expecting, having listened to Bablesberg and Gruff playing sessions on BBC 6 Music. I hadn’t realised he is also a very handsome man *sigh*.

With deadpan delivery and laconic style, Gruff told his stories, used his slides and cards to make us laugh and think. He also sang like an angel and played guitar beautifully (left-handed). I did miss the backing vocals on Frontier Man, but everything else worked exquisitely acoustically. I only know Gruff’s recent solo material, I must go back and dig out the Super Furry Animals stuff. I know, I know, but better late then never I say.

I wish I was able to make his solo tour when he plays Bristol in November, but I am really glad I got to see him at Edinburgh at least.


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