Joseph Campbell wrote “the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are” and Bobby Fox, we are truly thankful that you shared who you are with us on Saturday night. From the moment he walked on stage, he had us at hello.
A genuine charmer in a traditional kilt (who doesn’t love a man in a kilt?) with classic dark Irish looks, he draws upon the well of traditional and contemporary Irish songs that even the Celtic gods would approve of. We were warmly welcomed into a life that grew from the family hearth, with all its wonderful storytelling, dance and song.
Bobby Fox is a generous performer who is unafraid to share the deepest parts of himself with the audience. He has one of those rare voices that reaches out and takes you away and resonates all that is great and beautiful about Ireland’s bards.
An accomplished musician, he was also four-time World Champion Irish Dancer and did show us why in his dance solo. He is so fast, his feet almost defy the speed of sound. It was breathtaking to watch.
Fox acknowledges every band member and these guys are simply amazing. The production is directed by Chris Parker with Glen Moorhouse as musical director and backed by Mark Oats, Tom Botting, Thomas Waller and Dave Andrews. Individually, all these musicians are brilliant but together and with Fox…. they make The Irish Boy all heart and pure soul.
In a word, this show is Joyous. The 1 hour 10 minutes flew by and before we knew it, we were giving a standing ovation and wanting more. Even though the show has a limited run at the fabulous Adelaide Cabaret Festival, make sure you keep an eye out for Bobby Fox and the musicians wherever and whenever they appear – they are consummate performers and not to be missed.
Bobby Fox – The Irish Boy
Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
Performance: Saturday 15 June 2019 – 7.00pm
Bobby Fox will also present The Irish Boy at The Art House Theatre, Wyong on Saturday 22 June 2019. For more information, visit: www.thearthousewyong.com.au
Image: Bobby Fox – photo by Daniel Linnet
Review: Colleen Farrelly – courtesy of All About Entertainment