a PIANO and a STORY ran into a SONG

For 4 Nights this year at the Buxton Green Man Gallery, Pieter Egriega and Charles Ormrod present their new show.

Because of 2020 and the Pandemic, rather than a grandieose themed show, this year we're going for  a smaller more intimate group of songs and stories....what we now realise are BASTARDS, ORPHANS and SURVIVORS. 

One or two have been slipped in from the forthcoming ARTS COUNCIL development grant funded project MR DIFFERENT along with some other songs and pieces that haven't fit into other shows.

July 7th, 13th at 8:30 and July 21st and 22nd at 6:30.

Egriega and Ormrod
It really doesn’t get easier to review Pieter Egriega’s gigs. Better to have no preconceptions, approach the whole experience with an open mind and just revel in sharing an insight into a uniquely original creative mind.

‘When a piano and a story ran into a song’ with Pieter and Charles Ormrod is, as Pieter says, a collection of songs and stories which have survived. Like Charles’ keyboard playing - which switches effortlessly from barrelhouse to chamber music, to tango, church organ, and one piece which starts out disconcertingly like Satie’s Gymnopedie - they range widely in style, lyrical and emotional content. Strangely, this does not make them seem disjointed because what binds them together is Pieter’s voice, personality, observation and outlook on life. The whole show is enjoyable, thought-provoking and intelligent. I will just pick out some highlights:

A priest planning a sermon on Saturday afternoon starts as a mono/dialogue with God about whether the theme should be forgiveness to tolerance. Will these go down well with some elements of the congregation? But Alan Bennett certainly couldn’t break into song with the lines ‘Lets give this world another go’, All you see isn’t all there is.’

A tale about how to calm wolves (not advice to be followed rigorously) points out that there are times when we must stand our ground and challenge adversity head-on. This leads into (and I use the term loosely) a song ‘Little Lies’ which includes a burst of scat singing which puts me in mind of George Melly. How on earth did that happen?

Another anecdote comments on the current obsession with recording experiences on smartphones instead of relying on memories and our own emotional internal life. This segues into the song ‘I knew your father before he was a knob’ - which has featured on egriega.co.uk.

There are several lyrical, poetic songs which are rooted in memory, observation and local detail, even at the level of a Stockport bus shelter in 1977 and ‘South Manchester Serenade’ which Egriega says he found by the 192 bus-stop.

By this point, I was groping for a way of summing up the show and wrote down the one word - ‘chansonnier’. Later, Wikipedia gave me this: “A chansonnier was a poet songwriter, solitary singer, who sang his or her own songs…Unlike popular singers, chansonniers need no artifice to sing their soul poetry. The themes of their songs varied but included nature, love, simplicity, and social interest to improve their world”. Could be a good way to sum up Pieter Egriega…
Graham Jowett

 Creative Arts Winner - Stroke Association 2014
Extraordinary People Ordinary Lives -  Best small group/ensemble Winner  -  Buxton Fringe  2016
Mr Different -  Best small group/ensemble Nomination - Buxton Fringe 2017
Frank Sinistra - Premiere 7th July 2018 Hydro Cafe Bar Buxton
Currently appearing at Open Mics around the UK in support of his ridiculous ambitions...

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