Following the success of My Leonard Cohen at EdFringe 2016-17, Stewart D’Arrietta presents Belly Of A Drunken Piano, fresh from its world premiere at Adelaide Fringe Festival, where it collected all five star reviews. The lyrical tragedies and jocular narratives of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Ian Dury, Joe Cocker and Bruce Springsteen inhabit the underworld of D’Arrietta’s drunken piano, in this ardent celebration of musical legends.
Touching, on themes of love, loneliness, war, the dreams and ambitions of childhood and our relationship with God, this romp through musical history is delivered with D’Arrietta’s trademark raw vocal style, punctuated by his laconic humour and compositions of his own. D’Arrietta on piano and vocals is joined by a collection of world-class musicians from Australia and Scotland.
“It’s great to be playing the music of this amazing collection of artists,” says D’Arrietta. “After five years of my Tom Waits show in New York, the man himself closed me down with a ‘cease and desist’ order, so this show means a welcome return to some of my favourite material.”
Multi award winning composer and musical director D’Arrietta has performed internationally, including at Montreal Jazz Festival, EX Theatre Toyko and The Soho Playhouse New York. Credits include Lennon: Through A Glass Onion (co-created with John Waters; one of the longest running, most successful shows in Australia), My Leonard Cohen (sold out shows at Sydney Opera House, EdFringe and Adelaide Fringe), The White Album Concert and Beatles Back To Back, (Sydney Opera House), Cafe Brel, Feeling Randy, Satango and Tuxedo And The Little Black Dress.
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE DATES 2018 (UK)
Assembly Festival - Assembly Rooms, Ballroom (Venue 20)
02 – 26 August (Previews 2-3 August)
6.15pm (1 hour)
All five star reviews from critics at Adelaide Fringe Festival, where the show premiered in March 2018:
“Worth stealing a dollar from your mama’s purse.” ★★★★★ The Adelaide Show
“D’Arrietta is the king of whiskey, smoke and late nights… For anyone who enjoys rock ballads and exceptional performances, this is a show not to be missed.” ★★★★★ Broadway World
“Astonishing… an expert pianist with a fine voice.” ★★★★★ The Adelaide Advertiser
Praise for My Leonard Cohen:
“It is testament to D’Arrietta’s devotion to keeping Cohen’s music relevant that he continues to play to packed houses. Cohen himself would surely have paid to see this one.” Daily Business ★★★★★
“Magic” The Adelaide Show ★★★★★
“[D’Arrietta] and his extraordinary band bring Cohen’s songs to life in a way that surpasses mere imitation, altering arrangements and infusing them with a new energy that drives the emotional narrative of the show.” The Adelaide Advertiser ★★★★★
“Very, very fun… D’Arrietta sounds like someone has soaked his lungs in whisky and set them alight.” Broadway Baby ★★★★
“A dynamic singer with a gravelly voice - imagine Tom Waits with overtones of Joe Cocker - and a wicked line in jokes and stories, D’Arrietta is the full package both as musician and entertainer.” The Daily Telegraph (Australia)
“Certainly worth your time … particularly for the opportunity to experience the remarkable Stewart D’Arrietta in live performance.” Australian Arts Review
“A fine performer in his own right and a terrifically skilled band… Expect paced-up songs, expect tango and Texas, hard rock and enough overlap with Cohen’s own style to satisfy, surprise and delight.” Fringe Review “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”
“Real musicians with a strong set, beautiful singing range, slick and sartorially turned-out. [Stewart D’Arrietta] has a phenomenal presence, no doubt about it.” Deadline News