Returning by popular demand, following an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe season, and a sold-out run at the Sydney Opera House in 2017, Stewart D’Arrietta and his band are taking My Leonard Cohen on a tour of the UK this June. D’Arrietta and his band offer a stirringly personal celebration of the late, legendary Cohen, offering distinctive arrangements of his most iconic music. This is a rare opportunity to catch the prolific, multi award winning Australian performer, composer and musical director in the UK.
Driven by D’Arrietta’s raw vocal style, these are arresting and imaginative interpretations of the great singer-songwriter’s most powerful works, performed by world-class musicians. Poetic anecdotes, punctuated with D’Arrietta’s trademark laconic humour, offer a narrative frame by which the audience can contemplate the life of one of the world’s most enigmatic songwriters. This is Cohen’s music as you’ve never heard it before.
UK TOUR DATES
ROSEHILL THEATRE, WHITEHAVEN
Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm
Friday 15 June, 7.30pm
Friday 22 June, 7.45pm
THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY
Saturday 23 June, 7.30pm
EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM
Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm
OCTAGON THEATRE, YEOVIL
Thursday 28 June, 7.30pm
ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON
Saturday 30 June, 7.30pm
Over the last two decades, D’Arrietta has enjoyed rave reviews and performed internationally, including at Montreal Jazz Festival, The Riverside Theatre London, EX Theatre Toyko and The Soho Playhouse New York. Credits include Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, Belly of a Drunken Piano (a Tom Waits homage), Feeling Randy (Randy Newman), Satango and Tuxedo and the Little Black Dress.
“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