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The Flaming Galahs at the Beacon, 24 August

Wikipedia tells us that ‘galah’ is another name for the rose-breasted cockatoo; Urban Dictionary explains that a ‘flaming galah is a person who makes a fool of themselves, but isn’t afraid to laugh at themselves when everyone else starts laughing at them.’ In Hastings, The Flaming Galahs are an all-female musical trio consisting of Krysia Mansfield on vocals, Lucy Mulgan on double bass and vocals, and Lesley Anne Sammons on piano and vocals. HOT reporter Cathy Simpson spent an evening at the Beacon being enthralled and entertained!

Krysia Mansfield, Lucy Mulgan, Lesley Anne Sammons

Krysia Mansfield, Lucy Mulgan, Lesley Anne Sammons

This was a fantastic performance. The repertoire stretched all the way from hilarious numbers penned by members of the group, to the sensuous Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen. The latter was brought to the audience by the lovely Krysia, singing directly into the shell-like ears of some of its members.

Throughout, the delivery showed exactly the right blend of subtlety and showmanship; it was hilarious yet poignant at times – and always immaculate vocals and instrumentals.

Whilst watching the performance, I was reminded of a quotation from the late Margot Fonteyn: “The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.” It was pure entertainment, but delivered by a trio with a perfect grasp of their craft, which in turn emphasises the emotional aspects of the songs.

Photo © Spike Spondike

Photo © Spike Spondike

The Flaming Galahs describe their act as ‘an evening of flamboyant and heartfelt songs from the sultry ladies’; in some respects it reminded me of the brilliant comedy cabaret of, say, Fascinating Aida; but they really have a sound all their own, and I hope we’ll hear a lot more of it in the future.

Posted 11:06 Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 In: Music & Sound

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