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Acoustic duo delight at Pakefield

PUBLISHED: 10:46 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:38 06 July 2010

REVIEW

John Ward and Mario Price

Seagull Theatre

Pakefield

Sunday, May 10



WE'RE reminded by virtue of the television that Britain's got talent. We may agree, but I wonder how many local viewers realise that there is an abundance of greater talent than they gaze at on a Saturday evening, living and performing on their doorstep.

REVIEW

John Ward and Mario Price

Seagull Theatre

Pakefield

Sunday, May 10

WE'RE reminded by virtue of the television that Britain's got talent. We may agree, but I wonder how many local viewers realise that there is an abundance of greater talent than they gaze at on a Saturday evening, living and performing on their doorstep.

To quote an instance, last Sunday at Pakefield's Seagull Theatre saw not just one brilliant act, but two-- on the same bill.

Opening up, the multi-skilled Nick Murray Brown captivated his public with his comedy and musicianship that far outshines some of the mediocre acts that reach national attention.

Songs both standard and original from his current East Anglian touring show James Prosper Goody, were polished and expertly delivered.

One would have been tempted to say “follow that” to the headliners-John Ward and Mario Price, but follow that they certainly did, once again thrilling their audience with the kind of music that draws crowds wherever they perform.

Back and forth they switched from their hand-clapping, foot-stomping eastern European instrumentals, with John's thumping rhythm guitar accompanying Mario's passionate violin playing, to John's radiating own compositions that somehow continue to evade national attention.

Arguably the highlight of the evening came as the duo segued Jay Ungar's 1982 instrumental Ashokan Farewell into John's It's Not Dark-five minutes of musical bliss.

The time sped by all too quickly and they left their elated throng of followers shouting for more with rapturous applause ringing around the theatre.

Robert Knights

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