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Rainy Days & Mondays: The Carpenters Greatest Hits Live @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 22nd Jun 2013 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye

‘Rainy days and Mondays always get me down’
and as I glance out of the window with the rain lashing down, the beginning of summer seems a long way off.  I’m sure we can all relate to those lyrics, but when sung by Karen Carpenter you can easily forget your melancholy and be uplifted by her beautiful voice, despite the lousy weather.

Tribute acts are sometimes given a hard time, but as a singer myself I know just how much work it takes to create a show and sound like the artist you’re portraying.  Not only do you have to be a superb singer with a vast range, but you must be able to accurately mimic the phrasing, intonation and timings of the artist.  Classically trained singer Clare Furley has all of these attributes and captivates the audience with her uncanny vocal resemblance to Karen’s rich, chest vibrato and deep tones.  ImageHandler.jpg

Musical Director Phil Aldridge had toured his show ‘Tribute to the Carpenters’ around the world since 1991, until he felt it had come to its natural end.  That was until Phil heard Clare singing a TV jingle and after meeting, they created a new show called The Carpenters Story.  Claire’s wonderful vocals compliment Phil’s superb musical arrangements to perfection, offering audiences the opportunity to once again share the unique sound of Richard and Karen, The Carpenters.

This new concert Rainy Days & Mondays: The Carpenters Greatest Hits Live was a sell out, receiving standing ovations in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Newcastle in 2010.   In its first full National UK tour since then, the packed theatre proves that even 30 years after her untimely and tragic death, we all love to hear a Carpenter's song. 

The hits are numerous and just keep on coming, Close to You, Superstar, Sing, Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, Solitaire, For All We Know, Only Yesterday, Please Mr Postman and we know them all.  What wedding reception hasn’t played We’ve Only Just Begun as the first dance and it’s the perfect song to start the show.  My personal favourite is This Masquerade, as with its jazzy arrangements it fits in perfectly to my jazz sets and everyone loves it.  Ending the show (with the only song that I know containing my name), Jambalaya, had us all on our feet singing and clapping along.  With an encore of Goodbye to Love, they certainly left the audience wanting more and with so many hits to choose from, the show could have lasted another 2 hours!

The current tour dates are few and far between, but with the enduring popularity of The Carpenters I’m sure they’ll soon be adding in lots more dates.

Sat 22 Jun   Theatre Royal, Brighton
Fri 25 Oct   Kings Theatre, Glasgow
Fri 1 Nov  Richmond Theatre, Richmond

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks Yvonne. I love the Carpenters music. Sounds likea great night.
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