‘My Leonard Cohen’ comes to Eastbourne, for one night only, ahead of returning to the Edinburgh Fringe for the third time, where there were sold out shows and rave reviews.
The show also sold out at the Sydney Opera House, and received a rousing full standing ovation.
‘’a show not just for Cohen lovers, but for anyone with a true love of music, theatre and great musicianship” Stage Whispers
“My Leonard Cohen is a show for both newcomers as well as golden Leonard lovers and is both intimate as well as big entertainment” Beat Magazine
D’Arrietta and his band perform stirring, uplifting interpretations of the great, late Leonard Cohen’s powerful works, framed by a personal narrative. The stories give an insight into Cohen’s life and the motivations behind the songs, with a good dose of D’Arrietta’s trademark laconic humour.
Soulful lyrics are laced with raw emotion and sheer seductiveness. D’Arrietta’s arrangements add an uplifting, joyful feel to the music.
For three decades, Stewart D’Arrietta has brought his own musical personality to the works of some of the other great ‘intelligent’ songwriters of our time; Tom Waits, John Lennon and Randy Newman. ‘My Leonard Cohen’ was the toast of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017, and recently sold out at The Sydney Opera House.
Showcasing Cohen’s best, including the heartrending ‘Suzanne’, the iconic ‘Tower Of Song’, the desperately sensual ‘I’m Your Man’, the apocolyptic 'Future' and of course the mournful but mighty ‘Hallelujah’, all delivered as you’ve never heard them before.
“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
“Cohen himself would have paid to see this” ★★★★★ Daily Business UK
"above all, very, very fun" ★★★★★Broadway Baby
“surpasses mere imitation.” ★★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser
“D’Arrietta is the full package both as musician and entertainer.” Daily Telegraph (Aus)
Q and A with 'The Wonder from Down Under', Stewart D'Arrietta
Q: You’re Australian. Why do you come over here?
A: I love the UK; the history, the culture, and the fact that
people appreciate what we do. Plus I get to work with your
great local musicians.
Q: Any other connection to the UK?
A: My great great grandfather was a spy for the British
during the Napoleonic Wars. He was Basque, & informed
the British on the movement of the French troops.
In 1820 the British Government rewarded him with a land
grant of 2,000 acres in New South Wales, Australia.
Unfortunately, he lost the whole lot in a card game!
Q: Why do you do a Leonard Cohen tribute show?
A: It’s not a tribute show! It is a homage; a show about him and his music. I don’t try to
impersonate him. I tell stories of his life and motivations, and recite a bit of poetry.
And I weave my own form of magic into the songs; giving them different feels: some rock,
some tango, klezmer, we even take one down to New Orleans.
Leonard loved other people doing their own versions of his music, by the way!
Q:Why Leonard Cohen?
A:He is one of the greatest songwriters of our time.
I love the seductive nature of his songs. And the poetry.
Each and every song started off as a poem, you know.
Q: How many in the band, and how many songs do you play?
A: I have a 6 piece band and we do 18 of Leonard Cohen’s best loved songs