Bill Bailey:- Dandelion Mind – Alhambra Theatre Dunfermline

It was way back in the aeons of time, circa mid 90’s, that I first saw Bill Bailey who at the time was half of the Rubber Bishops and ear marked him as one to watch for the future. It was obvious that I was not alone in my opinion as his star has been on the perennial rise ever since.
Numerous TV shows, radio performances, movie appearances and of course major comedy tours have kept this West Country born comedian always in the public eye, selling out night after night wherever he plays.
The sell-out house was all primed and ready for the evenings entertainment and this versatile entertainers entrance was keenly anticipated.
Of course it was obviously Bailey the stand-up that was on view on the night and from his initial burst onto the stage till his departure more than two house later his blend of intellectual, if sometimes slightly surreal, occasionally rambling material interspersed with his love of music and an undoubted ability to play the more conventional guitars, keyboards and high speed bouzouki together with the infinitely more obscure Iranian Oud to the Tenori-on, an electronic gizmo that translates light patterns into sound melded into a night of undoubted joy for those fortunate enough to have got a ticket.
Bailey has the ability to draw laughs from the more complex ramblings, but also the silly one liners, his material is as always well written and immaculately performed as once would expect from an artiste of his standing, and if you have never seen him perform live, then take the chance by checking out his website http://www.billbailey.co.uk for those dates that remain on his current tour.
You could also check out the Alhambra website too, http://www.alhambradunfermline.com to see the diverse range of entertainment that is provided at this top quality venue.

one4review would like to express thanks to Jim Yorkston for the kind use of his superb images
Reviewed by Geoff

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