Review: Ricci Martin, Portsmouth Guildhall

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If you’re a son who chooses to follow the same career path as a famous father, it’s inevitable that to a large degree you’ll live in his shadow.

Ricci Martin elects to do so, his stage dominated by huge projected images of his legendary dad Dean Martin as he pays a personal homage.

Ricci Martin

Ricci Martin

And it is a flesh and blood reminder of the wonderful legacy left to the world by the Rat Pack maestro.

Okay, although Ricci has a very good voice with which to croon his father’s greatest hits no-one but no-one can come close to that wonderful lustrous tone and, okay, he doesn’t really give a lot away of lot of secrets when he wanders among the audience for a question and answer session about Dino.

But he endears himself to fans as he basks in the adoration felt for his father. And he takes them back to a golden age as he sings classics such as Volare, That’s Amore and the show-closing Everybody Loves Somebody.

For me, perhaps the most telling moment of the show was provided by an audience member who said she didn’t actually want to ask a question but just to tell Ricci that she had grown up in a household where Dean Martin’s music was played and loved and that his songs had helped shape her life.

Such is the rich legacy that Ricci Martin is reminding us of. As his dad said, memories are made of this.