Review: Si Cranstoun at The Cellars, Eastney

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It would surely be impossible to leave a Si Cranstoun show without a smile on your face and an extra smattering of happiness in your soul.

After all, a man who can belt out even a song called I Get The Blues with a jaunty upbeat rhythm must be blessed with an infectious sense of enjoyment.

So unsurprisingly it was smiles all round at the new-look Cellars as Cranstoun took his encore bow with Dynamo.

Before then he treated us to classics by the likes of Jackie Wilson and Ray Charles as he beat an eclectic path through rhythm and blues, swing, ska, and the rest. He’s a master of giving his own twist to classics and of digging out long-forgotten gems and he’s also no mean songwriter himself, giving us among others a lilting homage to his son in Daddy’s Gotcha and a big band belter with modern day lyrics in Tweet on Twitter.

I reckon that @georgegershwin @raycharles @jackiewilson et al would be happy that their legacy is in good hands.