Review: Graffiti Classics

I took my 2 daughters, aged 10 and 7, to see Graffiti Classics tonight performing at Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Galway.

Billed as "16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices provide a stunning show that no-one will forget. Combining classical, jazz, opera, folk and acoustic music with energetic, choreographed moves and brilliant comic audience interaction, Graffiti Classics will leave you and your family with big smiles on your faces."

My review?  They were fantastic.  They made me realise how still, and to be perfectly honest, how staid, classical music usually is.  Usually when you are at a concert, you find your mind drifting to other things, you think over the day as you listen along, you check out the person's hair in front, you reread the programme.  I'm not saying I get bored at classical music concerts, I'm saying this is truly music brought to life.

With a combination of humour, physical movement, singing, dancing, clownery and of course the music, the Graffiti Classics show had the audience engaged from the first notes to the last.  It's not just classical music, there are some well known folk and other tunes thrown in such as The Drunken Sailor, with plenty of audience participation.

What I particularly loved was that they played so many of the classical tunes that you might almost dismiss as a bit mainstream, you know the ones that ads use all the times, and hey ho how many times have you heard Air on a G-String or O Sole Mio?  But when the music is combined with movement, it really does transform those tunes you have heard so often into something completely new.

I asked my 7 year old what her favourite bit was: "I loved the one where the guy was the bee" (Flight of the Bumblebees with a special performance by Stephen not on his viola as you expected but using his cheeks – you have to see it to believe it!).

My 10 year old enjoyed "the Devil's Fiddle song", an American fiddle "story" about the Devil betting Johnny a golden fiddle that he could play better than him.

My favourite was a goose-bumping rendition of "She Moved Through The Fair" sung by Ruth, one of the violinists.

Go and see them if you can.

Graffiti Classics will be playing at The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 20th October as part of Baboró.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls