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Robbie Williams Swing Tribute at Adelaide Fringe - Review

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by Stacey Canavan (subscribe)
I'm a 29 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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BP Entertainment presented 'Robbie Williams Swing Tribute feat Bill Parton' a tribute to the music of Robbie Williams playing at The Arkaba: Top of the Ark on March 18th 2018 at 2:00pm. Starring Bill Parton, internationally acclaimed award winning crooner fronting the 'Adelaide Big Band', 18 piece Australian orchestra. The show is inspired by Williams show 'Live At The Albert' where he showcased all of his swing songs. Parton said "I was inspired to give something similar a crack!"

Starting the show with two favourites 'The Saints Come Marching In' followed by 'Have you met Miss Jones?' Parton's performance is sexy and soulful entertainment that lets you ease into the afternoon with a glass of fine wine and a sway. The audience of the Arkaba sang along and cheered as they celebrated this inspired tribute performance of Williams' best.

The orchestra formed in 2015 and specialises in mainstream jazz, swing and showbiz music. The performance highlighted the amazing skills of Tenor Saxophone player Matt Oulton, who is extremely talented and has a huge future ahead of him in the industry. As well as pianist Tom Cole, who stole the audiences' hearts. The show all worked together with the help of 18 talented musicians but it was a beautiful vocals of Emily Hatwell, alongside Parton, which stole the show. The orchestra also included members Dan Burgess and James Deslandes, Daniel Clohesy, James Buder, Dave Winnall, Nick Vladcoff, Edward Koltun, Sam Wallis, Brett Pamment, Sean Carey, Sean Helps, Michael Mauch, Daniel Lee, Declan Horan and Matt Crago.

This performance pays tribute to famous crooners including Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and features songs 'They Can't Take That Away From Me', 'Let's Face The Music and Dance', 'Something Stupid', but it was is performance of 'One For My Baby' that gave his performance that personal touch. He speaks about his experiences and how he can relate to the song before singing it and I think every person in the audience was touched by this performance.

Parton invited Adelaide Big Bang member Emily Hatwell to the stage to join him in 'Things' - this was beautiful to watch and following this performance, Hatwell took to the stage with a Carpenters favourite 'Superstar' and performed it beautifully.

One baby-boomer in the audience though his performance of 'Beyond The Sea' was just beautiful having only listened to Bobby Darin's version that morning she thought he sang it as well as Darin himself. Standout moments throughout this performance were Parton's rendition of 'Mack The Knife' and 'Mr Bojangles'.

It was his tribute to Sinatra's 'My Way' which brought the audience to their feet. This isn't an easy song to perform and is up there with most people's favourite Sinatra song but Parton was made to perform this number and completely did the song justice. 5/5 Stars - an incredible performance that left the crowd wanting more.
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Why? Robbie Williams Tribute
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Where: Arkaba: Top of The Ark
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