Sunday, 13 June 2010

Music Hall at the Montague Arms

“Frog Morris Presents” is a well-established evening of entertainment on the Second Thursday of each month- based at the amazing Montague Arms.

I realize I am probably not the most unbiased person to review Frog’s evenings, I am of course one of his biggest fans – but the evening on the 10th June really was something special. This month’s theme was “Music Hall” a nod to the much requested return of the Victorian Evening, and saw the largest audience we’ve had for some time.

Frog was all kitted out in his waistcoat and tails – looking very handsome and debonair. The only way to go given the caliber of the acts.

First up was Fergus Rougier – billed as a Cabaret Act he is a very talented man with an Accordion – his striking looks and comic songs set the evening off to a very good start.

Frog then gave a stirring rendition of “Puff the Magic Dragon” accompanied by Foster & Gilvan, Foster gave a dramatic accompaniment on the Saw – the emotions rather got the better of Frog – who was picked up from his prone position on the floor by Foz, and ‘helped’ into a chair.

The eclectic eccentric atmosphere of the Montague Arms could have been designed for Foster & Gilvan, the face painted clowns performed their unique brand of performance art meets theatrical sea shanties and musichall mayhem, needless to say they went down a storm.

Frog & Foster then treated the audience to that most popular of songs “Angry Badger” Foster offered his services as song sheet holder, but in the end seemed a little frightened by the badger himself!

The Montague was pleased to welcome back the incomparable Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer with his unique brand of Chap Hop & Rock for an incredible set which left the audience wanting more.

The final act were the dance band Jamean – a fabulous band in their own right their surprise element was their dancer – whose energetic routine left me exhausted just watching!

The crowd, the atmosphere and the acts were all fantastic – and it was really good to see all the performers so obviously enjoying each others sets. I rather think the bar were happy too!

Nice one Frog x

(more photos of the evening can be found on flickr)

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