Has Costello ever been in better voice, especially on Shipbuilding? And what dignity he brought to Tramp The Dirt Down, not glorying in the dementia death of bete noir Margaret Thatcher but vehement in saying the song’s political sentiments still stood.
"Tramping Down the Dirt finishes the set, followed by a generous encore including Oliver’s Army, and ending up with Love, Peace and Understanding, the sentiment and the sound rousing the Festival Theatre to its feet in a well-deserved ovation."
There were pockets of haunting intimacy threaded through the general mischief and two – count ’em – whistling solos. Now, that’s entertainment.
Here he is again, our beloved entertainer imagining his future from Accrington station back in 1937 though tonight he's years from being a forgotten man in an indifferent nation.
The all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern
gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John
Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, is now available to buy at Amazon & iTunes