Lanie Lane: Alone & Intimate
Lanie Lane @ The Spiegeltent
10:00pm, Wed 23 Feb 2011
I knew nothing of Lanie Lane prior to tonight’s Spiegeltent gig, save her cute-as-a-button photo in the Fringe Guide; but it’s fair to say that I’ll be hunting her out (in as non-stalky a way as possible) at every opportunity in the future (maybe at A Day On The Green, perhaps?).
As per the subtitle of the show, this was a very intimate performance featuring just herself and her guitar (and red accordion, which perfectly matched her lipstick). From the vocally percussive joy of Bang Bang, through her smattering of covers (including a fantastic rendition of Candy Man), to the sparse and poetic ode to her guitar Betty Baby (which reminded me of my beloved Jess Ribeiro), Lane’s selection of songs continued to delight. Her most impressive effort was left until the end, however: exercising masterful control ever the audience, she had the entire Spiegeltent standing and singing a soft underlay for her vocal lead on What Do I Do – sure, it’s a cheap way to get a standing ovation, but it was a truly wonderful experience to be a part of.
And throughout, Lanie was as cute as a bug’s ear, with her playfully coy stage presence never once losing her cheeky smile – and that tooth! Gorgeous :)
Consider me a (massive) new fan.