Adelaide Fringe Festival: The Only One

The strength of Adelaide Fringe Festival's The Only One is that we have a lead singer who sounds near enough to the original and who knows his way around the songs and sings them sincerely from the heart.
Adelaide Fringe Festival: The Only One
The Adelaide Fringe Festival: The Only One At the end of this show, on my way out, I overheard two very disgruntled members of the audience saying “not a very good imitation. We won’t be coming back”. As I pondered the truth of these words I suddenly realised why this stunning show was so very, very good and so extra special. Lyndall Plummer is not trying to imitate Roy Orbison but is delivering a heart felt tribute to a man who brought so much joy and pleasure to so many The strength of this show is that we have a lead singer who sounds near enough to the original and who knows his way around the songs and sings them sincerely from the heart. For 28 song titles with an encore thrown in I sat in the audience and was magically transported back to the start of it all in 1958. All the unforgettables were there, Crying, Working For The Man, Blue Bayou and the list was endless all delivered in a consummate professional style that made the evening just fly along and inevitably when at the end there was that vague sense of disappointment that this performance had come to an end. The timing of the show with its two short breaks was well near perfect and the little trivia breaks in between with question and answer requiring audience participation was a touch of genius making us all hang on every second of this extravaganza of Orbison. Not only was Lyndall having a good time reliving his adulation of Roy but his very talented young daughter was right up there on the stage to back him and even though she could hardly have been born at the time of his untimely demise, she was having as much fun as her Dad and obviously has inherited his love of the Orbison genre. And as if this was not enough we had a very accomplished lead guitar in the shape of Lyndall’s extremely young 14 year old son who sounds as if he has been playing for double his 14 years. It is so good that the Fringe brings to light artists and acts from all over the world but it is doubly satisfying when a show as good as this is presented by home grown talent from South Australia itself. Lyndall and his Only One may well be on the fringe at the moment but there is enough talent and delivery to ensure that this could well become a major show of its own. Perhaps even rivalling the success of that other tribute show Buddy... It is easy to be a critic of something that is so worthwhile and my advice to you is to get along to the show and make sure you don’t miss a moment and the truth of the matter is that you don’t have to be an Orbison fanatic to have a wonderful evening’s entertainment This show is only for a limited season during the Fringe and will be playing again on 21 March at Caos Entertainment Complex 188 Hindley Street West Adelaide. Tickets are $35.75 for show only and $74.75 including dinner. At the end of this show, on my way out, I overheard two very disgruntled members of the audience saying “not a very good imitation. We won’t be coming back”. As I pondered the truth of these words I suddenly realised why this stunning show was so very, very good and so extra special. Lyndall Plummer is not trying to imitate Roy Orbison but is delivering a heart felt tribute to a man who brought so much joy and pleasure to so many The strength of this show is that we have a lead singer who sounds near enough to the original and who knows his way around the songs and sings them sincerely from the heart. For 28 song titles with an encore thrown in I sat in the audience and was magically transported back to the start of it all in 1958. All the unforgettables were there, Crying, Working For The Man, Blue Bayou and the list was endless all delivered in a consummate professional style that made the evening just fly along and inevitably when at the end there was that vague sense of disappointment that this performance had come to an end. The timing of the show with its two short breaks was well near perfect and the little trivia breaks in between with question and answer requiring audience participation was a touch of genius making us all hang on every second of this extravaganza of Orbison. Not only was Lyndall having a good time reliving his adulation of Roy but his very talented young daughter was right up there on the stage to back him and even though she could hardly have been born at the time of his untimely demise, she was having as much fun as her Dad and obviously has inherited his love of the Orbison genre. And as if this was not enough we had a very accomplished lead guitar in the shape of Lyndall’s extremely young 14 year old son who sounds as if he has been playing for double his 14 years. It is so good that the Fringe brings to light artists and acts from all over the world but it is doubly satisfying when a show as good as this is presented by home grown talent from South Australia itself. Lyndall and his Only One may well be on the fringe at the moment but there is enough talent and delivery to ensure that this could well become a major show of its own. Perhaps even rivalling the success of that other tribute show Buddy... It is easy to be a critic of something that is so worthwhile and my advice to you is to get along to the show and make sure you don’t miss a moment and the truth of the matter is that you don’t have to be an Orbison fanatic to have a wonderful evening’s entertainment Adelaide Fringe Festival: The Only One Artists: Lyndall Plummer- Lead Vocalist Brittany Plummer - Keyboard and backing vocals Dane Plummer- Lead Guitar Peter Kroehne - Bass Guitar Damian Schimdt – Drums This show is only for a limited season during the Fringe and will be playing again on 21 March at Caos Entertainment Complex 188 Hindley Street West Adelaide. Tickets are $35.75 for show only and $74.75 including dinner.

Brenda Butler

Sunday 22 March, 2009

About the author

Brenda Butler migrated from South Africa in 1986 with her husband and three daughters and now calls Adelaide home. She retired recently and now works part-time in Administration within the hospitality industry. This gives her more time to spend with her grand-daughters. She is passionate about sport, travel, entertaining, watching movies and attending live performances of a diverse range. Brenda and her husband have been visitors to the Fringe Festival and its many diverse performances for many years.