For those of you that don’t know Andrew Strong, in 1992 at the age of 16 he was the lead singer in the Alan Parker’s movie The Commitments. He had a powerful voice back then and nothing has changed. It has now been 21 years since the release of the movie and Andrew Strong has hand picked musicians to join him on a tour of Australia.
Having seen Andrew Strong perform on a previous visit to Australia I couldn’t wait to see him perform again and despite the 2hr mid week drive each way to The Entrance Leagues Club I was determined to see him perform. I wasn’t disappointed!
Before the current show at the Entrance he had already performed in Fremantle, Darwin and Coffs Harbour with many more towns to come.
The Entrance Leagues Club is a small venue which quickly filled and I doubt if anyone in the audience was disappointed with the performance. Andrew is such a powerful singer and he sung all the classics from the movie including “Mustang Sally”, “In The Midnight Hour”, “Dark End of the Street”, “I Thank You”, “Show Me”, “Treat Her Right” and “Hard to Handle”.
The stage was jam packed with all 8 members of the band including a female back-up singer who sang “I Never Loved A Man” and a few of the other female lead songs from the movie. It was a shame that Andrew didn’t bring the original “Commitmentettes” (Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Bronagh Gallagher) but not having them there did not detract from the quality of the show.
Any new or even established artists that need to develop a stage presence and learn how to work the crowd should go to a few of Andrew’s shows as he had the audience eating out of his hands and screaming out for more at the end of the night. Andrew is one of the few artists that I never tire of listening to! His music has a timeless quality about it and he sings it so passionately.
I enjoyed the gig so much that I have already purchased tickets to see him again in Sydney later this month.
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The support acts on the night were Mark Cashin and the Lil Hussy’s https://myspace.com/