A dip into the Bacharach songbook

Back To Bacharach on stage (Pic: Cath Ruane)
Back To Bacharach on stage (Pic: Cath Ruane)

Back To Bacharach - Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Burt Bacharach became the king of cool when he ‘won’ Glastonbury - but there’s so much more to his music than a one-off afternoon slot at the legendary festival.

The man is a songwriting legend. He’s penned so many classics it’s almost impossible to cram them into one show.

Handed that songbook how can you go wrong?

And yet, as enjoyable as it was, there was still something missing from ‘Back To Bacharach’ at Rothes Halls on Saturday.

Maybe it was the lack of a full house or the fact the venue was a tad cold - I know we’re facing budget cuts, but c’mon, turn the heating up! - or simply the fact the dozen or so singers and musicians on stage didn’t create that warmth in the first place.

The songs were an absolute joy to hear, but they missed so many chances to really connect with their audience.

The fascinating headlines on the big screen which marked the year of each song’s release rather vanished after the break. Introducing the singer by the wrong name didnt help, but it was the small things whicb could have made a big difference.

Give the brass section some smooth dance steps instead of leaving them to stand like onlookers - get them involved! - and stop wandering on and off stage at random. Oh, and give the show a clear host who can then engage, chat and get us singing along. Plenty were there up for a wee sway and sing-song...

Every Bacharach song has a chorus we know off by heart - from ‘Alfie’ to the best of Dionne Warwick to the them from Butch Cassidy these songs frame our musical journeys - and should have generated a much bigger response.

The performances were good, and this jukebox show had all the ingredients to be a smashing night out.

It was good but it just needed a wee bit more oomph.