Last year at the Fringe, Danielle O’Malley entertained us with a Liverpudlian accent and her tribute to Cilla Black – last night, Downstairs at the Maj, with bleached blonde big hair, mini-skirts, a Noo Joisey accent and the trademark boots she served up a delightful hour of the music of Nancy, the daughter of Old Blue Eyes himself.
The show took the form of a TV recording giving Nancy time between songs to chat to the “live TV audience” and do a couple of commercials for the “sponsor”, RC Cola – the only soft drink to make Coke taste OK, in my opinion.
From Lightning’s Girl, Bang Bang, Sugar Town, Last of the Secret Agents, You Only Live Twice from the Bond film, to her duets with Frank, the wonderful Something Stupid and with the late, great Lee Hazlewood, Summer Wine, the show traversed all of her hits of the Swinging 60’s and 70’s. A highlight for me was her brilliant rendition of It’s For My Dad, the song she wrote for Frank in 1977.
A foot stomping rendition of her classic These Boots Are Made for Walking was the finale of a highly entertaining show from Danielle. She has a great voice and stage presence and was Nancy for that hour. For fans of Nancy and the music of the 60’s this is a show not to be missed.