This unlikely duo – one part earthy, nostalgic poetry, one part satirical song – creates what is actually two distinct performances billed as one show. In reasonably engaging if rudimentary rhyme, Alex Keelan articulates the memories of childhood and the gripes of adulthood. She is followed by the witty and politically passionate Claire Mooney; armed with a fiercely strummed guitar, she sings a selection of catchy self-penned songs about the coalition, NHS and fleeces, to name a few. However independently talented, the two acts do seem misplaced together, and the change of tempo from pensive poetry to “all together now” singsong is slightly jarring, as is the show’s confusion over whether to be heart-warming or soul-searching.
Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 2-3 Aug, 1.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Olivia Sleet]