Frankly, Phil’s a huge fan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Shane Ni­chols

A lit­tle bit of the clas­sic Amer­i­can song­book per­forms in Port Dou­glas to­mor­row night (Fri­day, Au­gust 26) thanks to Phil Wall’s passion for the mu­sic and for Port Dou­glas.

Mr Wall, from Mel­bourne, is a crooner in the clas­sic mould. And, as a reg­u­lar visitor to Port Dou­glas over many years but never hav­ing per­formed here, he has pa­tiently waited for an op­por­tu­nity to per­form at the Clink.

Fi­nally, that’s go­ing to hap­pen, and in the nicest of ways too, with Mr Wall do­nat­ing all pro­ceed­ings to the Dou­glas The­atre Arts Group.

The evening will con­sists of his Frank Si­na­tra trib­ute, Si­na­tra in Paradise, with sto­ries about the leg­endary singer and a ex­cur­sion through his reper­toire.

The sec­ond half of the show is Broad­way to Hollywood fea­tur­ing songs and sto­ries from some of the great movies and mu­si­cals with songs from My Fair Lady to Matilda and Cats to A Cho­rus Line.

“It is an hon­our to be able to per­form this mu­sic and to tell some of the sto­ries about Frank,” mr Wall says.

“Hope­fully, it gives the au­di­ence an in­sight into the man as well as his mu­sic. I was lucky enough to see Frank in con­cert some years ago and the passion for the song was 100 per cent – every per­for­mance was as if it was the first time and his phras­ing was scin­til­lat­ing.

“And now to be pay­ing trib­ute to the man is just mar­vel­lous, as Frank would say.”

Among his favourites to per­form is Night and Day.

“To me it is al­most the per­fect tri­fecta: Frank’s sen­sa­tional vo­cals, the in­cred­i­ble words and mu­sic of Cole Porter and the in­spi­ra­tional ar­range­ment of Nel­son Rid­dle. It doesn’t get much bet­ter than that!

“All the Way is an­other beau­ti­ful song and one of the bal­lads in the show that through sim­ple words tells so much about Frank and one of the great loves in his life, Ava Gard­ner.

“He was al­ways very re­spect­ful of the com­poser’s mu­sic and whether it be a full big band sound or a sin­gle piano, he al­ways looked for ways to con­vey the com­poser’s in­tent.

“Add to that the sim­ple fact that Frank was pas­sion­ate about per­form­ing and you have the in­gre­di­ents for some magic to hap­pen.”

I was lucky enough to see Frank in con­cert some years ago and the passion for the song was 100 per cent – every per­for­mance was as if it was the first time

Phil Wall, crooner in the clas­sic mould, is set to play the Clink to­mor­row night

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