Laurel Canyon Legends is a musical tribute from Night Owl Shows to some of the many classic and timeless songs and songwriters/bands that came out of the Laurel Canyon area of California in the 1960s and 1970s.
Night Owl Shows have become an ever popular feature of the Edinburgh Fringe at the SpaceUK and their talented stable of musicians can often be seen performing in more than one show (as is the case this year too). For this show, Dan Clews, Hannah Richards and Alex Beharrell capture a little bit of the magic of some iconic artists, and the show includes songs made famous by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Mamas & The Papas, Carly Simon, The Carpenters, Jackson Browne and other artists that you will recognise very quickly.
The sheer number of classic songs that these artists wrote does of course present a problem for Night Owl in choosing a tiny selection of their musical creativity for a show like this and for every song that is here, you can bet that you have also missed out someone else’s favourite. What is in Laurel Canyon Legends is, though, a fair selection of some of the best known work by these artists plus a few surprises.
In this show, Night Owl have got that musical balance pretty much right, and all the audience have to do is just turn back time a little, and mellow out to the sounds of Laurel Canyon Legends for fifty minutes or so. What could be better with the indeterminate weather of Edinburgh at the moment?
Review by Tom King (c) 2021
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