The Stage
22 Aug 1996
Cafe Royal, Edinburgh

Philip Jeays Trio
Performed with wit and flair, Philip Jeays' songs move from caustic satire to sentimentality, and never hit a false note. The music is good stuff, but this outfit have got more than tunes going for them - Jeays delivers his material with real showmanship and a deft comic touch.

Jeays has a rich, dark voice, like Tom Waits, which can turn sardonic or pleading. Both storyteller and musician, he belts out the songs while David Harrod on keyboards and William George Q on guitar do a fine backing job.

Some of the numbers are tirades. Others shift a gear into confessional mode, but still keep the dry touch, recalling lost innocence or speculating, none too otimistically, about love. The lyrics are half the fun - witty, unpredictable, self-deprecatory, and boy, do they rhyme. This is real cabaret, part song, part theatre, part stand-up, and uplifting and quirky brew.

Alison Mercer