Who: Julia Deans What: Both Sides Now Where: Harkness Henry's Emporium of Scintillating Wonders, Hamilton Gardens When: Wednesday night Reviewed by: Mike Mather Sometimes, when one artist decides to cover another – in an entire show, no less – it's an ill-conceived venture. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it works really well. And sometimes, as in the case of Julia Deans' tribute to the music of the great folk singer Joni Mitchell, it's a marriage made in heaven. READ MORE: REVIEW: Tami Neilson and Friends at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival REVIEW: Fly My Pretties at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival REVIEW: Tattletale Saints at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival Both Sides Now was more homage than any attempt by Deans to emulate her Canadian inspiration. There was no overthinking here. No attempt to impersonate her predecessor. No on-stage chain smoking. While the music was Mitchell's, the show was all the New Zealander's, and all New Zealand, right down to the quartet of taciturn blokes in black T-shirts – including the perpetually cool Paul McLaney (Gramsci) on guitar – behind her on the stage. And from Deans herself there was a minimum of onstage banter or biography to distract people. It… Read full this story
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