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Blues & Burlesque – B ‘n’ B GroupPosted on 10/08/2012 by one4review4 Stars**** This mid afternoon slot is definitely not the normal time slot for a show of this genre, one would normally expect this to be around midnight, but then this is Edinburgh when anything goes.Welcoming the healthy crowd to the Counting House club was the delightful Vicious Delicious while keyboard wizard Pete Saunders played up a storm keeping everyone well entertained.The pacey show was a selection of Blues, burlesque, cabaret and dance as the afore mentioned pair were joined by ‘Bouncy’ Hunter to complete the lineup.All performers are obviously quality seasoned pros and the are totally at one with their show, employing all the devices one would normally expect from this genre and using them with style.The hour was a quick one, which is indicative of a good show and then it was out into the night, except given the time it was a sunny afternoon.This is part of The Laughing Horse Free Festival so entry is free but a donate is welcome on leaving and for a show like this a folding one would be in order.Reviewed by GeoffCounting HouseUntil August 1714-45 to 15-45

If you are looking for something fun and free with laughs at this year’s Fringe, then head on up the stairs of The Laughing Horse for a drink and some Blues and Burlesque in the afternoon.A bespectacled, fedora-wearing keyboard player, Pete Saunders, welcomes the crowd with sassy rhythms, witty quips, and heckling reserved for latecomers. He introduces us to Vicious Delicious, our host in a smashing glittering red gown and giant cat-eye glasses, and to Bouncy Hunter, the alcoholic ballerina.These two lovely women are the singing, dancing, slap-sticking stars of the show

Selections from reviews 
"Saunders’ next song,Don’t Say You Love Me, his own, was unbelievably bluesy and confirmed my growing suspicion that the man is a creative genius" 

"unparalleled opportunity to see great burlesquers like Kiki Kaboom and Luna Rosa bouncing off the live accompaniment " this is cabaret

Bouncy Hunter:" a funny, intelligent act, superbly executed"

"Just thinking about Saunder’s accomplished musicality and VD’s rapacious wit returns me to that marvellous delirium that only the best, most absorbing entertainment can induce"

Saunders is quickly on his way to becoming London’s leading authority in live burlesque music, using his six years of expertise from Blues and Burlesqueto enhance many numbers.

We almost left the bar before the show began. The group sitting (right) next to us were in marketing. And they kept texting the jukebox with the cheesiest of an innocently eclectic mix of tracks. But the bouncer persuaded us to go back in.It was a brilliant evening. Everything that the marketeers had done to put a dampener on it, Pete Saunders andVicious Delicious undid. Damn, but that man can play a keyboard. The website says that he does ‘everything from Nirvana to Nat King Cole’, and take it from me, his renditions are extraordinary. There ain’t nothing like a performer who loves his job.From the moment she introduced herself in her sultry French accent, Delicious was enthralling. The guy at the table in front looked like that wolf-whistler cartoon by Tex Avery with the goggle eyes. Metaphorically as well as physically, I wasn’t far behind him. Everything about her is confident. As the sobriquet suggests her performance is a cocktail: singing and stand up, nonchalant and dynamic, cynicism delivered with levity.Speaking of, my mate and I had the ‘Mulholland Drive’, both being Lynch (and tequila) fans. They were strong (as you want a cocktail to be) and reasonably priced. The place is ergonomic in every way. Rather lovely bar staff made life easy and happy and generously dispensed platters of popcorn all evening. And the famous smoke-screen toilets did not fail to delight us (a light turns the clear glass cubicle doors opaque as you shut them). Salubrious though tiny, and oh so ‘London’, there are performances every night. It’s the perfect place for a cosy cocktail.Just thinking about Saunder’s accomplished musicality and VD’s rapacious wit returns me to that marvellous delirium that only the best, most absorbing entertainment can induce. The vibe may be retro, but this is an upbeat, offbeat little number and I’ll be beating it back there soon.Friday Follies. Cellar Door, London. Fridays, 21:00. Free. www.cellardoor.biz

Parked midway between the Kit Kat Club from 'Cabaret' and a jollier, ruddier Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy from 'Bugsy Malone', Burlesque and Blues is one of the best things you can do on a Wednesday night in London.Remotegoat reviews are meant to be about performance, but it's impossible to overlook the delicious cocktails whipped up by the friendliest of bar staff, the restaurant-quality food (pink and perfect rack of lamb, delicious fish) and the whole seductive atmosphere which on a windy and wet Wednesday welcomed everything from youngish couples on date night, to a team outing which could have been an episode from 'The IT Crowd'.About the time your main course is served, the music starts with Pete Saunders' powerful attack on the ivories, literally driving the rhythms along Route 66, and his own 'Don't Say You Love Me' where stamping every beat on the floor is perhaps unnecessary when you're accompanied by a talented drummer like Jonathan Lee. But the music really builds the mood up to the entrance of Vicious Delicious whose comic timing is every bit the equal of her burlesque. Also known as circuit standup Leah Shand, Ms. Delicious handles the audience brilliantly, and both her renditions of 'I'm Tired' from 'Blazing Saddles' and a wickedly funny version of 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' were excellent. What's all the more surprising is how well she also interprets the dancing and burlesque, this is a very classy act. For both Vicious and her partner Bouncy Hunter, the choice of material is intelligent and hugely entertaining: 'Whatever Lola Wants' from 'Damn Yankees' works very well, and whilst Sondheim's 'Making Love Alone' is hilarious, I'd have preferred it taken at a more sultry pace, particularly before the rousing finale of 'Tool Man'.The costumes and jewelery are lovely, the lighting flattering even to the audience, and the professionalism and confidence of the performers can't be understated.Clever, funny, charming, friendly, elegant, sexy but not in the least bit sordid, this really is an outstanding evening delivered with charm, wit and polish.