Reviewed by Jude Featherby
I’ve always regarded Danny Baker as a “Marmite” kind of personality. You either love listening to his Cockney accent antidotes or reach for the off button with immediate effect.
Having sadly missed him in his last highly successful tour ”Cradle to the Grave” I was very lucky to be able to experience his wit, stories and humour of his brand new “Good Time Charlie’s Back!” tour.
There is no denying Mr Baker’s amazing talent. Known to most of us for his radio presenting skills he has also excelled in journalism, comedy writing, author and television presenting, to name a few. So without doubt there would be plenty for him to talk about.
It was his 2nd night of his country wide tour and the venue was the historic Opera House in the beautiful Peak District town of Buxton. A venue that never fails to disappoint.
He started his show promptly wearing red suede shoes with a co-ordinating shirt, black trousers and a black fez, a very smart and also confident outfit which suited the show we were about to experience.
He began with a short recap of his last tour (Cradle to Grave) and using a large projector screen throughout to give us a resume of his young upbringing on a council estate in Deptford and from the start you could feel the love he had for his family and his roots. With fascinating tales of family holidays in Yarmouth, his Nan Baker laughing at his dad singing out the obituaries from the paper and at the tender age of 13 his mother catching him with the girl from down the road in a compromising position in his grans house when he was supposed to be looking after the budgie had the audience listening intently and roaring with laughter.
The rollercoaster then really got going as his career started up in an independent record store (One Stop Records) working alongside Elton John. This was just the start for Mr Baker’s star line up of work colleagues and friends. He seamlessly entertained us through all of his wonderful and enchanting stories. From his days of journalism with the NME and where he met his wife Wendy to travelling the world interviewing music legends. His heart-warming tale of how he came to buy his first house in Deptford to him writing the whole script for each performer including William and Harry for the Concert for Diana in 2007.
There certainly weren’t any boundaries to the evening’s entertainment. Danny was like a fizzing can of pop telling us all about his life experiences. Certainly not in a boastful way as you got the feeling that he was in the right place at the right time and Lady Luck was sometimes on his side. But also that he has a fantastic work ethic, determination to succeed and he genuinely grabs life by the horns and lives it 100%.
I’m sure he must have had a basic script to work from, but I can also safely say that every night of his tour will be definitely different as on numerous times he went off on brilliant tangents. Mr Baker was a totally fabulous entertainer who loved entertaining us and we loved listening and laughing and if you get the chance to see him on tour I’d highly recommend as I really do like Marmite!
Danny Baker is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit dannybakerlive.com.
For other shows at Buxton Opera House visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or call the box office 0845 127 2190.
Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN | 0845 127 2190