The flyer compares Patti Plinko to Piaf, Bjork and Tom Waits and – unusually for Edinburgh Festival flyers – it’s spot on.
Patti (and her Boy) perform Dada Noir, a bewitching set of dark cabaret numbers. A petite creature with 50s hair and clothes playing a ukelele, when Plinko opens her mouth to sing something amazing happens.
Here is voice that performs tonal tricks – from deep seductive purring and caressed vowels to guttural moans and grunts, with the odd yelp and laugh chucked in for good measure. Musically, things are also spot-on – Plinko’s ukelele playing battling against the acoustic guitar of the Boy – an anonymous figure in a boiler suit and gas mask, looking like a member of Slipknot on a quiet day.
Influences are as the flyer stated, plus a healthy dose of Dresden Dolls / Amanda Palmer, but Plinko has a style all her own, and one which, in the course of 50 minutes, I’ve become a definite fan of.
And maybe one day she’ll beat the Boy in the ukelele / guitar strum-off…