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Donovan at the London Palladium live review

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Venue: Palladium, London

70th birthday bash for the Glaswegian troubadour

This ‘Beat Café’-themed bash marks a double milestone for Donovan, who is celebrating his 70th birthday and a half-century in the music biz.

Inspired by the Glaswegian-born troubadour’s early days as a coffee bar folkie, the stage is dimly lit and dressed with a small table, wine glasses and pot plants (not that sort). The show’s first half is a kind of beatnik variety performance, including classical guitar pieces from Nils Klöfver and Celtic poetry. The star turn is the kazoo-wielding veteran beat poet Michael Horovitz, whose ode to Mr Leitch features animal noises and is a hoot.

For the second half Donovan dives into the happy clappy There Is A Mountain, followed by the first of many references to his chum Gypsy Dave.


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