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Falsifyin’

Falsifyin’

Sat Mar 9, 4.15-5pm, Sky Arts 1

By Gabriel Tate
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Who else but Morgan Freeman could imbue blather like ‘there is an unspoken faith in the power of music to heal’ with even a semblance of integrity? Thanks goodness, then, that his voiceover is cut short by the exhilarating keyboard work of one Little Red Clay, the boogie-woogie prodigy at the heart of this short concert documentary interspersed with musings on the history of the genre.

Older stagers Pinetop Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis (the latter still magnetically seedy, especially when he’s so obviously enjoying himself) also take to the stage to do their thing in what amounts to a half-hour medley. A little boogie woogie goes a long way, to be sure, as unkind thoughts of Quo-esque chugging spring to mind, but ‘Falsifyin’ is a breezily enjoyable, studiedly authentic tribute to a significant musical landmark. (The title, by the way, refers to the ‘dishonesty’ of the right hand playing against, rather than with, the left.)

Not a vintage Sky Arts buy-in, but a reminder of the admirably diverse array of minor delights available on the channel.
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