Confessions of a Justified Songwriter

John and Gerry Lielty

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Assembly Checkpoint

From 04 August 2016 to 28 August 2016

Rating: ***

Review by Robin Strapp

In this new musical Confessions of a Justified Songwriter by John and Gerry Kielty, the world of the music business is cleverly explored.

When the song writing team runs out of ideas, the diva V-Torria threatens them with the sack unless they can come up with a hit by the end of the week.

They stumble across a group of aspiring songwriters and enlist their help in finding that elusive smash hit song.

Each potential hit is rejected by V-Torria as she becomes more frustrated at the lack of suitable material.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are gifted performers and they sing superbly well with wonderful harmonies and energy and the songs they try out differ in style.

We learn a little about the individuals in the class that’s run by Simon but it’s mostly superficial which is a pity, as it would have helped to explore the reasons behind joining the group, although we do learn that one member joined by mistake as he went into the wrong room and liked the group so stayed.

This is an enjoyable show that opens a window on how difficult it must be to write a hit song.