Note: This review is from the 2016 Fringe

Gideon Irving, one half of the duo Gideon and Hubcap, returns, very well dressed, to the Fringe to enchant us once more with his solo show My Name is Gideon: Songs, space travel and everything in between. Dedicating a song to his beloved Hubcap, it is clear he misses his other half, who has been stolen away by San Francisco. But even without his right arm, Gideon still has his hands, mouth and feet to play a wonderful array of peculiar instruments for us.

When bringing his home-made show to the prestigious Pleasance Courtyard, the homeliness is harder to capture. Luckily his friendly face welcomes you in the door. As usual the audience become part of his show, bewitched by his charismatic personality and his contagiously optimistic aura.

Equipped with his fairy lights and another map to fill with contacts all over the globe, he creates a peaceful, chilled out vibe – a little relaxing break from the busy hustle and bustle of the Fringe. If you’re in need of a worry free afternoon, or a little ray of sunshine in this rainy Scottish summer, he is your man.

Out of his wooden treasure chest comes a banjo, bouzouki, jews harp, shruti box and a whirly tube, which one audience member declared to love. Gideon combines his Stove Top Folk music with magic as well as inspiring stories of his travels around the world, his mums dating life and some words of wisdom he learnt growing up. A unique blend of musical gizmos, an impressive vocal range and treats of different varieties: his show is warm, honest, a little bit silly and full of surprises.

His name is Gideon and his show is a sweet little treat – like a warm cookie melts in your mouth, Gideon Irving’s voice melts your ears, and his charm can melt your heart.