Gideon Irving and Nate “Hubcap” Sloan, two Jewish New Yorkers, normally perform in living rooms across America but have created a cosy ambience inside the Underbelly’s Wee Coo. In their home-made show, the childhood friends share their passion with the audience and make us feel warmth and affection. With their unique brand of folk music, they have to be a Fringe favourite this year.
The set is original, combining both cabaret and comedy. Gideon is more chilled out and looks a little scruffy beside his partner Hubcab, a musicologist, who is more prim and proper. They create a bond with their audience in this intimate space, surrounded by quirky instruments, fairy lights and a map of the world. They have a charming friendship and the love that they share, is shared amongst us all, as the audience feel very much part of the act.
They clap, yodel and harmonise while playing over ten instruments, including a musical saw! Slapstick comedy and an odd sketch on Johnston’s edible bugs, are combined with tales of love, friendship, travelling and songs about sexual safe words and ‘if you’ve got something to say, don’t text me no’.
They have already taken our worries away before bringing out their trouble bird, and when they hand out instruments to the audience and we all hum together, a beautiful and spirit-lifting vibe is created. If there is one show to catch this Fringe, it is this.