Review: Shirley Gnome's adult-show redefines tawdry

Funny, smutty Shirley Gnome unloaded her bale of ribald songs at the Duncan Showroom Thursday. - Peter W. Rusland
Funny, smutty Shirley Gnome unloaded her bale of ribald songs at the Duncan Showroom Thursday.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

As a family newspaper, we can't tell you everything sung about during Shirley Gnome's funny, smutty visit to Duncan Showroom Thursday.

Suffice to say this was expected adult humour, by an unexpectedly talented songbird — with stupendous vocal range — for an appreciative audience advised by club-owner Longevity John Falkner to imbibe before arriving for the show, nicely opened by blues veteran Doc Maclean.

Most appreciated most of her humour, though some of lyrics pushed too-crude buttons, such as one reference to midgets.

Golden-throat, blonde Gnome's cleverly-carnal show unabashedly roamed a world of modern sexploits — singing ballads that were embarrassingly bawdy to humiliatingly frank.

Her blunt observations about gritty, personal habits and relationship mishaps could be labelled animated animal absurdities.

She mostly sung about things we may not have admitted to experiencing, or fantasizing about, during Mementos of Love; Hey, Mr. Animal; Just Friends; Not For Me, I Guess; Womanhood, plus other titles that can't be printed for our all-ages audience.

While Gnome's ribald act may offend some, they weren't at last week's local debut.

Instead, folks laughed in most places while locals' good taste stopped all her songs from being hits.

Let's brand Gnome's show imaginative burlesque, an X-rated act in Cowichan's ever-widening artistic cosmos.

While her style of toilet humour surely lures crowds of varying backgrounds, tastes, reactions, and consciousness levels (hey, a gal's got to work), Gnome might also contemplate tailoring a less-frank more-fact act for school kids studying family planning.

Meanwhile, Thursday's droll show was a tawdry sex-education review — without a surprise quiz.

Musical sex-comedy show rating: 7.5 censors out of 10.

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