John Hegley: New and Selected: Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh, 2018
John Hegley – the poet, comic, singer, songwriter and glasses-wearer returned to the Edinburgh Fringe as he does most years in August 2018. Of course, I was in attendance as he delivered a greatest hits body of work. New and Selected is a new compilation showing the breadth of Hegley’s appeal, with seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from family, love, art, the sea and France to gods, dads, dogs, carrots, taxidermy, potatoes and spectacles.
Hegley is like a master craftsman loving delivering each line as though he was constructing a work of art. He is like a teacher dividing sections of the audience to sing each section of his catchy songs (such as the extremely infectious Luton Bungalow) playing along with the ones having trouble singing but passionately helping them to get the lyrics right. After seeing one of the best shows at the Fringe, I bought the accompanying book and met the great man where we exchanged glasses for a very funny photograph and a wonderful memory of this outstanding writer and performer. Always thoroughly entertaining, if Hegley plays the Fringe or elsewhere every year, I will always plan to see him.