New adelaide venue, three young talented adelaide singer song writers. Maggie & Louis Live was a nice change of pace just when fringe was starting to get manic on us.
Words by Courtney Duka
From a visit on the opening night of Vinyl, it was easy to see the potential to use the venue for intimate acoustic gigs. Thursday night amongst the hustle and bustle of Adelaide’s festive month, it was nice to nestle in to the cosy venue to watch just that. Louise Donnarumma and Maggie Rutjens present Maggie & Louis Live and the premiere event was nothing but charming.
The guest appearance and opening set was performed by another local singer/song writer Paige Renee Court. Her songs are well structured and have much more maturity than many other local acoustic performers in Adelaide. As sweet and innocent Paige may be (or appear to be), it’s the darkness to her voice and delivery that is most loveable about her performances.
Louis Donnarumma was up next performing a mix of covers and original material. Fire from his latest EP Hint of Light came to life in the set, with his cover of Pure Imagination from the soundtrack of Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory being made his on and sending chills down our spines. There were definitely some warm fuzzies or two when Louis dedicated Elephant to Maggie and the work she had contributed to put the Fringe events together.
As previously mentioned, it was going to be an exciting change to see Maggie Rutjens take the stage solo after numerous gigs with pal Timberwolf and we weren’t disappointed. She had no troubles keeping the audience captivated with her songs and stories despite admittedly feeling quite nervous. A stunning voice from a stunning girl.
The night was closed by a few short sweet songs performed by Maggie and Louis as a duo and they were quite the delightful pair. It would have be great to see the two develop the show more around the two of them performing together, but as a gig it was a really nice end to the night.