Vancouver-based musician/poet/actor Rodney DeCroo weaves his many talents together to share the moving tale of his life so far. Accompanied by the gorgeous cello stylings of Clara Shandler, this hybrid show is part music, part poetry and all entertaining. Like many a talented folksinger, DeCroo’s voice isn’t a thing of beauty, but the power is in the words and his tales of growing up along the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and in British Columbia are stark, heart-wrenching and gorgeous. Evoking the ghosts of his past — his beloved grandmother, war-damaged father or a ne’er-do-well cowboy with false teeth — DeCroo’s simple presentation is haunting.
Moving back and forth among, songs, stories and poems, DeCroo proves to be an unassuming yet mesmerizing performer, the honesty of the words and emotions ringing true for all.
Sad, sweet and life-affirming Allegheny, BC’s waters run deep.
— Barb Stewart