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Fringe World review: Lucky Oceans and Jessie Gordon Present: The Piano Has Been Drinking ⋅
De Parel Spiegeltent, 31 January ⋅
Review by Robert Housley ⋅

The spiegeltent and a billowing smoke machine established the blues club vibe and bonhomie oozed from the stage as four accomplished musicians comfortable in their own skins met for a night of the blues. They included pedal steel guitarist and Grammy award-winning legend Lucky Oceans, vocalist/MC Jessie Gordon, vocalist/ guitarist Bill Lawrie, and keyboardist extraordinaire Paul Gioia.

The appropriation of a Tom Waits staple for both the show title and its opening number – replaced with irreverent lyrics from the band – set the scene for a night of dusky blues and a smidgen of gospel. Most of the song list came from the early part of the 20th Century such as Bessie Smith’s suggestive 1930s hit I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl, gospel track Shine on Me and the ageless classic St. James Infirmary.

Lawrie’s gravelly vocals epitomised blues authenticity; his bare feet augmenting his connection to the earth. Gordon’s delicate vocal delivery had plenty of grunt and range when required and her literal show stopper is worth the price of the ticket alone. Oceans and Gioia had their moments of exceptional musicianship each with solos bursting from behind the two vocal leads.

If sitting around with a group of friends sharing good music and banter is the kind of experience you enjoy then this Fringe show will suit you to a tee.

The Piano Has Been Drinking continues until February 3.

Pictured Top: Lucky Oceans on pedal steel guitar

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The Western Swing Hour
Calendar, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts

Music: The Western Swing Hour with Lucky Oceans & Jessie Gordon

6 – 10 February @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Jessie Gordon ·

Grammy award winning legend Lucky Oceans and Fringe World veteran Jessie Gordon bring you a night of joyful, exuberant Western Swing with a dash of soul searching sorrow. Born in the heart of Texas, burnished in the heat of Australia’s own West, this music is the nexus where country meets hot jazz.

The band is fuelled by the driving rhythm of Karl Florisson on double bass and an energetic, chaotic approach to melody and harmony with Lucky and virtuoso Jon Matthews on guitars. Joining the boys in paying tribute to the likes of Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, Jessie sings and plays the ukulele with reckless abandon, the four-piece band rolling like a steam train through the quiet Perth night!

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The Piano has been Drinking
Calendar, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts

Music: Lucky Oceans & Jessie Gordon Present: The Piano Has Been Drinking

31 Jan – 3 Feb @ De Parel Spiegeltent @ The Woodside
Pleasure Garden ·
Presented by Jessie Gordon ·

Join Grammy Award winning Lucky Oceans and his team of vagabonds for an evening of raucous barrelhouse blues. Featuring Spirit of Fringe winner Jessie Gordon alongside Paul Gioia and Bill Lawrie of Tin Dog fame, Barrelhouse is a band full of energy and spirit(s), bringing you the best juke joint blues this side of the 129th meridian.

More info
W: www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/lucky-oceans-and-jessie-gordon-present-the-piano-has-been-drinking-fw2019
E: hello@fringeworld.com.au

 

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