Entertainment Hive 2017

Perfect Tripod in Australian Songs

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival Theatre, June 9

Review by Honey B

What a celebration of Australian music and comedy with the coming together of cabaret and television favourite Eddie Perfect and Melbourne comedy trio, Tripod last night (June 9). The American songbook usually gets covered quite well at the Cabaret Festival, but these lads let our songs shine in all their a cappella glory (with a little bit of guitar thrown in later in the show). Hitting right at home the quintessential quartet opened with a rousing Waltzing Matilda before turning their sights on Gotye's Heart's A Mess. Perfect's deep baritone vocals added "the balls'' to the beautiful vocal harmonies of Tripod's Scott Edgar, Steven Gates and Simon Hall. These four Aussie larrikins certainly know how to sing and work an audience with their easygoing vibe and superb comedic timing - which even included blowing into beer bottles to tune up. Perfect did admit that it had taken him a long time to "get a word in'' since the Tripod lads had been working together for 18 years. But looking at the four on-stage you wouldn't know they all hadn't been singing together for years. The intelligence and pathos that these singers bring to a performance is mind-blowing - the stark and moving version of Paul Kelly's Meet Me In The Middle of the Air is an example of this and it's the song that brought them together. This a cappella supergroup had too many highlights to mention, but there are a few that need a mention including Silverchair's Straight Lines which was tinged with a gospel feel and the Bee Gees' How Deep Is Your Love was a pure corker. Claire Bowditch's The One featured beautiful harmonies while the lads showed their funny sides on Lanie Lane's (Oh Well) That's What You Get (For Falling In Love with a Cowboy) and the Little River Band's Reminiscing was pretty fun too. Of course it wouldn't be an Aussie night without the "national anthem'' which ended up being a fabulous version of John Farnham's You're The Voice. The night ended on a three-part audience sing along to Archie Roach's Little By Little. Unfortunately the end came way too soon, let's hope the boys return soon with an extended version.
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