Saturday, November 11, 2006
Sensitive New Age Cowpersons rock!
This will be a quick post because I'm teaching in Bendigo all day today but I wanted to tell you about the performance I witnessed last night. Picture four men dressed like a geriatric western version of the Wiggles.
They play music " as God intended it to be played... Bluegrass Style!"...
The red Wiggle ... I mean Cowperson ...looked like a bit like Arthur Dent in the original Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy would have looked if he was wearing a western shirt instead of a dressing gown, and as you can see, the Blue Wiggle / Cowperson looked a lot like Willie Nelson minus the braids.
Apparently these guys discovered there wasn't much call for authentic Bluegrass in Australia and so they do bluegrass 'covers' of music as diverse as Abba [ Mamma Mia ], Queen [ We are the Champions ] Elvis [ Burning Love ] AC/DC [ Long Way to the Top ] BeeGees [ Stayin' Alive - and the falsetto was unbelieveable] as well as spoof versions of Advance Australia Fair and their own alternative version of the National Anthem interspersed with some funny stage business..
It was loud and funny and very very clever. So okay, the patter isn't always very polished and is occasionally a bit repetitive but the whole package is marvelous. These guys are seriously good musos and their vocal harmonies are superb. The energy they put into the show is staggering.
Being a devotee of Clogging [ Appalachian Tap ] my feet were tapping away under the seat all night.
btw They are hanging up their spurs after this tour so if you get a chance to see them in the next month, grab it.