Location: The Melba Spiegeltent – 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood.
For world class musicianship and titallating burlesque make a point of catching Doc Whites’s Lowdown Hokum Orchestra and Burlesque Revue at the Melba Spiegeltent situated at 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood performing as part of the 2015 Fringe Festival.
Blues man Doc White has selected a stellar line up of musicians and performers including Jazz sensation Nichaud Fitzgibbon on vocals, Alexander Stuart Black on violin / mandolin, iconic Jazz man Paul Williamson on saxophone / clarinet, Tony Martin on percussion and a drum kit that he designed and made himself and Howard Cairns on double bass. Other performers include actor / MC Mark Cutler, super sexy Miss Betty Bombshell and the elegant Sina King performing outstanding Burlesque.
Creator of the show ‘Blues man’ Doc White, also on vocals and guitar, conceived of this cleverly constructed and very entertaining musical pulling together a group of talented artists to see his vision come to life. Using a variety of songs by different artists a storyline takes shape.
The story line follows two people who meet as teenagers in school and form both a musical and personal connection that begins to deteriorate as they become successful. They loose contact, before a chance meeting 25 years later reunites the pair and they discover they still feel that initial chemistry and want to keep making music together. The bump n’ grind of the sexy burlesque performances give an edginess to the show end enhances the emotional impact of each song.
With an outstanding band in Alex Black on violin and mandolin, Peter Howell on double bass, Tony Martin on drums, Aaron Searle on sax, clarinet and guitar as well as an extra special performance by Mike Rudd on vocals and harmonica the atmosphere created by the show proved to be an audience winner.