The inimitable Lily and King make a welcome return to Bendigo at the Golden Vine.
‘Quirky’ only goes partway to describing this fun, multi-talented duo – who happen to include a toy piano amongst their arsenal of instruments.
Lily and King have been charming Bendigo audiences for several years with their offbeat and highly entertaining gigs.
Citing influences as diverse as Billie Holiday and The Pogues, Lily and King put on a toe-tappingly catchy show; their music sitting somewhere between a 1940s nightclub routine and carefree, bohemian buskers. They’re in turn light-hearted, yet provocative, folky and bluesy, and earthy. They give off the air of an outfit pieced together from a garage sale, but are in fact well-drilled, polished live performers.
Lily Sutton sits up front, with lead vocal responsibilities – her voice a lilting mix of the seductive and mischievous. She also contributes trombone, trumpet, tuba, percussion and the aforementioned toy piano duties.
Tony King keeps everything on track on drums, guitars and additional vocals.
The Melbourne-based duo have earned praise and won fans across Australia since forming in 2005. Their albums include Medication, and the recent Bless This Life – produced by ARIA award winning guitarist Matt Walker.
Fans can expect a show based largely around the new album, with older favourites such as Drinking Song, and Here Come the Germans likely to feature.
Support comes in the form of popular old-time blues-folk outfit, Alawishus Jones and the Outright Lies. Doors at 8.00pm at the Golden Vine, Saturday, August, 26.