Lunar Circus Big Top
Monday, February 11
REVIEW: JAKE DENNIS
It don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing) sings Ella Fitzgerald in her 1957 Duke Ellington songbook, bringing to life what American lyricist Irving Mills meant when he first penned the lyrics in 1931.
Just more than 80 years later, Perth's very own swing sextet the Darling Buds of May show us what swinging Dixieland jazz is all about.
The suited band fronted by bubbly songstress Jessie Gordon are as animated as popcorn on a heated pan.
Their musical and comic timing combined with their palpable camaraderie is the band's great asset.
The Fringe World fans were out in the Lunar Big Top last night because the weather was too darn hot but the girls with polka dot dresses and flowers in their hair and the boys in waistcoats and suspenders had come for an entertaining show that showcased the songs and styles of a bygone yet perennially trendy era and that is what they received.
Swing Revue is a cabaret show that includes everything a cabaret should feature: dancers, lively musicians, impromptu comedy, sexual suggestiveness, garish costumes, and a variety of performers.
The audience lapped it up like cats served a fresh plate of milk after days of water and at the end yelled for an encore.
The array of guests make the show.
Harry Deluxe, the brassy red-haired rockabilly belter, contrasts with the main act's youthful sweetness.
Her sizzling Ruth Brown covers have the energy of firecrackers.
Adam Hall, whose voice resembles the swinging Robbie Williams', amuses dressed in his trademark black velveteen suit.
The delightful Honeysuckle Roses perform swing dances as perfumed as their name and the Cottontail Trio cover hits by the Andrew and Boswell Sisters.
With a voice like honey Libby Hammer slightly steals the show but the night remains the band's.
Audience whistles and cheers featured throughout.
Swing Revue is part of Fringe World 2013.