So many songs you haven’t heard, some you have, BUT all of them are brilliant.
It’s 1965 and two woman walk into a bar and ask for a beer. Sounds like the beginning of a joke right? Well the industry was, and this changed the music platform from then on (Google this).
Recipients of the inaugural Frank Ford Commission, well-versed cabaret professionals, Amelia Ryan and Libby O’Donovan, took us on a ‘Forgotten Ladies of Australian Music History’ trip for an hour, and it was inspiring and thought evoking.
Part of the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, ‘Unsung’ had me talking and praising for days after, it left an impact. I stomped and cheered on as I heard wonderfully woven stories of the past seamlessly blended with some iconic and some (I feel bad) unknown songs.
This show had a powerful and VERY well-timed message and I applaud these incredible woman for this, BUT the show was also really really good entertainment as the vocals were stunningly on point as was the band led by musical director Mark Ferguson.
‘He’s My Blond Headed Stompy Wompy Real Gone Surfie Boy’ was a fun stand out and the list of woman performers kept coming but only touched on some of the talent that should be house-hold names.
This show HAS to do a second run somewhere, and when it does I suggest booking tickets immediately (the 2 shows last weekend were SOLD OUT). It has to be seen.
These ladies gave a seriously overdue nod to the talented ‘Unsung’ ladies that came before them. Amelia & Libby both allowed each other to shine on stage and gave each other beautiful moments to bask in the spot light.
Summary: A really f*cking well produced tight show, with great song content by two ultra talented South Australian stars.