Q&A Scene: Lowdown Hokum Orchestra

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

The new CD, That’s Showbiz is a collection of songs from our show of the same name. The Lowdown Hokum Orchestra is a bit unique in the way we present our music. We’ve built a whole show around it – dancers, actors and story – but it’s really about the music and storytelling through music. The show is ideally suited to a venue that allows an audience to listen and watch and be absorbed in an experience. Our next show at The Flying Saucer Club on July 17 fits that mold. A great room with great sound and great vibe.

The new album is called That’s Showbiz. It’s worth checking out for the cover art which features one of our burlesque dancers Miss Bettie Bombshell doing what she does best. The music really cooks too.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Spicy gumbo with southern fried shrimp Po’ Boys topped off with an ice cold beer to take the edge off the heat.

Which song resonates most strongly and why

My Favourite Record – it’s a swinging jazz influenced number that allows us the opportunity to insert some snippets of our favourite Australian songs – I Remember When I Was Young by Matt Taylor which is sung by our drummer Tony Martin, Boys In Town by The Divinyls sung by Nichaud and I’ll Be Gone by Spectrum. Mike Rudd sings on the record and has been coming along, when he’s available, and doing it in the show. It brings the house down.

Any on the road anecdotes?

We’ve had a few problems getting some of the dancers props through the luggage police at airports. Apparently pasties contain a fair bit of metal in the form of tinsel and sparkle. Who knew?? Very entertaining for other passengers in the queue.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

The band comes from different musical pathways but when we get together all those genre definitions melt away. Paul Williamson (sax) is a mainstay of both the jazz and rock world having played with Dire Straights and Back Sorrows as well as Alan Browne, Andy Baylor (fiddle, mandolin) was personally picked by Bob Dylan to be the support on an Australian tour, Nichaud Fitzgibbon (vocals, percussion) is jazz royalty. Doc White (vocals, guitar) is a down and dirty bluesman, Howard Cairns has played with John Butler and Andy Cowan and fronts his own jazz ensemble and Tony Martin (drums , vocals) plays rock and blues with the best in the business. We take the best we all have to offer and blend it into something new and unique.

What’s next for you?

In September we head off to Sydney for a 5 night season at The Seymour Centre and then return to Melbourne for a two week season at Circus Oz.

What’s your scene?

Our scene is wherever good artists and good audiences meet. We are all in this together.

Abut the Lowdown Hokum Orchestra

lowdown hokum logoThe second half of 2015 is shaping up to be a hectic, jam- packed and wonderfully fun few months for The Lowdown Hokum Orchestra and Burlesque Review. They will be unveiling their brand spanking new show; THAT’S SHOWBIZ, releasing their brand spanking new album of the same name, playing a one-off album launch show @ Melbourne’s Flying Saucer Club in mid-July, and then undertaking not one, but two Fringe Festival Seasons in both Sydney and Melbourne come September and October.

First up is the Sydney Fringe Festival from Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th September, at the Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre. A season at The Melbourne Fringe Festival will then follow directly on from 23rd September to 4th October; giving their many fans and Hokum converts ample opportunity to enjoy the wild adventures of the live show. ‘That’s Showbiz’ the performance is something special. A winning combination of story-telling, hot hokum jazz and blues and burlesque for a toe-tapping, sexy, one-of-a-kind theatrical experience all delivered by a stellar cast of some of Australia’s finest musicians, dancers and actors.

The story revolves around Jazz diva Dee Dee Delore (Nichaud Fitzgibbon) and her impresario husband (Mark Cutler) who have devised a bawdy, burlesque stage show based on her life to revive her flagging career. Against his better judgement and at Dee Dee’s insistence, the husband hires her former musical partner, lover and now struggling blues musician (Doc White) to play himself in the show. Dee Dee is trying to make her husband jealous, and her plan is working, with poor Doc finding himself caught in the crossfire. The audience picks up the show one week into rehearsal, and already the sparks That’s Showbiz is Hoochie Coochie to the core; a sexy, saucy, musically driven romp of a show.

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