The Furze Family Variety Hour

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I’ve been working on the soundtrack for a two-hander that Bridget Boyle is making for Debase  “The Furze Family Variety Hour” (By Bridget Boyle, Co-devised by Bridget Boyle, Leon Cain & Helen Cassidy with Liz Skitch) . It opens next week

Leon Cain in The Furze Family Variety Hour Leon Cain in The Furze Family Variety Hour

There was a development on the project last year (2013) at La Mama in Melbourne, for which I provided some edited grabs of pre-recorded music in the knowledge that the show was likely to require energetic music for transitions. I pulled instrumental sections from Laique’s first album (with permission) as well as bits of Squirrel Nut Zippers – the pieces ranged from moody to frantic,  but importantly they were ‘period’ sounding. Loosely, that meant the instrumentation was a bit quirky,  drawing on Gypsy Jazz & Swing revival, throaty brass, jazz violin, lots of ukuleles,  banjo and clanky percussion. Earlier…

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