Saturday, June 05, 2010
Featuring Amanda Palmer
and Jason Webley
The Great Hall
Ecstatic about being out from under the clutches of Roadrunner records Amanda Palmer is taking her cabaret stylings on the road with a circus twist. Evelyn/Evelyn promises to be interesting, if nothing else.
Amanda's a peculiar niche artist, a combination of performance art and music. Purveyors of this genre of entertainment take a chance, everytime they step onstage, that the gathered few will just not get it. It takes a little moxy to get out on the end of the limb. (Similar artists, Vermillion Lies and Hank and Lily.)
The Great Hall is a vintage venue located on the vibrant Queen St West strip. Been standing since 1889 and now it serves as a magnet for the avante-guarde. A great marriage of artist and locale.
After the cacaphony of a short opening set by Sxip Shirey he stays on board to play the evenings MC and the oppressive overseer of the twins, The Great Scaphisto.
The girls are shy, and you can't really blame them, they've had a difficult life. They sing songs of passage, which in their case involves love and loathing. Yet underneath the seething animosity you can feel the emotional bond that keeps these sisters together.
I won't review their set because it's really a visual thing. You have to see this to truly appreciate the art. There are some excellent reviews of this show online, just go to googleblogs and search the girls. Check out this youtube documentary.
In what was a huge surprise we were treated to a couple extra sets after the girls had finished as both Jason Webley and Amanda Fucking Palmer had some time to spare after their afternoon tryst at The Drake Hotel.
Webley comes out strong; a big voice on this foot-stomping-accordionist. Lots of audience participation required for his set. First time in Toronto for Jason and I'm happy to report the enthusiastic crowd made him welcome.
Amanda Palmer is well loved by her circle of friends. This tour, if successful, may allow her to buy outer-clothes. It will be our loss. She seemed particularly excited about the upcoming release of her ukelele covers of Radiohead songs.
Here's a list of the songs they played:
w/ Sxip Sherey
The Great Hall
I Live In New York City
Rain on the Roses
Evelyn and Evelyn Neville
Happy Birthday Evelyn
Have You Seen My Sister, Evelyn?
The Tragic Events of September - Part 1
You Only Want Me 'Cause You Want My Sister
The Chalice of Knowledge
Lean On Me
MC Rap/Encore Call
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Dance While the Sky Crashes Down
There's Not A Step We Can Take That Does Not Bring Us Closer
? (new song or another song)
High and Dry (Radiohead)
Do You Swear
Amanda and Jason talk
Runs In the Family