Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Review: Tripod - 101 Hits

Tripod are celebrating 20 years of performing together having started on Hey Hey It’s Saturday: Red Faces. Now easily one of Australia’s  if not the world’s greatest music comedy acts.

To celebrate their two decades together they are performing 101 hits. Each show contains approximately 10-12 songs but the list of songs will be different each night. To select the songs  there are 101 numbered balls in a bingo spinner. Each number links to a specific song, so if the number is selected they sing the song. Simple.

Although the songs themselves are unpredictable the show guarantees laughs, even better harmonies, word play and musicianship.. The repartee between the boys is smooth and refined, as expected of a group who have performed for so long together. Every now and again they surprise and genuinely amuse each other.

For people who argue that Tripod found an easy way out of writing material for a show I say this may be the hardest most ambitious show any act is performing in this year’s festival.  In an hour long music comedy show there is normally 8-12 songs. Scod, Yon and Gatesy have rehearsed and memorised 101 songs to a level that is stage ready and can sing any of them with only a moment’s notice.

Stick around after the show to grab an autograph,  photograph or to by the song book. All three of the guys are very generous and warm towards their fans taking the time to chat to all of them.

Here’s to another 20 years!

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