The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - Hugh Lau­rie and the Cop­per Bot­tom Band play the Bris­bane Con­cert Hall to­mor­row night.

Hugh Lau­rie will swap his act­ing chops for his skills as a blues mu­si­cian when he ar­rives in Bris­bane this weekend for the fi­nal leg of his Aus­tralian tour.

The ac­tor, writer, mu­si­cian and com­poser will be joined on stage by his band, the Cop­per Bot­tom Band.

Lau­rie per­forms an eclec­tic mix of blues, tango, south­ern and South Amer­i­can mu­sic, de­liv­ered with his inim­itable, sharp Bri­tish hu­mour.

The star of the US med­i­cal drama House says he’s a big fan of Aus­tralia.

“The last time I was there was 1981, in a com­edy show, and the world has changed a lot since then. I haven’t though. I’m ex­actly the same. It’s un­canny,” he says.

“Ob­vi­ously, I’ll be hop­ing to re­store some na­tional pride af­ter the Ashes. If any­one throws any­thing at me, I’ll lob up an easy catch to the bal­cony.’’

The Bri­tish ac­tor and co­me­dian teamed up with the Cop­per Bot­tom Band to re­lease his de­but al­bum Let Them Talk in 2011 and a fol­low-up, Didn’t It

Rain, last year.

Didn’t It Rain re­flects a breadth of gen­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing songs dat­ing back to early pi­o­neers W C Handy ( St

Louis Blues) and Jelly Roll Mor­ton ( I Hate A Man Like You).

It also fea­tures con­tem­po­rary artists Dr John ( Wild Honey) and Alan Price of The An­i­mals ( Changes), and vo­cal per­for­mances from Gu­atemalan singer Gaby Moreno and soul singer Jean McClain.

Hugh Lau­rie

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