Singer reaches Feverpitch
PERTH Fringe World favourite Jessie Gordon will perform an incredible 36 shows in 28 days at this year’s festival.
“It is about rehearsing as much as you can (and) organisation is the key,” she said. “This is also the most creative time for me; it is in those times of sleepless hysteria you come up with ideas.”
The singer used the experience of performing at the festival the last two years to create her band The Darling Buds of May’s latest offering Fever:TheMusicof PeggyLee.
“Something that had gone down really well at previous shows is doing songs of a particular artist,” she said.
“I’ve known of (Lee) through Fever, I’ve been performing it with The Darling Buds of May for 10 years. (We chose her) because she’s sassy, she’s fun, she has a 60-year recording career, as well as her breadth; she was an actress, songwriter and singer.”
Gordon said the group chose a range of Lee’s songs they enjoyed, from her early hits It’saGoodDay and ILoveBeingHerewithYou, to He’s a Tramp from Disney film LadyandtheTramp and the timeless Fever.
“We are definitely trying to remain true to original versions, be true to the sounds, there is definitely a benefit in making it your own but these songs are just so great,” she said.
“There is something so fun and playful about the way she sings.”
Gordon described Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee as a concept show.
“It is about telling a story and taking audiences on a journey,” she said. “It is intense and entertaining but there is also a story.
“This is not just jazz or swing music, it is popular music and if you have any interest in the history of popular music or where it’s come from, then come along.”
De Parel Spiegeltent, Perth Cultural Centre February 14 to 18
Jessie Gordon performs with The Darling Buds of May.