Singer reaches Feverpitch

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Laura Pond

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.

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