Why are we here? What’s this all for? World renowned songsmith John Thorn begins his latest collection DIRT with these questions and explores the meaning of life, the future of humanity and even attempts an answer or two.
Following in the footsteps of Tom Lehrer, Mose Allison, Tom Waits and Randy Newman, Thorn combines sublime piano playing, smoky baritone vocals, hard swinging grooves, wry lyrics and addictively catchy melodies in a masterful display of timeless songwriting that will have the audience simultaneously tapping along and inwardly seeking answers to life’s eternal questions.
DIRT displays John’s mastery of genres including jazz, blues, country, gospel and New Orleans funk.
Along with his solo shows John is one of Australia’s leading music theatre composers and well known internationally as one of the world’s premier musical improv accompanists (Spontaneous Broadway, Jason Kravits) and as musical director to the stars of cabaret (Meow Meow, Bob Downe, Barb Jungr, Caroline Nin). His most recent show was described by Barry Humphries as ‘miraculous’.
“An incisive and wonderfully melodic songwriter, brilliant pianist and an engaging interpreter of song, John is an absolute jem.” Joe Stilgoe
“Poetry for the planet” Nikki Brazil
VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431)
DATES: 15th – 27th August
TICKET PRICES: £10 and £8