Georgia Fair

with Lanie Lane and Daniel Lee-Kendall

Angus Stone has a musical little brother in Daniel Lee-Kendall. And Daniel busted out on harmonica second song in. So what could possibly be wrong with this combination? Lyrics such as: "My first love you were my whole world", that's what.


This is a boy who is not convincingly sensitive. He sings about "the one" like it's a pre-postmodern, otherwise known as modern, world.


He did do some tricky guitar stuff, y'know, with his fingers picking away really quickly. He has a Pete Murray shtick with his singing. He also sings about, "when it all falls apart" - causing one to wonder whether this guy's for real or if he raided his little sister's diary.


He more than redeemed himself with a melodic whistle at the end of the last song. What a way to close! Then a skinny miss in immaculate make up approached him, but phew! She was no groupie competing for his affections, she was the next act, who thought Daniel's performance "wonderful".


It was a night of look-alikes as Natalie Portman took to the stage. Lanie Lane, pronounced Lani, opened with ‘Devil's Sake'. She presented herself less as modest 50s housewife than she often does, and more as carwash babe.


She sat to play but the seat was made of hard plastic in a futuristic design. Never before have you seen such inventive and varied dancing from only the knees down as she unfailingly kept her legs closed. Some of her songs are twee and fun, but some are cinematic evoking road movies where cars disappear into the setting sun.


Like something from a bygone era, she balanced amidst a ‘wobbly' set up. Her most emotive song is about when her man leaves her "hot under the sheets" - it's like the expression of a whole generation's feelings. Daniel gave her a guitar strap upon request. She wanted to stand even though she doesn't normally do that except with "a band" when the set up and her dancing became "a bit silly".


‘Betty Baby', a homily to her beloved guitar, is the catchiest in her catalogue. For a change of pace she played 'What Do I Do?' - her blues song, featuring the crowd on back up vocals. This technique of using a sing along to ease a musician through a song from a different genre was to occur later with Georgia Fair playing their single reggae tune that requires sing alongs so they "don't look stupid" - as if that's a possibility.


Georgia Fair are two little guys taking on a big world, kind of like the Veronicas, but with less make up and dancing (and more guitar playing). Ben and Jordan, or Jordan and Ben because the former sings the lead and the latter's "shy, so you've got to listen to him".


They handled each other sweetly and played sweetly and struggled under the noisy crowd, just as Lanie Lane did before them. Both artists mentioned how rowdy the crowd was. Where Lanie told us to tell our friends to listen Jordan thought it "good" we were a "rowdy bunch". Although, the main rowdiness came from teeny boppers just old enough to get in, who did their best to look pretty and popular.


They have a song ‘Picture Frames' on the Moove ad, so everyone appears to have seen it. The level of attention had left the door girl bewildered, asking us "So what was the appeal for you coming tonight?"


The music behind the name Georgia Fair is acoustic pop, because it's accessible, but it's not all happy and none of it's clappy. The song that's been winning the fans is upbeat but they have some much sadder gems too.


They brought the set home with ‘Picture Frames' and played their other MySpace song ‘Little White' as an encore - that was totally warranted. Georgia Fair are charismatic performers who have an everyday charm about them that sees the girls flip out. They've got a self titled EP and are going to make a record soon.


With comparison's to The Beautiful Girls, a trend arises that surfy acoustic bands are obsessed with girls, even naming their bands after them. Scooped up by Sony it's clear this is a band who's had the record label treatment. And like all Australian folksters, they come from the northern beaches. Ask Angus Stone.

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