Return to Amanda Palmer


Former doll goes it alone

Ray Hirst
March 04, 2009 11:30pm

Adelaide is awash with talent, shows abound competing for our attention, but last night street performance made a killing. Amanda Palmer sleighed her audience. Palmer, one half of punk cabaret's legendary Dresden Dolls returned to Adelaide on the tail end of her "Who killed Amanda Palmer" tour.

If the importance of an artist is indicated by the quality of the musicians they can draw to them, Palmer is doing ok.

The show opened with five hauntingly beautiful solo cello pieces by Zoe Keating - not your average rock gig, but of course not as this is an Amanda show.

Palmer enters the stage from the audience wearing a veil announcing her resurrection with a blistering rendition of “Astronaut”.

The rest of the show is a testament to the power of one women and her piano. At times she was accompanied masterfully by Lyndon Chester on violin.

Large parts of “Who Klled Amanda Palmer” got an airing with the occasional dipping into “Yes Virginia” and “Dresden Dolls”. Covers of “A Few of my Favourite Things” and “Tainted Love” were unexpected but welcome.

But the encore of Radiohead’s “Creep” played on ukulele had everyone in the room singing along.

Throughout, Palmer’s natural sense of drama is egged on by the performance art of the Danger Ensemble.

Palmer’s street performance background makes for a constant connection with the audience - the to and fro, at times, boisterous, leaves the fans knowing they are part of the show.

This style of stage craft can lead to moments when your’re not quite sure where things are going, but that is what makes Amanda Palmer such a worthwhile experience.