Adelaide Fringe Festival: Me and the Grownups

Graceful and lilting with soulful sounds, I found I had to forcibly detangle my soul from this amazingly brilliant music, when Me And The Grownups ended their set at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Adelaide Fringe Festival: Me and the Grownups
Graceful and lilting with soulful sounds, I found I had to forcibly detangle my soul from this amazingly brilliant music, when Me And The Grownups ended their set at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival. Playing at the Wheatsheaf Hotel (or the ‘Weatie’ to locals), situated on the fringe of Adelaide city, and an alternative venue of comfortable couches and friendly staff, Me And The Grownups is one of the most vibrant new sounds this year. Beginning with a little hesitancy and some coy shyness the first song took off with the confidence of seasoned performers and I was enthralled from the very beginning. Each song was applauded, and each applause responded to a modest ‘thankyou’. Described as a fusion of classical, folk, pop and jazz, Me And The Grownups are a wonderful three piece band of vocals, guitar and violin. The singer, Anita Lester’s vocal range is astounding, with skill to make smooth transition from the top of the high notes to the depths of the bass. Extremely talented, the songs were performed flawlessly including those which, by her own admission are extremely difficult. Supporting Anita were Jonathan Dreyfus on the violin and viola, and Adrian Sergovich on guitar. Lyrically the songs had feeling as well as being exceptionally poetic. She’s So Pure, a song about Anita’s sister is beautiful, singing to the soul from the heart with the eloquent line “…when she cries, she smiles. And ,forms little pools inside her dimples.” The violin and viola, played by Jonathan Dreyfus, shapes the vocals and adds an emotional undercurrent. An expressive instrument, which can convey the frivolity of happiness to the depths of emotional turmoil, it is played with a fervour that is aurally mesmerising. Adrian Sergovich, the quietest member of the ensemble, plays the guitar. He weaves subtle notes through the songs punctuating the numbers with crisp guitar notes providing musical energy to the performance. In several songs, he and Jonathan provide harmony for Anita forming a whole, resolved sound. Me And The Grownups sends shivers up my spine with the depth of emotion conveyed in each song. With lilting sounds which could be compared to a combination of the Dresden Dolls, Camille and Tori Amos, this group will take off sooner more likely than later. Me and the Grownups Adelaide Fringe Festival Season from 17 – 21 March Tickets cost $10

Jade Wildy

Wednesday 18 March, 2009

About the author

Jade Wildy is an art theorist and historian based in Adelaide, Australia and she is currently studying for a Masters of Art History at the University of Adelaide. Jade holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, with a major in ceramics from the University of South Australia. Jade aspires to become an art writer and researcher to pursue her love of visual art and art history. Her current research interests centre around contemporary art with a particular focus on Environmental Art, but she also has a love for psychology, biology and contemporary culture through art, music and dance. Jade enjoys working in her established home studio, as well as fiction and arts writing, and have written numerous reviews for ArtsHub Australia on both visual and performing arts in addition to several book reviews.