Emerging between an earthy wooden floor and a floating carnival ceiling, The Teskey Brothers took to the stage with soul and with smiles. A one-off Fringe performance, the tent was packed in tight to witness a gem of Australian music.
A modest six piece band, the brothers couldn't have looked more comfortable up on stage throwing from guitar solos to horn lines, taking a classic sound and breathing into it new life. Engaged purely with the music, singer Josh Teskey's eyes seemed to be closed most of the set, only hinting at a deep intimacy he has with his lyrics and music. Once stepped away from the microphone however, joy shouted through his smile.
Heralded as Australia's new legends of blues and soul, it's easy to see how seriously this tag is taken. Nothing was forced and no sound stolen - with authenticity, the band channelled the likes of Otis Redding and Charles Bradley. With talent and charisma, they covered all bases, from motown to a funk assault, psychadelia to the sounds of the bayou. This wasn't a history lesson, but a field trip through the brother's heart and passion.
The only thing stopping this performance from truly transporting you back 60's? The sound quality - but oh what a blessing this was. Filling up the tent like a warm hug from an old friend, the timing and dynamics clicked between every member of the band. Caressed and cared for, the band's sound had you captivated as much as you found yourself lost yourself in the music.
Returning for an encore of Otis Redding's Hard to Handle, I patiently await their return to Adelaide, as should you.
Star rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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