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Awkward Family Portraits


Main Stage, 04 Jun

Awkward Family Portraits

Covering a jump jive leap that spans rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, classic country and western swing to manouche gypsy jazz and cool ‘50s lounge lizard grooviness, reviewers have picked up on the obvious points of reference such as Carl Perkins or Louis Jordan. But with influences proudly up front and enthusiastically celebrated, Awkward Family Portraits also inject a distinctly 21st century freshness that is laden with spades of roguish charm and humour to interpretations and all band originals.

Firm favourites on the big occasions with an infectious ability to bring fun as well as startling musicianship to the stage, that signature sparkle of witty presentation is rarely absent and was featured in the promo video they put out in support of the track, ‘Ring, Ring, Angus’. ‘Don’t Drink Whisky, It’s Risky’ recalls all the spit ‘n’ sawdust honky tonk glory of Commander Cody & The Lost Plant Airmen’s ‘Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)’, and wallowing happily in the kind of don’t-ya-just-love-it territory visited by the likes of Two Man Gentlemen Band, The Wiyos and Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, it’s hugely smile-inducing with a just-right spoonful of zing from start to finish.