One of those lucky artists who simply can’t be stereotyped, Tommy Bradson was doing hermaphrodite drag the last time this writer saw him, in an impossibly hot and stuffy Fringe venue a year or so back.
The trademark glittery slap is still there, clashing beautifully with the AC/DC muscle shirt, and his new show premiering at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is sure to be another hit for this quirkiest of entertainers.
The Men My Mother Loved is a masterclass in putting it together.
Great songs, great arrangements – It’s a Long Way to the Top accompanied by a ukulele – and a brilliant connecting narrative, crafted with artifice and elegance.
You’re with him from the get go in a dark and really quite dirty story that plays nicely with the murky undercurrents in more than a few numbers from the ’70s and ’80s, Skyhooks and Dragon included.
John Thorn leads an excellent trio with local guitar aficionado Sam Leske showing himself quite the riffer.
By Peter Burdon, for THE ADVERTISER
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