Peter had a great time with his band at the Big Kids Night Out - Perth Fringe. Here's the link https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/a/26336874/review-big-ki...
REVIEW | Big Kids Night Out
The West Australian
Big Kids Night Out ★★★★
Circus Theatre | Review by David Zampatti
In her review of Peter Combe’s daytime show for ungrown-ups, reviewer Kate Prendergast perfectly caught the irresistibly silly magic that brews when Combe and kids get together.
In an inspired piece of programming, the Fringe had him back later — much later — when the tackers would definitely, absolutely be asleep (and not able to laugh at us), for another spin through his fantastic repertoire, this time for adults. No, not with new nasty words or dressed-in-bondage gear but as straight-up, grown-up, rock’n’roll backed by the everlasting Phil Cunneen and a hot trio of Perth players.
The audience, mainly young women in their late twenties and early thirties, with a sprinkling of their parents (like me) and the odd little brother/ boyfriend/ spouse, lapped it up, despite a far from adequate mix that would have made Combe’s vocals all but incomprehensible to anyone who didn’t know the words by heart.
Before the show, in the queue, homemade triangular newspaper hats were passed to total strangers. In its pulsating finale, the crowd hit the dance floor with the sort of uninhibited delight they had when they bopped to Newspaper Mama, Spaghetti Bolognaise and Juicy Juicy Green Grass in pre-primary.
Here’s the thing. These songs prepared kids for so much in life, not least rock and pop music, and they haven’t forgotten it. The songs were then, and are now, totally unpretentious and non-patronising. The kids’ memory of them, and loyalty to them as adults, is as understandable as it is inevitable.
I realised, as I listened to Combe doing his only cover, George Harrison’s sweet, limpid Here Comes The Sun, that, like the Beatles, it’s a much stronger and deeper connection than mere nostalgia that brought these grown-ups back to hear these songs again.
For them, Combe and his music have never made way for other toys.
Over the weekend Peter played 3 concerts at the Perth Fringe - 2 matinees for children and one big kids night out - all were sold out and Peter thoroughly enjoyed himself - here's a link to a great review -
Wash Your Kids in Orange Juice ★★★★½
The West Australian Spiegeltent | Review by Kate Prendergast
To begin with, let's get the facts out of the way: Peter Combe is the Australian legend of children’s entertainment - king of the kids since the 1980s. This is a man who has produced seven gold albums, two platinum albums, performed sell-out shows at the Sydney Opera House (twice) and claimed three ARIA awards.
The Fringe World Spiegeltent rejoiced in his silliness. Accompanied by Phil on keyboard and the lively all-singing, all-dancing troupe of girls from the WA Performance School, Combe filled the space with his matchless warmth, humour and vivacity. "Would you like some jelly and some ice-cream in your socks?" he asks us in marvellous outrage. "Would you like porridge in your trousers?" "No!" shrieks back the audience - no indeed.
Maintaining the attention of children under 10 years old is quite a feat, as I'm sure any parent is well aware. But, Combe is a veteran and master player of that game. He had bubs in the audience waving their chubby arms in glee, toddlers thumping out their boogie in the aisles, 10-year olds doing circles around him with blue balloons and, notably, a conspicuous gaggle of twenty-somethings ringing tenor their cassette-playing, newspaper-hatted, "bellyflop-in-a-pizza" childhoods.
The show’s finale was crowned with old-time favourites Spaghetti Bolognaise, Mr Clicketty Cane, Juicy Juicy Green Grass and the enormously catchy Newspaper Mama. Car rides home will resound with renditions thereof, but the only uncertainty lies in whether it’ll be the adults or the kids leading the sing-song.
It may be that this review is infected with the bias of extreme nostalgia from an original Combe fan. But, honestly, there is not one on this continent who hasn’t a special place in their heart for this composer of anthems for the Australian youth. Bless him. Bless him and his quirky berserkey turkey from Turkey.
Went to the Paul Simon/Sting concert on Sunday night. Superb. 2 amazing bands, superb musos, and Sting's rendition of Paul Simon's America brought tears to my eyes. Other highlights were Paul Simon's gorgeous Hearts and Bones and Sting's stunningly beautiful Fragile. Many other magical moments too numerous to mention. And a lovely rapport and respect between both singers. Whilst there I 'ran into' Sting's backing vocalist, the lovely Jo Lawry. Jo and I have a long connection. She, along with my daughter Emily and son Thom, (also Nick ) was one of my original 'Fabulous Combettes' on my DVD recorded in Adelaide in 1992 at the Dunstan Playhouse in Adelaide (watch the video below to see Jo in action in her first BVs gig!). Jo's incredibly good at what she does and complemented Sting beautifully. So if you like Paul Simon and Sting, go to the concert! xPeter
After spending 3 weeks at the beach swimming and watching tennis, children's music entertainer Peter Combe has started his extremely busy run of interviews and shows. Today he was in Melbourne with Nova radio, tomorrow he's at the Schutzenfest Adelaide, then off to Melbourne for a childrens matinee and a grown up kids night show. Then there's the Perth Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney concerts including Secret Garden, and back again to Melbourne. He seems to be zigzagging back and forth across Australia for the next 2 months. Look under SHOWS for details of all his concerts for children, and retro evening shows.
The wonderful Christmas season is upon us!
Peter's 2 albums of Christmas songs for children and families are still just as popular as ever in homes, schools and churches. You can see them here:
And here are all of Peter's Christmas songs for kids:
This year we have been working hard to get out all the Christmas songs on sheet music, and all the video clips from the Christmas Under the Stars concert up on our You Tube channel.
We wish you all a very happy Christmas and holiday season!
Peter has been enjoying his tour of Australia's Top End. Saw lots of crocodiles in Kakadu, performed in the Cultural Centre in Katherine, and swam in waterfalls at Katherine Gorge, Litchfield Park and Berry Springs. He celebrated his birthday with a scenic flight over Kakadu. Was very warm but also very beautiful. In Darwin Peter has been visiting schools and having a lovely time singing with the local children.
Scholastic have released a second picture book and CD of Peter's songs - "Juicy Juicy Green Grass". This colourful book contains the illustrated lyrics with a CD of Peter's songs Juicy Juicy Green Grass, Tadpole Blues, Silly Postman and Red Says Stop.
This follows the big success of the first book in this series, "Wash Your Face in Orange Juice". Available in bookshops, and through book clubs at your school or pre-school
Peter will be doing a series of in-school concerts in Darwin from October 27th till Nov 5th. Also in Katherine on Oct 22nd. First trip to the Northern Territory for many years. Peter is anxiously watching the weather forecasts and hoping for a cool breeze! Also hoping NOT to meet a crocodile!
Any school staff members wishing to enquire about Peter performing at their school please email email@example.com
Peter will be performing in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, and the Speigeltent, Perth during the Fringe Festivals February and March 2015
In April 2013 I was in London and went to Evensong at Westminster Abbey, which reminded me of the last Royal Wedding that I and millions of others watched on TV. I’m not a monarchist but I’m a sucker for the old fairytales (you may have noticed I have written a lot of songs about fairytales). To me the idea of a prince marrying his princess and then having a royal baby conjures up images of Snowwhite, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and even Rumpelstiltskin. I am always overawed at the miracle of birth – every baby born is a miracle, but this one is a kind of fairytale miracle. So I’ve written this song for William and Kate. Hope they like it!