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 Everett True

Spotlight – 21: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

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They’re a little bit Singing Loins. They’re a little bit Tiger Lillies (except I really didn’t like their act when I caught them at the Spiegeltent last year in Brisbane). They’re a little bit… what’s that band… Gogol Bordello. Very smart, very droll lyrics. Very theatrical. Very philanthropic. Lots of accordion and background shouting and roustabout rhythms. Bit of klezmer. Bit of that banjo-playing toad off Bagpuss. Bit of a lark.

Either you know what I’m talking about or you don’t. And if you do, and if you dig this sort of music, then you’ll certainly dig this. And if you don’t, well…

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