Leunig draws and paints on stage

Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 02:16 pm

Melbourne Age permachild Michael Leunig is headed for Sydney:

In 2003, Aria Award winning singer/songwriter Gyan sent a ‘love letter’ of sorts to celebrated cartoonist Michael Leunig – a CD of songs inspired by his poems. The result was the exquisite Billy the Rabbitalbum and book. Now they are bringing their collaboration to the stage of Sydney Opera House for a strictly limited season of 4 shows.

“Strictly limited.” Never has Leunig been more accurately described.

Gyan sings her beautiful, bittersweet interpretations of Michael Leunig’s poems while Leunig draws and paints on stage, adding his own insightful and witty commentary as the imagery is projected onto a large screen.

Other projections may be directed towards the floor and into handbags.

Both uplifting and heartbreaking, Gyan and Leunig’s performance is full of the characteristic humour, poignancy and gentle observations that make Leunig such a loved artist.

To which Skeletor responds: “It’d be great to hear some tracks inspired by the work of Leunig. Like, I’ll Give You A Holocaust, JewboyWorking Women Should Be SterilisedJohn Howard Is Really Really REALLY EvilHail Hail the Heroes of Hamas, and the ever-popular You’re All Dobbed In To Media Watch.”

Posted by Tim B. on 02/23/2007 at 01:52 PM
    1. How many songs can you sing about ducks?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 23 at 02:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Not long ago, I got a mailing from the National Association of Episcopal Schools (I used to be a board member at one such school and I’m still paying for it in the form of junk mail). This particular newsletter opened with a lengthy quote by Michael Leunig.

      Tells you all you need to know about what’s wrong with the Episcopal Church today, doesn’t it?

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2007 02 23 at 03:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Both uplifting and heartbreaking, Gyan and Leunig’s performance is full of the characteristic humour, poignancy and gentle observations that make Leunig such a loved artist.”

      Excuse me, but I have to go vomit for awhile.

      Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 02 23 at 03:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gyan sings her beautiful, bittersweet interpretations of Michael Leunig’s poems while Leunig draws and paints on stage, adding his own insightful and witty commentary as the imagery is projected onto a large screen.

      You know, this would make a great night out for the VRWC.  Supply me with copious amounts of Victoria bitter, I for one would laugh my ass off.  Although that admittedly might not be what they hope to elicit from the audience.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 02 23 at 04:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. People are going to pay for admission to this?!

      Posted by Major John on 2007 02 23 at 04:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. People are going to pay for admission to this?!

      Don’t forget that classic quote, Major John:

      “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 02 23 at 04:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. A one-hit wonder and an unfunny cartoonist.
      What a combo.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 02 23 at 05:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. Melbourne really doeshave a lot to answer for: e.g., Collingwood, Steve Vizard, Eddie Everywhere, Germaine Greer, Bert (and now Matthew) Newton, John Elliott, Peter Singer, David Williamson and, most terrifying of all, Leunig the Loony.

      What is it about Mexicans?

      Posted by ann j on 2007 02 23 at 05:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. I agree with Wronwright. It would be a hoot to go to this show with a crowd of like-minded people. I’d love to watch An Inconvenient Bunch of Warm-mongering Exaggerations, Half-truths, Outright Lies and Other Assorted BS with all of you.

      Amazon stats for Billy the Rabbit:

      Sales rank: none
      Customer reviews: be the first

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 02 23 at 05:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s the usual cheap emotional posing in the place of actual thought that is so typical of the left.  It’s all “heartbreaking” “poignancy”.  The author does give a hint to his psychology, however, when he tags this sort of thing as “uplifting”.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 02 23 at 05:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thank G*d that we here in the US have never had to suffer such idiot leftoid artiste types!

      For shame Astralia! Must be something in the water down there.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 02 23 at 05:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Forget it, ann j, it’s Melbourne Town.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 02 23 at 06:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. #11 Spoke (sarcastically) too soon, Grimmy:
      http://tinyurl.com/2ovc3w
      (Via HotAir; also go to the home page to see a better photo than the one illustrating the above.)

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 23 at 06:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. what about a chorus line of burkha clad belly dancers with suicide belts singing the classic ” we put the “Bam a Bam Bam” in Islam” .

      Posted by davo on 2007 02 23 at 06:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. #13, andycanuck:

      He’s obviously an agent provocateur sent in by the french commies sequestered up around kwebek.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 02 23 at 06:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Now they are bringing their collaboration to the stage…”

      Collaboration – now, there’s another good word to describe Leunbat’s work…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 23 at 06:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. Searching out some .mp3 tracks from the CD , it’s pretty good, musically speaking.  There’s no use denying that musical talent seems to come down on lefty moonbats more than on others.

      What causes this selection to happen is open to speculation.  Perhaps musically talented righty types tend to do something that pays more, which is to say, that there’s actual demand for.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 02 23 at 07:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 Valid point, Grimmy. My apologies.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 23 at 07:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #2 Dr. Alice
      Tells you all you need to know about what’s wrong with the Episcopal Church today, doesn’t it?
      So sad, so sad.
      —dyed-in-the-wool Episcopalian

      Posted by m on 2007 02 23 at 07:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bwahahahaha! Which of you minions corrected the Wikipedia entry?

      Gyan and Leuing launched the album at the Melbourne Nuremberg Festival where Gyan sang and Leunig accompanied her whilst illustrating. The two artists’ also performed together at the Byron Bay Anti-Semites Festival and will perform at the Sydney Opera House in March 2007.

      The album was praised as ‘inspired’ by the Neo-Nazi Times and is the first of Gyan’s albums to be available on iTunes.

      * 1. Artist, Leave The World Of Art
      * 2. I Had A Blast In Tel Aviv
      * 3. Little Tendrils
      * 4. My Jewskin Leather Jacket
      * 5. Magpie
      * 6. Billy The Rabbit
      * 7. Hit The Bottle
      * 8. Us
      * 9. Manifesto
      * 10. Daffodils
      * 11. Get Back In The Kitchen, Bitch
      * 12. Precious Vote
      * 13. The Missile
      * 14. Poor Old Mother Earth
      * 15. Let It Go
      * 16. The Smile
      * 17. Owed To Autumn
      * 18. The Path To Your Door
      * 19. Throw The Jew Down The Well
      * 20. Daycare for Babies Is Evil

      Not that I actually countenance this sort of thing. But I have to admit it’s funny when the target is someone who I don’t like.

      (Sorry for the lengthy quote, but that text will be removed as soon as a Leunig fan or Wikipedia administrator sees it.)

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2007 02 23 at 07:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. #20 Evil Pundit.  That’s really funny!  Well done to whoever amended the site.  I can just imagine the scramble taking place as we post …

      Posted by ann j on 2007 02 23 at 08:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. …it’s still there.

      Posted by Quentin George on 2007 02 23 at 08:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. This is how I would redraw the album cover.

      But I won’t, because I’m against that sort of thing.

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2007 02 23 at 09:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Still there, which just goes to show that Leunig’s fans don’t think the song titles are even a little unusual.

      That aside, it about time they legislated limits on Leunig. There are just so many cute bunnies and duckies and people called Mr Curly that an adult male should be seen with.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 02 23 at 09:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. #20:
      That’s hysterical, and as of now it’s still there!

      #19: I am/was Episcopalian, and yes, it’s very sad to see a once well-respected denomination committing suicide.

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2007 02 23 at 10:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. #8 – Melbourne really does have a lot to answer for [snip] John Elliott…

      John’s son, Tom, not only does the finance markets report daily on 3AW he occasionally stands in for a presenter.  A while back he took over Neil Mitchell’s slot and a couple of weeks back he did the same for Hinch.

      He’s damn good. Makes Mitchell look like a pussy and is further right than Hinch – and speaks well too.  Pity he’s got a high-paying day job at MM&E Capital (scrolll down).

      Posted by walterplinge on 2007 02 23 at 11:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. The funniest thing is that a registered Wikipedia user actually reverted some of the oafish and infantile edits, and let “Throw The Jew Down The Well” stand.

      Posted by PW on 2007 02 24 at 12:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. #20 – Hahahahhaahahahahaa!

      Thank you!

      Posted by boxofmatches on 2007 02 24 at 01:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. #10 saltydog,
      you forgot “achingly beautiful”.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2007 02 24 at 04:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. It’s still there.

      Don’t tell there’s a Rose Tattoo link to this.  At least Gaze wasn’t part of the original line up.

      The first three albums were Aussie rock masterpieces but then Anderson became less Angry and started singing about dolphins and wishing he “was a tribesman, in the hills of Afghanistan”.  (Still that was fighting the Russians so we can maybe overlook it.)  The band had already broken up by then and the originals, apart from Anderson, had all been replaced.  It was Anderson’s band, but you couldn’t replace Pete Wells.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 24 at 05:40 AM • permalink

 

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