I'm very excited to be taking my Tom Waits cabaret, Red Dress & the Sugar Man, to the Adelaide Fringe Festival in March. Scripted and performed by yours truly, the show has been a dream in the making for many years. I finally brought it to life at the Bright Courthouse Theatre with the help of MAD AS Productions early last year and we've since taken it to Darwin, Beechworth and most recently, The 'World-famous' Butterfly Club for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
I've had a little bit of a Tom Waits obsession…
Marisa Quigley is an award-winning Australian blues/roots singer and songwriter, solo artist, and cabaret performer. With her charismatic stage presence and powerhouse delivery, the husky-voiced chanteuse has drawn comparisons with Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. Absolutely at home on the stage, with her irreverent wit and deft lyricist, Marisa has audiences in stitches one minute and moved to tears the next.
Her songwriting influences are as diverse as Tom Waits and The Eagles, and her songs span the gamut from haunting to heartfelt to hilarious. With an eclectic blend of blues/roots and alt-country/folk, a wink and a nudge, a tickle and a poke, her act is soulful, fun, endearing—and highly entertaining.
Forte music magazine has described her as “Possibly the blackest white woman since Janis Joplin”, and Triple J Roots & All presenter Sarah Howells has praised her live performances, saying, “Amazing voice. I’ve seen Marisa live a few times and she absolutely rocks it.”
Description: Singer, songwriter, guitarist (finger-picking acoustic), cabaret performer and librettist. Occasional radio presenter. Independent. Musical collaborator. Has songs, will travel.
Genres: Blues, roots, alt-country, folk, gospel. Originals and alternative covers.
Style: Power-packed, soulful, raunchy, earthy, funny.
Line-ups: Solo, duo, trio and band (Marisa Quigley & Her Sunday Best).
Influences: Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Etta James.
Collaborations: Chubby Rae & the Elevators; The Blue Yonder; The Gospel Belles; Begley, Butler & Quigley