I should really have put this post up weeks ago but, sorry I’ve been busy, with work, blah blah…. I’m sure you don’t want to hear about it. Anyway this post is a not-very-good attempt to re-live a great night, a bit of a pat on the back for the organizer, Catherine D and to show some nice photos.
And what a week TAM Australia Fringe was in Melbourne, with events on successive nights. Beginning on Tuesday the 30th of November, George Hrab put on a great performance at the Clyde Hotel.
Self confessed “suit guy”, podcaster, composer and musician George Hrab was pleasantly surprised to find that he had so many fans in Melbourne. A crowd that numbered around 150, knew the words and joined in with enthusiasm. What a fun night, lyrics that resonate with skeptics and rational thinkers, music and laughter – good stuff.
I recall talking to Terry Kelly after the event. He said:
That was great. I can’t believe it was a free event – I would have paid good money to see that!
(hint, Terry, don’t tell Catherine).
George played Far, I really didn’t think he’d try, maybe it’s just my naive understanding of music. The full CD version of Far sounds like it has the full backing band with big sound, treatment. “How’s this one guy with an acoustic guitar and an amplifier going to make it happen?” I’m thinking. Well it did happen and it was a huge treat, if you weren’t there, sorry, you really missed out.
Other songs loved by Geo’s fans such as God is Not Great, Skeptic, When I Was Your Age and many more were warmly received. George did the equivalent on stage of his Ask George podcast segment – hilarious.
Can someone remind me in the comments of this post of the title of the song George did using only his iPhone as a sampling device? That was fascinating to watch, hugely nerdy (I’m sure you know that I mean that in the nicest way) and showed what a huge talent George is.
The name of the tour, Styrofoam has a back story. Those that listen to the George’s Geologic Podcast, will know that there is a kind of fun password in use.
Apparently a well known Skeptic from WA (Can I mention your name Kylie? – oops too late) once called out to George using the word Styrofoam instead of the correct password. Of course, from then on, Styrofoam became the new “special” password for Australian listeners and the name of the Australian tour.
[Update: The version of the “Styrofoam” story I have isn’t correct. There you go, that’s the difference between a 3rd hand story (mine), and the first hand story you can now read in the comments below – thanks Kylie.]
The Styrofoam tour went in this order: TAM Australia (Sydney), Brisbane, Melbourne, Christchurch, Auckland, Adelaide and Canberra – I’m not kidding. You work it out! I hope the people who were lucky enough to see George Hrab perform elsewhere enjoyed it as much as we did.
Many thanks to Catherine Donaldson for organizing and advertising this event. The posters looked fantastic, and it was a great night.
[Another Update: I’ve messed up yet again, The Young Australian Skeptics had a lot to do with the running of this event, sorry I didn’t know and thus neglected to mention them. Oh and by the way, The Young Australian Skeptics have an excellent web site (per the link) and an excellent podcast called The Pseudo Scientists I’m a regular listener, plug, plug.]
I hope George finds a reason to come back to Australia soon.
PS; You can find the audio of “Far” recorded in Melbourne here.
You can find George’s Geologic Podcast here.