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Tim Minchin vs The Australian Symphony Orchestras

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If you are looking for a really great night out, go and see Tim Minchin. Touring Australia during February, starting in Sydney and then Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, this world renown musical comedian is just brilliant.

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He is extremely talented and hilariously funny. Backed by the state orchestra in each respective state, this is an absolutely dazzling show. Tim Minchin is an extraordinary musician, songwriter and entertainer all rolled into one. Some of his songs may seem a little risqué but they are all done in good humour. You will be in fits of laughter, joining in with his songs and marvelling at his brilliant piano playing techniques. He will have you completely mesmerised from the moment he arrives on stage until the second he leaves and you will be left wanting more.

If you haven't heard of Tim Minchin, then you will be amazed, dazzled and charmed by his brand of humour and musical styling. With an eclectic array of songs - from his upbeat tribute to cheese to his serious songs that include Beauty, to his political views that are apparent in The Pope Song. If you offend easily, be wary - the songs include swear words and may not be for the faint hearted. However if you listen to the evocative lyrics that Minchin is performing and the message he is trying to get across then you may find yourself agreeing with him. You will certainly be humming his songs long after you hear them.

Image Courtesy of the Tim Minchin Website


Tim Minchin, the ginger haired performer, was born in England, but grew up in Perth, WA. He went to Christ Church Grammar School and later studied at the University of Western Australia. After it took him a while to get discovered (he was on the cusp of giving it all up for a steady job when he was discovered), his career has certainly taken off. Performing on shows including the Jonathan Ross Show and all of the Comedy Gala Festivals are just a part of his busy schedule. Minchin has several albums out, his latest being the songs from his live show, Tim Minchin vs. the Heritage Orchestra. All of his live shows are available on DVD, so if you are not lucky enough to secure tickets to his show you can still sample the experience through his DVD's.

This most recent performance, Tim Minchin Vs. The Orchestra Round Two, is a sure fire hit. After last year's tour was so popular and sold out within hours of the tickets going on sale, he has decided not to disappoint fans and take the tour on the road again, much to the delight of young and old alike.

Some of the highlights of this tour include I'm In A Cage - his opening act. He enters the stage amidst dramatic music from the orchestras and smoke all around the stage. When he does come on, he is in a cage, which is because "all the real stars are hanging out in bars", not only a play on words but a brilliant entrance that drives the crowd wild.

Courtesy of the Tim Minchin Website


Launching immediately into one of the most well-known songs, Rock and Roll Nerd, his partially autobiographical song about a person who wants to be a rock star. It is a fun, entertaining song and instantly recognisable when the first chords are struck.

The third song in his repartee is a new one called Cont- a new jaunty swing number that while new is fantastic. Leading you to believe that he hates everyone and judges them mercilessly, when he realises that he is only singing half the lyrics, there is a swell of laughter from the audience as he launches back in, this time with all the lyrics and you realise the song is all about context. The song makes more sense and he gets a big cheer and loads of laughs especially from the lyrics about Italy.

One of the more popular songs, Lullaby, is a song that starts as a sweet and charming ode to his baby and quickly turns into a funny song about some of the harder truths about bringing up children. The song of despair may seem a little harsh at first, but as any new parent will tell you, it isn't too far away from the truth. It doesn't matter if you have children or not, you will still love this song and be cheering for more when it ends.

He combines these new and old songs with other brilliant pieces that include his oldest song – Dark Side. This is the song that he has always ended his performances with and no matter how many times you hear this song it remains toe tapping fun that the crowds adore.

Image Courtesy of the Tim Minchin Website


The roar from the audience is loud and incessant once Minchin has left the stage but it isn't for long. After a moment of cheering you can be certain that this entertainer will be back for not one but two encores. He tears up the stage with comical songs throughout the performance, but the encores are something different. They are more serious performances that prove that if he had wanted to, he could have been a serious song writer and had a top ten hit.

One of the encores, a lovely song called White Wine In the Sun was actually released as a single. It did fairly well in the charts and is a poignant and beautiful song. It can bring a tear to the eye of any listener. The beauty of the song is in the simplicity. It is simply about returning home for Christmas and being with his family, but the heartfelt and soulful lyrics create wonderful imagery.

The amazingly comical lyrics are joined with Tim Minchin's fantastic piano playing. Like a mad man pounding on the keys, the intrinsically difficult pieces that have been written by Minchin flow quickly around the audience and joined with an orchestra (they change from state to state), this makes the songs and the evening whimsical and a whole new style of performing. Linking comedy with music and a huge orchestra means that it will reach more people and create more fans.

There are so many reasons to go and see Tim Minchin vs. The Orchestras. If you are a fan, you won't need a reason to go, but if you haven't heard of Minchin, then why not go and check him out? He is a great performer and joined with the orchestral works this makes it an evening you won't soon forget.

Brisbane - Tim Minchin vs the QSO
Saturday 28th of January 2012.

Sydney - Tim Minchin vs the SSO
Friday 3rd of February 2012.

Melbourne - Tim Minchin vs MSO
Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th of February 2012.

Perth - Tim Minchin vs WASO
Friday 10th & Sunday 12th of February 2012.

Adelaide - Tim Minchin vs ASO
Tuesday 14th of February & 15th of February 2012
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