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Al Duvall


Thu 23 May 2013, 8:30pm–11:45pm

Where: The Old Bar, 74-76 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: whitebreadmexican

New York's greatest talent of the last 9 centuries revisits Melbourne with his busted banjo and wrong wit. One show only!

With special guests:
- Dane Certificate Magic Show
- Bj Morriszonkle
- Gasoline Stew and The Dump

Al Duvall - gargling, mummer stick and jazz whistle.

Genre: medicine show/music hall

Al Duvall, a grandchild of the Great Depression, was one of many unemployed musicians in 1932 who was sent via time machine into the future to find work, as part of the WPA program. His timing couldn't have been better, for In Times Like These (SM) we could all use an entertainer whose charm and musicianship once made the Great Depression so great. Hopefully, Al will bring a little bit of Depression to you with his cloud-scattering mirth.

“Duvall’s not only one of New York’s best songwriters, he’s also one of the funniest. His stock in trade is antique music. Many of his ragtime songs... Like the old-timey stuff he obviously loves, his songs are topical, steeped in history and imbued with an inimitable and sometimes scandalous wit.” - Lucid Culture

“There’s also however an equally strong streak of utter weirdness and lowbrow surrealism, not too far away from the malarkey of Charles Gocher or Revd Fred Lane. When delivered in Duvall’s deadpan singing voice, this tends to leave a very odd taste in the mouth.” - Sound Projector

“...Bertolt Brecht meets George Formby...” - British Pathe Celebrity News

Al Duvall first landed on Australian soil in 2006 by invitation from Sydney based experimental record label Dual Plover (who released his Timid Mischief album the same year) and the UnSound Music Festival. This saw him tour the East Coast including performances in dusty backwater towns and rundown railway stations. He last visited these dirty shores travelling alongside CW Stoneking in 2010 for a national tour.

Residing in New York Duvall can be seen performing regularly at the cities dive bars, carousels, and theatres. He has released over 8 albums worth of material and also made a couple of cuts with Mamie Minch on wax cylinders produced at the Edison Museum.