“Luke Escombe is funny and brave, a showman and an artist, a brilliantly engaging lyricist, expert tunesmith, fine guitarist and exceptional singer. Seldom is such sophistication wrapped in a coating of such overt fun.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
Luke first came to Melbourne in 2011 with his one-man show “Chronic”, a hip-hop comedy featuring songs about hospitals, weightlifting, masturbation and parachuting Labradors into Iran. It was nominated for a Green Room Award and has since taken him on a surprising journey, not just to the usual festivals (including Woodford and the Edinburgh Fringe) but, on three occasions, to Parliament House in Canberra. His influences are broad – from blind blues singers to rubber-faced English comedians, to long-dead poets and barely alive rock stars. What unites them is his ability to be simultaneously funky, hilarious and true. He is accompanied by bassist Nick Hoorweg and sax virtuoso Ross Harrington.