Lily & King

Lily & King

 Kallista, Victoria, AUS
BandFolkPunk

LILY & KING are an acoustic junkyard - blissful, beautiful, dirty and wicked. They play hot Dixieland punk dotted with haunting seaside lullabies and street corner stomp. Their set sits somewhere between a captivating 40's nightclub routine and the raw, reckless spirit of New Orleans street buskers. With a toy piano, squashed trombone, banjo, violin, half a drum kit and one old guitar, a Lily & King show is a wild and joyful experience.

Biography

Lily (Lisa Baird) took up trombone as an easy way to meet dysfunctional men, and she was indeed richly rewarded in her pursuits. She’s been playing music since she was three years old and completed a Degree in Serious Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where for six years she never failed to disappoint her lecturers with her bad technique, bare feet and love of the pop music. King (Tony King) has also had a diverse musical career which was born on a boat from England and bred in the flatlands of 1960’s Adelaide, first as a truck-driving harpist and then as a double-bass-toting jazz man. Now they both just do what they love.

After the success of their self-titled EP Lily & King have recorded their first album entitled “Medication”, a mishmash of folk, skiffle, dixieland, roots and baroque styling sewn together with stories of pirates, predators, prescriptions and passion. “Medication” captures the heartfelt joy and energy that Lily & King bring to their live shows in alehouses and speakeasies across the universe.

During the past few months Lily & King tore it up at Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, The Famous Spiegeltent and Cygnet Folk Festival among many others. Singles from both of their records have reached no1 on the independent/ community radio charts.

BEAT MAGAZINE - QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL: "When Lily and King unleashed a thunderous trombone in the regal surrounds of the Vue Grand, all of Saturday morning’s cobwebs were cheerfully annihilated. Lily’s dextrous multi-instrumentalism was a glorious highlight while the duo’s ragged New Orlean’s stomp was impossible to resist." Graham Blackley, Beat Magazine.

"Lily and King are an act to watch. Sounding like the spawn of ABC’s Dirtgirl and an absinthe drinking gypsy, Lily and King share bits and pieces of a garage sale drum kit, while punishing a toy piano, trombone, nylon string guitar and djembe. Dance you dreadlocked children." Daniel Townsend, www.thedwarf.com.au

Discography

2010 "Lily and King" (EP)
2012 "Medication"