Rapskallion

Rapskallion

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandWorldCabaret


Think Tom Waits in a tutu, singing Edith Piaf songs through a megaphone, backed by the Muppet show band, on the film set of Black cat white cat.

Biography


Melbourne’s roisterous rogues Rapskallion have been peddling their inimitable concoction of tip shop blues, wonky waltzes, and vaudevillian vignettes in Australia and internationally since 2008.
Their original and eccentric musical style and theatrical delivery, have earned them a reputation as one of Australia’s most popular festival attractions.

From humble beginnings as a busking duo comprising of the group’s primary songwriters, Fingal Capaldi and Sara Yael, Rapskallion have forged their place in the realm of original and exciting musical performance.
Fusing a love of storytelling and quirky character based lyricism, with a plethora of instrumentation, including Mandolin, Piano Accordion, Violin, Clarinet, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, and a rocking rhythm section, they have made their distinctive style encompassing varied musical styles including Folk, rock n’roll, Blues, Gypsy, Ska, Cabaret and Latin Grooves.

They collaborate with Australia’s finest circus, dance, and cabaret performers, to create not just a musical performance, but dazzling extravaganzas.
Rapskallion are also well known for their distinctive style, often described as decrepit finery, both eye catching and stylish.

Rapskallion were delighted to be awarded “Best Musical Act BankSA award”, at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012.
And had huge support from Arts Victoria’s funding their European Tour 2010.

They have graced many of Australia's top music festivals, including Woodford Folk Festival, Splendor In The Grass, The National Folk festival, Rainbow Serpent, The Snowy Mountains Music festival, The Solar Eclipse Festival, Harvest Festival and Folk Rhythm and Life. They have also completed numerous residencies at The National Gallery of Victoria, The Famous Spiegel Tent and, and Mona Museum (TAS).

Rapskallion have toured extensively in Australia for the last 5 years, and Internationally in the UK in 2009 and Europe in 2010, performing at well-known music festivals such as Fusion Festival (Germany) The Secret Garden Party, Glade, Sunrise, Edinburgh Fringe, The Hat Fair (UK) and Aurillac International Street Theatre Festival (France).

They are looking forward to upcoming performances at the Wallaby Creek Festival, Harvest festival, The Illawarra folk festival, and Shir Madness Jewish festival, and are currently organizing their Tour of Europe and the US in 2014.

Rapskallion’s timeless artfulness and charm can be enjoyed acoustically in the coziness of a tiny tavern, or rockingly electric on the main stage of a festival.

Discography

Spanish Galleon, 2006
Live in the Dungeon, 2008
One up for the Little Man, 2009
The Cat N Fiddle EP, 2011
Vagabond King, 2012