Barbara and Barry field tricky questions about love including a call from 'Daivd' a surprised mysoginist fretting that his new wife doesn't like to cook or clean, a letter from 'Becky' whos is sweet16 and never-been-kissed and even 'Phyllis' a regular caller who this week is in a hot flush over her tango instructor. B&B respond in their own quirky styles, drawing on their own relationship together and finally finding the perfect song to respond to the agony of the caller.
Combining virtuosic piano playing, strong and sultry vocals, rich harmonies and inventive accompaniment (ukulele, washboard, spoons, trombone kazoo, tap dancing and more) Barbara and Barry end up being everyone’s favourite Love Agony Aunt ... and Uncle!
Melissa Western and Tnee Dyer have enjoyed successful independent full-time performing arts careers for over a decade. They have travelled locally and globally to key festivals (Edinburgh Fringe, Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Festival), have toured Queensland extensively (A-Z of Cabaret, Lush Life, Ella, Marilyn, Marlene and Me) and have toured the UK in 2009, 2011 and 2014 with UKNRTS (Ella, Marilyn Marlene and Me, Lush Life, Oh Lady Be Good). As a married couple with children, this pair enjoy a warm and uniquely personal rapport onstage. They are known and respected for their refined skills, spontaneity and authenticity. Both Melissa and Tnee are also qualified teachers (JMI Jazz Music Institute, Wotopera) and workshop facilitators.
Their achievements include 2014 Churchill Fellowship; performing at the ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘11, ‘13 and ‘14 Edinburgh Festival Fringes achieveing “sold out” status and garnering five star reviews for original jazz-cabaret and musical theatre works; writing, recording and releasing original music; featuring on countless live and studio jazz recordings; Opera Australia projects; Wotopera musical directing and touring; performing on numerous occasions for the office of the Australian Prime Minister, Queensland Premier and multiple high level corporate and government clients. We have toured extensively throughout Australia, the UK and France including: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Jazz Club, Speigeltent, Queensland Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, QPAC, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Adelaide Fringe.