Audition - The Strumpettes

March 24, 2011


As an entertainment booker, you can no longer walk down the street without three identically dressed ladies coming up to you and breaking into an authentic American close-part harmony rendition of a 40's era tune. The renewed popularity of Cabaret, the ubiquity of Blitz parties and a recent surge in retro weddings have meant that every other audition we've had in the office has been a cleverly named, immaculately presented retro-vocal group. Fortunately they've all been pretty fantastic. More importantly they're all able differentiate themselves from each other; from The Harmonics' curious mix of Oxbridge a capella/American Barbershop/live band, to the Cock-er-ney tinged music hall frivolity of The Three Little Maids, and the all vocal 'have they stepped out of a time machine?' authenticity of the Frockettes, we can be as specific as our clients want to be when it comes to booking vocal groups.

Add to that list 'The Strumpettes'; an all girl, Ukulele playing close part harmony trio who have recently delighted audiences as part of the utterly brilliant Horne Section shows (Battleships Battleships!) where the girls were backed by the eponymous 'Section' on a few of their numbers... (Battleships Battleships!) So what makes the Strumpettes stand out from the crowd? What's the diffeence between a Strumpette and a Frockette? For a start, there's a touch of American theatricality.

It must be difficult to come into someone's office, stand next to a stationary cupboard and perform to people who are, as Sarah put it "Dressed like I'm going to the beach". And then not only perform, but muster up the energy to get into character and put on a show. The Strumpettes did just that. The girls specialise in June Carter-Cash-esque preambles to their songs delivered in self aware, hammy American accents. (Imagine Uma Thurman introducing Folsom Prison Blues.) They even go so far as to adopt fittingly transatlantic stage names like Miss Velma Valentine, Miss Kitty Kowalski and Miss Scarlett Monroe. It all gives the Strumpettes a distinctly American, even Country and Western tinged feel, that sets them apart from the other acts on our books. Take a look at the girls playing Glastonbury in the video below...

The Strumpettes performed their own arrangements of Candy Man and Folsom Prison Blues, only once breaking out of character to ask 'Would you like to hear another?' (To which the answer was 'Yes!') before finishing off with Minnie the Moocher. Having retro-ified Sweet Child of Mine for a recent wedding, the Strumpettes have already proved that they're able to arrange any tune into their own style and tailor their audience patter to any occasion, we're sure the Strumpettes would be a great way to give an event the feel of 1940s/50s America and we're all looking forward to seeing them in action again.

If you're interested in booking the Strumpettes or you'd just like some more info, give us a call on 020 8877 1102 or get in touch by sales@sternbergclarke.co.uk