The von Trolley Quartet
@ The Gaiety Grande
7:00pm, Wed 15 Mar 2006
I was a bit pissed at the von Trolleys after cancelling their 4pm Monday show in favour of performing the musical backing for the Busker Competition finalists; however, the Gaiety Grande peeps honoured my ticket for this evening’s performance, which I presumed would also be cancelled due to the miniscule audience.
There were six of us.
Veronica, Tracey, Amy, Stuart, Mary-Anne, and myself.
These names I know, because the von Trolleys asked that we introduce ourselves.
And then insisted on leading us on a merry chase outside and around the Gaiety Grande, bookended between 30 second snippets of music.
Music… ah yes, the music. For those who don’t know, The von Trolley Quartet are three clowns who play big rock style with tiny instruments. Ukulele-sized guitar, tiny bass, and a drumkit with a bass the size of a dinner plate, a snare the size of a cup. Comical in appearance, but ferociously talented, they tore through the Star Wars theme, some classic Kiss (“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”), and even AC/DC (“It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)”). A quick visit from Barbara The Musical Sheep (Baabraa?), a few more ditties, and our 50 minutes is up.
Short, sharp, sweet… and memorable. The von Trolleys were ace.