For bookings contact Tony King on 0417 524 696 of use the contact form below.
Dixieland punk, sailor songs, weird carnie show tunes and the odd bit of curious pop - their music is joyful, beautiful and a bit dirty and wicked too.
Their act is a lilting, luring, sensual haze of smoky opiate vocals that transport the captivated audience to a redly lit burlesque bar from the 1940s, where the smoke curled thickly in the air and people only ever drank whiskey.
With trombone, sweet and sassy vocals, toy piano, guitar, half a drum kit and an abundance of foot stomping, their melodies are infused with wild exuberance and joie de vivre - a Lily and King gig is a truly wild and joyful experience.
Melbourne duo 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.
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.
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"Their combination of trombone, toy piano, acoustic guitar and plenty of percussion backing Lisa Baird’s beautiful, sultry vocals would make businessmen dance if they were playing in the street" Wes Fahey, What Sound Melbourne.
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
Cygnet Music Festival "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, The Dwarf - Online Music Magazine
“Lily takes centre stage with her coquettish vocals and jazzy bursts on trombone, with Tony King supplying strong string rhythm support on guitar, banjo, uke and double bass. There’s a suitably drug-addled, decadent, burlesque vibe to the title track and ‘Pink Nightmare No.9’, while ‘Henry’s Lament’ conjures shades of The Beatles’ ‘Mr. Kite’. ‘Quick Brown Foxes’ on the other hand hints at The Lovin Spoonful." Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine - on Medication
"Their last album Medication was a soul twitching anthem of gypsy wanderings, confusing sex, nihilist hangovers, chasing freedom and epiphanies in the bath. So I was pretty chuffed to be sitting down to review their next offering Bless This Life. They didn’t disappoint. The album ricochets between evangelist honky tonk swamp; rhythms, swirling gypsy melodies, lilting siren songs played out on a fiddle and deeply sensual vintage jazz tones. (Charles Mingus anyone?) The childlike spontaneity in the tinkly sound of the toy keyboard that underplays many of the tracks is just as pleasurable as being a little bit drunk at the circus." Claire Antagonym, Bless This Life Album Review, Rogue Inc.
"Lily and King would be the perfect candidates to experience on the Blues Train. This is a gently undulating collection of songs and it comes as no surprise to learn that Lily and Kings' eponymous EP sells well at their gigs. There's trombone, inventive percussion (an instrument that sounds like a rattlesnake interupts Reverie) and toy piano. Lily has a glorious voice free from affectation and King boasts 'his own unique and robust style of foot drumming' which is a definite drawcard." Bryget Chrisfield, Inpress Magazine, August 2011, on Lily and King EP
"It was a pleasure for all involved to have Lily and King perform at our annual Spring Festival. Not only are they professional in the communication and their performance they radiate a warmth and beauty on stage and off that affected all who were lucky enough to catch their set." Ciel Fuller, Event Organiser, Whitehorse City Council
"Lily and King mesmerized onlookers with their captivating 40's nightclub trombone and the melodies nod to mourning, bittersweet blues. With merely a trombone, guitar and innocent and whispery voice, the crowd was mesmerized. This set was a slow sexy waltz that took us on a journey with sailors and mermaids through dreamlike lands……. Sigh." Roarhouse
"The main act that night was Lily & King, a gorgeous duo with lots of instruments between them including trombone, djembe and toy piano. My favourite song was "Lock up your daughters" which includes a line about using arsenic in your cooking. They have been described as "comfortably eccentric". I found them fresh, original and captivating. Track 6 on their EP - "Man in a Hood" is positively haunting with deliberate noise added to simulate a vinyl record on a turntable... great retro feel" Jose Garcia, Selby Folk Club July 2011