There was nothing complicated or contrived about this show - great songs, written and performed by John Thorn, great bass by David Abiuso, fronted by the young master, Jeremy Hopkins. What a supreme talent in his own right!
The great thing about John Thorn’s lyrics is that you really feel he’s lived them. Jeremy too makes the point that he initially connected with the songs because he saw so much truth in them and relevance to his own life. They do have that effect. Several times during the show, I found myself remembering times in my life when I’d unknowingly uttered a ‘Thorn lyric’ or at least caught myself thinking it.
The other great thing about John’s work is his originality, whilst giving the sense that the songs are so good one has definitely heard them before. His rhymes are particularly unique. Look in any rhyming dictionary and you’ll struggle to find the rhyme ‘quiet times’ with ‘stirfry-it times’.
If the great songs and cool accompaniment by John and David weren’t enough, then there’s Jeremy. Wow!
Jeremy Hopkins is one of those young cabaret performers who could easily be the next major export of this country. Obviously, it’s not as easy as that and time, circumstances, luck and a host of other factors will determine the path Jeremy ultimately takes, but he’s got the charm, the look, the voice, the talent, the arrogance, the humility, the ego, the sex appeal, the smile, the drive and the likeability factor to take him a long way, if not further.
Jeremy Hopkins sings John Thorn is a formidable show with talent to burst. Keep your eye out for John and Jeremy as a team and separately. Together or on their own they are not to be missed.
The Butterfly Club presents
Jeremy Hopkins Sings John Thorn
Venue: The Butterfly Club | 204 Bank St, South Melbourne
Dates: Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 March
Times: 9.00 pm Thu to Sat / 8.00 pm Sunday
Duration: one hour approx
Tickets: $20 full / $15 concession and for groups of 8 or more
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