Meff ‘n’ jojo’s Tiny Instrument Revue
Genre: Retrosexual, Jewy vaudeville, euphemnuendo ukulele & mandolin
*Meff: Your mustachioed dandy tomboy-about-town. Punk rock fop on mandolin.
*jojo: The burlesque poetess, a tiny tart of vaudevillian verse and tenor ukicorn tamer.
Yes, you’ve seen them sitting in the stage shtetl of Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys— Now you can hear them sing about Oscar Wilde alongside your favourite tunes about hard drugs from the 70’s, speak-easy song standards, and Ukulele Ike’s charming ditties rife with euphem-nuendo! Miniature music-makers, petite caricatures, a throwback vaudeville act combining elements of Velvet Goldmine and The Muppet Show. Comes complete with subversive children’s literature (illustrated zine merch!) and on-the-spot poems.
Fall 2010 saw The Tiny Instruments as hired guns (toy pistols) entertaining
the masses in queue for The American Repertory Theatre’s 43-show run of Cabaret
starring Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls as the emcee. You can see pictures & video on the shows archive (bottom of the page). The Tiny Instruments opened the bill for Jill Tracy’s Boston premiere, also including Zoe Boekbinder (FKA/from Vermillion Lies). Whether crashing garden parties at the Cloud Club (Boston), opening for The Slomski Brothers at Ralph’s absinthe bar (Worcester), being rowdy parlour room entertainment at The Magic Room (Brighton), or appearing in Walter Sickert’s Inkdrip Session Finale: Post-Apocalyptic Lounge (Somerville Armory) these performers have disarmed and charmed their audiences with their bawdy wit and fine ruffian evening wear. (I hear their joyful realism/awkward-adorable banter and genuine sense of fun are fun too.)
“What happens when the tiniest and most dapper members of Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys get together to play songs about hard 1970’s drugs on mandolin, ukulele and more? Magic, bien sur! ” -Boston Bohemia
“If The Army of Toys was a dapper Voltron the pocket watch would detach and form: ‘meff ‘n jojo’s tiny instrument revue.’ ” -Walter Sickert
“Voted ‘Boston’s Best Tiny Ensemble of 2010.’ By me.”
-Scott Dakota, noted musician and producer