WHIMSICAL TRICYCLE - ARCHIVE
"Personal - Intimate - Outstanding!" Scot Festival (2007)
"Natural Australian humour and honesty" Adelaide Advertiser (2007)
"Unpretentious, funny and with great tunes, this is a great musical experience." Fresh Air (2007)
"Leaves you with a smile and a good song in your head"
Three Weeks (2007)
"Crowded House are an obvious reference point... one of the most uplifting musical experiences on the Fringe” Edinburgh Evening News (2006)
"The kind of music you’d like on your Ipod.” Three Weeks (2006)
"Moving, humorous, immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational... an unpretentious, authentic, little gem... superbly crafted songs" Independent Weekly (2007)
Photography by Prue Kelly
Adelaide Fringe 2008
March 3rd - Review of the February 29 show "a beyond-stellar folk music show in both quality and originality" Independent Weekly
February 28, 2008 - Whimsical Tricycle perform a personal song for none other than Alexander Downer - see clipping from the Adelaide Advertiser >>>>>
February 22 - Independent Weekly previews upcoming Adelaide Fringe shows...
"a straight forward well-crafted story line with excellent musicianship. The romantic comedy interplay is amusing enough not to be overindulgent, but with sufficient heart to be affecting when it matters... Insane in London can't miss and the reasons are four - Kieran Butler, Michelle Wilson, great songs and sufficient comedy between numbers to hold the show together. The duo's charisma grows on you. By the time it's over, it's too late; you've had a good evening's entertainment. Butler and Wilson play each moment without ego and with total candour, and that's ultimately the secret to the duo's success. They're smart, funny, amiable and far more powerful than one would initially suppose. Some shows are critic proof - some for the right reasons, some for the wrong ones. This one falls into the former category."
<<< Whimsical Tricycle meet Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap, The Simpsons) at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe!
2007 - 'Insane in London' hit the Top 40 on the Roots charts in March at Triple J after receiving late night airplay.
July 11, 2007 - Whimsical Tricycle scored 2 songs in the Folk top 10 at mp3.com.au
'Insane in London' and 'Beautiful Wonderful' from 'Kismet' went Top Ten at mp3.com.au in late 2006 and during one week in March, 2007 Whimsical Tricycle had 5 songs in the Top 30.
AUGUST 2006 - Critics rave about Whimsical Tricycle at the Edinburgh Fringe:
Edinburgh Evening News "touching and heart-rending… Crowded House are an obvious reference point... one of the most uplifting musical experiences on the Fringe” Click to read the full Edinburgh Evening News review
Three Weeks “a good hour of touching, non-dramatic songs with a cheerful, upbeat sound… this is the kind of music you’d like on your Ipod.” Click here to read the full Three Weeks review
WHIMSICAL TRICYCLE ON THE ROAD 2004 & 2005
'Kismet: a reality musical' went on to tour Germany and Portugal in 2005 after debuting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004.
The show was performed in Frankfurt and Hamburg in February 2005 and received substantial media and press attention. The show in Frankfurt coincided with a night when the city was covered in 6 inches of snow, but this did not stop nearly 100 people turning out for a night of story telling and original music from Kieran Butler and Michelle Wilson. Listeners to independent radio station, Radio X, were treated to a live performance of 'Two sisters from Keri Keri' a couple of hours before the show.
In Hamburg, the show was performed to over 200 people at the famous Markthalle as part of a benefit concert for victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka. The money raised bought two fishing boats which will provide an income for two whole families.
Another highlight of the tour was a marathon five hour gig at An Sibin Irish pub in Frankfurt. This included two encores and a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd who kept Kieran and Michelle on stage for a two hour final set of original and covers material.
A selection of songs from 'Kismet' were performed in May, 2005, at a packed in store appearance at FNAC in Lisbon, Portugal.
A wee bit more about Whimsical Tricycle...
Whimsical Tricycle are Kieran Butler (guitar, vocals) and Michelle Wilson (violin, vocals). Their CD ‘Kismet’, featuring 15 songs - including 7 new tracks - was re-released in 2006.
In 2001, Kieran and Michelle played together as part of the popular Melbourne based Celtic rock band 'The Mulligans'. They were reunited at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They returned to the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to launch their unique brand of original songs and storytelling. Their debut show ‘Kismet: a reality musical’ was bold, adventurous; and based on the theme of destiny.
'Kismet: a reality musical' subsequently toured the UK, Germany, Portugal and Australia in 2004 and 2005. The song ‘Kismet’ received airplay on BBC Scotland and Channel 31, Melbourne.
In 2005 Whimsical Tricycle were also the creative force behind a comedy song called 'Buckfast'. It was recorded in Scotland and video clip was made in Edinburgh by director Mark Taylor from Capture UK. Click on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI97_Eq4rcY
The song was played on BBC Scotland, and featured in The Scottish Sun and Metro newspapers. Noise Magazine gave ‘Buckfast’ a 3 star review: “Hilarious... very catchy... compares well to anything else in the charts”
In late 2005 Kieran and Michelle returned to Australia where they worked with comedian Greg Fleet. They produced the music for his song ‘The Un-Australian Anthem – A new song for QANTAS’. They performed the song live with Fleet and Mick Moriarty (GUD, The Gadflys) at the 2006 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala.