Music and Wines in the Vines is happening this October long weekend (Sunday 5th October) and Australian actress and singer Pippa Grandison will headlining the afternoon with her band “The Pippa Grandison Eclectic”. We chatted to Pippa about the show and her time in musical theatre.
You’ve played so many iconic roles on stage. What’s been your favourite and why?
Pippa – It’s so hard to pick a favourite. I guess most people would expect me to say Elphaba in Wicked, but I tend to lean toward Scaramouche in We Will Rock You. I really got to let loose vocally with her, which was a joy. We also played Japan and that was an incredible experience.
What do you like about doing performances like the one planned for Music and Wines in the Vines?
Pippa – I love live band gigs. It’s been a while since I’ve done one so I’m really looking forward to it. Playing in the afternoon on a long weekend is great as people are relaxed and pretty loose. A vineyard is such a lovely place to be too, even when I’m not singing, so that will be a treat. I also like being able to create the set list.
What will be on the set list for Music and Wines in the Vines?
Pippa – There’s a non intended segway… The set list is quite eclectic. Hence the band name. The songs are covers of a variety of artists and bands. Some current, some nostalgic and others somewhat obscure. There are jazz and blues standards in there as well as numbers from The Beatles, Macy Gray, The Black Keys, Grace Jones, The Who, Aretha Franklin, The Stones, Split Enz and the list goes on. We’ve given them a direction of our own which feels like a jazz, blues, funk fusion. A laid back groove for a lazy afternoon.
You grew up in Perth. How has that influenced your career?
Pippa – Growing up in Perth certainly influenced my career in a positive way. My earliest memories were of singing while my brother played guitar and then jamming and performing with school friends throughout my education. My first musical was in high school. I was cast as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and got the bug I guess.
What advice do you give young singers and performers wanting to break into musical theatre?
Pippa – My advice to young singers and performers wanting to break into Musical Theatre is to learn how to tell the story of your song and create a character. Of course singing and dancing technique is important, but your skills as an actor will help you stand out from the crowd. No matter what size role you are going for.
Are there any recording for you in the works?
Pippa – No recordings at the moment, but since I’ve put this band together I have certainly become inspired to go back into the studio and make an album I’ve been dreaming of for years. Maybe I will!
What’s your post gig ritual?
Pippa – Post gig rituals vary depending on the gig, but the one for Music and Wine in the Vines will be probably be a glass of wine I’d say.
Music and Wine in the Vines will be held at Little Wineson Sunday the 5th October from 1pm. Tickets are $30 per head and includes a glass of wine on arrival.