Speakers Profile - Beautifully Mad

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Beautifully Mad are Kris Ralph and Tony King, who was recently crowned Australian Songwriter of the Year 2009. The recent audience at The Basement was lucky enough to have the extended lineup of this must see band
with Bill Risby on piano, Peter Badenoch on bass, Abraham Rounds on drums, and guest saxophonist Craig Walters.

Expect goosebumps in the hauntingly beautiful vein of Luka Bloom, to the exotic tones reminiscent of Cassandra Wilson to the wild Hendrix spiked guitar and dirty New Orleans exhilaration of a band possessed. 
Tony has a reputation for setting fire to a 12 string with his solos, while Kris melts hearts with her rich, mellifluous voice and nylon string guitar. Kris is also a fine painter represented in collections around the world, with several exhibitions in recent years often focusing on portraiture.

Subjects have ranged from musicians such as Tom Waits to Protest Singers including Nina Simone, Peter Garrett, Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter.

Tony has also toured extensively as lead guitarist for Andrew Strong, the incredible voice from the Commitments. They also co-wrote an album together in Ireland called Gypsys Kiss.

"Beautifully Mad were simply stunning. Excellent guitars and fabulous voices combined with lyrics that can only have come from people who have really lived, loved, lost & laughed through life. Their songs cut straight to the heart as they transported us. Thoroughly delightful entertainment!"
-Bill Arnett, Folkus Room Canberra