The Audreys

On the Fringe’s opening night, in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide-based blues and roots duo The Audreys played their last show for a while – holding one last “rough-as-guts” hour in the Spiegeltent, ahead of an indefinite hiatus.

“The Audreys are not breaking up,” emphasised lead singer Taasha, “I think a publicist got a bit carried away there. But we will be taking a break.” And sure enough, ahead of that break, they played a lavish hour of unabashed fan service: drinking plenty of wine, taking song requests (or at least “listening to your requests and then picking the ones we like”), and giving away all the t-shirts they’d meant to sell at the merch stand.

Chief guitarist Tristan ('Tristo') often took a step back, letting Taasha’s sometimes haunting, sometimes pearl-clutchingly sensual voice come to the fore; this was especially strong when they played "Oh Honey" and "You and Steve McQueen", both off their first album Between Last Night and Us. We were also treated to an unprepared song from Taasha’s yet-untitled upcoming solo release, which she sang so splendidly that only half of the audience noticed when she forgot the lyrics. Throughout, the skyward-eyed songstress and the warm curmudgeon seemed to genuinely revel in each other’s talents.

As someone that hasn’t followed their work religiously, the show wasn’t ever intended for me. But even as a casual fan, it was hard not to be swept up in the moment, and I was left wanting more of the smooth, laid-back world they presented.

Guess I’ll just have to wait.

★★★★