No doubt you are wondering, as I was - who the hell is Luke Doucet?
is a Canadian Singer/Songwriter who has just completed his first tour
Described by the Canadian Press as "the lost love bastard of KD Lang and Tom Waits" his songs and performance are a charming and individual experience. Originally from Winnipeg he is now based in Vancouver.
He started his performance with "Mitzi's" a song from the Aloha Manitoba CD, initially singing through a telephone hooked up to the sound system. It gave his voice a distorted, echoing effect.
"Vanessa" was next, an amusing song about cigarettes and kissing. As Doucet explained it could have sexual connotations depending on the time of day and the level of intoxication of the listener.
Third up was a song about a young transvestite, claimed by Luke to be a character from his past. Apparently, across the road from his childhood residence in Winnipeg there lived an 11-year-old Indian boy who loved dressing in his mother's clothes. He spent most of his time at the Doucet residence being friends with Doucet's sister. The punch line of the song is "you see stranger things in New York".
The breezy half hour performance was concluded with an unreleased song "Broken One" which was written a year ago after Doucet broke up with his girlfriend. The acerbic lyrics "you've got to have a heart to have a broken one" expressed the bitterness of the break-up.
Review and photos by Anne Sydenham