Beez swarm the Sphinx

The Beez (pictured) are a hot act.

Formed in 1998 in Berlin by native Berliner, accordionist and cabaret chanteuse Deta and Sydney guitarist Rob Rayner, the band has since enlisted the musical skills of bassist Charlotte Giuliani (from the Baltic Sea coast) and San Franciscan dobro guitar finger-picker Peter D’Elia.

These four create that distinctive Beez buzz.

Their repertoire includes German and Eastern European tunes in languages that not even they understand. But The Beez don’t just play covers – they rearrange them.

From pop to punk, from klezmer to classic – songs ranging from Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit to Emir Kosturica’s Bubamara (my favourite) – they all get that Beez facelift. And it’s beautiful. Soaring four-part harmonies, cunning instrumental arrangements and onstage patter leaves audiences reaching for the German-English phrasebook.

The Beez have recently completed their third Australian tour and will now do a special gig at Sphinx Rock Cafe, Mt Burrell, this Sunday, February 14, from 2pm. Great afternoon of something different.


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