There is perfect a capella and then there is beyond perfect a capella. Just back from over an hour of perfect jazz a capella from The Idea of North (albeit an Idea with Joy rather than Naomi, who is still on maternity leave). Although Naomi did appear on stage for a couple of numbers, although, minus her new "young apprentice").
Joy Hague was a great deputy alto, and should be thanked for bringing Sara Barielles' Gravity into the repertoire (and she still maintains the correct karmic balance of ex-Adelaideans in the group). The rest of the guys (Nick, Andrew, and Sally) were great, as always. I mean, this is their profession. This is what they do, all around the world.
The Australian government even gives them away to other countries as birthday presents!
Hmmmmm. The Idea of North did a nice arrangement of Sting's Straight To My Heart tonight in Trish's farewell gig. Apparently it's a old song they've just reintroduced back into the repertoire. I must have heard it before but had forgotten. Of course, they immediately followed it with The Unfortunate Tale of a Country Chicken. And oh dear the ducks are now Scottish. <grin> Oh dear. It's Nay's tribute to Emma Thompson in Love Actually, Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now. Time to go and get soppily romantic.
Edit: Oh nooeesss. They are doing Stairway to Heaven (in a style uniquely TIoN)... <runs screaming from the room>
For anyone that is interested, they are streaming Trish Delany-Brown's last concert with The Idea of North live tomorrow on http://www.themusicpage.com at 5pm (ACST) [check the webpage for other timezones]. They are arguably one of the best acapella groups around, although I think that seeing them live is really the way to go (their humour and stage presence is what elevates a show from being technically perfect to being exceptional).
After this she will be completely replaced by her fill-in during maternity leave, Sally Cameron (which means SA now has two members in TIoN...), and go off to look after James William Brown and possibly pursue a solo career.