Adelaide Cabaret Festival Review: Baby et Lulu - Festival Theatre Main Stage, Adelaide (16.06.13)

Arriving to the packed out Festival Theatre main stage, it was clear the très charismatic pairing of sexy songstress’ Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge, AKA Baby et Lulu, have earned themselves a strong following of baguette-loving-baby-boomers.

The audience watched in awe as Dobson (Baby) and Goodridge (Lulu) launched into an eclectic set of French classics, contemporary pop songs and originals, swaying as the lustrous ladies achieved the perfect balance of wispy romanticism and booming, gutsy vocals with that oh-so-loveable touch of French quirk.

Their set featured beautiful renditions of songs from the iconic Edith Piaf (including the famous Jeff Buckley cover of "Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin"), contemporary performer Camille and an enchanting translated version of “Even When I’m Sleeping”, (which Abby was quick to point out was originally sung by herself in Leonardo’s Bride). But it was their original composition which stood out most. With the quintessentially French-sounding band accompaniment (gotta love that accordion!) and fun, flirty vocals; it boasted a classic Parisian café-sound with a contemporary twist and is definitely one to look out for on their album.

Dobson’s sickly sweet yet slightly husky vocals paired with Goodridge’s edgy, deep, somewhat jazzy technique absolutely nail the ebony-and-ivory style of their show. Not only are the polar opposites musically – they reflect completely different personalities and on-stage demeanours, coinciding with their sassy French alter egos. Dobson channels the sultry, playful seductress ala Bridgette Bardot, while Goodridge achieves the effortlessly cool, slightly-quirky, vixen-esque style reminiscent of Françoise Hardy.

With the music side of their live set down-pact, it’s definitely the audience banter that needs some work. Dobson and Goodridge appeared slight stiff at times when interacting between songs, resorting to trailing off in French as their nerves got the better of them.

Although, this could just be part of the show, as though they are purposely trying to embody the stereotypically uncomfortable eccentricities of the French... It’s a well known fact that they made awkward chic way before Brooklyn hipsters did.

It was clear Baby et Lulu made quite an impact on the crowd – murmurs of “Let’s go back to Paris” and “I MUST LEARN FRENCH” echoed around the room as the charmed audience traipsed out of the main stage to the various bars located around the Festival Theatre. Me? I have TAFE language course and Paris accommodation websites open on my laptop as we speak…J’adore Baby et Lulu!