Amanda Palmer with the TSO
For the last 7 years, Hobart has played host to the wonderful "Museum of Old and New Art: Festival Of Music and Art", or MONA FOMA. This year I had the privilege of joining US singer Amanda Palmer (formerly of the Dresden Dolls) and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for a special concert featuring an eclectic variety of her songs. Arranged for orchestra by the wonderful Jherek Bischoff (who also happens to be her bass guitarist), the concert was a surefire hit with her diehard fans, and I'm pretty sure she gained some new ones along the way! She was also joined onstage by her husband, the ever-talented author Neil Gaiman, in a duet of Lou Reed's Perfect Day, as well as English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, who performed his classic hit, Queen Elvis. But in the end, it was Palmer's Map of Tasmania that brought the house, and her outfit, down!