Flo and Joan are sisters who don’t look anything alike from the UK. They do musical comedy – which as they say is not super cool – but they’re funny and very good at it. They came to notice via their 2016 Song and their show is more of the same, and sillier.
With just a piano and a beautifully played shaker (never underestimate how hard it is to shake that thing in time over a whole set), F&J combine wicked words and dorky music. You have to listen carefully – their sweet cadence lulls the mind somewhat to the sharpness of many of their songs. It’s sort of Gilbert and Sullivan-like as the sweetness of their harmonies rings clear and is sharpened by the bounce of their ridiculous rhymes and razor-like lyrics.
Between songs they reply to some of trolling they have received from around the world culminating in a song written to the young daughters of one delightful fella who was particularly rude to them. They’re not nasty in their responses, just measured and pointed without descending to a fight.
Flo is on piano and her delivery is dry as tumbleweed in Death Valley while Joan has a lighter, but just as sharp a touch. The contrast adds extra flavour to the songs and interludes that cover (but are not limited to) sexual politics, feminism, Brexit and men.