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The Kransky Sisters - Stayin
The Kransky Sisters - Stayin' Alive
Published: 2009/05/21
Channel: HoneypotExplosion
Kransky Sisters - psycho killer
Kransky Sisters - psycho killer
Published: 2007/11/02
Channel: Koos Maris
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013 Gala - The Kransky Sisters
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013 Gala - The Kransky Sisters
Published: 2013/03/29
Channel: TheMelbComedyFest
The Kransky Sisters - Sexual Healing
The Kransky Sisters - Sexual Healing
Published: 2008/07/13
Channel: EfflaThorn
Kransky Sisters - Highway To Hell
Kransky Sisters - Highway To Hell
Published: 2007/12/31
Channel: bigstripeydave
Kransky Sisters - Psycho Killer
Kransky Sisters - Psycho Killer
Published: 2007/12/31
Channel: bigstripeydave
The Kransky Sisters - The Sound Of Silence
The Kransky Sisters - The Sound Of Silence
Published: 2007/09/23
Channel: innerwestie
The Kransky Sisters - Sweet Dreams
The Kransky Sisters - Sweet Dreams
Published: 2007/09/24
Channel: innerwestie
The Kransky Sisters - Everyone
The Kransky Sisters - Everyone's A Winner (In Siberia Tonight)
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: danere1 / Seinfeldaholic
The Kransky Sisters - Pop Musik
The Kransky Sisters - Pop Musik
Published: 2007/09/23
Channel: innerwestie
The Kransky Sisters - Born to be Wild
The Kransky Sisters - Born to be Wild
Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: Bob Nebe
The Kransky Sisters - Cant Touch This
The Kransky Sisters - Cant Touch This
Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: Bob Nebe
The Kransky Sisters - 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala
The Kransky Sisters - 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala
Published: 2015/08/10
Channel: TheMelbComedyFest
The Kransky Sisters - All The Single Ladies
The Kransky Sisters - All The Single Ladies
Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: Bob Nebe
art.afterhours - The Kransky Sisters
art.afterhours - The Kransky Sisters
Published: 2010/05/27
Channel: Art Gallery of NSW
Kransky Sisters - Afternoon Delight
Kransky Sisters - Afternoon Delight
Published: 2008/01/01
Channel: bigstripeydave
The Kransky Sisters - Highway To Hell (In Siberia Tonight)
The Kransky Sisters - Highway To Hell (In Siberia Tonight)
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: danere1 / Seinfeldaholic
The Kransky Sisters - Overload (Sugababes Cover) (In Siberia Tonight)
The Kransky Sisters - Overload (Sugababes Cover) (In Siberia Tonight)
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: danere1 / Seinfeldaholic
Kransky Sisters Live - Superstar - Welcome to The Stage
Kransky Sisters Live - Superstar - Welcome to The Stage 'Will Kransky' - BM Music Festival 2010
Published: 2013/06/21
Channel: ShortOrderCook1
The Kransky Sisters - Money Money Money
The Kransky Sisters - Money Money Money
Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: Bob Nebe
A Very Very Kransky Q&A at QPAC
A Very Very Kransky Q&A at QPAC
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: QPAC
The Kransky Sisters - Its a Long Way to the Top
The Kransky Sisters - Its a Long Way to the Top
Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: Bob Nebe
The Kransky Sisters - Abracadabra
The Kransky Sisters - Abracadabra
Published: 2007/10/05
Channel: innerwestie
Kransky Sisters - You
Kransky Sisters - You're so vain
Published: 2008/01/01
Channel: bigstripeydave
the kransky sisters - overload
the kransky sisters - overload
Published: 2006/05/13
Channel: bigstripeydave
Kransky Sisters - Single Bed
Kransky Sisters - Single Bed
Published: 2008/01/01
Channel: bigstripeydave
The Kransky Sisters "Thriller" - In Siberia Tonight SBS 21 Oct
The Kransky Sisters "Thriller" - In Siberia Tonight SBS 21 Oct '04
Published: 2014/08/21
Channel: John Frame
The Kransky Sisters - Turn On The Sun, Steve
The Kransky Sisters - Turn On The Sun, Steve's Xmas Song (In Siberia Tonight)
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: danere1 / Seinfeldaholic
Kransky Sisters - Horror Movie
Kransky Sisters - Horror Movie
Published: 2008/01/01
Channel: bigstripeydave
Groove is in the heart - Topology & the Kransky Sisters
Groove is in the heart - Topology & the Kransky Sisters
Published: 2010/03/30
Channel: Robert Davidson
Kransky Sisters Education
Kransky Sisters Education
Published: 2006/05/13
Channel: bigstripeydave
The Kransky Sisters -  Single ladies
The Kransky Sisters - Single ladies
Published: 2012/01/31
Channel: TV Limburg BE
The Kransky Sisters - Born To Be Wild
The Kransky Sisters - Born To Be Wild
Published: 2007/10/05
Channel: innerwestie
Kransky Sisters - Computer Games
Kransky Sisters - Computer Games
Published: 2007/12/31
Channel: bigstripeydave
The Kransky Sisters Interview - ABC TV Rollercoaster
The Kransky Sisters Interview - ABC TV Rollercoaster
Published: 2009/12/31
Channel: EfflaThorn
Kransky Sisters - Single Ladies @ The Judy 2nd Nov 2012
Kransky Sisters - Single Ladies @ The Judy 2nd Nov 2012
Published: 2012/11/26
Channel: psychoandy689
Kransky Sisters - Intuition
Kransky Sisters - Intuition
Published: 2008/01/01
Channel: bigstripeydave
A Very Kransky Christmas - Extended Version
A Very Kransky Christmas - Extended Version
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: Adelaide Festival Centre
Topology and the Kransky Sisters - highlights from the live show
Topology and the Kransky Sisters - highlights from the live show
Published: 2010/02/01
Channel: Robert Davidson
The Kransky Sisters - Piece of Cake
The Kransky Sisters - Piece of Cake
Published: 2013/03/21
Channel: A-List Comedy
The kransky sisters
The kransky sisters
Published: 2007/02/07
Channel: Paul Childs
The Kransky Sisters - How to save your pennies with Chrismas dinners...
The Kransky Sisters - How to save your pennies with Chrismas dinners...
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: TheKranskySisters
The Kransky Sisters
The Kransky Sisters
Published: 2012/03/02
Channel: A-List Comedy
A Very Kransky Christmas
A Very Kransky Christmas
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: Adelaide Festival Centre
A Very Kransky Christmas at QPAC
A Very Kransky Christmas at QPAC
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: QPAC
The Kransky Sisters - Intuition Jewel (In Siberia Tonight)
The Kransky Sisters - Intuition Jewel (In Siberia Tonight)
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: danere1 / Seinfeldaholic
TOPOLOGY w/ The Kransky Sisters (2008 concert series)
TOPOLOGY w/ The Kransky Sisters (2008 concert series)
Published: 2011/12/13
Channel: topologymusic
Hello Adelaide! The Kransky Sisters are coming,,,
Hello Adelaide! The Kransky Sisters are coming,,,
Published: 2014/01/14
Channel: A-List Comedy
The Kransky Sisters & Stephen Abbott - Yodelling
The Kransky Sisters & Stephen Abbott - Yodelling
Published: 2009/02/11
Channel: EfflaThorn
The Kransky Sisters take over Topology
The Kransky Sisters take over Topology's concert
Published: 2010/03/30
Channel: Robert Davidson
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The Kransky Sisters are an Australian musical comedy trio created, written and performed by Annie Lee (Mourne) and Christine Johnston (Eve) initially with Michele Watt (Arva – 2000 til 2006) and later with Carolyn Johns (Dawn – 2007 onwards). They regularly appeared on In Siberia Tonight on SBS Television, The Sideshow with Paul McDermott on ABC Television and had guest appearances on Spicks and Specks and Adam Hills Tonight.

During their act, the Kransky Sisters tell off-beat, macabre stories accompanied by cover versions of popular songs. The fictional sisters live an old-fashioned life style and travel in a 1958 Morris Major between performances. The trio's members play tuba, guitar, musical saw and a 1960s reed keyboard, as well as bizarre instruments such as toilet brushes and kitchen pots.[1]

History[edit]

The Kransky Sisters were created by Annie Lee and Christine Johnston in Brisbane in 2000.[2] Johnston grew up in Geebung, she provides "experimental vocals, including bird calls, and uses her voice as a medium by which visual objects and the subliminal or pedestrian aspects of human experience can be interpreted. In combination with this interest [she] brings to her performances a dramatic visual component and a strong sense of personal style and humour."[3]

Leah Mercer of RealTime Arts caught their performance of Baggage in November 2005, she described "their earnest delivery and spot-on arrangements mean that the [trio] never descend into cheap parody; they play for laughs but never at their characters’ expense. Full of memorable moments (Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer', complete with yodeling and some wild Salvation Army tambourine moves, tops my list) Baggage unfolds as a series of stories gathered during the Kransky’s recent tour of regional Queensland. Continuing that great Australian tradition of the misfit hero."[2]

Fictional back story[edit]

The Kransky sisters come from Esk, a real rural town in Queensland. The two eldest sisters, Mourne and Eve Kransky, are full biological sisters and have lived together all their lives. Mourne and Eve's father was a travelling salesman for the (fictional) Asbestos Cookware Company. Their mother left their father to be with his brother, who is Arva and Dawn's father. The two brothers have not spoken since and Mourne and Eve ostracise Arva and Dawn, using their guilt over the affair to dominate them.

Arva, who first toured with the family band, has now joined the Hornbell Military Marching Band. Dawn, the youngest sister, has taken leave from her job as trolley librarian at the Esk Hospital and now tours in Arva's place. The sisters wear the same clothes and Mourne and Eve speak with similar mannerisms. Mourne, the eldest, is clearly the matriarch, sternly keeping control of her younger sisters and doing most of the speaking during a concert, while Eve, a vegetarian who harbours secret passions, eerily echoes many of Mourne's phrases, though she has enough independence to occasionally add to Mourne's stories. Arva and Dawn almost never speak.[citation needed]

The songs they play are learnt from listening to the "wireless" and they drive to their concerts in a 1958 Morris Major. Sometimes the songs are incomplete thanks to an interruption in their reception and the sisters, lacking any normal cultural context, often seem not to fully understand what they are singing about.

One of their neighbours has a computer and has made their official website for them.

Members[edit]

  • Annie Lee (Mourne Kransky): vocals, acoustic guitar, reed keyboard, biscuit tin, kitchen pot, tambourine
  • Christine Johnston (Eve Kransky): vocals, musical-saw, reed keyboard, toilet brush, tambourine
  • Michell Watt (Arva Kransky): tuba, vocals
  • Carolyn Johns (Dawn Kransky): tuba, vocals

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominations
  • Barry Award – Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2004
  • Triple Nominee Green Room Awards 2004 – Best Cabaret Ensemble; Musical Arrangements; Most Outstanding Show
  • Triple Nominee Green Room Awards 2014 – For their cabaret show 'Piece Of Cake' – Best Cabaret; Writing; Musical Direction

Discography[edit]

  • A Keepsake of Live Excerpts from Mourne, Eve and Arva; excerpts from their We Don't Have Husbands tour in 2005.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love You When" (Kransky Theme)
  2. "Introduction"
  3. "Sunrise Sunset" – original
  4. "The Bakery"
  5. "MJ Medley" – a Michael Jackson medley of "Thriller", "Beat It", "Billie Jean"
  6. "Pix People"
  7. "Sounds of Silence" – Simon & Garfunkel cover
  8. "Arva's Boil"
  9. "Sexual Healing" – Marvin Gaye cover
  10. "Mince"
  11. "Nutbush" – Tina Turner cover
  12. "Overload" – Sugababes cover
  13. "Makeup"
  14. "Pretty Woman" – Roy Orbison cover
  15. "We Will Rock You" – Queen cover

Side projects and collaborations[edit]

Annie Lee and Christine Johnston had separate roles in a comedy theatre presentation, Women in Voice (WIV), in September 2007 at Brisbane's Playhouse. Lee was the MC, who according to Erin White of Australian Stage "captures the audience with her expressive face and amazing large, bright eyes. Her intermittent songs about dreams and the vastness of the universe, evidently project the WIV desire for women (and men) to follow their dreams and make their own destiny."[6] White observed that Johnston "performs dressed as an old school teacher; sings the Latin word for Tomato; and breaks out to 'What I Like About You', before performing her signature act – playing the musical saw. The haunting and ringing sound of the saw compliments [her] obscure persona. Her performance is stilted and disjointed, yet suits the character she is playing."[6]

In June 2013 Johnston and two assistants, Peter Nelson and Lisa O'Neill, performed in a side project, PRamp, at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.[7] Mick Searles of AussieTheatre.com described the show, "Johnston sings skewed stories about chickens, tax receipts, scabs, kitchen utensils and her love of collecting and keeping things in jars (including skin from a suntan in 1978) in a wacky musical comedy."[7] From 2014 the trio of Johnston, Nelson and O'Neill have worked as the Gingham Family to perform a children's musical comedy, Fluff: A Story of Lost Toys.[8]

Johnston appeared as The Old Woman in Opera Queensland's (OQ) 2015 staged production of Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide, directed by Lindy Hume.[9] In 2017, Johnston played Mad Margaret in OQ's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.[10]

Annie Lee performed a solo set of shows, Barefoot Cabaret, in June 2015 providing "a night of gorgeous European cabaret with classics by everyone from Kurt Weill to Bertolt Brecht."[11]

Kransky Sisters collaborated with a five-piece classical music ensemble, Topology, in January 2016 to present a combined show which "sees the assembled performers take on scores and songs, including well-known themes from Star Trek, Harry Potter and Downton Abbey."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Kransky Sisters – Piece of Cake", 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  2. ^ a b Mercer, Leah (February–March 2003). "Brisbane ladies: explosive icons". RealTime Arts (71). Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Crow Impression: Christine Johnston". Australia Adlib. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Dodds, Troy (19 January 2008). "Latest Theatre News: Lamond, Hayes honoured". AussieTheatre.com. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "A Keepsake of Live Excerpts from Mourne, Eve and Arva". Footlight. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b White, Erin (14 September 2007). "Women in Voice 16". Australian Stage. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Searles, Mick (18 June 2013). "Adelaide Cabaret Festival - RRamp". AussieTheatre.com. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Fluff: A Story of Lost Toys Ipswich Civic Centre". Must do Brisbane. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Candide review (QPAC, Brisbane)" by Alison Cotes, Crikey, 27 July 2015
  10. ^ "Review: Ruddigore (Opera Queensland)" by Suzannah Conway, Limelight, 14 July 2017
  11. ^ Bochenski, Natalie (10 June 2015). "Queensland Cabaret Festival: Top ten picks". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Wilson, Sean (29 January 2016). "Our pick of what's happening around town". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 

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