The Blue Grassy Knoll makes noise for Buster Keaton

Mark Elton playing with The Riverwalk Trio
21 October 2012

MARK Elton is one of the best jazz bass players in the business. He is also one of the busiest.

For example he has recently returned from a stint at the Edinburgh Festival, and a Mediterranean jazz cruise not to mention having a heavy schedule playing in various combos closer to home. But perhaps one of his lesser known activities is as a member of the Blue Grassy Knoll, a band which has made its mark composing and playing the score for silent movies starring the comic genius,  Buster Keaton.


Well, the Blue Grassy Knoll will be making its return to the Melbourne Recital Centre with a brand new score to Buster’s hilarious short film The Goat, as well as the side-splitting antics of The Boat and The Playhouse. on Friday 23 November at 7.30pm.

Buster Keaton in “The Goat”

A five star hit of the Edinburgh Festival, Blue Grassy Knoll’s unique live film score accompaniment to silent films has taken the group to five continents, including seasons on Broadway and London’s Southbank, and tours from Beijing to Brazil, South Africa and everywhere in between.

“If you think you know what a silent movie is, yet haven’t seen the Blue Grassy Knoll in action – think again… Five Stars” – The Guardian.

Here are the current members of the band:

The Blue Grassy Knoll

Gus Macmillan, banjo, flute, guitar, slide whistle, thunder sheet
Phil McLeod, cello , accordion, mandolin, harmonica, casio (Keyboard?), saxophone
Simon Barfoot, percussion, tin whistle, foley (sound effects)
Mark Elton, double bass, tuba, cornet
Steph O’Hara, violin, mandolin, accordion

And to give you some idea of the inspired mayhem which they can create, here they perform at the 2011 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

FOR TICKETS: Booking on line is probably easiest: Click here to find out what tickets are available.
Booking by telephone 9699 3333
In person Box Office in the foyer of the Melbourne Recital Centre, corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank. 9 – 5 Monday to Friday

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