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February 11, 2019

Bublé at the Ark

Original art, the likes of which you’ll be consuming at Adelaide Festival can take a lot of brain space and emotional maturity to work through. Sometimes, like a beer between wines, what’s needed is something simple and refreshing in between.

  • Words: Jesse Neill
  • Pictures: Supplied

Bill Parton, the suave singer regularly appearing on the Adelaide Fringe circuit, returns to the festival this year alongside our city’s premier 18-piece jazz orchestra, the Adelaide Big Band.

Following sold-out shows at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe, Bill is bringing the band back together for Bublé, a tribute show featuring a collection of Michael Bublé’s classic jazz and swing songs.


Arkaba Hotel
150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton 5063
8pm Saturday, 16 March, and 1:30pm Sunday, 17 March.

The show was initially conceived after Bill was told one too many times while gigging around Adelaide how similar his voice was to that of the Canadian crooner.

“After performances I had people come up to me regularly and ask ‘Has anyone told you that you sound like Michael Bublé?’ So I suppose after having that comment come up for the hundredth time or so, it was kind of a natural progression that I was going to do a Bublé tribute,” Bill says.

“Honestly, the comparisons don’t bother me though and frankly I don’t see it personally. But if that’s how people interpret my style, then I could think of worse things to be compared to.”

Having vocals comparable to a four-time Grammy Award winning singer isn’t necessarily a struggle, but choosing a set list from Bublé’s eight-album back catalogue poses more of a challenge.

“We often focus on choosing songs that already have big band arrangements and are jazz heavy. If you’ve got a big band of our size, you might as well showcase it to its full advantage.”

Tickets to Bublé at the Adelaide Fringe.

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