If there is a fine line between genius and madness I am not entirely sure which side of the line Thomas Truax falls... but I am leaning heavily towards the former.
Accompanied by an array of home-made instruments (works of art in themselves), a guitar and a loop pedal he gave the most entertaining one-man show I have ever witnessed...
The first song introduced us to "The Hornicator".. a versatile wind and percussion instrument (an old gramophone horn, with strings, twangy things, a kazoo and other stuff attached to it)
Next we were introduced us to "Mother Superior" - a drum machine in the truest sense, consisting of bicycle wheels, rattles, drums, cymbals and a horn (some blinking red lights adding the icing on the cake). Watching him "program" it between songs by extending spokes and hooking up little arms and levers was fascinating.
Deeming us a well behaved audience, Truax then unplugged guitar and came off stage to join us. After having us all stare at a "moon" projected onto the ceiling from a maglite taped to the headstock he started up strumming and singing and was off - darting among startled onlookers a then vanishing through the exit doors, leaving a bewildered silence behind. Ah... but then the sound of footsteps up above as he played his way through the upstairs bar and he was back, reappearing through the toilet door, and so on with the show...
Musically, Truax delivers a surreal twist of singer/songwriter fayre, delivering his often bizarre, storytelling lyrics over a mix of instrumental and vocal loops - and guitar (which he played for the haunting The Butterfly And The Entomologist using the technique of strumming with the rotating blades of a pocket fan)
Whatever your musical preferences, Thomas Truax's show is superb and engaging entertainment - I don't think anyone could fail to come away without a smile and some sense of heartwarming that people like Thomas Truax still exist.