Grammy-nominated harpist Deborah Henson-Conant is musically inspired by British cross-dressing comedian Eddie Izzards jokes, ideas, and stories, which have helped her rock the harp for many years.
But Henson-Conant plucks more than just jokes from Izzards routines for her shows.
She says, I like dressing like him. I like the way he wears his makeup, and I appreciate how up-front he is.
Henson-Conants Izzard-like quirks have landed her gigs with everyone from the West Virgina Symphony to Ray Charles, and its her uniqueness that keeps her audience excited.
She explains, My shows like a combination of Tina Turner, Eddie Izzard, Jimi Hendrix and George Gershwin. Once people get over their expectations, they have so much fun.
Henson-Conant will be strumming at Symphony Space in New York City on June 9.
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