Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hip Harpist Loves Cross-Dressing Comedy

ARLINGTON, Ma (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One hip harpist is crossing her chords with the help from a famous cross-dresser.

Grammy-nominated harpist Deborah Henson-Conant is musically inspired by British cross-dressing comedian Eddie Izzard’s jokes, ideas, and stories, which have helped her rock the harp for many years.

But Henson-Conant plucks more than just jokes from Izzard’s 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-Conant’s Izzard-like quirks have landed her gigs with everyone from the West Virgina Symphony to Ray Charles, and it’s her uniqueness that keeps her audience excited.

She explains, “My show’s 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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