A modern-day tragedy of poetic proportions, Red Dress & the Sugar Man is a dark and smoky cabaret that enlists the music of Tom Waits to tell a sombre, poetic tale of love, lust and longing. With a 3-piece band and sensuous 3-part harmonies, sultry renditions of his masterpieces are seamlessly drawn together with spoken-word narration, written and performed by Marisa Quigley, and inspired by the captivating imagery of Waits’ lyrics and poetry.
Since 2015, she has performed with Her Sunday Best; four experienced musicians who complement her sublime songs with a full instrumental sound and soaring harmonies. Her Sunday Best are Rudi Katterl (lead guitar), Chris Mangan (keys), Darren Christie (bass), and Bryan ‘Rolie’ Dwyer (drums).
Marisa Quigley is an award-winning Australian blues/roots singer and songwriter, solo artist, and cabaret performer. With her charismatic stage presence and powerhouse delivery, the husky-voiced chanteuse has drawn comparisons with Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt.
Absolutely at home on the stage, Marisa captivates audiences from the moment she sashays forth from behind the curtain. She’s a statuesque, flame-haired beauty who radiates warmth, humour and earthiness.
Forte music magazine has described her as “Possibly the blackest white woman since Janis Joplin”, and Triple J Roots & All presenter Sarah Howells has praised her live performances, saying, “Amazing voice. I’ve seen Marisa live a few times and she absolutely rocks it.”