Initially inspired by the songs of Hank Williams and the Birthday Party, and the performance styles of Buster Keaton, Delaney synthesizes this into his own persona. A wry sense of humour, some theatre of unease breathe life and space into the niche he has carved out for himself, winning him critical acclaim across the world for his original take on things.
The guitar and harmonica, a small battered suitcase, props for the magic show, looping sounds to achieve the full drive of a juke band. Howlin Wolf meets Suicide. Reverbed vocals and the slap back beats he builds with his Ghost Orchestra capture the sound of Chicago’s Chess Records.
Davidson’s lyrical content shows a deeper insight into the human condition and a sympathy and acceptance of the quirks of life and human foibles. Combining the older style of beerhall musician and the traditions of pantomime and audience involvement his live show is renowned for its sublime dance competitions and bawdy sing-alongs.