Luke Escombe is an award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist, comedian and speaker
His 2011 musical comedy show “Chronic” took him to festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe and earned him a nomination for a Green Room Award. The following year his self-produced album "Mantown" spent nine straight months in the top ten of the Australian Blues and Roots chart , earning comparisons to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Nick Cave.
He has performed for three years in a row at Parliament House in Canberra, as well as at the New Zealand National Museum in Wellington, the 2012 and 2014 National Medicines Symposiums, the 2013 Pharmacy Australia Congress, and at conferences, workshops, support groups and nursing homes across the country. He is an ambassador for Crohn's and Colitis Australia and a Champion of Australian Pain Management, and the proud winner of a 2011 competition on radio station Mix 106.5FM to find "Sydney's sexiest man voice"
Earlier in 2014 Luke simultaneously released his first feature length DVD "Chronic Symphonic" along with 18-track live album "Live on the Coast". Reviewing these albums in the Sydney Morning Herald critic John Shand wrote: “Luke Escombe is funny and brave, a showman and an artist, a brilliantly engaging lyricist, expert tunesmith, fine guitarist and exceptional singer. Seldom is such sophistication wrapped in a coating of such overt fun. Buy both. Hear him"
His most recent project - a "roots musical" for kids, families and foodies called The Vegetable Plot - has just won the award for Best Kid's show at the 2014 Sydney Fringe. Luke is also the MC and co-writer of the critically acclaimed stage show "Little Egypt's Speakeasy"
“Luke Escombe is a rock-soul singer, raconteur, blistering blues guitarist, comedian and songwriter, and is very good at them all. His commanding voice carries echoes of Dr John, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Cave and Jim Morrison” - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald (Oct 01, 2012)
"Burn the name Luke Escombe in your brain. World-class musician. World-class comedian. World-class show. Brilliant" - Talkfringe, Adelaide
"Brilliantly satirical...exceptional musical skill" - Alicia Norton, Fringe Benefits (Feb 27, 2012)
“Hilarious...creative and talented ****” - Ellie Willis, Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe (Aug 26, 2011)
“Sharp and extremely funny" - Cara Sayer-Bourne, AU Review (Sep 16, 2011)
“Stellar musicianship, Escombe appears on the fast track to musical comedy's big leagues ” – Herald Sun, Melbourne
"Very funny, clever and charming" - Kate Miller-Heidke on Twitter