A West Australian musical grandmother has again created international buzz with her unique spoon-playing act.
The world first got a glimpse of the Deb “Spoons” Perry’s ability in 2012 when a YouTube clip of her performing to a Black Keys song went viral, quickly amassing over one million views.
The performance was later aired on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show and she was recently invited back to the US to perform on a variety show hosted by comedian Steve Harvey.
“I was down in Tasmania when I got the email inviting me to the US,” Ms Perry told the ABC from her Augusta home in WA’s south-west.
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t really know who Steve Harvey was. But I did a bit of Googling and quickly realised this might be a bigger deal than I thought it was.”
Deb was introduced to spoon playing in 1972 and quickly developed her own unique style. (ABC South West: Anthony Pancia)
The performance and humorous banter between Ms Perry and the high profile host proved a hit and has since been viewed by over three million times worldwide.
“The lead-up to the show was quite an overwhelming experience,” Ms Perry said.
“Once I got up on stage and the music kicked in, it all came together. I even got Steve up and rocking with a set of spoons. Looking back on it, it really couldn’t have gone any better.”
Though a drummer since her early childhood, Ms Perry was introduced to spoon playing in 1972 while watching a band at a bar in Fremantle.
She said it was initially a way of “keeping my rhythm in check while rearing my three kids”.
Ms Perry, now 68, quickly developed a love for the method and began developing her style and act.
Her first big break came as a finalist on variety show Australia’s Got Talent in 2008 before the YouTube clip, set on farmland and surrounded by kangaroos, went viral.
“I had no idea what ‘going viral’ meant but I had all these people saying ‘Your clip’s gone viral, your clip’s gone viral’, and I started to understand what that meant as I watched the views click over,” Ms Perry said.
Deb first got behind a drumkit in her teens and keeps the beat in a local concert band. (ABC South West: Anthony Pancia)
“That led to all sorts of invitations to perform and it’s gone from there, really. Not bad for a little granny from Augusta.”
Ms Perry, a keen surfer and bird-watcher, uses her fame to inspire young kids to develop an interest in music and the elderly to stay active.
“There’s nothing quite like getting into a good groove with your musical friends in a band, or even just playing by yourself,” she said.
“I suppose it’s like a surfer catching a really good wave. There’s a thrill to keeping exactly in time that is hard to describe.
“I don’t know why, but it gives me a thrill.”