Monthly Archives: May 2015

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JETTY ROAD ‘Hearts On Fire’ Album Launch Tour at Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Sat 30th May 2015

JETTY ROAD ‘Hearts On Fire’ Album Launch Tour at Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
+ Special Guest – Tara Favell

Sat 30th May 2015
HOTEL GEARIN
Venue: HOTEL GEARIN
273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba
Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

Country music stars ‘Jetty Road’ are back with a new story to tell. The band has returned with an album full of musical diversity. Aptly named Hearts On Fire, the album represents an evolution for the band and their distinctive sound!

Travelling half way across the globe to Canada to record again with producer Paul Shatto (Far Away Places) at the helm, the new album is a reflection of the emotional journey over the past few years.

“There are songs that speak of love, joy, betrayal, heartbreak, hope and everything in between, a little bit like riding a rollercoaster. Whether that’s in a lyric, a melody or simply the way a song makes you feel.” Lee Bowman – Guitar and Vocals.

January 2015 marked their 10-year anniversary together, a milestone rarely seen within music circles today. It’s easy to see the progression from their humble beginnings at Australia’s Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2005 to where they are today.

The past years have been an extraordinary journey for the band. Winning their second Golden Guitar (CMAA) Award for Best Group or Duo in 2012 at the 40th Country Music Awards of Australia has established twin sisters Lee & Paula Bowman, and Julian Sammut, as some of Australia’s hottest and brightest stars.

The release of their fourth album ‘Far Away Places’ in May 2011 saw the band garner some serious attention from both fans and critics alike with the album spending an amazing 41 weeks on the ARIA Australian Country Album Chart.

The band have had many Top 30 hits on Australian country radio and the Country Music Channel, but more impressively they’ve hit the coveted No.1 position no less than four times on country radio (I’m A Dreamer #1 x 7 weeks / Million Miles #1 x 6 weeks / Serves You Right #1 x 4 weeks / Sweet Goodbye #1 x 3 weeks) and six times on Country Music Channel (City Lights, Million Miles, World Keeps Turning, Serves You Right, I’m A Dreamer and Sweet Goodbye).

Along with strong chart success, Jetty Road have won many awards including two CMAA Awards (Golden Guitar) at the 38th and 40th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia for Best Group / Duo. They have also been honoured with Album of the Year and Single of the Year nominations. Their other key country music accolades also include Australian Independent Artist of the Year, Australian Independent Album of the Year, Australian Independent Group/Duo of the Year, numerous Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards, the National Music Oz Award for Best Country Act and the major Professional Development Award ($20,000) AIADA Award in recognition of excellence in Australian Independent Country Music. Earning themselves a 2012 APRA Music Award nomination for Country Work of the Year is further testament of their achievements in the Australian music industry. More recently their song I’m A Dreamer achieved finalist status in the International Song Competition (Country Section), receiving an ‘Honourable Mention’.

Hearts On Fire is released in May 2015 and Melbourne act Jetty Road will be touring from May through to December 2015.

www.jettyroad.com

1.‘What We Did Last Night’ Official Video from new album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhQq1tCqc1Y

2. ‘I’m A Dreamer’ Official Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAJMCIt4Q5g

3.‘Serves You Right’ Official Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6dDQdsNf4c

4. Live performance footage at 2010 CMAA’s Golden Guitars of ‘Million Miles’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVaEsEYlyNY

 

Earnest and honest, singer-songwriter Tara Favell is bringing her country-pop cross over style to the Australian musical landscape, writing songs from the heart and delivering them with passion to her ever-growing fan base. A musical child by nature, Favell was always singing and acting on stage and by age 13, she had mastered the piano, trumpet and guitar.

Drawing musical inspiration from a variety of sources, British band McFly provided the most impact in Tara’s musical education. “As soon as I heard their music I instantly wanted to learn guitar and as soon as I picked up the guitar, I wouldn’t put it down.” Once she had a handle on the guitar, this was the beginning of Tara as a songwriter.

Her debut single ‘Anything For You’ was released in 2011 and gained airplay on a national level. The accompanying music video was picked up by Channel 10’s Landed Music program. ‘Anything For You’ enabled Tara to forge a strong connection with her audience through the honest and personal content of her songs. Tara’s second single ‘The Chase’ received national airplay on 2day FM & local radio stations around the country.

As a songwriter, Tara finds her inspiration from her life, writing a lot on the topics of love. Love being such a complicated subject and every relationship, crush and breakup starting and ending so differently, this provides her with what she deems as endless amounts of experience to write about. “Being 100% honest in a song could never be a bad thing.” This shines through in her songs, allowing people to relate to her music in their own ways.
Tara’s unforgettable live performance enabled her to secure a solid touring itinerary. This year alone she has performed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Camden Country Spectacular Show where she shared the stage and opened for Luke O’Shea, Kate Cook, Kaylee Bell & Jared Porter, Light The Night event for the Leukemia Foundation at Bondi Beach, Westpoint Shopping Centre and much more.
Recently Tara was picked up by Ryan Seacrest Online in America and her cover of ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift was chosen in the top 8 of Ryan’s favorite covers on the whole of YouTube and gained worldwide exposure on his website. Tara’s YouTube Channel has recently hit over 800,000 views and her following on social media is growing by thousands.
Excited to share her music with the world, Tara hopes to provide inspiration and enjoyment to other musicians, music lovers and fans.

www.tarafavell.com

Venue: HOTEL GEARIN
273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba
Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

Doors Open 8:00pm.
Support Starts 8:30pm.
General Admission. Room configuration is a mix of cabaret seating and standing/dancing.

Tickets $20 pre-sale available SOON from:
KATOOMBA MUSIC, 140 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Cash Only)

Online $21.50 (Including booking fees):
www.trybooking.com/HJZA

$25 on the Door from 8:00pm (Unless Sold Out)

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PURE BOHEMIA – 3 COURSE DINNER & SHOW / EVENT at Paragon Café, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Fri 29th May 2015

PURE BOHEMIA at the iconic Paragon
(EVENT + CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL + 3 COURSE Gourmet DINNER + TEA/COFFEE, BISCOTTI & CHOCOLATES!)

Fri 29th May 2015 from 6:30pm
Strictly limited tickets!

Pure Bohemia combines Art, Music, Food & More!

It is a night of Gypsy Jazz and Life Drawing.

A model in the centre of the room posing gracefully with a Gypsy Jazz ensemble, Gadjo Guitars performing live.

It is a very interactive evening. Guests are invited to come and draw, paint, write poetry, play chess or backgammon, read or just listen and sip good wine, enjoy some wonderful food and soak up the atmosphere.

This is a night that celebrates beauty, tenderness, passion, creativity and respect.

BYO own artist materials.
Prizes for favourite drawings including some Paragon chocolates and CDs featuring music by the musicians playing on the evening.

Gadjo Guitars: Sophisticated, passionate, and world class. Gypsy Jazz at its best.
The word Gadjo is a name gypsies have for non gypsies, but you wouldn’t know that these guys have nothing but the gypsy blood flowing through their veins. Gadjo Guitars is the coming together of three great Sydney musicians who share a love for good music, in particular the music of Django Reinhardt, the famous French gypsy who set the bar of guitar playing at an Everest like height back in the 1930s. The band comprises of Nigel Date and Cameron Jones on guitars and Stan Valacos on bass. Band members regularly perform together and separately with some of the best names in the local and international gypsy jazz scene including Ian Date, George Washingmachine, Ian Cooper, Daniel Weltlinger and Lollo Meier.

Gadjo Guitars are a vibrant, sparkling, swinging gypsy jazz trio. Full of good energy, humour and possessing a unique Australian flavour, they are guaranteed to create a wonderful atmosphere and leave you breathless, smiling and asking for more.

Web: www.gadjoguitars.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gadjoguitars

Demonstration video of this concept event experience: http://youtu.be/68HuBf2Vyq0

Arrive 6:30pm for a Champagne Cocktail followed by a gourmet Entrée and Main course served in the formal back dining room.
Show / event begins at 8pm.
Dessert served during intermission.
Concludes with tea/coffee, Biscotti and chocolates!

General Admission. Formal dining for the main course in the Grand Dining Room.
Room configuration for the Cocktail Lounge is lounge style.

VENUE: THE PARAGON CAFE
65 Katoomba St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

Paragon’s Chef David Povelsen spent his first 4 years working at Solitary which saw the restaurant maintain it’s coveted position as a ‘one hatter’ in the Good Food Guide. In 2007 David realised a chef’s dream when Solitary attained 2 hats and was one of only 2 two-hatted restaurants in the state.
We are delighted to be able to include David and his talented culinary skills in these unique experience events at the Historic Paragon Café.

The seasonal special event MENU will be an alternate drop, unless guests advise the cafe of preferences prior to the evening of the event. Please note that vegetarian options are also available by prior order.

Autumn Special Event 3 Course Gourmet MENU below:

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Established in 1916, The Paragon is arguably Australia’s oldest Café and certainly one of the most opulent ever built in this country. Situated in the heart of Katoomba the Paragon is an iconic landmark that is an essential stop on any visit to the Blue Mountains. The three rooms that comprise the Paragon: Café, Formal Dining Room and Cocktail Lounge are some the finest and most richly detailed Art Deco interiors anywhere in the world

CONTACT DETAILS: Charity Mirow 0409 042 869 info@fusionboutique.com.au
For more information visit: www.fusionboutique.com.au

Tickets $85 pre-sale available from:
PARAGON CAFE, 65 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (10am-4pm daily)

Or online $87.90 (Including booking fees):
www.trybooking.com/HBEM

This is an intimate seating and tickets are strictly limited!

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GEOFF TURNBULL “Alive In The Madhouse” National Album Launch Tour at Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney NSW, Wed 20th May 2015 – FREE ENTRY!

GEOFF TURNBULL at Frankie’s Pizza By Slice Sydney.
Wed 20th May 2015 – FREE ENTRY!
National Album Launch “Alive In The Madhouse” Tour.

Dubbed the “next roots figurehead of Australia, Turnbull is individual, definitive and electrifying” Fasterlouder.

Geoff’s lap steel slide, acoustic tapping slide and mind rattling rhythm based acoustic has him titled as a captivator of audiences (Townsville bulletin) with a unique gift for music (Lismore Uni). His variation in styles, rhythm and attack provides a show that never fails to intrigue. Soothing melodies captivate the audience, raw but directed outbursts chill spines and eccentric rhythms inspire trancelike dance sessions. The use of multiple pickups allows eclectic effects to be layered over sensual acoustic sounds. Soulful vocals complement the music and top this unique performer’s act.

Geoff is touring his 6th solo record ‘Alive In The Madhouse’ and is one of Australia’s finest performers mixing Roots and Blues with Rock, Trance and Folk. Self produced and released through Repton Records, the new album has been received with critical acclaim.
After performing 1200 shows over the last 14 years and covering 200,000 kms in his transit van the new material shows this experience and reflects in his live performance.

On his travels Geoff has been awarded “Best New Talent” & “Best Male Vocalist” for Newcastle Blues Fest, and was also dubbed the “next roots figurehead of Australia” by fasterlouder in 2007.
He has performed at Peats Ridge Music festival, Festival of the Sun, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Nimbin Mardigrass, Day in the Vines, Open Arms Festival, Brisbane’s Urban Blues and Roots festival, Newcastle Blues Festival and Sounds on Sunset.
He has also played alongside acts such as Cog, Gotye, Lior, Ash Grunwald, The Mess Hall, Hatz Fitz, Kimbra, Vasco Era, The Rubens, Kingswood and Stonefield to name a few.

Reviewers have all noted the same explosive streak that sets Geoff apart from his predecessors.

“A raw talent with a unique gift for music” – SCU

“Mind Blowing. A one man hurricane” – Peats Ridge Music Festival

“1 man a zillion trillion sounds” – UQ QLD

“Individual, Definitive and Electrifying”
“Turnbull has more variation & the tendency towards the ferocious which John Butler & Rudd do not have making for a more interesting performance” – Fasterlouder

“Turnbull is certainly a musician who releases his demons in a subversive, energetic live performance” – Beat 2004.

“All in all Turnbull’s refreshing live approach imbues him with a spontaneity the didactic John Butler can only dream about” – Rave Mag 2004.

Web: www.geoffturnbull.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gwturnbull

New album “Alive In The Madhouse”, available now on Itunes at shows and through mail order.

VENUE: FRANKIES PIZZA BY THE SLICE
50 Hunter St, SYDNEY, NSW 2000
www.facebook.com/stcfrankiespizza

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ALTURAS ‘sin palabras’ Album Launch at Hotel Blue, Upstairs “Live At The Attic” Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Sat 16th May 2015

ALTURAS ‘sin palabras’ Album Launch at Hotel Blue

Hotel Blue, Upstairs “Live At The Attic” Katoomba, Blue Mountains.
Sat 16th May 2015, 7:00pm. Doors Open 6pm.

Alturas are a Sydney-based quintet specialising in the performance of contemporary tango music with distinct jazz influences.

Inspired by the music of Argentina, ‘Alturas’ combines influences from classical, latin and tango to create a unique blend of haunting melodies with jazz-inspired solos.

‘Alturas’ have been performing as a group since 2009. The group started as a duo with Gaye Thomas (flute/bandoneon) and Jane Andino (piano). They have over the years grown to become a quintet, performing throughout Eastern Australia. Members also include Inge Courtney-Haentjes (violin/ viola), Greg Gibson (sax/clarinet), and Stan Valacos (Bass). The group have performed twice for the National Argentine Day celebrations in Canberra, at the request of the Argentinean Embassy.

With a constantly expanding repertoire, Alturas push boundaries with unique re-workings of  traditional tangos, along with stunning arrangements of Piazzolla, Ziegler, Egozcue and contemporary composers including several tango-inspired original pieces.

“An absolute pleasure to play Alturas. Congratulations on a beautiful sounding album.” – Robbie Buck, The Inside Sleeve, Radio National

“I get a lot of CDs and my ears perked up when I heard yours.” – Lucky Oceans, The Daily Planet, Radio National.

Following on from their debut CD, ‘Café con Tango’, Alturas are currently recording their second CD ‘sin palabras’ which moves further into the genre of jazz and includes works from Venezuela and Brazil as well as many Argentinean classics.
They will be embarking on an album launch tour from May 2015.

Web: www.alturastango.com

VENUE:
HOTEL BLUE “LIVE AT THE ATTIC”
88 LURLINE ST, KATOOMBA, NSW 2780
Blue Mountains

Doors Open 6:30pm. Show Starts 7:00pm.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating.

Tickets $25 discount pre-sale (Cash Only) available from:
HOTEL BLUE (during reception hours)
88 Lurline St, Katoomba, NSW 2780
Or via phone/card +$1.50 bf 02) 4782 6922

Online $26.50 (Including booking fees):
www.trybooking.com/GTZY

Or $30 on the Door from 6:30pm on Sat 16th May (Unless Sold Out)
This is an intimate seating and tickets are strictly limited!


CONTACT DETAILS:
Charity Mirow 0409 042 869
For more information visit: www.fusionboutique.com.au

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STRING THEORIES in Concert + Dinner at Paragon Café, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Fri 8th May 2015

STRING THEORIES in concert at the iconic Paragon.
(CONCERT + CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL + 3 COURSE GOURMET DINNER + TEA/COFFEE, BISCOTTI & CHOCOLATES!)

Fri 8th May 2015
Strictly limited tickets!

‘Progressive Bluegrass’, ‘New Acoustic’, ‘Newgrass’. Call it what you will, String Theories do everything they can with Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin and Violin.

With Glenn Skarratt on Guitar and Mandolin, James Church on Dobro and Simon Watts on Violin and Viola, String Theories explore the boundaries of ‘New Acoustic’ music.
Largely instrumental and inspired by great acoustic players such as Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, the trio play music drawing on broad influences reminiscent of Classical, Jazz rock, Bluegrass, Irish and more, but falls in neither category. Both highly structured and highly improvised, they challenge themselves with each piece to create a wide scope of musical.

www.facebook.com/StringTheoriesTrio

Arrive 6:30pm for a Champagne Cocktail followed by a gourmet Entrée and Main course served in the formal back dining room.
Show / event begins at 8pm.
Dessert served during intermission.
Concludes with tea/coffee, Biscotti and chocolates!
General Admission. Formal dining for the entreé, main course and dessert in the Grand Dining “Blue Room”. Room configuration for the Cocktail Lounge is theatre style.

Paragon’s Chef David Povelsen spent his first 4 years working at Solitary which saw the restaurant maintain it’s coveted position as a ‘one hatter’ in the Good Food Guide. In 2007 David realised a chef’s dream when Solitary attained 2 hats and was one of only 2 two-hatted restaurants in the state.
We are delighted to be able to include David and his talented culinary skills in these unique experience events at the Historic Paragon Café.

The seasonal special event MENU will be an alternate drop, unless guests advise the cafe of preferences prior to the evening of the event. Please note that vegetarian options are also available by prior order.

Autumn Special Event 3 Course Gourmet MENU below:

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Established in 1916, The Paragon is arguably Australia’s oldest Café and certainly one of the most opulent ever built in this country. Situated in the heart of Katoomba the Paragon is an iconic landmark that is an essential stop on any visit to the Blue Mountains. The three rooms that comprise the Paragon: Café, Formal Dining Room and Cocktail Lounge are some the finest and most richly detailed Art Deco interiors anywhere in the world.

VENUE: THE PARAGON CAFE
65 Katoomba St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

CONTACT DETAILS: Charity Mirow 0409 042 869 info@fusionboutique.com.au
For more information visit: www.fusionboutique.com.au

Tickets $85 pre-sale available physically from:
PARAGON CAFE, 65 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (10am-4pm daily)

Or online $87.90 (Including booking fees):
www.trybooking.com/GYHI

This is an intimate seating and tickets are strictly limited!

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Brittanie Shipway presents ‘Broadway Baby’ Cabaret Show at Baroque Room, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Sat 2nd May 2015

Brittanie Shipway presents ‘Broadway Baby’ Cabaret Show at Baroque Room, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Sat 2nd May 2015
BAROQUE ROOM
86 Bathurst Rd (Upstairs from ‘The Harp & Fiddle’ Irish Bar)
Katoomba, NSW 2780 Blue Mountains

‘Broadway Baby’ is a fun and engaging cabaret show that is a mix of Old Hollywood Classics meets Broadway; from Judy Garland’s Over The Rainbow, Edith Piaf’s famous La Vie En Rose, to Shirley Bassey’s Hey Big Spender and more favourites!
All the big hits from the day – a vintage vaudeville!

Brittanie Shipway is an Australian singer/songwriter from the lower Blue Mountains region of NSW, known mostly for turning all four chairs in season 3 of ‘The Voice’ Australia with a breathtaking rendition of On My Own (Les Miserables). Ricky Martin exclaimed that her version of the piece was in his “top three” of all time, whilst pop princess Kylie Minogue said Brittanie “could walk onto Broadway tomorrow”.

A professional singer and actor, Brittanie performs for Musical Theatre productions, Stage, Corporate Functions, Television, as well as to sold out performances for her own cabaret shows.
Known as The Voice of Musicals in the Mountains, her dulcet tones and distinct showmanship are fast earning her a reputation as a rising star.
Hailed by theatrepeople.com as a “magnificent voice” for her performance as Eponine in Les Miserable at Riverside Theatre (2012), Brittanie is becoming one of the most highly sought after voices in Greater Western Sydney. She has featured in numerous musicals for the Blue Mountains Musical Society (BMMS), most notable of which were her performances as Rizzo in Grease (2012) and Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2011), and again as Eponine in Les Miserable (2009). Brittanie began her musical training at the age of six under the tutelage of Sussane Towers (Australian School of Vocal Performance), and with the support of her family, she was quickly recognised for her remarkable vocal maturity and control.

She has recently shared the stage with Marlisa (X-Factor Winner), Taylor Henderson (X-Factor alumni), and Damien Leith (Australian Idol Winner) to sold out audiences across Sydney.

Recently, Brittanie has developed her talents as a songwriter, with her single ‘It’s Over’ debuted in the iTunes Top 30 Alternative charts, and was a finalist in the Australian Songwriting Competition (both Ballad and the Parramatta Prize 2014).

She is also an Ambassador for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, along with Jimmy Barnes and Megan Washington, and Bully Zero – both of which are organisations close to her heart.

With a bright and promising talent, Brittanie’s career will continue to rise in the entertainment industry and we need only count down the time before Brittanie Shipway is a household name of classical proportions.

www.brittanieshipway.net

Doors Open 7:00PM
Show Start 8:00PM

General Admission. Room configuration is a mix of cabaret seating and standing/dancing.
*Please note that the ‘Baroque Room’ is an over 18 years only venue. No minors will be granted entry to the event.

Tickets $25
+$2 booking fee from Carrington Hotel Reception
15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780
02) 4782 1111

OR Online $26.50 (Including booking fees):
www.trybooking.com/HJYY

Or $25 on the Door from 7:00pm (Unless Sold Out)

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THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND + DVA (Czech Republic) + Vanessa Caspersz & Gaia Scarf at Hotel Gearin, Katoomba Blue Mountains, Fri 1st May 2015

Nomadic Fish and Fusion Boutique Present:
THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND
+ DVA (Czech Republic)
+ Special Guests – Vanessa Caspersz & Gaia Scarf (Blue Mountains)

Fri 1st May 2015
HOTEL GEARIN
Venue: HOTEL GEARIN
273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba
Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

One Show Only – Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this unique musical experience!

The mesmerising and fiery acoustic 4-piece that is THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND deliver high-energy Chainsaw Future-Folk. Post-Apocalyptic World Music. Celtic Energy. Swamp-Stomping Hoe down. Dance-Inciting Mayhem. Hardcore Gypsy Passion!

The Crooked Fiddle Band formed in 2006 through their mutual love of the energy and intensity of various traditional world music. Whilst writing and arranging, they discovered that this energy was shared by the other music they love: there seems to be a common thread between the frenetic accompaniment of gypsy, klezmer and punk rock; between the twisting rhythms of math-metal and balkan folk; between the clear tonalities of Scandinavian folk, Celtic folk, and cinematic post rock.

All these influences went into the mix, but what came out was The Crooked Fiddle Band. The sound they love is dark and often driving, but also writhing and ecstatic. They have jumped around with whirling crowds at festivals, bars and dirty warehouse parties throughout Europe and Australia and also played their more cinematic sounds in the Opera Theatre of the Sydney Opera House.
From whirling dances to intense battle-scene climaxes, this four-piece spurs the dance floor into a post-apocalyptic hoe down.

This music they have sometimes called ‘chainsaw folk’ – even though they are pro-conservation – but others have called it “14th century Romanian metal”, “thrash folk”, “whirlwind gypsy” and even “what Sepultura would sound like if they provided the soundtrack to a hyperactive version of O Brother Where Art Thou.” So whilst the search continues for a name for their genre, they are mainly concerned with making music with melody, energy and intensity.

Driven by the beautiful and furious fiddling of Jess Randall (also on Lennart Lovdin Nyckelharpa), and underpinned by a rhythm section featuring Gordon Wallace (Gilet guitar, a Wheeler Customer Lutherie guizouki and a Fylde mandolin and cittern), Mark Stevens (double bass, Appalachian dulcimer, charango) and Joe Gould (drum kit, hand percussion, garbage bin, vocals) the Crooked Fiddle Band sound blasts, rocks and grooves to the point of dementia, compelling listeners into a joyous frenzy.

Their music has been described by Brian Eno as “…completely surprising: the music is original and quixotic. I can’t say I’ve ever heard anything else like it!”

“This band really is a national treasure and testament to the infinite talent that keeps manifesting in our backyard… this group have re-invented folk music as it is known… The Crooked Fiddle Band charmed the audience into submission.” – Vanessa Lahey, Australian Stage

“When The Crooked Fiddle Band took to the stage, it was as though someone had put 10,000 volts through the dance floor.” – BEAT magazine.

www.crookedfiddleband.com
www.facebook.com/crookedfiddleband

DVA (Hradec Králové / Pardubice / Czech Republic) create alt-pop-songs / kitchen beat box / tango / cabaret / cirkus / radionoise!

Operating in their own microcosm, DVA have stood out with an idiosyncratic sonic lexicon – “pop for non-existing radios” or “folklore of non-existing nations”, as they say. The duo – it takes two “dva” in Czech, to tango – Bára Kratochvílová and Jan Kratochvíl, have carved out a niche with their rich musical landscape. Established in 2006, the Czech project have toured the world, playing at esteemed festivals including SXSW, Eurosonic, Fusion or OFF, charming their growing global fan base with smart sophisticated pop. In 2012, DVA toured the US twice and played more than 80 concerts in 10 countries. DVA’s soundtrack for the computer game Botanicula scooped the main prize at Independent Games Festival awards in San Francisco last year, and was also nominated for the UK Sound & Music Awards.

DVA’s much-acclaimed debut album Fonók was released in 2008 which was followed by Hu in 2010, and an eponymous soundtrack for the aforementioned video game in 2013 with a new record Nipomo. Their lyrics, written in an imaginary language, remain abstruse, yet universally comprehensible, while the music is similarly peculiarly universal – an aural collage of “pop, kitchen beatbox, tango, cabaret, circus, radio noise”, bearing their unmistakable stamp – quirky, but accessible. Championed by critics – from the BBC to national and specialist music press and beyond – and fans alike, DVA are one of the most successful Czech bands to emerge in the last decade. Aside from music, they are also active in theatre whose features they have transferred into the music as well. It is not surprising then that the project’s seeds were sewn during the recording of the science fiction radio play by I. Asimov – Victory Unintentional. DVA are a living and breathing aural organism, its own thing.

www.2dva.cz
www.facebook.com/hudba2

Blue Mountains locals Vanessa Caspersz and Gaia Scarf will be opening up the evening with their own endearing and quirky blend of Jazz / Folk / Hip Hop / Beatbox.

“I like to pretend that I am a dj but only have my mouth and a ukulele” Vanessa Caspersz.
She holds an orchestra of drums, vocals and trumpet in her mouth, a ukulele in her hands and a loop pedal at her feet

Vanessa Caspersz is an up-and-coming artist from the Blue Mountains, home of Australian hip hop sensations Hermitude, Urthboy and Thundamentals. Starting off performing acoustically, Vanessa branched out into developing her beat boxing skills when she moved to London in 2011. She worked closely with well-established beat boxing artists Reeps One and Shlomo, and joined the London Contemporary Voices choir, incorporating vocal percussion into their performances and touring at festivals across the country. Beyond her tight beat boxing skills, Vanessa has a hauntingly striking voice and plays a mean ukulele that captivates her audience and brings her beats to life. She competed in both the UK and Australian beat box championships, and is currently performing and collaborating with various artists.

www.facebook.com/vanessacaspersz
www.youtube.com/user/vanessacaspersz

 

Doors Open 8:30pm.
Support Starts 9pm.
General Admission. Room configuration is a mix of cabaret seating and standing/dancing.

Tickets $15 pre-sale available NOW from:
KATOOMBA MUSIC, 140 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Cash Only)

Online $16.50 (Including booking fees):
www.trybooking.com/HDTG

$20 on the Door from 8:30pm Friday 1st May 2015 (Unless Sold Out)