Monthly Archives: January 2018

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PHILLIP HENRY & HANNAH MARTIN “EDGELARKS” (UK) in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, WED 17th January 2018

Nomadic Fish & Fusion Boutique Present ‘Metro Social’ with
PHILLIP HENRY & HANNAH MARTIN “EDGELARKS” (UK)
live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Wednesday 17th January 2018, 6:30pm. Doors Open 5:30pm.

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin return to Australia in January 2018, performing at Woodford, Cygnet and Illawarra Folk Festivals, plus shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, and Katoomba.  Launching their new album under a new name: “EDGELARKS”.

Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The new band name comes with a new project, that takes the roots of their previous work, from the traditional musics of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar to the stomping roots party of Henry’s beatbox harmonica, and adds a strong stem of original writing, running wilder with each repeat play.

The duo began their musical journey together while living in a small caravan in the hills near Exmouth, Devon. They were playing in alt-roots outfit, traveling from festival to festival, tent to tent, wandering the highways, byways and old forgotten pathways of these islands; following in the footsteps of the ancient troubadour tradition, picking up tunes, songs and stories along the way. Spotted busking on the seafront at Sidmouth Folk Festival by champion of independent music Steve Knightley, they soon found themselves touring nationally, supporting the likes of Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman, and eventually winning the prestigious “Best Duo” award at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards.

EDGELARKS (both the name of the new album and to be the new name for the duo) is about transitions. Their most innovative work to date, bringing a palette of new textures, the album explores the idea of the liminal: places, people and times, the straddling of boundaries and thresholds. Crossroads and borderlines; travellers and refugees; dusk and dawn; the pause between an old way and a new. The idea that, despite often being places of marginalisation, these are also places of change – and therefore places of hope. That in the end we have far more in common than things that divide us, because we are all liminal: standing on the threshold of tomorrow, we are all just passing through.

The Lancashire/Devon duo made their first appearance in Australia in March/April 2015, performing to standing ovations at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival and Fairbridge Folk Festival, as well as a string of house concerts, folk clubs and music venues.  They return in January 2018, launching their new album, some of which was inspired by their experiences on tour here, particularly in Tasmania.

Phillip Henry : Dobro, harmonica, guitars, vocals
Hannah Martin :  Violin, banjo, acoustic guitar, shutri box, vocals

AWARDS:
~ Winner “Best Folk Duo”, BBC Folk Awards 2014.
~ Nominated “Best Folk Duo”, BBC Folk Awards 2016.

QUOTES / REVIEWS:
“Imaginative dobro, guitar and harmonica work … evocative fiddle and banjo playing and enchanting vocals.”: ★★★½ – Tony Hillier, The Australian
“Virtuosity, intensity and charisma… Subtle, atmospheric, bravely original.” – The Guardian
“One of the best duos on the planet.” – BBC
“Extraordinary… I was absolutely blown away by them.” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
“Evocative stories, wonderful arrangements – Henry and Martin stand out from the current flood of young British folk musicians.” – Mojo ****
“I was completely knocked out by this duo… On hearing the first notes of the first track I knew that I was listening to a modern classic.” – Mike Harding, BBC Radio Two

www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk

www.facebook.com/philliphenryandhannahmartin

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VENUE: ‘METRO SOCIAL’ Metropole Guesthouse Lounge Upstairs (lift available) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.
Opposite the Katoomba train station.
There is limited parking available at the rear of the property. Access can be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.
If entering from the front the cocktail bar/restaurant is on the right and access to the upstairs performance space in the lounge is up the stairs or via the lift towards the back of the hotel.

The Metropole is a family friendly venue!
*Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and supervised.
Children do require a ticket for entry.

There is also a retro cocktail bar downstairs and drinks and light meals will be available from the Metro Retro pop up bar upstairs once doors open.

Doors Open 5:30pm. Show Starts 6:30pm.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating, cocktail lounge and some standing room.

Tickets $20 DISCOUNT pre-sale available from THE METROPOLE GUESTHOUSE (during reception hours) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780. (Cash Only)

Or + b/f Card /Phone 02) 4782 5544 and Online $21.50 (Including booking fees): www.stickytickets.com.au/58682

Or $25 on the Door from 5:30pm (Unless Sold Out)

This is an intimate seating venue and tickets are strictly limited!

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

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JOE FILISKO & ERIC NODEN (Chicago, USA) in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, WED 10th January 2018

Nomadic Fish & Fusion Boutique Present ‘Metro Social’ with
JOE FILISKO & ERIC NODEN (Chicago, USA)
live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Wednesday 10th January 2018, 6:30pm. Doors Open 5:30pm.

The blues and roots music duo Joe Filisko and Eric Noden make an unforgettable impression. Their jaw-dropping virtuosity enables them to create more layers of sound and feeling than most full bands can summon, and both are high-energy, ultra-rhythmic performers. The collective result, in both their live shows and their recordings are charged, dramatic performances that are simultaneously powerful and sophisticatedly subtle.

Joe Filisko is a master of all the classic blues harmonica styles. As Dennis Gruenling of Blues Review says, “Joe Filisko could be the best prewar blues harmonica stylist in the world today.” Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds agrees: “Joe is one of the rare talents on the instrument of the harmonica. He is the guy that does what most players can’t even think about doing.” In addition, Jerry Portnoy who has played harmonica with Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton says, “Joe plays to the strengths and unique capabilities of the instrument and employs the full range of tonal colors, trills, flutters, chord rhythms, and other special effects that make his playing so expressive – all in service of the music. My admiration for his skill and musicianship is boundless.” Filisko is not only an accomplished performer, but a skilled harmonica craftsman as well.

Eric Noden is a master bluesman in his own right. Deeply rooted in the music of 20’s & 30’s blues pioneers, Eric Noden’s percussive guitar work, timeless song writing and well-traveled blues vocals have earned the respect of audiences, critics, and musicians worldwide. The Illinois Entertainer described Eric “As a spiritual heir to Chicago blues guitarists of the ’20s and ’30s like Tampa Red and Big Bill Broonzy. This multi-talented acoustic artist fills an important niche in the city’s mostly plugged-in blues scene.” Similarly, Eric’s mastery was recognised in Cadence: “Intent on mastering older styles while transporting them and us into a new century where the past is not forgotten” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal adds, “The Chicago-based bluesman makes a National Resonator guitar absolutely wail.” Eric Noden sings, shouts and stomps while conjuring old spirits from the strings of his acoustic guitar. Varying his approach from song to song, Noden draws from a deep well of American music that fuels his high energy performances. His right hand thumb often lays down a driving bass figure that weaves around intricate melodic parts played with his fingers. This style, favoured by early bluesmen like Charley Patton, Reverend Gary Davis, and Blind Blake, is one that only a few contemporary bluesmen have mastered.

“Two marvellous musicians who have captured not only the sounds but the emotional spirit of some of the richest bloodlines of American music.” — Kim Field, author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers

“Joe Filisko and Eric Noden make a thoroughly convincing case that this music is the real deal and their spirited performances make it sound both fresh and contemporary.” – Dirty Linen

“Eric and Joe are possessed by the spirits of Howlin Wolf, Sonny Terry, Robert Johnson, Johnny Woods, Sonny Boy Williamson, Gwen Foster and transported listeners back to the 1920’s Delta.. We love Eric and Joe. Please send them back.
 — Mickey Raphael, harmonica player for Willie Nelson

www.rootsduo.com

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VENUE: ‘METRO SOCIAL’ Metropole Guesthouse Lounge Upstairs (lift available) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.
Opposite the Katoomba train station.
There is limited parking available at the rear of the property. Access can be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.
If entering from the front the cocktail bar/restaurant is on the right and access to the upstairs performance space in the lounge is up the stairs or via the lift towards the back of the hotel.

The Metropole is a family friendly venue!
*Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and supervised.
Children do require a ticket for entry.

There is also a retro cocktail bar downstairs and drinks and light meals will be available from the Metro Retro pop up bar upstairs once doors open.

Doors Open 5:30pm. Show Starts 6:30pm.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating, cocktail lounge and some standing room.

Tickets $20 DISCOUNT pre-sale available from THE METROPOLE GUESTHOUSE (during reception hours) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780. (Cash Only)

Or + b/f Card /Phone 02) 4782 5544 and Online $21.50 (Including booking fees): www.stickytickets.com.au/59452

Or $25 on the Door from 5:30pm (Unless Sold Out)

This is an intimate seating venue and tickets are strictly limited!

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

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RACHEL BAIMAN BAND (Nashville) + Special Guests in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, SUN 7th January 2018

Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with 
RACHEL BAIMAN BAND (Nashville)
+ Special Guests Piccolo Bear
Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Sunday 7th January 2018, 6pm. Doors Open 5pm.

Americana Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist Rachel Baiman Tours Stunning New Record “Shame”

“A rootsy wake-up call” — Folk Alley

In many ways for Rachel, Shame, is an exploration of growing up female in America. Despite the serious subject matter, the overall tenor of the album remains light while the arrangements depart from her stripped-down work with progressive folk duo 10 String Symphony. Shame is lush and varied aided by the production and recording talents of Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin. Musically inspired in equal parts by John Hartford and Courtney Barnett, Baiman’s influences are myriad, however years spent playing traditional music shine through in the album’s firmly rooted sound. Over the album’s ten tracks, Baiman commands attention with songwriting prowess and a depth of presence well beyond her 27 years.

Shame’s musical intensity is rooted within the current American political climate. “I wasn’t necessarily trying to write songs that would be easy to listen to,” Baiman says of the project. “I wanted to write about reality, in all of it’s terror and beauty.” From the title track about abortion politics, to love, sex, and abuse in relationships, to classism and inequality in her re-write of Andy Irvine’s working class anthem “Never Tire of the Road,” the album is ambitious in its scope, yet remains cohesive through Baiman’s personal perspective. In addition to the release of her new solo album, Baiman is the co-founder of a new political group called Folk Fights Back, a musician-led national organization that puts together benefit concerts and awareness events in response to the Trump administration.

As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music,”—Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling—“I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen. Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”

“a goose-bump-instigating talent that reminded me of a young Gillian Welch or Joy Williams (Civil Wars).” – Z. N. Lupetin, The Bluegrass Situation

www.rachelbaiman.com

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+ Special Guests Piccolo Bear
Piccolo Bear are a folk bluegrass duo Vanessa Caspersz and Daniel Di Biase from the Blue Mountains. Their unique sound blends dark and sweet harmonies with banjo, ukulele and guitar.

www.facebook.com/pg/piccolobearband

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VENUE:
‘METRO SOCIAL’ Metropole Guesthouse Lounge Upstairs (lift available) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.
Opposite the Katoomba train station.
There is limited parking available at the rear of the property. Access can be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.
If entering from the front the cocktail bar/restaurant is on the right and access to the upstairs performance space in the lounge is up the stairs or via the lift towards the back of the hotel.

The Metropole is a family friendly venue!
*Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and supervised.
Children do require a ticket for entry.

There is also a retro cocktail bar downstairs and drinks and light meals will be available from the Metro Retro pop up bar upstairs once doors open.

Doors Open 5pm. Show Starts 6pm.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating, cocktail lounge and some standing room.

Tickets $15 DISCOUNT pre-sale available from THE METROPOLE GUESTHOUSE (during reception hours) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780. (Cash Only)

Or + b/f Card /Phone 02) 4782 5544 and Online $16.50 (Including booking fees):
www.stickytickets.com.au/58665

Or $20 on the Door from 5pm (Unless Sold Out)

This is an intimate seating venue and tickets are strictly limited!

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

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MOLSKY’S MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS (USA) in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, SAT 6th January 2018

Woodford Folk Festival & Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with
MOLSKY’S MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS (USA)
live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, Blue Mountains.

Saturday 6th January 2018, 6:30pm. Doors Open 5:30pm.

*** This show is now SOLD OUT!
For a fabulous range of other Blue Mountain events visit: www.fusionboutique.com.au
We advise booking early to avoid disappointment.  ***

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters – Tradition steeped in possibility.

Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US.
Bruce’s previous collaborations, with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks.
He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. You can also hear Bruce on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.

Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.

Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.

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www.facebook.com/mountaindrifters
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VENUE: ‘METRO SOCIAL’ Metropole Guesthouse Lounge Upstairs (lift available) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.
Opposite the Katoomba train station.
There is limited parking available at the rear of the property. Access can be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.
If entering from the front the cocktail bar/restaurant is on the right and access to the upstairs performance space in the lounge is up the stairs or via the lift towards the back of the hotel.

The Metropole is a family friendly venue!
*Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and supervised.
Children do require a ticket for entry.

There is also a retro cocktail bar downstairs and drinks and light meals will be available from the Metro Retro pop up bar upstairs once doors open.

Doors Open 5:30pm. Show Starts 6:30pm.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating, cocktail lounge and some standing room.

Tickets $25 DISCOUNT pre-sale available from THE METROPOLE GUESTHOUSE (during reception hours) Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780. (Cash Only)

Or + b/f Card /Phone 02) 4782 5544 and Online $26.50 (Including booking fees): www.trybooking.com/RLOD

Or $30 on the Door from 5:30pm (Unless Sold Out)

This is an intimate seating venue and tickets are strictly limited!

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