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Traditional Irish Music Concert featuring BRID HARPER & DERMOT BYRNE (IRE) + Special Guests WITCHES LEAP in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, SAT 16th June 2018

Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with a
Traditional Irish Music Concert featuring
BRID HARPER & DERMOT BYRNE (IRELAND)
+ Special Guests WITCHES LEAP
Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Saturday 16th June 2018, 6pm. Doors Open 5pm.

*** 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.  ***

Dermot Byrne was awarded TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year in 2013. From Buncrana in Co. Donegal, he is recognised as one of the great accordion players of his generation.

Bríd Harper is a senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and is enormously respected both as a teacher and performer.

This duo will be visiting Australia for the first time.

Bríd Harper is hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of our time. Encouraged by her parents, she grew up learning and playing Irish traditional music, going on to win numerous under-age All Ireland titles and other prestigious fiddle awards including the Senior All Ireland, Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Fiddler of Dooney. An MA graduate of the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, Bríd has toured extensively and performed with many great musicians including Dermot Byrne, Tony O’Connell, Steve Cooney, Donogh Hennessy and Arty McGlynn. Bríd is a highly respected teacher and has tutored at many summer schools and workshops throughout Ireland and in France, Holland and the USA. Her first solo CD was released in 2015 and has enjoyed much success to date.

Dermot Byrne has played accordion since a very young age, having learned from his father Tomás O’Beirn, who comes from Teileann area of South West Donegal, and is an enthusiastic promoter of the tradition. Dermot had the good fortune to meet all the greats of Donegal music, including Johnny Doherty, Con Cassidy and Tommy Peoples, Danny Meehan and many more, and they made a great impact on the young Dermot, who went on to develop a unique style. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. As well as his mastery of the Donegal style and repertoire, Dermot can turn with ease to other styles and traditions such as French musette, or South American choro music. He guested on two Altan recordings “The Red Crow” and “Island Angel” before joining the band in 1994. Dermot has guested on collaborations with many great musicians including Seamus and Manus McGuire, Sharon Shannon, Salsa Celtica, Steeve Cooney, Dezi Donelly, Brid Harper, Frankie Gavin, Tommy Peoples, Pierre Schryer, Tim O’Brien and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. He was the recipient of TG4 Gradam Traditional Musician of the Year in 2013. According to Siobhan Long (Irish Times) his solo recording in 1995 and re-released in 2015 is ‘a timeless delight that stradles centuries with the agility and ease that Byrne’s fingers ricochet across the reeds’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDKMkYJlowI

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+ Special Guests WITCHES LEAP

Witches Leap take the dark modal sounds of old Ireland, filter them through the hanging swamps of the Blue Mountains and cut them with original convict-noir folk songs of black bushrangers and errant redcoats. Born out of the kitchen table sessions of the Blue Mountains, this trio features the distinctive earthy tones of the uilleann pipes, wooden Irish flute and bouzouki, along with acclaimed songwriting from Paddy Connor (Lime and Steel). With original tunes springing from the local sandstone and mythology, Witches Leap takes Irish trad on a journey through the grit of early New South Wales.
Witches Leap are currently touring the new EP they recorded in Blackheath: “Tunes From the Hanging Swamp”.

www.facebook.com/witchesleap

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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.
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.
Access can also be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.

The Metropole is an all ages venue however minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must remain supervised and do require a standard ticket for entry. Please also keep in mind that the performance space is a listening room.

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 $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/68571

Or $25 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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HELLO TUT TUT + Special Guests DEVIL ON THE ROOFTOP in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, FRI 6th July 2018

Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with
HELLO TUT TUT (MELBOURNE)
+ Special Guests DEVIL ON THE ROOFTOP
Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Friday 6th July 2018, 6pm. Doors Open 5pm.

Hello Tut Tut are dynamic and daring when it comes to creating original music. Tapping into their European roots, the band has a fresh take on the Klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy and Latin musical traditions. By blending these styles with the pulse of contemporary dance music, this seven-piece brings a high energy show that gets you up and dancing.
They have made a speedy ascent on the World Music scene, winning over local and international crowds with their performances at Falls Festival (Byron Bay), Bello Winter Music Festival, Live en Août (New Caledonia), Rainbow Serpent Festival and a collection of Australia’s most recognised venues and night markets.
The group have recently completed their third Australian tour, returning to Melbourne to finalise their debut album which is set for release in March 2018.

Joshua Gluck — CLARINET
Alexandra Keusch — VIOLIN
Eamon Roy — GUITAR
Joshua Szabo — BASS
Stefanie Gumienik — ACCORDION
Hughie Hanily — DRUM KIT
Nicholas Miles — PERCUSSION

“Total boogie times” — The Music
“Dynamic and loads of fun, this band is the hottest new group on the world music scene in Australia, paving new directions in original Eastern European inspired party music!” — Tania Bosak (Open Studio)
“This could just be the best thing at [Falls] festival” — The Music

www.hellotuttut.com
www.facebook.com/hellotuttut

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+ Special Guests DEVIL ON THE ROOFTOP

Devil on the Rooftop are a fantastical realm between Eastern European folk tunes, Bluegrass and something else…
DOTR is combination of the talents of Jess Randall (The Crooked Fiddle Band) and Morgan Haselden (Mimosa).

Jess Randall entangles her classical background with a gut-wrenching no-holds-barred approach to traditional fiddling styles. She has toured Europe, The UK, Scandinavia and Australia on many occasions with her other musical love, The Crooked Fiddle Band.
Jess’ love of ‘faster than you can actually play’ Romanian fiddle style and appreciation of it’s parallelism with hard-driving Bluegrass set her off on a quest to train-wreck the genres into something more than the sum of it’s parts, finally emerging with Devil on the Rooftop.

Morgan Haselden founded ‘Mimosa’, a modern Gypsy duo, which has toured Australia and France. Morgan has studied under some of Australia’s best classical guitarists and performs regularly as a Classical and Gypsy performer.

www.devilontherooftop.com
www.facebook.com/pg/devilontherooftop

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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.
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.
Access can also be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.

The Metropole is an all ages venue however minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must remain supervised and do require a standard ticket for entry. Please also keep in mind that the performance space is a listening room.

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 standing / dancing 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/63415

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

This is an intimate capacity 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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PONY FACE + Special Guests LAZY COLTS + SARAH HUMPHREYS at Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Sat 4th Aug 2018

Nomadic Fish & Fusion Boutique Present
PONY FACE (Melbourne)
+ Special Guests LAZY COLTS
+ SARAH HUMPHREYS

Sat 4th Aug 2018
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Venue: HOTEL GEARIN
273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba
Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

Pony Face are one of the most revered and beloved bands in the Melbourne music scene. Their songs are mesmerising and immersive: creating layers of sonic electric guitar textures around deep driving bass grooves, with echoes from the Badlands. With the recent addition of ARIA awarding winning guitarist/producer Shane O’Mara, the band has a dazzling energy that captivates both intimate rooms and festival stages. These four unhurried explorers of sound look for light in the dark, quiet corners of song. “Deja Vu” received “Album of the Week” from both SMH and The Age.

Straddling the divide between blissful and brooding, Pony Face take listeners on an aural journey down a highway that links the crystalline intimacy of Sparklehorse, the dark rock noir of Rowland S Howard and the uniquely Australian feel of Dirty Three.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : Deja Vu
“… gorgeous tones … Pony Face’s now instantly recognisable style… No, we haven’t seen this before.”
★★★★ – Sydney Morning Herald / The Age

“Pony Face are pure class. Unhurried sonic explorers looking for light even in the dark, quiet corners of song. Despite their impressive back catalogue, one has the sense their best work is still to come…” – Karen Leng, Double J

“The groove is in the spaces in between. They allow the music to breathe with possibilities, their supple songs insinuate themselves into the mind, their playing fuses them with the imagination. They are so much more than the sum of their parts.” – Stephen Walker, RRR FM

www.ponyface.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/ponyfacetheband

VIDEOS:
“Undercover” : https://vimeo.com/249371780
“Justine” : https://youtu.be/3Yx2m94MyrM
Live in Melbourne : https://youtu.be/SnqeOeM4-DA
Live at Bakehouse Studios : https://youtu.be/ie3AnOrpvGc?t=1m35s

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Turning their back on the stripped back acoustic approach of previous incarnations, for their full-band debut the Lazy Colts have opted for brooding, cinematic landscapes, explosive drums and unhinged sonic textures assisted by the incomparable talents of Canadian mastermind Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre).
Earning their stripes playing Sydney’s pub scene tirelessly Lazy Colts are ready to return to the stage in support of their new tunes.

www.lazycolts.com
www.facebook.com/pg/lazycolts

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‘From the first time I heard Sarah Humphreys’ beautiful voice I became her biggest fan. She writes songs from the heart that are real and captivating – just like the person she is.’ – Kasey Chambers

http://sarahhumphreys.com
www.facebook.com/sarahhumphreysmusic

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Venue: HOTEL GEARIN Roxy Room
273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba
Blue Mountains NSW 2780.
*Please note that Hotel Gearin shows are over 18’s only.

Doors Open 8pm
Sarah Humphreys 8:30pm
Lazy Colts 9:25pm
Pony Face 10:30pm
General Admission. Room configuration is standing/dancing.

Tickets pre-sale $20 available from KATOOMBA MUSIC, 140 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Tues-Sat. Cash Only) or the Hotel Gearin front Bar during open hours.

Or online $21.50 (Including booking fees): www.stickytickets.com.au/70131

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

CONTACT DETAILS:

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MIC CONWAY’S NATIONAL JUNK BAND in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, FRI 17th Aug 2018

Nomadic Fish & Fusion Boutique Present ‘Metro Social’ with
MIC CONWAY’S NATIONAL JUNK BAND
Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Friday 17th August 2018, 6:30pm. Doors Open 5:30pm.

Jug band blues, political satire and lunatic on-stage antics combine as a new-vaudevillian comedy cabaret. Audiences know Mic Conway’s tongue-in-cheek style from “Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band” and “Circus Oz”. From Byron Bay BluesFest to Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals to Adelaide Cabaret Festival… the National Junk Band have become festival favourites for their unique collision of fire, illusion, passion, irreverent satire, magic, singing saws, flying chooks, musical mayhem and some very funny songs.

“The king of Vaudeville in Australia today.” – Lucky Oceans

“Perfectly pitched… In one tune they were able to pack in a lifetime of Cabaret.” – Roy & H.G

“Mic Conway looks like he was born on a cabaret stage… his ease with a variety of cabaret styles from music hall and vaudeville to New Wave testifies to this involvement and his expertise is apparent.” – The Age

www.nationaljunkband.com
www.facebook.com/micconwaymusic

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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.
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.
Access can also be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.

The Metropole is an all ages venue however minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must remain supervised and do require a standard ticket for entry. Please also keep in mind that the performance space is a listening room.

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 $27.50 (Including booking fees):
www.stickytickets.com.au/70130

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

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TONY McMANUS (Scotland) + Special Guests JULIA TOASPERN (Germany) + MARTIN FOOTE in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, FRI 24th August 2018

Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with
TONY McMANUS (Scotland)
+ Special Guests JULIA TOASPERN (Germany)
+ MARTIN FOOTE
Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Friday 24th August 2018, 6pm. Doors Open 5pm.

“Few guitarists can present Celtic music with the gusto and nuance they possess when played on fiddles or bagpipes. Tony McManus is one of those few.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Conjuring a unique but universal language from that most ubiquitous of instruments, the acoustic guitar, Tony McManus has both extended and transcended the parameters of contemporary Celtic music. Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world’s all-time greats, his fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora, along with still further-ranging flavours, such as jazz and east European music. Long applauded for his uncanny ability to transpose the delicate, complex ornamentation characteristic of traditional bagpipe or fiddle tunes – even the phrasing of a Gaelic song – onto his own six strings, McManus is increasingly being acknowledged also as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres.

McManus’s first, self-titled album was released in 1996 to widespread critical acclaim. This was followed by Pourquoi Quebec in 1999 which led to worldwide recognition. However, it was with the release of Ceol More in 2002 that Tony’s stature as a first class musician reached a new level. Critics hailed the focussed, spell-binding nature of the music, from the plaintive Jewish hymn “Shalom Aleichem” to the ingenious arrangement of the Charles Mingus classic “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”. Having been nominated as Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditional Music awards, in 2002 “Ceol More” hit the Critic’s Album of the year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and named “Live Ireland Awards” Album of the Year.
His 2009 release “The Maker’s Mark” saw him showcase 15 of the finest luthier built guitars available and caught the attention of the mainstream rock guitar press in a way that acoustic work rarely does.
Never one to be typecast, Tony’s new album “Mysterious Boundaries” is his most ambitious to date. An encouraging challenge from mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to learn the Bach E Major Prelude on guitar led to an exploration of classical and baroque. McManus has produced a work of great originality and beauty, hailed by his peers as “a masterpiece” – Renbourn, “beyond beautiful… it’s PERFECT!” – Tommy Emmanuel.

Tony’s latest collaboration is with partner, fiddle and guitar player Julia Toaspern, a native of Berlin and a successful musician in her own right. Julia will be guesting with Tony on his latest Australian tour post his appearances at the prestigious 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival.

www.tonymcmanus.com

www.facebook.com/TonyMcManusMusic

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+ Special Guest MARTIN FOOTE

Martin Foote is a gifted guitarist from the Blue Mountains of NSW, who plays with a passion and flair that turns heads whenever he takes to the stage.
Growing up in a musical family, Martin began playing guitar at the age of ten, taught by his father, Nigel Foote, who gave him a strong foundation in folk-blues fingerpicking styles. After meeting the guitarists Joe Robinson and Michael Fix, Martin was encouraged to study the instrumental works and guitar styles of the legendary Tommy Emmanuel.
Over the next few years, Martin attended Emmanuel’s workshop and two residential guitar camps, at the end of which he performed Classical Gas together with Tommy.
Martin’s EP, ‘Moving On’ was released at the Blue Mountains Music Festival in March 2018.

www.martinfoote.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.
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.
Access can also be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.

The Metropole is an all ages venue however minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must remain supervised and do require a standard ticket for entry. Please also keep in mind that the performance space is a listening room.

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 $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/71124

Or $25 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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TANGENTS + Special Guest BROKEN CHIP in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, SAT 1st Sept 2018

Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with
TANGENTS
+ Special Guest BROKEN CHIP
Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Saturday 1st Sept 2018, 6pm. Doors Open 5pm.

Tangents incendiary live shows are driven by live drums and electronic beats, with processed performances on cello, electric guitar and piano/Rhodes electric piano. Their live show is a natural extension of their recorded work – unique and unrepeatable, featuring an instinctual, organic sense of time & space, rhythm & melody between the five musicians.
Their new album, New Bodies is set to be released by legendary Brooklyn based label Temporary Residence (Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, Hauschka, My Disco) in mid 2018.

After an eventful year of touring throughout their native Australia – including runs with labelmates MONO and like-minded pioneers Tortoise – and featuring alongside the work of artist David Hockney at the National Gallery of Victoria, Tangents return with their new album New Bodies, another stylistic detour that continues their rummage through countless varieties of electronics, rock, dub, noise and jazz that defines the group’s acclaimed aesthetic.

Celebrating the release of New Bodies, the group make a stop at the Metropole for an intimate evening of beautiful melodies, intricate grooves and exhilarating improvisation.

“Tangents artfully mix acoustic instruments and electronics in pieces that combine improvisation with careful processing.” – Pitchfork

“The quintet are so comfortable working with jazz, folk music, post-rock and electronic music that the track comfortably hangs in a space between them all.” – FACT Magazine

“an exercise in beat-laden serenity” – Treble (listing Stateless in their 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2016)

Adrian Lim-Klumpes – piano, Rhodes, vibraphone, marimba, pedals
Evan Dorrian – drum kit, percussion
Ollie Bown – computer
Peter Hollo – cello, effects
Shoeb Ahmad – guitar, pedals

www.tangentsmusic.com
www.facebook.com/TangentsSydney
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+ Special Guest BROKEN CHIP

With a contempt for conventionality and a love for experimentation, Broken Chip creates music that is electronic yet organic, machine yet human. Traditional instruments and homemade software are used for this expedition into the sonic wilderness; this Australian artist conducts an orchestra of fat wet boots crunching through snow, of dark leaky basements, of wind whispering through winter wastelands. It’s a lesson in evoking mood.

www.facebook.com/brokenchip
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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.
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.
Access can also be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.

The Metropole is an all ages venue however minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must remain supervised and do require a standard ticket for entry. Please also keep in mind that the performance space is a listening room.

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 $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/70132

Or $25 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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SCOTTISH FOLK: ALAN REID (ex-Battlefield Band) and ROB van SANTE + Special Guests WOMBATS CROSSING in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, FRI 28th September 2018

Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with
SCOTTISH FOLK:
ALAN REID (ex-Battlefield Band) and ROB van SANTE
+ Special Guests WOMBATS CROSSING
Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse.

Friday 28th September 2018, 6pm. Doors Open 5pm.

Alan Reid was a vital member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. They won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and throughout Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured its stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today’s Celtic musicians.
Alan’s singing has long been respected by his peers and his song writing has grown in stature ever since the 1980s when his songs first appeared in the band repertoire, lyrical songs steeped in history, strong in storytelling and rich in melody.

Dutch born Rob van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety and a highly respected singer with a wealth of experience playing with a variety of prominent English folk and Celtic musicians.
His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life.
Rob has appeared on many albums displaying his virtuoso vocal ability both as a lead and harmony singer, also showcasing his undoubted instrumental skills to a variety of projects. All these strands come together to make a perfect foil to Alan and his music.

Alan & Rob present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan’s compositions, Battlefield Band favourites and songs from Rob. The show combines open tuned lead and accompaniment guitar work from Rob, Alan’s keyboard, guitar and accordion and fine harmony singing from both.

“Alan Reid…a singing voice which comes over as effortless, and undoubted ability as a songwriter. His emotion filled ‘The Road of Tears’ one of the highlights” – THE PERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER
“Robber Barons by Alan Reid, a song of quiet and thoughtful fury rather than furious polemic…” – ROBIN DENSELOW, BBC
“Rob van Sante provides beautiful guitar backing…with gentle passion eliciting harmonies and driving rhythms…delivering songs with heartfelt sincerity” – THE BEAT MAGAZINE, LONDON, ONTARIO

www.reidvansante.com

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+ Special Guests WOMBATS CROSSING

With a foot in Australian and Celtic music camps, singer Christine Wheeler leads her trio Wombats Crossing in a rich blend of delicacy, strength and beautiful melodies. Christine’s classic folk singing style is amplified by Rebecca Daniel’s distinguished experience as orchestral lead violinist and Leigh Birkett’s capacity for harmonic invention on guitar, bouzouki and mandolin.

“Christine Wheeler’s beautiful voice swirls and layers with her accomplished musical friends to inflate a venue with exquisite ripples of sound. This music is compassionate, powerful and joyful.” – NSW Folk Federation Magazine

“Your performance as a singer and musician is delightful and I was completely taken by how you own this music. Your fellow musicians and singers are also superb in their performances.” – Warren Daly, OAM

www.christinewheeler.net.au/wombats-crossing.html

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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.
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.
Access can also be made through the rear and the lift to the lounge is in the atrium.

The Metropole is an all ages venue however minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must remain supervised and do require a standard ticket for entry. Please also keep in mind that the performance space is a listening room.

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 $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/71128

Or $25 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