Sat 14th June 2014
Special Guests Rachael Brady & The Snaketown Rattlers
KATOOMBA RSL CLUB
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia
A fiery yet charming ensemble featuring brass, guts, words and skins, Flap! have been described as music that is both old and new, a rambunctious collage of 1920’s Jazz, English Folk, Gypsy Brass and Trinidadian Calypso influences. The end result is something fresh and distinctively Australian.
Flap! are not your everyday band. Influenced by the 1920’s prohibition-era dance bands but with a hip modern groove, Flap! feature an unusual but exceedingly effective line up of banjo-ukulele, cornet, trombone, double bass and drums.
Following their highly enjoyable stint at this year’s Blue Mountains Music Festival they will be returning to Katoomba RSL to again crank out up-tempo songs, turning ordinary shoes into dancing ones.
Flap! have audiences smiling and dancing wherever and whenever they play.
Formed during an informal jam at the 2007 Port Fairy Folk Festival (Victoria, Australia) Flap! have gone from muscle to might playing their first gig at the Woodstock Cafe at Christiania, Copenhagen, holding down a six-month-residency at Collingwood’s Fox Hotel, Performing at the 2008 Port Fairy Folk Festival, and the 2009 Apollo Bay Festival where they wowed the crowds, and got them off their fold-up chairs and on their feet dancing, The Tarerer Festival, The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Rainbow Serpent Festival, The Brunswick Music Festival, The Thredbo Jazz Festival, Falls Festival, The Woodford Folk Festival, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival and heaps of other gigs to happy punters all over Melbourne and Australia.
“Trying to categorise the sound and style of Flap! is as ridiculous as trying to name all the shapes in a kaleidoscope. Whipping the crowd into a form of frenzy usually reserved for music far more implicitly aggressive, Flap! were the subject of a collective adoration. The energy they created was unambiguously optimistic and joyful” Ryan Lloyd, Vulture Magazine
“These are bawdy songs about beer, sex, beer, death, beer, nudity – and a convict who tried to escape by dressing up as a kangaroo” Graham Thomson, Arts Desk UK
“It’s all there – death, sex, aliens, a 40-foot rooster, the Apocalypse – what more could you want from a combo like Flap! that draws its inspiration from influences as disparate as the jazz of the 1920s and the calypso of Trinidad, with healthy doses of English folk, gypsy brass and indie pop thrown in?” – Michael Smith, Drum Media.
Established in her own right as both an enigmatic performer and singer/songwriter, possessing a voice that has been described as nothing short of amazing, Rachael Brady casts aside her folk persona and merges with high octane jungle hep cats The Snaketown Rattlers to bring swing into new sonic territory.
We are extremely pleased to welcome Rachael back to the RSL stage after her performances at this year’s Blue Mountains Music Festival with a trailblazing blend of big band, jazz, cowboy steel guitar, hard rocking blues, the street sounds of New Orleans, Eastern European Klezmer and even Reggae as she performs with the seasoned and smoking Rattlers, who boast four decades of experience between them.
Rachael has released three independent albums and toured her home soil on and off for nearly 10 years as well as the USA and enjoys a loyal global online following.
She is “guaranteed to give a memorable and always uplifting performance – not just because she has a truly phenomenal voice but also because her music has genuine depth, beauty and intelligence.” (Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania)
The Snaketown Rattlers is comprised of four of the nation’s best loved musicians. Neil Duncan – renowned for his saxophone throughout Australia and New Zealand, who has performed regularly with hottest acts on the live circuit such as Jews Brothers and Darth Vegas. Dynamic on drums is Frank Corby, best known for his work with Australian blues stalwarts the Bondi Cigars. Storming the steel guitar is John Stuart who has toured with the legendary Renee Geyer, blues phenomenon The G Men, Latin big band Babalu, Chanteuse Rachel Hannan and the late Jazz/funk king Jacky Orszaczky. Andrew Ireland on double bass is famous for his work with the popular Sydney group Andy 500. The Snaketown Rattlers also double as the backing band for honky tonk phenomenon Pugsley Buzzard.
Join us for an evening both dynamic and nostalgic as Rachael Brady and the Snaketown Rattlers present a cross pollinated jumble of swinging sounds from the 20s right through to the 50s!
Doors Open 7:30pm
Show Starts 8pm
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$20 pre-sale OR $25 on the day – Sat 14th June 2014.
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