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DAMIEN LEITH

Sunday 28th February 2010
DAMIEN LEITH ‘Keys And Strings’ Tour
KATOOMBA RSL CLUB
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Fresh from the release of his new album REMEMBER JUNE and album shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Damien Leith will be touring Queensland with four shows announced for February 2010. Damien will perform traditional Irish classics and contemporary hits as well as stand out tracks from REMEMBER JUNE.

Accompanied by the violin, guitar and piano Keys and Strings will showcase Damien’s striking vocals and audiences will discover why Damien is one of Australia’s favourite live performers.

True to his Celtic roots, the shows will see Damien perform a collection of Irish songs, many of which influenced his critically acclaimed REMEMBER JUNE, taking audiences on a journey from his musical past to present. From the folk tunes of the Dubliners and Christy Moore, to the smash hits of U2, the legendary tunes of Van Morisson and Damien Rice to the Operatic sounds of John McCormack, audiences will be treated to a musical fusion showcasing Damien’s development as a performer since he first landed on the Australian music scene in 2006 when won the 4th season of Australian Idol.

Of his upcoming shows Damien said “My Irish background is incredibly important to me and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take this show to the stage.”

Since REMEMBER JUNE debuted in Australia audiences and critics alike have been mesmerised by Damien’s pop-rock tracks and new found sound, comparative to the likes of U2, Keane, Roy Oribson and Coldplay.

“Damien’s time has come. This album proves his brilliance as a singer and songwriter” – Sun Herald

“Leith has finally found his own voice embracing his Celtic roots and reveling in those rich Roy Orbison tones in the voice that captured the hearts of his fans” – Daily Telegraph

“Forget what you know about the former Australian Idol Damien Leith and start here. His musicianship is stronger than ever and his band is rocking. Lead single ‘To Get To You’ is an impressive platform to kick off from” – Sunday Telegraph

 

Doors Open 8pm. Show Starts 8:30pm.
Tickets $42.50

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LULO REINHARDT

Sunday 21st February 2010
LULO REINHARDT Australian Tour
in association with Premier Artists and Pixie Michael Management
KATOOMBA RSL CLUB
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Lulo Reinhardt: From Germany “One of Europe’s finest Gypsy guitarists from one of the most famous Gypsy families..”

“..the finest concert of acoustic guitar I have ever seen..” – John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald

Don’t miss the one and only show of Gypsy guitar legend Lulo Reinhardt direct from Europe with 5-piece band. Grand-nephew of Jazz legend Django Reinhardt, nephew of the Gypsy violin master Shnuckenack Reinhardt and from a traditionally long line of musicians, Lulo represents one of the most unique voices in Gypsy-Jazz music today. Lulo’s Latin-Swing Project combines pure Gypsy-Swing with elements of Latin music such as; flamenco, tango and bossa nova. The band is Lulo Reinhardt from Germany on guitar, violinist Daniel Weltlinger from Sydney, bassist Harald Becher from Germany, Uli Kramer from Germany on drums and keyboardist Sean Mackenzie from Sydney.

Lulo Reinhardt is from an enormous clan of Reinhardts to which belongs his grand uncle, the world famous musician Django Reinhardt.

“The audience often expects me to play exclusively in the style of Django Reinhardt. As well as this, I have found a style of my own.”

He is described as a spontaneous and spirited musician and his different styles come from a musical voyage to find flamenco roots in Spain, Latin and Brazilian jazz from South America, combined with his own artistic stamp and gypsy influences. His name has achieved international acclaim. In 1991, he founded ‘I Gitanos’ with his father Bawo and cousin Dege, touring throughout Europe.

“Lulo Reinhardt is a spontaneous and spirited musician who is led by the guitar into musical voyages of discovery. His curiosity has taken him to southern Spain in search of flamenco roots, and to South America, exploring various musical styles of Latin Jazz. Lulo expresses his artistic personality in his gypsy influences, reflecting his character.”

“Lulo Reinhardt´s music reveals his enthusiasm for virtuosity and spontaneity and at the same time, a deep melancholy and nostalgiamore imagination than reality. Inspiration and feeling of the gypsies are moulded by Lulo Reinhardt into a rhythmic flowing symbiosis of elegance and spirit.”

Lulo Reinhardt is a gifted guitarist who was taught by his father since the age of five.

At twelve, he was already playing with the Mike Reinhardt Sextet, a formation entirely dedicated to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt.

In 1991, leaving the sextet to explore new musical experiences he founded ‘I Gitanos’ with his father Bawo and cousin Degé. The first result of their new way gypsy goes Latin to which Nicky Marrero participated, was the release of I suni CD in 1994.

Since then, successful tours throughout Europe and release of next CD, AB I Reisa, in 1998 followed. In the meantime, Lulo Reinhardt has worked on various projects and has established himself an outstanding reputation as a composer and guitarist. He has played in several major events as Rock Gegen Hass, International Cultural Festival Sahara en el Corazón (Algeria – with Brazilian guitarist Zezom Ribeiro, World Roma Festival Khamoro, Jazz Goes to Town (Czech Republic), Jazz and Blues Festival (Czech Republic), Sidmouth Folk week (UK) and many others. Along the way, he has gathered the best musicians around him to create his personal project.

Lulo Reinhardt Project is the accomplishment of a maturing style and artistic creation, which you cannot classify. Swinging from tune to tune, Lulo Reinhardt brings into his music his gypsy roots as well as flamenco or Latin rhythms from Cuba to Brazil. After the success of his CD Project No 1 (2002), Lulo Reinhardt released the awaited Project No 2 in July 2005.

In 2008 Lulo found a new audience in Australia after a successful East Coast tour, playing live shows in NSW, ACT and VIC. From this tour, a live album and DVD was produced. In 2009, Lulo toured successfully in Europe, Canada and the US with IGN (international Guitar Night) and again in Australia.

Thanks to a careful choice of musicians, whom he worked previously with, and who join him in his musical fantasy, Lulo Reinhardt is bringing up a world class level performance that enchants any audience.

Lulo Reinhardt is a spontaneous and spirited musician who is led by the guitar into musical voyages of discovery. His curiosity has taken him to southern Spain in search of flamenco roots, and to South America, exploring various musical styles of Latin Jazz. Lulo expresses his artistic personality in his gypsy influences, reflecting his character. Lulo Reinhardt’s music reveals his enthusiasm for virtuosity and spontaneity and at the same time, a deep melancholy and nostalgia-more imagination than reality. Inspiration and feeling of the gypsies are moulded by Lulo Reinhardt into a rhythmic flowing symbiosis of elegance and spirit.

Doors Open 8pm. Show Starts 8:30pm.
Tickets $42.50