Monthly Archives: May 2011


Sat 28th May 2011
The Crooked Fiddle Band
Special Guests Steve & Aislinn Bevis
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Doors Open 8pm. Show Starts 8:30pm.

Australia’s favourite “chainsaw folk vigilantes” The Crooked Fiddle Band are returning to Katoomba RSL as part of their east coast tour in support of their Steve Albini produced debut album ‘Overgrown Tales’ which truly captures their no-holds-barred live sound.

After building a vibrant following in Europe, and getting praise from artists like Brian Eno, the band are ready to show Australia through their furious unique live shows why they have a reputation as one of our most exciting up and coming live acts.

This mesmerising and fiery acoustic 4-piece delivers high-energy future-folk. Celtic energy. Swamp-stomping hoedown. Dance-inciting mayhem. Hardcore gypsy passion!

Driven by the beautiful and furious fiddling of Jess Randall, and underpinned by a rhythm section featuring Gordon Wallace (bouzouki, guitar, banjo, mandolin), 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.

Combining stunning musicianship with a rhythm and energy aimed straight at romantic hearts and dancing feet, The Crooked Fiddle Band intertwine folk traditions with modern evolutions and have impressed all who have encountered them such as Damien Dempsey who they have supported and Brian Eno, who invited the band to participate in his Luminous Festival at the Sydney Opera House. They have stormed the stages of Australia’s major festivals, including Woodford Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Port Fairy, Sydney Festival, Brisbane Arts Festival, Peats Ridge and Bellingen Global Carnival.

“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 (Oct 2009)

“…a short fast slab of hardcore gypsy passion… a fiery blend of various violin traditions with punk intensity and the raw finesse of crazed street virtuosos.” – Bradfield Dumpleton,

“Crooked Fiddle Band continue their musical manifesto, rallying around the incendiary fiddle of Jess Randall to make music that will make punks tango, grandmas mosh and metal heads hoe-down.” Lucky Oceans, ABC Radio

“Wild mash up of styles. Jess is giving the violin a solid workout. Which is a good thing. It deserves a flogging at times that bloody instrument. And a bouzouki in the line up! I’ll be there at your next show if you shout the ouzo.” – Richard Kingsmill, Triple J Radio

“The Crooked Fiddle Band are completely surprising: the music is original and quixotic, and yet has the strength of some deep and strong roots. I can’t say I’ve ever heard anything else like it!” – Brian Eno

$15 pre-sale OR $20 on the day
Or Purchase online through Moshtix + booking fee.

KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON ‘Little Birds & Bad Machines’ Tour

Saturday 14th May 2011
‘Little Birds & Bad Machines’ Tour
+ Special Guests Bill Chambers & Ashleigh Dallas
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Doors Open 8pm. Show Starts 8:30pm.

The Multi-Award winning Duo are heading out on tour to present their respective solo albums. Kasey Chambers’ Little Bird and Shane Nicholson’s Bad Machines.

Kasey Chambers ‘Little Bird’ album was released in September 2010, debuting on the national album charts at #3 and winning 4 Golden Guitars at the recent Tamworth Country Music Awards.

Kasey’s just released the second single from ‘Little Bird’.  ‘Beautiful Mess’ was a song she wrote for her children. “It’s a song I wrote when I was at home babysitting a friend’s one-year-old son, Townes, along with my two boys Arlo (2) and Talon (8). It was one of those chaotic days with kids running around and having lots of fun while this song was coming out. And that’s what it felt like that day – a beautiful mess. That’s what parenting constantly feels like. It’s specifically written for Arlo and Talon, who are the most important things in my entire life. I love them. And I have an outlet to show them that through songs.”

While Kasey has been touring right around Australia, Shane’s been at home taking care of the kids and putting the finishing touches to his superb brand new album ‘Bad Machines’.

Shane Nicholson headlined his own show at the 2011 Tamworth Country Music Festival; debuting tracks from his upcoming fourth solo album; ‘Bad Machines’.  The show was a total sell-out and the talk of the Tamworth as one of the great gigs of this years Festival with fans and music media all eager for the release of the album on March 25th, 2011 through Liberation Music.

In the coming weeks it will be Shane’s turn to hit the promotional trail and introduce the ‘Bad Machines’ album to media and country music fans all around Australia.   With a couple of media launches in February leaving the media and other special guests raving about the songs of ‘Bad Machines’, the album is set to be a highlight of this year’s album releases and already has fans eagerly waiting for Shane to tour it across Australia.

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson’s double header live shows will feature Kasey’s hits and of course songs from her award winning ‘Little Bird’ while Shane will perform the songs of ‘Bad Machines’ along with tracks from his critically acclaimed back catalogue; ‘It’s a Movie’, ‘Faith & Science’ & ‘Familiar Ghosts’.  Kasey & Shane will also perform a few favourites from their multi award winning ‘Rattlin Bones’ album of 2008.

Kasey & Shane will be joined on the road with special guests; the legendary Bill Chambers and Tamworth’s first lady of fiddle: Ashleigh Dallas.

The Brothers Grim are Blues like you’ve never seen!

$47.50 pre-sale OR $50 on the day
Or Purchase online through Moshtix + booking fee.


Black Friday 13th May 2011
Graveyard Train
+ Brothers Grim and the Blue Murders
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Doors Open 8:30pm. Show Starts 9pm.

Black Friday at Katoomba RSL Club with Graveyard Train & Brothers Grim.

In retrospect it’s obvious that horror and country music go together like peas and carrots – it just took Graveyard Train to show us.

Utilising old timey instruments (banjo, dobro & washboard) with the unorthodox percussion of hammer & chain, all underneath a six part baritone ‘wall of men’ vocal delivery, Graveyard Train have created a unique sound and an equally unique way to deliver it.

Exclusively singing songs and stories about death, despair, vampires, werewolves and anything macabre, Graveyard Train have drawn on the storytelling styles of old folk songs and mashed it with a punk/rockabilly/country frenetic foot stomping energy to create ‘Horror Country’.

Over the past 3 years Graveyard Train have risen and risen in popularity. Though still underground, the band is well loved in Melbourne, selling out every local show for the past year to drunken sing-along crowds. They have toured solidly since day one, winning over crowds at festivals, major cities and regional towns, and have enjoyed huge success during their two stints at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

“It’s a genius concept really: Graveyard Train have twisted folk, blues, roots, bluegrass and murder ballads into something quite original and immensely entertaining. Death and violence have never been so uproarious.” – René Schaefer, Mess + Noise

“Jump on board the Graveyard Train and see what has made them a hit from Tamworth to Edinburgh.” – Patrick Donovan, The Age ‘EG’ [4 Stars]

Favourites at this year’s Blue Mountains Music Festival Graveyard Train return by popular demand for a headlining show at the RSL Club. They will be supported by ‘Brothers Grim’

Brothers Grim are four Blues Hounds reviving 20’s blues, in an unwholesome, moon howling, sweat dripping, groin shaking fervor. It’s been loosely described as… “Unwholesome sex voodoo delta blues-a-billy” or “Howlin’ Wolf in an AC/DC T-shirt on too much cocaine”

The majority of their reputation is based on their mutation of the Blues with elements of Rockabilly, Swamp blues, Delta blues and Rock sensibilities… the rest is varying percentages of idol gossip, guilt, manic energy, slander, a fuel for freedom and a bias for doing things their own way.

The Brothers Grim are Blues like you’ve never seen!

$20 pre-sale OR $25 on the day
Or Purchase online through Moshtix + booking fee.