Sat 12th November 2011
THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND ‘Overgrown Tails’ Album Launch
+ Special Guests Lime & Steel
KATOOMBA RSL CLUB
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia
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, indie-cds.com
“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
Doors Open 8pm. Show Start 8:30pm.
Tickets $15 pre-sale available for purchase from the Club Box Office OR online
OR for $20 on the door