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Sat 16th February 2013
THE BUSHWAKERS Concert / Dance
+ Special Guest Pat Drummond

The Bushwackers are delighted to be performing at Katoomba RSL Club on Saturday February 16th joined by special guest legendary Blue Mountains singer/songwriter Pat Drummond.

The evening is billed as a concert / dance which means that The Bushwackers will be calling a number of Bushdances throughout the evening as well as playing all their great songs from their last 42 years of performing around Australia.
They will be launching their newest album ‘Australian Songbook 3’ on the night as well.
Freshly returned from sell out shows in Tamworth this evening in Katoomba is shaping up as a night not to be missed!

The Bushwackers are well known to generations of audiences for their Australian classic bush songs, their great original music, wild Celtic instrumentals and their Bushdances.
They have been a fixture on the Australian entertainment landscape for over 40 years and have performed at hundreds of Festivals, pubs, clubs, Town Halls, Civic events and backyard barbies all over the land.

The Bushwackers have released 22 albums, five books of music, have won countless awards and accolades including two Gold records and three Golden Guitars at Tamworth. The Bushwackers remain the ultimate exponents of the Australian folk/bush tradition, playing their songs in a contemporary and engaging way with humour, zest and world class musicianship.

Fiddles, accordions, guitars, bass, drums and the mighty lagerphone are coming to Katoomba RSL on February 16th. It will be a night to savour for months to come.

Pat Drummond is an Australian Singer / Songwriter. His highly original music crosses the genres of country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll and his musical career spans over three decades. Based at Leura in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, his style is a cross between songwriting and journalism. His well-documented songs about real people and places are drawn from interviews gathered on his erratic tours across Australia and present a composite picture of that country and her people.
Former member of the Bushwackers, Pat’s amazing three and a half decade long career has seen him pass through a half dozen ‘reincarnations’ that have produced an incredible body of original work in as many different musical genres.

Doors Open 7:30pm
Support starts 8:00pm

86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Tickets available at the Club Box Office for $15 pre-sale OR $20 on the day.

CHRISTINE ANU Presents Rewind The Aretha Franklin Songbook

Sat 1st December 2012
CHRISTINE ANU Presents Rewind The Aretha Franklin Songbook
+ Special Guest Rachael Brady
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Soul songstress Christine Anu launched her REWIND – The Aretha Franklin Songbook tour at The Basement in May this year, she has been touring around the country, receiving rave reviews and playing to packed houses. Don’t miss this extraordinary show as Christine honours the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
In this must-see performance, Anu conjures soulful interpretations of Aretha’s most memorable songs including the signature tunes Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman as well as Chain of Fools, Rock Steady, Today I Sing The Blues and many other unforgettable classic melodies. She’ll also traverse tracks from her own incredible career including songs like the iconic My Island Home.
“Nobody says it or sings it better than Ms. Aretha Franklin. She is one of my greatest influences and an inspiration to black pride and feminine empowerment. I truly believe she is the greatest soul singer of our time!” says Anu, who provides all the grace, glitz and vocals of a true diva and is sure to captivate audiences from the start.
Anu launched REWIND – The Aretha Franklin Songbook to coincide with Aretha Franklin’s 70th Birthday and it has since played in dozens of cities. Christine will also release an album of the same name, paying homage to Aretha’s music.
Australia’s iconic Indigenous entertainer, Christine Anu has been delighting Australian audiences for two decades with an award-winning repertoire spanning across music, theatre, dance, film, television and children’s entertainment and has garnered accolades in all quarters of show business, including a Green Room Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Rent and the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical at the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards. Anu is also a multi-ARIA nominee and recipient, including 1995 Song of the Year for My Island Home, 1996 Best Female Artist for Stylin Up and 1998 Best Video for Bazmark’s Now Until the Break of Day with David Hobson. Anu is also an eight-time Deadly Award recipient.
During an illustrious career spanning more than two decades, Christine has amassed a multitude of achievements, including platinum albums, sell-out musicals, Hollywood blockbusters, and high-profiled collaborations with showbiz and musical luminaries such as Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), Paul Kelly and David Atkins.
What people are saying about REWIND – The Aretha Franklin Songbook tour:-
“REWIND was amazing!”
“Christine got people dancing.”
“She was stunning, absolutely stunning. Stunning, superb, sublime, SHE SHONE!”
“This is her. The elegant mistress of song. She delivered.”

Opening up the evening will Blue Mountains local Rachael Brady and her guitarist to complete this fabulous female fronted night.
Described as “sweet and heartfelt”, “inspired and inspiring”, (Time Off Magazine) this former Brisbane artist who now calls The Blue Mountains home is joined by long time collaborator and guitarist Nigel Kerr, the two delivering an intimate and diverse collection of largely acoustic tunes that draw on the best of folk, blues, jazz and contemporary popular music. With a truly remarkable voice and a grab bag of infectiously charming songs that range in subject matter from the deeply personal to the reassuringly universal, Brady is, in a world of over-produced commercial music; honest, perceptive and engaging.
She has toured her home soil on and off over the last 7 years as well as the USA and enjoys a loyal global online following.
Brady 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)

Doors Open 7:30pm
Support starts 8pm
This is a theatre style seated show – seats are not allocated.

86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Tickets available at the Club Box Office for $25 pre-sale OR $30 on the day.


Sat 10th November 2012
+ Special Guests The Three Sisters Uke Trio

The Pigs take a hit song, turn it upside down, shake the change out of its pockets and set it down in its original form… foot-stomping bluegrass.

Killing in the Name, Gold Digger, Like a Virgin… Few people know that these well-known songs are actually old-time classics, written by The Pigs.
For over 6 years now, The Pig Family has been educating audiences at festivals and concerts all over Australia, releasing 2 albums and an EP along the way. In 2010, audiences in Germany and Denmark experienced the band’s wildly energetic performances too. A 5 or 6 piece ensemble, The Pig’s classic bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, acoustic guitars and double bass is driven by percussionist, Cousin Billy-Bob, on his stand-up drum-kit, making a supercharged Hillbilly sound. Sometimes extended family members contribute fiddle, mandolin and dobro to the mix.
Already with over 150,000 hits on YouTube, the video for their banjo-driven version of Beyonce’s hit was featured on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks. It was also Indie Video of the Week on Rage and continues to air regularly on The Country Music Channel. The Pigs performed Single Ladies live on Mornings with Kerrie-Anne (Channel 9) and Saturday Night Country (ABC Radio National). Lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist, T-Bone Pig, claims to have written Single Ladies in 1922 while sitting on the family porch.
As well as the mega-hit songs that The Pigs claim to have written, the Pigs have a swag of cracking original tunes that they have actually written. Macho Moisturiser, the tale of a big country boy who wrestles crocodiles, but maintains a strict skin care regime, is a favourite with Pigs fans at The Gympie Muster. Hey Christina, the second single off their latest album, Horses, is a wickedly funny breakup song. The Pigs performed Hey Christina live on Richard Glover’s Thank God It’s Friday (ABC 702) in October 2010. “I wrote Hey Christina for a girl who dumped me, then married another guy two weeks later. I guess the song is my way of hoping that life isn’t going perfectly for the newlyweds. I wouldn’t mind it, for example, if the telephone started to ring every time they were making love.” – Stretch Pig on writing Hey Christina.
The Pigs’ radio singles, Crazy, Single Ladies and Hey Christina, have been on high rotation on several country music radio stations around Australia. The music video to Crazy was nominated for a Golden Guitar award at the Tamworth Country Music Awards in 2008. The band regularly pops up on ABC local radio stations and their songs have also featured on youth and indie radio stations like Triple J, 4ZZZFM (Brisbane), Triple R 102.7 (Melbourne) and FBI 94.5 (Sydney). The Pigs’ natural habitat is the music festival, having wowed audiences at Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Skagen Folk Festival (Denmark), The Deniliquin Ute Muster and The Gympie Muster. As well, the boys have played sell-out shows each year at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Highly entertaining – guaranteed to get your feel stomping and your faces smiling.
Come and enjoy ‘The Pigs’ for one night only at Katoomba RSL Club.

Supported by ‘The Three Sisters Uke Trio’
Katoomba’s Three Sisters have burst forth from the loins of the Ruby Bloomers Women’s Circus to entertain with their own unique brand of wacky fun. They sing about beauty, they sing about truth, and they sing about chickens being tortured in sheds with no breezes.
They are a regular on the Blue Mountains circuit and have performed at local fundraisers and community festivals, including IronFest, Winter Magic and the Blue Mountains Blues & Roots Festival. They have appeared at the Cairns Ukulele Festival and are an audience favourite at the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival each year.

So bring out the funny hats, put on your feather boa and spend some time in the presence of these fabulously frocked females!

86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Tickets available at the Club Box Office for $15 pre-sale OR $20 on the day.


Sat 13th October 2012
HAT FITZ & CARA ‘Wiley Ways’ Album Launch Tour
+ Special Guest Christa Hughes

86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

“Hat Fitz and Cara make beautiful, raw, exciting music that never fails to grab me” – Jeff Lang, Australia
“They pack more energy, emotion and sheer musical exuberance into one song than most manage in a whole career” – Spiral Earth, UK

Hat Fitz & Cara have recently finished recording their new album “Wiley Ways” which has had the pleasure of being engineered and produced by the highly regarded Jeff Lang. The process of this has been up to date one of the most enjoyable experiences either of them have had in making an album, what with banging bed pans, packing Cigarette box Pedals into old leather glad bags for that sought after sound. It has been a shared passion for their music that has moulded this album lovingly track by track. Now they want to share this personal experience of their scrawls and ramblings they have created late into the many early hours from their shed in the bush and long dark nights on the road with the rest of the world.
This dynamic duo is a unique combination that have skilfully combined their music of hill style country blues with old time folk, which has seen them become firm favourites on the international festival circuit. Their material is original yet crosses the boundaries as if written from a time once forgotten.

“With Wiley Ways, Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson have crafted as genuine a blues record as you can hope to find in this day and age – simple, powerful, full of the inherent realism we’ve come to expect from these two, a stellar effort” – Samuel J. Fell (Rhythms/Rolling Stone)
Wiley Ways will be released October 1st 2012 and Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson will be touring nationally to support the release.

As a special treat support for their Katoomba show will be Christa Hughes: Ex Machine Gun Fellatio and current head Shonk in the Honky Tonk Shonks.
“Blues Belter, Vaudeville Vamp, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hell Cat, Cabaret Chanteuse, Burlesque Babe, Circus Run Away, Raucous Ring Mistress, Opera Dame…”

Tickets available at the Club Box Office for $15 pre-sale OR $20 on the day.

JOHN WATERS “Looking Through A Glass Onion”

Sat 25th Aug 2012 – JOHN WATERS “Looking Through A Glass Onion”

86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Award-winning actor and singer, John Waters, takes the stage with accompanist Stewart D’Arrietta and begins to perform part spoken word, part concert, and all heart, a celebration of one of the most distinct voices of his generation: John Lennon.
Featuring a catalogue of Lennon’s greatest songs including Woman, Jealous Guy, and Imagine, as well as his collaborations with Paul McCartney including, A Day in the Life, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, this intimate production reveals the essence of the life and times of one of the most admired icons of all time.

It’s 20 years since John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta created the original two-man show Looking through a Glass Onion, based on the life and work of John Lennon. Waters describes the show as ‘a homage to the music, mystery and memory of John Lennon.’

“It’s clear that Looking Through called now a classic piece of Australian repertoire”. Sydney Gig Guide Dec 10, 2011 **** 4 stars

” a remarkable celebration of a unique talent… Waters does it brilliantly” THE SPECTATOR, LONDON

“John Waters encapsulates the essence of Lennon.” CAPITOL RADIO, LONDON

“The humour, the pace, the crisp intercuts of light and sound, the emotional texture of music and narrative, and the insights add up to a stirring celebration of genius.” SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“Part bio, part great concert, totally excellent.” THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH “Angry, wired and wiry…..a powerfully recalled lament.” LONDON GUARDIAN


Tickets available at the Club Box Office for $39 pre-sale OR $45 on the day of the performance Sat 25th August 2012.