Sat 22nd March 2014 – FREE ENTRY!
The Prannies: Mike Kerin, Tinker Duffy, Ged Corben & Michael Vidale
KATOOMBA RSL CLUB
86 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia
Mike Kerin, virtuoso fiddler (Slim Dusty’s favourite), sultry singer and all-round musical genius leads this eclectic band of misfits with diverse backgrounds in rock, Irish, bluegrass, old timey and everything in between.
Tinker, long time Mountains dweller, plays fiery accordion and sings with husky vocals.
Ged Corben holds the band together with his powerhouse rhythm guitar and delicate slide and mandolin work. Ged toured extensively as lead guitarist with the Lime Spiders.
Underpinning the Prannies’ lush and powerful sound is Michael Vidale on semi acoustic bass.
Winner of no less than 6 Golden Guitars, Fiddle virtuoso Mike Kerin leads this four piece lineup comprised of longtime collaborators & stalwarts of the Oz Folk & Bluegrass scene. Apart from producing, arranging, recording & playing on many fine albums, Mike played for 10 years with 80‘s Country fave’s The Flying Emus, for more than 20 years with Slim Dusty in his Traveling Country Band, and currently tours with Anne Kirkpatrick & numerous national & international acts. Mike was the featured artist on the recently released ABC Fiddle Album “The Devil’s Instrument”. He has also played as a featured artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, touring Australia & Slovenia.
Tinker Duffy is no stranger to the NSW Folk scene. Hailing originally from Armidale, she has dazzled audiences with her fiery accordion playing from Newtown to Gulgong, & Yeppoon to Port Fairy over the last 20 years. She has had a lifelong involvement in the traditional music, song and dance of Ireland as well as in bush bands, dance bands, choirs and sessions.
Mike & Tinker are joined by longtime co-horts Michael Vidale on electric double bass, & Ged Corben on guitar. Michael, winner of 4 Golden Guitar Awards himself, centres the quartet with his electrifying musicianship. He is a highly sought-after player, engineer & producer. Amongst his current associations are The Bushwackers, Don Walker’s Suave F..ks, Anne Kirkpatrick Band, The BlueMoons, The Shafters to name a few. He has played over the years with Jimmy & The Boys, Slim Dusty and The Traveling Country Band, the Flying Emus, The Whitlams and Fiddlers Festival. He credits his musicality to Louis Armstrong who, he says, once held baby Michael in one hand and played the trumpet with the other.
Ged Corben on guitar, mandolin & resonator forms the other half of the rhythm section & has at one time or another played with The Original Cruel Sea, is lead guitarist with The Lime Spiders & moonlights with Rebecca Hancock & The Prison Wives, amongst others.
All four were longtime members of the now defunct Wheelers & Dealers, winners of numerous National Folk Awards, who toured NSW, Victoria & Queensland extensively over the last 15 years.
The band play an eclectic uptempo mix of Celtic & American folk, with a touch of Western Swing & Roots thrown in. They feature material from Mike & Tinker’s new album “ For Good Measure”, & Mike’s solo album “ The Dining Room Sessions”.
Music from 8:30pm