This will be a day to remember, featuring the dazzling talents and beauty of The Junes as we launch our new CD Country Con Queso, recorded at Adelphia Studios and produced by Jeff Lang. We will be joined by “husbands” of the Junes, two of Australia’s most regarded blues artists Chris Wilson and Ian Collard, both performing in solo mode and with a band. Hot on the heels of Tamworth, The Cartwheels will be musically on fire with Jeff Mercer on guitar, while Big Daddy Roy Payne will launch his Louisiana project the Cajun Dance Party with his son on drums, plus local musicians Bill Mundie and Len Biglin. There will be a special guest appearance by the incredible Cyndi Boste in solo mode, as she gives Novocastrians a sneak preview of her incredible new CD Nowadays. Tickets are just $25, available from the Carrington Bowling Club, Gleny Rae or Bill Mundie. Limited tickets so get in early. The show will run from 2pm -10pm at the lovely Carrington Bowling Club, where the sea breezes will keep you cool. Kids under 16 are free, the bistro will be pumping out their lovely steaks, schnitzels and salads, drinks are super cheap and even cheaper if you become a social member for just $7. There will be some games and bowls happening in the breaks, and the dance floor is ready to be torn up! With dance moves that is!
It’s been a while coming, but we are finally hitting the road to launch Whojigadandy in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and between. 2013 has seen us play in Tasmania at the beautiful Cygnet Folk Festival, WA at Fairbridge FolkWorld Festival and Deville’s Pad in Perth, and most recently in the Northern Territory. Two and a half glorious weeks of gigging in the balmy relaxed outback Territory! We were lucky enough to perform at the Adelaide River Music Muster and Katherine Country Music Muster … look out for those events next August … the Darwin Show, plus a heap of other great venues. The Darwin Railway Club hosted us as we opened for Big Red Marisa Quigley and then stopped on stage in her backing band. What a fun night, and so great to catch up with mates from my Territory days!
The CD launch will be particularly exciting as we hit the road with Jason Nelson, our Novacastrian mate who plays a mean trombone, a sly cabasa and dresses like a 1920′s hit man! We intend to lift the bar both musically and fashionably, to give the audience ear candy and eye wax. The songs from Whojigadandy have been well and truly road tested, and we are ready to push into the last frontier… south of the border, and the nation’s capital. Offers of big breakfasts, comfy couches and late night chats are always welcome, see you at a gig somewhere!
Exciting news folks, we are back to Sydney for a couple of gigs and also to make a start on a music video!
The Music Lounge in Brookvale is a boutique venue furnished with a magnificent grand piano, perfect for us to showcase the songs from Whojigadandy which features a number of piano songs. Joining us will be talented trombonist Jason Nelson, and the entire show will be committed to celluloid (well, digital format) to be edited into a music video. So dress well and behave badly, that’s what we need! This will all take place on Saturday 8th June, and I’m very excited to be back in my old university days stomping ground!
On Sunday we return to the Marrickville Bowlo for an afternoon of hillbilly, swing and honkytonk! And we will be joined by the honkytonk king Rob Luckey who is back in Sydney for a brief visit. I managed to convince him and the Lucky Bastards to join us at the Bowlo for what promises to be a huge Sunday!
Get your dancing shoes on and get two steppin!
The recording spanned two continents; it was partially recorded in the Ninth Ward Picking Parlour, Lawrence Kansas, with Mike West (Truckstop Honeymoon), and the Gallipoli Legion Club in Newcastle, with finishing touches at Robbie Long’s studio in Kotara.
“Whojigadandy” stretches the boundaries of hillbilly swing, with clear influences from the band’s 2011 USA tour. You can hear tinges of voodoo soaked New Orleans jazz, Trinidadian calypso, bluegrass ballads, love lorn bossa nova from Rio de Janeiro, along side their trademark “ western swing mixed with some rockabilly and authentic lyrical jazzy outback stuff” (Katie Euliss, Truckstop Honeymoon).
Whojigadandy will again be distributed by Vitamin Records, with the official release and tour earmarked for Feb/March 2013. In the meantime, you can purchase the album at gigs or by emailing your order to firstname.lastname@example.org (discounts for orders of 3 or more).
The album is dedicated to Arnold “Clancy” Rae who sadly died while Gleny was in the air, flying home from the USA. Clancy gave us the term Whojigadandy… and if you want to know what it is, you have to buy the CD! How’s that for marketing genius!
We are very excited to announce our return visit to the USA, thanks to an invitation to perform at the South Western Regional Folk Alliance Showcase in Austin Texas. Yes, the cultural oasis of Texas where we will lodge with our great friend Bill Kirchen and hang out with the fabulous Carper Family Band, ogle at the music and boot shops and eat loads of BBQ and Torchy’s Tacos! Last time we visited Austin, it was like I died and gone to Hillbilly Heaven when we visited the Continental Club to see Raul Malo guest with Heybale, while Elana James two stepped round the dance floor. This time, we will play on that very stage when we open for the very talented Dale Watson.
Our journey will take us through Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, and no doubt every op shop, hotrod garages and antique arcade we spot! We have been invited to appear at the Pushfest and also the culturally overwhelming Black Pot Festival, hosted by the members of Red Stick Ramblers. It’s all about boudain sausage, duck gumbo and alligator jambalaya!
In the meantime, please come along to one of our final shows in Australia with Jeremy Edwards of the great hair and smooth radio voice and the Dust Radio. This band is the cutting edge of alt country in Australia, and we have been working hard to put together this double bill at the Katoomba RSL which is unbelievably…. FREE! September 1 is the first day of spring and we will celebrate in style at Katoomba!
We are deep into festival season, and fast approaching one of the favourite folk festivals in Australia. Gleny Rae Virus and her Tamworth Playboys make their first programmed appearance at the Nash following plenty of jamming in the session bar in previous years, last year’s guest appearance at the Stock Camp stage, and the 2010 appearance of The Junes. But this won’t be Gleny Rae’s only appearance in Canberra, this Friday 30th Eucalypso play a free concert at the Eurotune Motorcycles Queanbeyan to celebrate 30 years of business. Doors open at 7pm, BYO drinks and dancing shoes!
In other news, track two off the album Beyond Horizontal has been included in this year’s Saturday Night Country compilation and was played on Robbie Buck’s new program on Radio National, The Inside Sleeve. It just goes to show that Carrot V. Bike is a common theme in suburban and rural homes! Stayed tuned for the upcoming show by USA duo Truckstop Honeymoon at the Gallipoli Club Newcastle on Saturday 14th April.
An explosion of vibrant music will hit the Caravan Music Club on Friday 10th February when Gleny Rae’s Eucalypso debuts their Caribbean big band sound.
Gleny Rae had a big year in 2011, occupying the “lefty” seat on the hugely successful SBS social experiment Go Back To Where You Came From, as well as touring southern USA with her western swing trio.
She has also been developing a solid following at home in Newcastle with an 8 piece Calypso/ska band Eucalypso, featuring a three piece horn section and her regular band maestros Dougie Bull and Roy Payne. The result is pure unadulterated danceable joy, featuring traditional songs from calypsonians Lord Kitchener, Harry Belafonte, Mighty Sparrow and the Roaring Lion. The horns dance and tease over the cheeky congas, while the lyrics play with subversive political commentary and sexual innuendo. Gleny Rae adds original material based on traditional forms with her own special brand of Aussie-calypso real life themes, such as over regulation, school yard irritations and loaned power tools.
Eucalypso will be joined on the night by Melbourne’s glam-country supergroup The Junes, featuring Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie and Chris Tabone. The Junes will shake your country peaches and serve them up with sweetened creamy vocals and tasty swing. Since the band exists within an interstate paradigm, with Gleny Rae and Dougie Bull (Newcastle), Melbourne appearances are all too infrequent. The Junes will also be performing at the 2012 Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Eucalypso + The Junes $20
Caravan Music Club: www.caravanmusic.com.au
Friday 10th February