After the success of the inaugural Coaltown Strutters Ball at the Carrington Bowling Club, we couldn’t resist the chance to do it all over again on Sunday 25th January 2015. Australia Day falls on the Monday, so we all get a full day to recover from the music, dancing and general frivolity! The 2015 line up is an absolute corker, with honkytonk kin Rob Luckey and his Lucky Bastards closing the event with a set of originals and classic country honkytonkin’ blues songs! I will be performing with my wonderful Melbourne mates Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie and Chris Tabone in The Junes, cranking out all our Golden Greats and hits from Country Con Queso! Tickets are available now for just $30, $25 if you are a concession card holder or a member of the Carrington Bowling Club. The kitchen will be open, kids under 16 are free, bowling fun on the green and cheap drinks, coffee and cakes available all day! The music kicks off at 2pm with a wonderful talented collective from the Hunter School of Performing Arts featuring Billie Bull, Leo Larrot, Aretha Williams and James Edge. Also we are very lucky to have the talented dance instructor Emma Bee at the Ball, and she will be on hand instructing, encouraging and dancing!
Tickets can be purchased here get in early as there are limited tickets and only 50 will be on sale on the day.
Happy New Year to all, and my gift to you is some great music at the delightful town of Nundle, just out of Tamworth. Running concurrently with the Tamworth Country Music Festival is the Nundle Rocks festival, featuring A Day on the Bluegrass on Thursday 22nd January, plus a number of great concerts in the historic Nundle Hall, which incidentally features a fantastic timber dance floor and great acoustics! I’m very happy to be performing there with The Junes plus Jackie Marshall on Thursday 22nd from 8pm, following the Bluegrass Pickers Competition which I will host with my Bluegrass Playboys Nigel Lever, Pete Fidler, Dougie Bull and Matilda Sommers. There have been a few things missing from Tamworth of late, so I decided to invite them to Nundle! Yes, Rob Luckey is making the trek from Tasmania and picking up the Lucky Bastards on the way to perform at the Nundle Hall on Wednesday 21st. And from the other side of the continent, Brian Kneip has gathered his Barramundi Brothers and their home made instruments to perform two nights at the Hall. Australian treasure Mic Conway will pull out his tap shoes and magic tricks for a concert at the Hall on Tuesday 20th, accompanied by Newcastle’s favourite picker Robbie Long. All the hall tickets are $20 and can be purchase online or at the door, more details on my gig calendar. Of course you can see Gleny Rae Virus and her Bluegrass Playboys at the Peel Inn Nundle, and also as part of the Day on the Bluegrass.
A flying visit to Adelaide to record at the studio of Chris Parkinson and Robyn Chalklyn of The Yearlings fame, and also to play a few gigs with Pete Fidler on guitar and dobro. First up South Coast Folk Club in Port Noarlunga with the sibling folk act The Acfields. Semaphore Music Festival welcomes us for the first time, where we share the bill with local legend Don Morrison at the famous Semaphore Workers Club. We finish up at the gorgeous Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale, right in the heart of wine country. Ah, bliss! Download poster.
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!