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Mon, 21 April 2014

Jeff Lang, Sun Rising The songs that made Memphis

Thornbury Theatre Gigs
FRIDA PEOPLE
Fri May 30
Not fitting safely into any genre, her work is a revolutionary blend of performance poetry, storytelling and social commentary. Candy’s words are spun with potency, passion, truth, and are quintessentially human, reminding us of both our frailties and tenacity and of current social affairs that bind us as global citizens.
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Sun On The Moon
Fri July 4
Join us for a soulful celebration of James Taylor’s music as ‘Sun on the Moon’, a dedicated 10 piece band of long time JT fans, perform the songs of this iconic, 5 time Grammy award winning, singer-songwriter and guitarist. As musicians we rarely get the opportunity to play these great JT tunes on gigs, so we decided to create a band whose sole (soul?) purpose was to do just that. James Taylor has enriched our lives musically for over 3 decades and has proven to be impervious to the vagaries of musical trends.
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Jeff Lang album Launch
Sat July 5
“In a world where music is diluted by money and plasticine, give thanks that Jeff Lang is out there… He paints pictures in sound.” Beat Magazine

“Jeff Lang is one of those people who has music dripping from his fingers.”
Courier Mail - Brisbane, Australia

“He explores sonorities as eclectic as they are stunning…Lang’s only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path.”
Le Soleil - Quebec, Canada

“Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation’s finest.
He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation…”
John Butler, John Butler Trio

“We’re treated to moody atmospheric textures, ripping electric lap-steel riffs, delicate acoustic picking, trippy backwards leads, oddball percussion, throbbing tremolo, and unconventional lyrics – all of which Lang blends like some crazed sonic alchemist. “
Andy Ellis, Guitar Player Magazine, USA

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Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis
Sat October 4

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Rufus Thomas Jnr, Howlin’ Wolf and many more… all had one thing in common. They all launched their careers at the famous Sun Records in Memphis.

You’re promised an unforgettable night as ‘Sun Rising- The Songs That Made Memphis’, brilliantly relive the amazing music and classic stories of Suns early years. Paying homage to both the artists and Suns owner/producer, Sam Phillips, this critically acclaimed show has been selling out across the country leaving audiences yelling for more!
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ADRIAN EDMONDSON AND THE BAD SHEPHERDS
Nahko and Medicine For The People
Date:Sun April 27 2014

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Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds
Fri April 18

ADRIAN EDMONDSON’S celebrated folk-punk outfit THE BAD SHEPHERDS return to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, “MUD, BLOOD & BEER”. After the rapturously received 2013 tour, Adrian (Vyv from the Young Ones/Bottom/Bad News), along with old comrade Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and new recruit Terl Bryant (percussionist for John Paul Jones and Peter Murphy), hits the road nationally for 12 dates in April.Mud, Blood and Beer is another beautifully crafted album of classic punk and alternative songs loving reimagined by The Bad Shepherds in their distinctive folk style. Featuring re-workings of classics such as Madness’ Our House, The Jam’s Going Underground and a fabulous rendition of No More Heroes by The Stranglers, this is by far the most accomplished and diverse Bad Shepherds album to date.
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ADRIAN EDMONDSON’S celebrated folk-punk outfit THE BAD SHEPHERDS return to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, “MUD, BLOOD & BEER”. After the rapturously received 2013 tour, Adrian (Vyv from the Young Ones/Bottom/Bad News), along with old comrade Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and new recruit Terl Bryant (percussionist for John Paul Jones and Peter Murphy), hits the road nationally for 12 dates in April.
Mud, Blood and Beer is another beautifully crafted album of classic punk and alternative songs loving reimagined by The Bad Shepherds in their distinctive folk style. Featuring re-workings of classics such as Madness’ Our House, The Jam’s Going Underground and a fabulous rendition of No More Heroes by The Stranglers, this is by far the most accomplished and diverse Bad Shepherds album to date.

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Seth Lakeman with special guest Carus Thompson
Saturday April 19
Virtuoso fiddler & multi-instrumentalist, Seth Lakeman will be returning to our shores in 2014. His undeniably compelling and energetic performances captured audiences around Australia over the last 2 years.Things move quickly for Seth, his second album, “Kitty Jay”, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2005, and his follow up album “Freedom Fields” went gold and saw him branded the ‘Poster Boy of Folk’ (much to his exasperation). But there’s so much more to his music than the ‘poster boy’ tag allows. For his latest album, “Tales from the Barrel House”, Seth has not only written all the songs for this album, but played every musical contribution himself as well as producing and mixing it in its entirety.With 6 albums under his belt, “Tales from the Barrel House” underlines Seth’s innate knack for writing both foot-stomping, sing-along songs and more tender, thoughtful ballads. His playing is breathtaking and Seth’s trademark, soaring vocals are at the forefront of this album, as beguiling and haunting as ever. As well as the cello, banjo, guitars, bouzouki and viola, there are the unusual sound effects on this album of a Salvation Army drum, clanking chains, an anvil, bellows and a railway track being thumped.
Credited with bringing his own brand of indie-folk to a whole new audience, Devon born Seth Lakeman’s talent is undeniable onstage. His charisma and energy will entrance and enthral his growing army of present-day fans and undoubtedly captivate lovers of heartfelt music. The celebrated folk singer-songwriter and virtuoso fiddler will be returning to Australia with his seventh album in tow Word of Mouth set for release in February this year.
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Damian Howard CD Launch ‘Once in a While’ with ‘The Band of Brothers’
Thu April 24
Damian Howard is probably best known as front man and songwriter for The Ploughboys and has recently been forging a solo career both here in Australia, throughout Europe and the USA. Damian’s songwriting includes takes on life, Australian history and narrative streams.
On stage Damian returns back ‘home’ to the Thornbury Theatre with his band ‘The Band of Brothers’ featuring Lee Morgan, James Rust, Declan O’Neil and Jon Emry plus special guests to launch his new album release ‘Once in a While’.
Join Damian, the Band of Brothers and special guests including Ed Bates (Pedal Steel), Peter Fidler (Dobro), Marcia Howard (Vocals), Rose Bygrave (Vocals), Anthony O’Neill (Mandolin/ Fiddle), Richard Tankard (Keys), Kathy Mikklesen (Vocals) and more for this special night on ANZAC Day eve.

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