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MATT HANLEY TRIO

Matt Hanley is a World Class Guitarist and a soulful singer. He has been playing since age four and has toured and recorded with some Australian greats such as Brian Cadd,Troy Cassar-Daly,Gondwanaland,The Bushwackers,Jenny Morris,Grace Knight,Glen Shorrock etc. Matt has also toured Europe extensively twice with Independant Australian Country music star ‘Wayne Law’. He is currently demoing songs(Some which can be heard here) for an upcoming solo release. He is also working as a music producer on a number of projects,the most recent being with Brisbane singer songwriter ‘Tracy Vaughan’. He is on over one hundred albums as a session Guitarist and counting.He loves funky rhythm and blues,gospel,soul,pop,tex mex,rock,jazz,country and anything rootsy and stylish. He has a large band “The Maintenance Men’ and a Duo with Thierry Fossemalle(Double Bass) called’The Kooka Brothers’ and is working as session guitarist with many other acts.

DALLAS FRASCA

04/11/2011 9:30 pm

Move over pretenders, this will be a Frasca frenzy….

Dallas and her band have recently returned from New York with their second full length album in hand where they worked with Aussie / New York based producer Andy Baldwin (Bjork, Chrissie Amphlett, Living End, Kram, Cat Empire) at Rola Pola Studio’s in Brooklyn. One of the tracks off the upcoming album has been mixed by the legendary producer Tchad Blake (Black Keys, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, Gomez) in the south of France. It’s shaping up to be a big year for the Australian Underground legend and retro rocker, Dallas Frasca in 2012.

The entire album was recorded live in New York after 4 months of songwriting in OZ. Expect slabs of guitar riffage, vintage drum beats and huge all out vocals.

One very loud woman stands out musically and vocally from the rest. Independent of major labels, trends and a bullshit industry that all to often is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Dallas Frasca is a hard working independent juggernaut who, with this yet to be released album, is paving the way with her band in Australia and internationally. Watch this space. www.dallasfrasca.com

This will be Dallas’s year……

TIGHTROPE ALLEY

03/09/2011 9:00 pm

‘Texas style lightnin’ blues & boogie …..4 mindblowing musicians from Northern Rivers of New South Wales…..united to deliver an unmistakable sound of lightnin’ blues, dancin’ grooves and guitar moves. This is a hard driving rythym and boogie band… soulful, timeless and unstoppable as a musical force……with a wealth of Australian and overseas touring and recording experience amongst them…on drums is Matt, bass is Tim, vocals and guitar is Paul, guitar is Horace.

HB & THE BLACK STARS

21/06/2014 9:30 pm

With the rock resurgence over the last few years, the days of electronic bass beats and sweaty Melbourne shufflers almost seems like a lifetime ago. That appears to be a better and better thing when in these boozy mosh pit ridden times there is nothing more enjoyable than seeing a band like The Black Stars putting themselves out there with their edgy, raw and uncompromising sounds. The Byron Bay trio haven’t exactly been sitting on their laurels either after their initial EP release in 2006 described by Daniel Johns and Paul Mac as “absolutely brilliant”, Money Or Your Life is another short but very sweet release.

MICK HART

30/12/2010 9:30 pm

Australian singer/songwriter MICK HART has been touring the world for the past 10 years, playing festivals and concerts all over Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland and the USA.

Praised all over the globe by critics and fans including BEN HARPER and JEFF BUCKLEY’s ex-manager DAVE LORY, MICK has played support to BOB DYLAN, COLDPLAY, STING, VAN MORRISON, PAUL WELLER, GOMEZ, TAJ MAHAL, ZWAN, THE PRETENDERS, PAUL KELLY, JOHN BUTLER TRIO and many more.

Possessing an earthy, soulful and angelic voice, MICK’s music is a brilliant mix of rock/pop/blues/roots with MICK playing guitars, lapsteel, keyboards and harmonica and backed by an amazing band in Australia consisting of DAMIAN LEONARD (bass) and TONY CHUBB (drums).

GENERAL ELECTRYK

19/02/2011 9:30 pm

Introducing: Angus. * Drives the band as drummer and backing vocalist. * Born and bred in Australia. * Has been in the music industry for 20 years. * Also dj’s regularly, opting for styles including funk, breaks and old-school hip hop. * With a style similar to John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) he has played with funk, reggae & grunge outfits. * Is the backbone of both the duo and full band formats of the General Electryk * Ask Angus what he does for a living and he’ll reply with one word: MUSIC.   Introducing: Melanie. * Fronts the band as singer/songwriter and rhytm guitarist. * Has returned to Canada after 6 years in Australia expressing herself by busking, playing in cafes, as well as entertaining crowds up to 500 people. * Melanie’s emotional originals are instantly memorable, she writes songs both in French and in English and accredits her musical talent to her late father. * Influenced by artists such as Sarah Slean, Jill Barber, Stevie Nicks, Blue Rodeo, Portishead, Clare Bowditch and The Howling Bells. *
http://www.myspace.com/generalelectryk

PIERCE BROTHERS

Pat & Jack Pierce, an acoustic blues and roots duo based in Melbourne, have been playing around the traps long enough to have a certain feel for the stage. At twenty years old these twin brothers have been playing live for over 6 years, and have mustered a fair amount of musical instruments and influences between them. Instruments used at any one time onstage would include their guitars, djèmbè, bongos, stomp box, harmonica, and each their voices – which as identical twins, have a unique harmony and resonance. Add to these a bassist (Jason Withers), drummer (Sean Dewhurst), Cellist (Pru Warnok) and Violinist (Aurora Darby) and you’re left with an “experience somewhere between John Butler, Damien Rice and Carus Thompson” – Dylan Sloane (filmmaker).

www.myspace.com/thepiercebrothers

Marshall O’Kell

08/03/2019 10:00 pm

with leesa
Now in his 30’s and with up to 200 live gigs a year as part of his repertoire, Marshall has developed into an Aussie rocking bluesman like no other. His ever expanding list of musical accolades includes awards for the 2012 ‘Best Blues & Roots Artist’ at the Oz Music Awards. He has also been a winner of the of ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Best Male Vocal’, ‘Best Protest’ and ‘Best Blues & Roots Artist’ at the NCEIA Dolphin Awards.

Having worked his way through no less than five tour vans, an unwavering dedication to the stage and what can only be described as some time ‘off the rails’, Marshall boasts a live crowd-following that puts most working musicians to shame. He has played alongside the likes of John Butler, Ben Harper, Wolfmother, Buddy Guy, The Cat Empire, Jeff Lang, Gomez and Xavier Rudd.

Annual trips to the snow have seen him playing gigs up to seven nights a week for more than three months on end. His period of grieving in the years following ‘Birdy’ stripped him back to basics and injected a hefty dose of reality to his song-writing and musical heart and soul.

Arriving in 2015, his development as a musician is starkly evident in his fourth, yet to be titled album.
With years of playing now under his belt, Marshall has made a notable return to the music of his youth, combining his love for legendary Soul and Blues singers like Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Hat Fitz, Mavis Staples and Muddy Waters, with his undisguisable Hendrix, 70’s Woodstock sound.

The result is a deep, raw, honest, dirty blues sound that grabs you by the throat and then sooths you with a sweet honey tasting musical medicine. There are pure guts, sweat and emotion in his latest material that leave you exhausted and elated in their wake.

For those loyal followers that have watched him play over the years, the new album heralds a more honest interpretation of who this man is on the stage. His guttural energy needed capturing and canning in record form and his latest album has done that and more besides.
As with his previous recordings, Marshall enlisted the help of fellow musicians and friends ‘The Hussy Hicks’ Leesa Gentz and Julz Parker, as well as band members Nicolas Lemits, Ben Cox and Tracy Stephens in the making of the new album. He describes his time in the studio with his company as a period of “Great, soulful, natural expression with no protection and a great team to throw ideas around.” Some of the material has been ten years in the making, with additional song-writing input from his university friend and creative writing influence Matty Cummins. There’s a distinct evolution in his writing style and the obvious passion for his life, loves and ongoing social commentary is there for all to hear.

Be warned. Marshall has emerged with a new level of addictive, heart and mind altering musical energy. This guy doesn’t just make music. He’s a roaring powerhouse of a man, and this album will get under your skin, into your blood and course through you like a visceral super-high of the likes you won’t come down from easily.

 

 

RAPSKALLION

23/12/2010 9:30 pm

With fire in their bellies, and confetti in their pockets, Rapskallion have swashbuckled their way back from their European escapades, to seduce you this summer with their own brand of wild junkyard waltzes, take me tangos, rambunctious punk rock polkas and old world romance. Dressed in their tattered tails and decrepit hobo finery, the ‘Skallions are back on Australian shores and invite you to their ‘When the Wine Kicks In’ Tour. Think Tom Waits in a torn tutu, singing Edith Piaf songs through a megaphone, backed by the Muppet show band, sailing the high seas on a Spanish galleon.
With a treasure chest full of musical instruments, and a flair for the theatrical, Rapskallion have entertained audiences worldwide, with their unique concoction of vaudevillian cabaret dance tunes.
Laugh, dance, drink, and be merry, ladies and gentlemen … roll up for the show!

MINISTRY OF SOUND DJ’S – ALICE IN WONDERLAND & DJ PIP

Internationally acclaimed female DJ, Alice In Wonderland comes to Lennox with support of local Byron Bay based DJ PIP.