Australian Trilogy – Tribute to Midnight Oil / Crowded House / Hoodoo Gurus

The Australian Trilogy Show comes to The Brass Monkey in Cronulla for a special upclose and intimate performance featuring the best of three iconic artists. Oils – Crowdies – Gurus.. all the hits and some for the diehard purists as well. This blistering tribute performed by incredible musicians …
you don’t want to miss this one!

Australian Trilogy – Tribute to Midnight Oil / Crowed House / Hoodoo Gurus

The Linda Ronstadt Songbook

Linda Ronstadt is a name familiar with many and one that spans many genres. She is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Celebrating 40 years since she first toured Australia in February 1979 at the time when her “Living In the USA” album was riding high, Linda charmed audiences for the first time at Perth’s Subiaco Oval before selling out around the country including the iconic MCG.

Linda’s voice and naive sex appeal have sold her in excess of 100 million records globally. She has released over 30 studio albums, is the winner of 11 Grammys, three American Music Awards and one Emmy Award. She charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles and has collaborated with artists in diverse genres including – Bette Midler, Frank Zappa, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Paul Simon and Johnny Cash.

In 2019, acclaimed singer/songwriter, Bloom, brings the music of Linda Ronstadt to life with an incredible band featuring some of Australia’s most respected musicians. Expect to hear tracks that made up the 1979 tour set list including timeless hits as Blue Bayou, When Will I Be Loved, It’s So Easy, When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, That’ll Be The Day, Just One Look, Back In The U.S.A, Poor Poor Pitiful Me and many more. Constantly feeling she was born in to the wrong generation, for Bloom, this tour is as personal as it gets.

Bloom has a feverish connection with the decades of the 60’s and 70’s and has a strong urge to bring Linda Ronstadt and the music that is her legacy to the future generations, embracing and reinvigorating Linda’s rich musical history and the architecture she has left on the music industry.

Bloom has had heads turning and has been gaining International critical acclaim with her effortless soulful vocal resonance of power vocalists Adele and Amy Winehouse with her Adele & Amy Songbook tour.

She has been described as “one of Australia’s finest vocalists” and Six-Time Golden Guitar Award Winning singer/songwriter Melinda Schneider describing her as “the next generation of amazing vocalists!” As Linda did to Australian audiences in 1979, come and be charmed by the Australian vocal powerhouse that is Bloom and celebrate all that is Linda Ronstadt.

Fables -The Songs of R.E.M

Fables -The Songs of R.E.M – A Live Tribute to R.E.M Performing hits & rarities. From Chronic Town & the IRS Years to Document, Murmur, Fables of the Reconstruction, Green, Out of Time, New Adventures in Hi Fi, Automatic for the People, Monster & more.

Monterey Pop Festival: The Summer of Love ..

Monterey Pop Festival: The Summer of Love .. the festival that started it all
Celebrating the music of one of the biggest festivals in the 60′s, Damien Lovelock has put together the best and most influential songs from the bands of the era that had the greatest impact on the Festival. The Monterey Pop Festivals was a 3 day concert held on the 16th June to the 18th June in 1967. The 7000 capacity was eclipsed threefold, as the Festival took off and became a huge watershed for the counter culture just like Woodstock that happened 2 years later. The festival is remembered for appearances from Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Mammas and Pappas, Jefferson Airplane and many more. The festival became known as having sown the seeds of the Summer Of Love which would make a historical mark for more generations.

Presented by Damien Lovelock
Featuring:
Damien Lovelock (vocals)
Amanda Easton (vocals)
Floyd Vincent (guitar & vocals)
Steve Bull (bass)
Lloyd G (Drums)
Tim Wedde (Keys)

Setlist:
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze, Stone Free,Highway Chile
Janis Joplin – Ball & Chain, Piece of My Heart
Mammas & Pappas – California Dreaming, Go Where You want to Go
Eric Burdon & The Animals – Monterey, When I Was Young
The Byrds – 8 Mile High, So You want to be a rock n roll Star
Laura Nyro – Wdding Bell Blues, Save the Country
The Who Magic Bus, Substitute
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit, Sombody to Love
Canned Heat – Rollin and Tumblin, On the Road Again
Otis Redding – Shake
Booker T – Green Onions
Johnny Rivers – Secret Agent Man
and more to announced….

Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA)

Born 1963, USA. Raised in Texas and Louisiana, while still a small child Bridges performed on stage with his father, guitarist Slim Hideaway Bridges. Briefly forsaking the guitar, he joined his brothers to form a gospel group, the Bridges Brothers, and he also sang with the choir of his local church. He continued to perform both sacred and secular music, the latter with his own R&B band, the Five Stars. In his mid-teens Bridges served in the US Air Force and in his late teens, military service now behind him, he sang and played in the New Chosen Singers and then the Mighty Clouds Of Joy.

A later group was the Eugene Hideaway Bridges Band, with which he toured nationally from his Houston, Texas home base. He also visited Europe as a solo act, playing in France and the UK where he became popular first with the Memphis Blues caravan and later in his own right, becoming highly rated in blues magazine polls in both countries. It was a UK company, Armadillo Records, that saw Bridges potential and signed him in 2000.

In addition to touring Europe, Bridges also visited Australia and New Zealand where he attracted enthusiastic audiences. A vibrant and enthusiastic singer and guitarist, Bridges brings fire and intensity to contemporary blues, which he laces with hints of his gospel singing past.

Vince Jones

Australia’s leading jazz vocalist, Vince Jones, is also a remarkable interpreter and composer of songs in a contemporary jazz style – a style that appeals equally to listeners and his musical peers. As a vocalist he resists showing off technique to the detriment of feel – he’s confident in his musical literacy and sings like there’s nothing to prove. It’s a refreshing approach that gives us, the audience, the chance to be really moved. Vince Jones also plays trumpet and over the years his style has developed a distinctive reserve and subtlety – he plays a little less and draws a good deal more from it than he did in earlier days. A brief, thoughtful solo from Vince is worth a hundred notes played with less discretion.

Born in Glasgow, Vince and his family came to live in Australia when he was 11 years old. He grew up in Wollongong, NSW, listening to his musician father’s collection of great jazz albums, and the feel, style and essence of the music became a natural part of Vince’s world. Starting his jazz performance journey as a bebop trumpet player, the young man had no idea that in 10 years, then 20 years – his superb voice would touch the hearts and minds of many listeners – in Australia and beyond. At 20, Vince began playing the club circuit in Melbourne. He was drawn to R&B music – a genre in which the emotive force of the voice is matched by technical and improvising skills. To a young man steeped in jazz and blessed with a good voice – it was natural to meld these elements together and so began the evolution of Australia’s great jazz vocalist.

Vince’s first album Watch What Happens, released in 1981, was a quiet, strong statement – showcasing his vocal and songwriting talent in tandem with stylish accompaniment. A loyal following developed and with each album and tour the Australian audience grew. Though never a mainstream artist, Vince Jones was actually very popular – demonstrated through album sales figures and audience numbers. Other more media-hungry performers may have filled the column inches and airwaves – but Jones was selling more records and tickets in the atmospheric venues and certainly making people listen and think. The second album, Spell, came out in 1983, followed by a new album each year until It All Ends in Tears in 1988. Five more albums were produced from 1992 until 1999’s Live recorded at the Basement in Sydney. Through the 1990s Vince Jones and his band found success on the European circuit making an impression on reviewers, audiences and promoters. They played to packed houses in Germany, London, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands including the major festivals – the North Sea, Montreux, Aarhus – and a range of more intimate venues.

Similar success has been found in the USA in recent years. Jones uses his voice as an expressive instrument and the lyric as a vehicle for story and comment – a balance found in the roots of jazz. It comes from the blues of the Afro-Americans and the melodies of the Celtic folk tradition and the heart of Vince Jones’ work is in that intersection. He has retained complete independence in the production and repertoire of his albums despite that in Australia they’re marketed through major labels. The songs he chooses – written by him or by others – always make an original, personal statement. Like the best in jazz and improvising styles – the moment of creativity occurs at the point of execution as much as it does at the time of the original composition, and Vince Jones walks this line with finesse and respect. Jones’ dedication to his music is equalled by his passion for the health of Australia’s environment.

This is what drives Vince Jones – his love of the bush, like his love of music, includes the challenging bits alongside the easy, beautiful bits. So his perspective is humble, humanistic and not afraid to speak out. These days he has returned to the South Coast of NSW and when not performing and recording he’ll be putting time into conservation and human freedom issues he believes in – including local problems such as the slipping of the Illawarra escarpment. In late 1999, Vince’s twelfth CD – ‘Vince Jones Live‘ – was released. Recorded at The Basement in Sydney where he has performed for a number of years, the album has been well received: “The sonic quality here is remarkable for a live album . . . it’s a mystery that Jones isn’t a household name.” Rolling Stone “Vince Jones is living proof that independence is not about genres …. He’s a soulful survivor, with a voice as cool as a long G&T and a repertoire that balances jazz, rock and soul.” Beat Magazine ” Backed by a first-rate band (Sam Keevers, James Muller, Adam Armstrong and Simon Barker) he offers tried-and-true originals alongside songs borrowed from sources as diverse as Leonard Cohen (‘Hallelujah’), Aretha Franklin and Pete Seeger. Jones sings with undeniable sincerity…..” The Bulletin – January, 2000

Skyhooks Legend: Bob ’Bongo’ Starkie ‘Skyhooks Show’

BOB ’BONGO’ STARKIE SKYHOOKS LEGEND GUITARIST Presents Bob ’Bongo’ Starkie ‘Skyhooks Show’ (all the Hits with a smattering of rarities that need to be heard) Bob ‘Bongo’ Starkie, guitarist with the legendary skyhooks performs the classic songs in a personal celebration of one of Australia’s most beloved bands. Skyhooks helped change the face of rock n roll in the 1970s with 15 Number 1 and Top 10 singles to their credit, as well as two of the country’s biggest selling albums of all time, Living in the 70s and Ego is Not A Dirty Word, Both produced by Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool).

Skyhooks have been described as ‘giving the Australian music industry the enema it needed’ when in 1974 they smashed onto the scene wearing outrageous costumes and make-up. Their debut album Living in the 70s went on to sell over 300’000 albums & was followed a year later with Ego is Not A Dirty Word .it wasn’t long before the band’s five members were celebrities – Shirley, the enigmatic curly-haired lead-singer, guitarist Red Symons, guitarist Bob Starkie, bassist and songwriter Greg Macainsh and drummer Fred Strauks. They released killer singles including Horror Movie, Ego (Is Not A Dirty Word), Women In Uniform and Jukebox in Siberia, and still receive high rotation radio play 40 years after first entering the charts. Skyhooks were inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame and ceased touring together after the death of lead singer Shirley in 2001. To celebrate these iconic records, Bob’Bongo’Starkie has pulled together an all star Band with some of the best musicians in the business, Featuring

BOB ‘BONGO’ STARKIEGUITAR / VOCALS (SKYHOOKS)
LISA EDWARDS – VOCALS(FARNHAM)
STEVE WILLIAMS – SAX/HARP//VOCALS (FARNHAM)
SEAN MCLEOD – DRUMS (TAXI RIDE)
MICHAEL CRISTIANO – GUITAR / VOCALS
KIM MAY – BASS

Hat Fitz & Cara

Hat Fitz and Cara can in no way be mistaken for a dainty duo. They are festival favourites throughout Canada, Australia, Europe, and the UK and it has been said they pack more energy into one song than most have in an entire career. A unique combination of hill-style Gospel blues with old timey flavourings and stripped down to just voices, guitar and vintage drums, Hat Fitz & Cara embellish impeccable rootsy originals with soulful vocals reminiscent of a time once forgotten. Launching their fourth album, ‘After The Rain’ is a unique vintage sound that these two have created themselves yet it is packed with a modern punch that cannot be denied once seen live. This was recorded by the Govinda Doyle who was behind the No. 1 Big Jet Plane by Angus & Julia Stone. Mastered by Graham Durham Exchange Studios who has worked with the likes of Grace Jones, Sea Sick Steve, Groove Armada and many more.

“This album shows this couple at the peak of their creative powers – soaring soul vocals, visceral blues guitar, unexpected quiet, and sudden changes in feel and tempo. A masterful blend of roar and nuance”. (ABC RN) **** Rhythms Mag (Aus) **** Get Ready To Rock (UK) Standing at No. 3 in the Indie Irish charts is Sharon Shannon’s album ‘Sacred Earth’ featuring Fitzy on Guitar with Buddy Guy, Co Written by Cara Robinson on track “Let’s Go” http://www.irishmusicmagazine.com/2017/02/13/%E2%80%9Clet%E2%80%99s-go%E2%80%9D-with-sharon-shannon/ 

Hat Fitz & Cara also made the semi finals from 10,000 down to under a thousand for their song “Running Man” in the International Song Competition. https://www.songwritingcompetition.com/semi-finalists.html Hat Fitz and Cara are a striking pair who seldom fail to deliver an electric live performance on stage. Their original compositions are seeped in Folk and Blues with an authentic Gospel sound as if written from a time once forgotten.
Winners of Blues album of the year 2013 in the Australian Chain awards and UK Spiral Earth.
2015 Best Vocal of year Chain Awards. Semi Finalists in USA Memphis International Blues Challenge 2015. 

Monsieur Camembert

Monsieur Camembert make their long awaited return to Brass Monkey!
With sensitivity, virtuosity, & extraordinary energy, 3x ARIA-winning Monsieur Camembert brilliantly weaves Gypsy music with other World Music styles, to create a truly original and intoxicating blend. From Russian Gypsy songs, to tango and klezmer, from Gypsy swing to Latin grooves.

“…they pick you up & carry you on a wave of energy, excitement & poignancy that never relents! The band play with such cohesion, energy & abandon that I experienced an emotion so foreign I barely recognised it: elation.” (John Shand, SMH)

Steely Dan & The Best of the West Coast – Featuring The Kites + JamNation

Steely Dan are without doubt one of the seminal bands of the 70′s and 80′s.
The music of Steely Dan crosses many musical boundaries. From their jazzy horn lines and smooth vocals, to rock guitar licks and funky grooves, their appeal is wide ranging. With an array of classic songs that ease you into your seat, and upbeat tunes that get you dancing, Steely Dan’s repertoire has an impact on everyone. This show incorporates the best of Steely Dan plus songs from their West Coast friends and contemporaries – Boz Scaggs, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Michael McDonald, Hall and Oats, Robert Palmer.. the list goes on

The Kites formed in the late 70′s and with their 10 year residency at the Grand National In Paddington became known principally for their interpretation of Steely Dan songs. Now the Kites are back presenting a night of West Coast music guaranteed to have everyone on their feet
For lovers of Steely Dan this show is a must
Book now…