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Wed 22 Oct – The Hump @ Camelot Lounge: DAVE EASTGATE

large_Eastgate_Headshot_Laugh_2ARE YOU READY TO ROCK? This week’s headliner DAVE EASTGATE is a true ROCK AND  ROLL COMEDIAN! He is a hugely accomplished performer, having grown up in Port Moresby, been the frontman of a top ten Japanese punk band, and now as one of Australia’s favourite acts. He has appeared on stage with Robin Williams, has supported Arj Barker, Jim Jefferies, and Ross Noble, and appeared on ‘A Moody Christmas’, ‘Review with Myles Barlow’, ‘It’s a Date’, ‘Ready Steady Cook’, ‘The X Factor Australia’ and many more. “Dazzlingly inventive … stunningly nuanced and unbelievably elastic… has the audience gasping for air between deep belly laughs with his signature blend of stand-up comedy, live music parodies and film …” (Time Off Magazine)

 

$15 – tickets available on the door, 7pm Doors/ 8pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO


Wed 22 Oct @ Django Bar  – GYPSY ART CLUB Life-drawing Session

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Fans of life-drawing (with live-music) will be delighted to know that…

THE GYPSY ART CLUB is back!!
Life-drawing session with evocative live music – it’s the place to be on WEDNESDAYS in Sydney! And..only $10 admission!! So bring your easels, sketch pads etc for a night of music andart, pizzas and cocktails, in an inspiring and eclectic atmosphere!
Happy Hour in Django bar between 6 and 7pm

Nude model and musician doing 2×45 minute sessions between 8 and 10pm – and only $10 admission!

 



Thu 23 Oct – CARAVAN SLAM

IMG_0242Slam. It’s a fairly violent verb. But when teamed with the flowery noun poetry, it takes on a whole new meaning.
The Caravan Poetry Slam brings together around 20 local poets, a panel of judges, and a room full of what they hope to be, “open hearts instead of roses, open minds instead of rotten tomatoes.” Anyone can sign up and sacrifice their three-minute slam to the open space. Each poem will be scored and then the top three poets compete in a finalist round to decide the winner. Interactivity is integral, with other elements of ‘Emergency Art’ integrated into the night in the form of written confessionals and ‘coughed up’ soapbox-style Emergency Slams.

Admission is just $5, Tickets available at the door | Doors 7pm, starts 8pm
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

 



Thur 23 Oct @ Django Bar – JEP and DEP (Album Launch) + JAMIE HUTCHINGS & PETER FENTON + DE’MAY

Highres2Jep and Dep are Jessica Cassar and Darren Cross (Gerling/Darren Cross Solo) a folk-noir, country twanged duo from Sydney.  In October they will be launching their debut album WORD GOT OUT at Django Bar supported by the newly formed duo Jamie Hutchings/Peter Fenton as well as folky songstress De’May.

Jep and Dep will showcase the album with a live performance true to their dark, dramatic and romantic sound; reminisent of great duos like Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra and even a bit of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue.

Jep and Dep’s sound harks back to the way songs were recorded in the 60’s with a focus on the song and nothing but the song. Their lyrics are tender and soulful with melodies and performances to match. Jessica’s etherial voice mixed with Darren’s gravely tone makes a sound that is distinctly Jep and Dep.  This year the duo have supported music legends ranging from Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Mia Dyson, Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett, Lindi Ortega and Kristin Hersh as well as playing every folkie-hole in the wall from Tasmania to Berlin.

“..with a sound that might cast them serenading in a saloon in a David Lynch film” -Chris Familton (Post To Wire/ The Music)

“..Jep and Dep are a duo that will melt your heart like a mashmellow at a campfire” -Courtney Barnett in NME magazine.

$10  | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 8pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Fri 24 Oct – BAKOOMBA

Bakoomba promo poster for FB“BAKOOMBA” – 10 piece Afro-fusion band –  Hot Afrobeats, Skanking Reggae, Bass-Slapping Funk, Cool Jazz and Raw Percussion that create a fusion of intoxicating,
dance-inducing and utterly infectious music – all lead by the dynamic Fode Mane from Senegal.

Bakoomba consists of a driving rhythm section, slick horns, sassy female vocals and some traditional African percussion – feel the fire of Bakoomba – guaranteed to ignite any dance
floor – vibrant, infectious and energetic…….

“Bakoomba opened for King Tide at The Small Ball Room in Newcastle and lit the room up with a powerful, vitally dynamic sound. The fusion and mix of genre was
achieved with grace and respect to the diverse mix of styles that the band dips into. All this was achieved with finesse and consummate
musicianship – giving their all and by doing so, creating an engrossing and entertaining show but above all they were a pleasure to have opened for us being a truly
professional outfit.”

Tony Hughes – King Tide.

“Bakoomba is VA VA VA VOOMBA !!!! An energetic, colourful and culturally spectacular show that had our audience moving ,grooving and
smiling through the whole show!!”

Brian Lizotte – Lizottes

“Bakoomba turned The Great Northern Hotel into THE party venue! Along with their vibrant and energetic stage show they brought in an amazing crowd who
couldn’t help but smile and dance throughout the night. I can highly recommend Bakoomba as an Afro-fusion force that will lift
the roof off any venue and get the party cooking.”
The Great Northern Hotel

$20 | 7.30pm, show 9.00pm
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Fri 24 Oct @ Django Bar –  LOLO LOVINA

LL5-0253Lolo Lovina draw influences from their Balkan Gypsy ancestors, from Gypsy swing jazz, Tango & much more! The band features Hungarian Romani-Gypsy Singer Sarah Bedak, Serbian Romani-Gypsy Guitarist , Albanian Romani-Gypsy clarinet & Saxophinist Orget Sadiku and Macedonian maestro Piano Accordionist Marjan Nedeski. Highlights include Opera House 40th Anniversary concert in the Forecourt, Live En Aout New Caledonia and Guca Trumpet Festival Serbia. http://www.lololovina.wordpress.com & http://www.lolothegypsycaravanstage.com

$20  | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 9pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Sat 25 Oct – DON WALKER + TONI SWAIN

DON WALKER - IMG 1Tango night, Norton St., Ashfield.  Black tie.  Masque.  In the penultimate tanda of the evening the dancers hang on for the weary pause till the bandoneon comes keening in again.  This is old Sydney.  The ghost of Johnny Garfield haunts the side-stage shadows.  Down in the car-park, under a supermoon, the Suave Fucks are soft on the radio, and Don Walker sings “Baby, We’ll Be, The Perfect Crime.”
Don Walker and his band will return live in October and November showcasing their new single, ‘The Perfect Crime’, and other songs from the acclaimed album Hully Gully.

Walker has few peers, if any, in illuminating the darker underbelly of the Australian psyche, whether he’s performing with Cold Chisel, Tex, Don and Charlie or solo. Young girls, angry women, luck-chasers, grader drivers, phone-sex tycoons, identity thieves and switchers, heartbroken prodigals who don’t smell good and anyone who just wants to throw the afternoon away on a game of pool – they’re all still there.

“I’ve gone on record as proclaiming Walker’s previous two solo albums, We’re All Gunna Die and Cutting Back, as classics. Hully Gully makes it a trifecta.” – Rhythms Magazine 2013

“It’s a delight…Everything here is a gem.” – The Australian 2013

“The songs on this record are amongst his finest and this is a continually rewarding collection, unified and confident in its worth.” – addictedtonoise.com.au 2013

“He is among the best – the most Australian – of songwriters.” – The Music 2013

“Few performers in Australia can match Toni Swain…her musicianship and stage presence is awesome enough; then, there’s her voice which reaches right in and grabs you by the heart and soul. Her sets are built around solid rhythms that rollick and sway while the songs provide a distinctive spotlight on everyday life. She is that good, she makes it look easy.”
Bones Mackinnon
‘The Shed’, Maryknoll
The Swamp Dog Show – 3SER, 97.7FM

$25 pre, $30 on the door | 7.30pm, show 9.00pm
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Sat 25 Oct @ Django Bar – SPECTRUM + HEY GRINGO

MDR Spectrum B&W lg 300dpiFor some unfathomable reason Spectrum hasn’t played in Sydney for an awfully long time, to the point that some of our audience might not be aware that Spectrum still exists. Mind you, Facebook fairly exploded when Bill Putt, my musical buddy for forty-four years,  died suddenly in August of last year and a crowd of 1500 from all points round Australia turned up to his memorial, so clearly a lot of people still remember Spectrum with some fondness.
Despite not playing in Sydney of late, Spectrum has been constantly treading the musical highways and by-ways round Oz and further afield since I’ll Be Gone (Someday I’ll have money) reached the No. 1 position on the charts back in 1971. (Remember charts?) Along the way there’ve been personnel and name changes, but we’ve been called Spectrum again since the late nineties and I’m comfortable with that.
So, what does the Spectrum of today look, and perhaps more importantly, sound like in 2014? Well, today’s Spectrum still sounds like a band, mostly because, apart from newbie Broc O’Connor who took over Bill’s role on bass, drummer Peter ‘Robbo’ Robertson and keyboardist Daryl Roberts have been playing with me since the nineties, so on-stage the band can anticipate and adjust empathetically just like the Spectrum of old.
And, of course, we still play vintage Spectrum songs like I’ll Be Gone, Going Home, Launching Place Part 2, Make Your Stash, and Fly Without its Wings, plus Indelible Murtceps’ songs like We Are Indelible and Some Good Advice as well as Ariel songs like Jamaican Farewell, Red Hot Momma and Hard Way To Go.
Apart from the ‘70s repertoire we also play a selection of more contemporary Mike Rudd songs written in the intervening thirty or so years – and when the mood takes us we’ll play some blues tunes in our Spectrum Plays the Blues alter ego.

Spectrum’s keyboardist Daryl Roberts has a band of his own called Hey Gringo and they’re touring NSW simultaneously to Spectrum, so it’s a natural pairing to have the Gringos playing a support role for Spectrum’s one-off Sydney show. Alongside Daryl are Dean Haitani on guitar and drummer Ivan Frost. You can look forward to boogie piano, hot sax, steamy harmonica and quirky guitar over a layer of irresistible rockin’ roots and rhythm.

$20 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, show 9pm
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Sunday 26 Oct – FRIENDS OF KIM SANDERS

kim sanders camelot loungeFriends of Kim Sanders Band (FoKS), are joining together on October 26, 11 months from his death, to play Kim’s compositions, and an old favourite or two. Kim’s compositions fuse elements from Balkan, West African, and Middle-Eastern folk musics, jazz, and Indian and Turkish Classical, creating a new music that has its own voice. Then the musicians spin a hypnotic web of exotic sounds and collective improvisation. Sandy Evans and Llew Kiek will lead you into this night of bent grooves, trancin’ and wild honking. Percussionist Peter Kennard and bassist Steve Elphick will drive the compelling and sometimes convoluted rhythms. Special extras will include Boyd of the large vulgar saxophones.

$24/$20 | 6.30pm, 7.30pm Show
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)
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 Sun 26 Oct @ Django Bar – SO WE MEET AGAIN MY HEARTACHE.. featuring Lisa Schouw, Penelope Wells, Peter Bailey and Robin Gist with special guests Catherine O’Connor and more….

Heartache Poster 1Over two wintry Sunday nights in October, four friends meet to talk and play music about heartache, longing, life and love.  As they share their stories from the past and the future, they discover that “to feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life”  (Pablo Neruda).Join twice Aria award nominees Lisa Schouw and Robin Gist (Girl Overboard), their friends Penelope Wells, Catherine O’Connor, and musical director Peter Bailey at the Django Bar for a night of song, laughter, tears, and stories.  Music from songwriters Melody Gardot, Arlen and Mercer, Harry Nilsson, Joni Mitchell and Tim Finn, along with new original songs by Gist and Schouw, will warm you up from inside and ease your aching hearts.“ … in a voice like dark chocolate, Schouw wrapped vulnerability around a core of steel.”  John Shand, Sydney Morning HeraldThank you so much for such a magical performance last night.  I was transported to a wonderful place!  Lisa, sometimes I looked at you and wondered where the hell that voice was coming from.  There was a quality to it that was sublime and Peter, you are just a wonderful performer….touching the chords of the heart at the same time as the black and white keys. – Ella James 2UE LIFE, LIVE IT UP! TV Presenter“so I wait for you like a lonely house till you will see me again and live in me. Till then my windows ache.”Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
$20  | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 7.30pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Wed 29 Oct – The Hump @ Camelot Lounge: BART FREEBAIRN + MATTY B

Bart Oct 29BART FREEBAIRN is one of the nicest, loopiest comics you could ever hope to meet under a rainbow. He has a playful, confident and charming style, and a wide-eyed wonder about the world that is hard to find infectious. The Age calls him ‘a joy to watch’. MCing the night is the Philosopical Bogan himself, Matty B, who has forged a reputation on the Australian comedy scene as a great joke writer whose dry delivery counter balances a sharp wit, delivered in a relaxed meander. US Comedy Legend Eddie Ifft has said “watching Matty B is like being really high – you laugh uncontrollably but have no idea why.”

 

$15 – tickets available on the door, 7pm Doors/ 8pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO


Wed 29 Oct @ Django Bar  – GYPSY ART CLUB Life-drawing Session

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Fans of life-drawing (with live-music) will be delighted to know that…

THE GYPSY ART CLUB is back!!
Life-drawing session with evocative live music – it’s the place to be on WEDNESDAYS in Sydney! And..only $10 admission!! So bring your easels, sketch pads etc for a night of music andart, pizzas and cocktails, in an inspiring and eclectic atmosphere!
Happy Hour in Django bar between 6 and 7pm

Nude model and musician doing 2×45 minute sessions between 8 and 10pm – and only $10 admission!

 



Thu 30 Oct – PAULINE MURRAY (UK) + PEL MEL – ALMOST UNPLUGGED

paulinemurrayFrom north-east England, Pauline Murray is much loved in her home country for powerful, crystal-clear vocals and an impeccable songwriting repertoire stretching back 37 years. Murray’s early influences were David Bowie, New York Dolls and Sex Pistols yet Wikipedia also cites synthpop, ambient and electronic among her genres. A truly intriguing artist, this will be Murray’s first-ever Australian performance.
Pel Mel started out in Newcastle in 1979, making their own post-punk fun at the Grand Hotel in reaction against the town’s plethora of tired 1970s cover bands. The band soon moved to Sydney, where it became part of the post-punk inner-city music scene centred around venues such as the Rock Garden and the Trade Union Club. pel mel appeared with bands such as The Reels, Mental as Anything and The Birthday Party, as well as international acts such as Elvis Costello, New Order and The Fall. The band’s first single was ‘No Word from China’, a slice of dark but danceable post-punk pop featuring haunting vocals that became a JJJ hit. Other releases included singles ‘Head Above Water’ and ‘Pandemonium’ and albums Out of Reason and Persuasion.
Pel Mel – Almost Unplugged is three key original members – singer-guitarist Graeme Dunne, and McGee sisters Jane (guitar) and Jude (vocals, synth and sax) – performing a selection of the bands distinctive, edgy post-punk pop, including some early rough-hewn gems, most of which never made it onto vinyl.

$35 | 7pm, 8pm Show
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)
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Thu 30 Oct @ Django Bar – ATMA BLU

ATMA BLU PICDon’t miss your last chance to see ATMA BLU this year!ATMA BLU is the newest project by drummer, percussionist and composer, Chris Fields, featuring original compositions and improvisations which explore the traditions of India, Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas. Since it’s formation last year, ATMA BLU is fast emerging as one of Sydney’s most interesting creative ensembles.Chris is joined by internationally renowned saxophonist and composer, Sandy Evans; jazz guitar virtuoso and composer, Jeremy Sawkins; ARIA award winning bassist and composer, Michael Galeazzi the incomparable James Greening on trombone, & Afghani Tabla wizard Yama Sarshar on tabla & dholak.
$15/$10  | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 8pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Fri 31 Oct – Balkan/Gypsy/World party with MARSALA!

marsala_vladFollowing a string of sell out shows, Marsala are back at Camelot for another huge party! Marsala covers some of the best music from Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Zimbabwe…They do Gypsy Music, Tango, Salsa, Samba, the African Township thing, French Rap, Italian Jazz, Tom Waits songs, Russian Folk songs… anything to make audiences feel passionately and dance beautifully. They create passion and romance where ever they go. Audiences can’t help but dance and fall in love with each other’s traditions.Marsala is more of an institution than a band. It brings together the life work and study of some outstanding musicians. They bring together knowledge and understanding of various traditions and continue to explore and present ‘the world’ in music.
Some of the incredible featured musicians in Marsala include…
Vladimir Khusid (pictured) grew up in Azerbaijan and studied trumpet under the rigors of communism. He worked as a trumpet player for all of his early life. He left the USSR during the cold war and the price he paid for taking his family to the west was to have his trumpet, [his lively hood] confiscated at the airport as they were leaving. He worked in a bread shop in Sydney until he could buy an instrument, learned English and is now one of Sydney’s most respected and well rounded trumpet players. His maturity, wisdom and astonishing playing brings worlds of experience in classical, jazz and traditional Eastern European musical traditions.

$25 | 7.30pm, show 9.00pm
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

 

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Fri 31 Oct @ Django Bar – TINA HARROD’S ‘ELECTRIC’ + TONI SWAIN

TINA HARROD AUG 2013_181_Credit photo Paul Santelmann_HIA double bill that will make you weep tears of joy. Multi-award winning vocalist Tina Harrod with her amazing 6 pce band  ‘Electric’ featuring Evan Mannell on drums, Alex Hewitson bass, Arne Hanna Guitar, Gavin Ahearn keys, Ben Kidson percussion and Virna Sanzone on bv’s will play music from her critically acclaimed latest album ‘The Revolution is Eternal’ at the Django bar on Fri Oct 31..

…”What a woman – what an upright, down-home, open mouthed powerhouse of a triple A rated instrument she has at her disposal..it’s the voice of a sinning angel and in her company we were drawn to a black heaven..”  -Craig N. Pearce – Drum Media

…”This album is a miracle. Like Eartha Kitt in a contemporary context, blowing your mind with its lyrical and luscious sonic capability, Harrod’s voice cuts through your day/emotions/love/stress/panic/ennui and gives the gift of
musical ascension…”    Arne Sjostedt – SMH

Kicking off the night will be Toni Swain who is a singer and musician that few performers can match in Australia.  Her sets are built around solid rhythms that rollick and sway while her songs shine a distinctive spotlight on everyday life.

…”Soul, R&B, jazz singers, all strain for that money shot, the clear, clarion note that graces a song, that gives it that final, killer touch. Toni Swain delivers that all the way through every song when she performs. Her voice and bearing are those of an old fashioned chanteuse of the highest order…” (Mick Daley, The Re-Mains)

$30 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 9pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Sat 1 Nov – MIRIAM LIEBERMAN

3153-668_webMiriam has been described as “something of a renaissance woman ……Somehow she achieves the almost impossible in blending patterned western-ed pop writing with the earthy mystique of African rhythms and freaky world instruments.” (Sydney City News).

Miriam Lieberman is a singer songwriter with a unique perspective. She accompanies her powerful vocals with kora ( 21-stringed African harp) and acoustic guitar, performing as a soloist and with her trio: Kate Adams (Cellist) and Lara Goodridge (Violinist). Despite this unusual mix of pure classical instruments and something made from a large gourd strung with fishing line there is a musical chemistry between these players and their instruments that melds into a soaringly beautiful soundscape.

Miriam’s music blends well-crafted songs with powerful and emotive performance.  Her unique musical style has developed out of long periods of time spent immersed in the distant places and cultures of the music that inspires her and most of all out of a passion for song writing and performance.

 

$25 | 7.30pm, Show 9pm
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO

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Sun 2 Nov – DAHLIA DIOR: EDITH PIAF and FRIENDS

 

SJMF12-805 Dahlia as Piaf by Tom KoprowskiFriends, Franco-files and fellow music lovers – Enjoy Edith Piaf and Friends with popular chanteuse Dahlia Dior – highlighting the best of French chansons!

Dahlia Dior has re-invented herself again with a fresh and new interpretation of French chansons, ranging from Rodrigo’s classical and evocative Mon Amour Aranjuez and Jacque Brel’s emotive Ne Me Quite Pas, to an exciting montage of Piaf’s classics, Milord, Mon Dieu, Exodus and of course the quintessential favourite, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien….., also hits of other famous Piaf contemporaries – Aznavour, Montand, Trenet, Django Reinhardt and more. Dahlia will transport you to the early gas-lit cobblestoned alleys of Bohemian Paris with their accordionists and street singers like Piaf entertaining passers by. It is a Paris of romance, cabaret, Moulin Rouge pizzaz, and smoky old bars with their ladies of the night, and rowdy customers singing saucy songs.

Dahlia is backed by an amazing crew of musicians – father and son virtuoso accordionists Ross and Marcello Maio (Ross is regarded as the best in the country, and Marcello is also an extraordinary jazz pianist), the inimitable Mark Harris with his percussive double bass, vocals and outrageously funny innuendoes, and drum supremo James Waples.

Dahlia, born in Jerusalem, commenced singing at a very early age, and quickly established herself as one of the most popular performing artists in Israel, climaxing with her starring role in the highly successful and much loved Israeli musical – Kazablan (Israeli version of West Side Story), which ran for 2 years. She is a singer of enormous vitality and energy, and her styles include jazz, blues, torch, gypsy, World Music, and sometime she burst into wild cabaret. Dahlia can authentically sing and interpret songs from all over the world, and is indeed one of the most versatile vocalists, singing in over 20 languages. She began her international career in London’s prominent West End clubs such as the Astor Club and George Raft’s Colony Club on Berkley Square, and also Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok. In Australia Dahlia has performed on the same bill with legends such as Ray Charles, Matt Monro, Blood Sweat and Tears, Tiny Tim, Lulo Reinhardt, and the famous Metropolitan Opera tenor, Jan Peerce.

$30 presale, $35 on the door | 6.30pm, show 7.30pm
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO

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Sun 2 Nov @ Django Bar – SAM WESTPHALEN

487286912_640Known in China as “Super Lightning Guitar Slappy Man”, Sam Westphalen’s unique take on the percussive acoustic guitar style has received worldwide recognition. His YouTube videos of pop covers, metal covers, jazz compositions, and comedy songs have gathered over 5 million views and have been hailed and promoted by artists such as Pantera, Megadeth, MC hammer, Andy McKee, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, and the members of Journey, who stumbled across Sam while he was busking on the streets of Sydney.

After a 10 city tour of China with Maton Guitars, and most recently a set at Splendour In The Grass, Sam has spent some time developing new material, delegating some of the busywork to his feet by incorporating looping and effects into his trademark percussive style.

$10 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 7.30pm show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Wed 5 Nov – The Hump @ Camelot Lounge: JAMES SMITH

james smith Nov 5Once a lawyer by profession, JAMES SMITH decided to trade the courtroom for the stage, and his success was meteoric; within two months of his debut he progressed to the national final of the “Comic of the Year” at the Sydney Comedy Festival. He has since appeared on shows like Flight of the Concords, Rove Live, The Footy Show, The Fat, The Comedy Channel’s Headliners and plenty more. He is now based in the US, so catch him while he’s in town! Effortlessly makes you laugh” (The Age) James is a methodical, furiously intelligent thinker” (Revolver)

 

$15 – tickets available on the door, 7pm Doors/ 8pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO


Wed 5 Nov @ Django Bar  – GYPSY ART CLUB Life-drawing Session

gypsyyy
Fans of life-drawing (with live-music) will be delighted to know that…

THE GYPSY ART CLUB is back!!
Life-drawing session with evocative live music – it’s the place to be on WEDNESDAYS in Sydney! And..only $10 admission!! So bring your easels, sketch pads etc for a night of music andart, pizzas and cocktails, in an inspiring and eclectic atmosphere!
Happy Hour in Django bar between 6 and 7pm

Nude model and musician doing 2×45 minute sessions between 8 and 10pm – and only $10 admission!

 



Thu 6 Nov – CHASING THE MOON

Chasing the Moon PKChasing the Moon brings alive the exuberant and romantic sounds of Gypsy Jazz as created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in their famous “Quintette du Hot Club de France.” The band performs with an energy and passion that’s reminiscent of the great jazz of days gone by, mixing hot club with the blues, folk and Latin rhythms, lashings of swing and modern elements too. The joy is infectious. The music is entertaining and engaging.

Out front is lead vocalist and violinist Kathy Bluff delivering her distinctive style of soulful vocals and swinging jazz violin with warmth and charm. The violin intertwines with the glittering soprano and growling tenor sax of Paul Burjan who also shines on the flute. Gypsy groove and swinging solos are provided by one of Sydney’s finest Hot Club guitarists, John Blenkhorn and the extraordinary Garry Steel on accordion and Keyboards as well as a top class rhythm section.
The band has wowed audiences at Dubbo, Wagga, Illawarra, Newcastle and Moruya Jazz Festivals and has created many joyous and memorable nights at the Camelot Lounge in the last couple of years.

$15 presale and $20 on the door | 7pm, 8pm Show
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)
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Thu 6 – Sun 9 Nov @ Django Bar – LITTLE EGYPT’S SPEAKEASY

Little Egypt's BurlesqueThe cast of Little Egypt’s Burlesque return in Little Egypt’s Speakeasy to tell the thrilling, hip-grinding, whiskey soaked tale of exotic dancer Little Egypt’s club in Pheonix, Arizona, USA, 1949.

“absolutely world class.” – Australian Stage

With a cast of Sydney’s sexiest musicians, a bump ‘n’ grind of burlesque beauties, and a scorching soundtrack straight from the west coast of 1950s USA, Little Egypt’s Speakeasy is the place to truly let your hair down. The cast of characters and one smooth narrator will induct you into the hippest club in any town.

Our audiences get a serve of everything: there’s killer laugh-out-loud script, there’s dance lessons, and rip-roaring vocal performances – all made larger than life by live burlesque, and a cast of the most characterful performers in town.

Starring: Brian Campeau, Kelly-Ann Doll, Luke Escombe, Danica Lee, Katie Reeve, Damien Slingsby and Elana Stone.

Produced and directed by Lucian McGuiness

“Slick, sexy and funny.” – Sydney Arts Guide

“The script is clever, the performers are brilliant. This is almost a whole new genre of musical theatre.” – Australian Stage

“Dirt dancing, debauchery, and some real good soul.” – orangepress.net

$35 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, show times – Thu 8pm, Fri 9pm, Sat 9pm, Sun 7.30pm
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Fri 7 Nov – BUMP CITY

BumpCityThey’ll have you groovin’ to the “old school” funk and soul music of Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder,  Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
BumpCity have been performing since the band’s conception as “What is Hip” in the 1980′s. 2005 saw the very successful release of their first CD “On Top Down Under”. BumpCity opened for “Fiji” America’s highest selling Polynesian funk and hip hop artist on his inaugural Australian tour and have appeared on Australia’s Channel 9 “Mornings with Kerri-Anne”. BumpCity also opened for and shared the stage with Motown’s legendary stars The Supremes during their only Australian public performance.
In past performances BumpCity have been joined by special guests Tom Politzer from Tower of Power, New Zealand’s legendary Soul band Adijah’s Betty-Anne and “Captain Fonk” Ryan Monga, Sydney’s Jeni Love, Bernie Segedin and Evelyn Duprai.
BumpCity presents Brothers of Soul – they’ll be performing the “old school” soul and funk music from Marvin Gaye, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Ray Charles and James Brown. BumpCity’s performance is a must see so book early.

 

$25 | 7.30pm, show 9pm
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Sat 8 Nov – WAITING FOR GUINNESS

guinnessVariously described as Garage Cabaret, Gypsy Punk, and Gangster Jazz, Waiting for Guinness has been playing the Sydney pub/club scene for years. They may be one of the best dressed too. The band features up to seven pieces including banjo, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, guitaron (Mexican bass), flute, guitars and drums.

In the tradition of artists such as Tom Waits, Calexico and The Pogues, Waiting for Guinness take their nourishment from ‘old music’ and hot-wire the styles of Berlin Cabaret, Mariachi, Vaudeville, Spaghetti Western and Swing-Jazz into their own surreal vision.

In concert, Waiting for Guinness’ spontaneous and anarchic performances are truly engaging. The theatrical element is as strong as ever, harking back to their busking origins. A fan once said “WFG make old music sound new somehow,” and they may have a point. The band are not traditionalists trying to re-create the past, but write contemporary and original music influenced by the styles they love.

$20 pre, $25 on the door |  7.30pm , 9.00pm Show
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Sun 9 Nov – THE ROYAL SWAZI SPA featuring MARCUS WYATT (South Africa)

CD_6page‘African Jazz: fresh, triumphant and very much alive, the new anthem for a free South Africa’

“Marcus Wyatt is a shining star in the sky of contemporary South African Jazz. Aware of the important legacy upon which he adds his fresh melodies, he nonetheless strives towards the definition of a novel sound, one which is consciously abandoning characteristically South African patterns, opening up for creativity beyond the accepted norms. His sound is subtle yet steamy, and the freshness and honesty of his lyrical approach is one of the reasons why this country can boast about a certain vitality in their jazz scene.” – Henri M Yere – North Sea Jazz Festival (Cape Town)

THE ROYAL SWAZI SPA perform South African original, traditional and standard repertoire including well known works by Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) and Miriam Makeba. The band has performed in Australia with South African luminaries Barney Rachabane and Hugh Masekela. This music is fresh, triumphant and very much alive as the new anthem for a free South Africa.

Featuring legendary trumpeter Marcus Wyatt for the first time in Australia …

Marcus Wyatt trumpet: star of the contemporary South African music scene. As bandleader he has released albums under his own name as well as with Language 12, Voice, and Heavy Spirits. He has recorded and performed with Winston Mankunku, Vusi Mahlasela, Jimmy Dludlu, Paul Hanmer, Sibongile Khumalo, Zim Nqawana, Judith Sephuma, Miriam Makeba, McCoy Mrubata and many more.

Howard Belling piano and voice: veteran of the jazz scene in Melbourne, Soweto and Johannesburg. He has shared the stage with Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Hugh Masekela, Barney Rachabane (Paul Simon’s Graceland) and elite of the South African Jazz fraternity.

Fem Belling vocals and violin: from South Africa she has performed with many of Africa’s music luminaries. Recently returned from London where she was playing lead roles on the West End, Fem is making a name for herself as a jazz artist, recently in the role of Blossom Dearie in the one-woman show ‘Blossom’ and is currently promoting her debut jazz album FAMILY.

Dave Marama guitar and voice: from Malawi, winner of the Paris Guitar Grand Prix has worked with the great afro funk group Tatunani in Tanzania, Musiki Manjaro and The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra in Melbourne.

Zvi Belling acoustic bass: has worked with with PJ Powers (1994 ANC election song), Juluka, The Afro Kubists, Rita Marley, The Inflatables, Zim Nqawana, Musiki Manjaro, Tumi, The Afrobiotics, Disasterware, Gregory Porter, Kash Killion and The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra.

Brian Abrahams drumkit: has worked in jazz worldwide including Abdullah Ibrahim [Dollar Brand], Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Diyani, Don Cherry, Courtney Pine, Nancy Wilson, The Grand Union Orchestra and his own band District Six.

Nick Lester saxophones: Grand Wazoo, Max Merritt and the Meteors, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Barney Rachabane [Graceland], The Afrobiotics, Gregory Porter, The Bombay Royale and the James Morrison Big Band.

$25 |6.30pm, Show 7.30pm
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Thu 13 Nov – SIRENS BIG BAND with special guest MOHAMED YOUSSEF

sirens_press_2012-2013_horizontalSirens Big Band, Sydney’s 17-piece super-collective perform big band music, but not as you’ve seen or heard it before – jazz melds with Middle Eastern, Latin and African grooves, including original offerings from composers within and outside of the band. This is exciting, danceable music presented by some of Sydney’s finest musicians. Led by bassist Jessica Dunn, the ensemble also features Ellen Kirkwood (JRMA winner, Captain Kirkwood, Mister Ott, Fat Yahoozah), Loretta Palmeiro (Spyglass Gypsies), Lauren Benson (That Red Head), and Milan Ring (Milan, Spit Syndicate, Alphamamma).

With five years under their belts, they’ve performed at many major festivals across Australia including Sydney Festival (2011, 2012), Brisbane Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival, Canberra’s Capital Jazz Project and SIMA International Women’s Jazz Festival, which saw them performing a concert with New York baritone saxophonist, Claire Daly. Sirens have been a part of the prestigious Bundanon Trust residency program and have released their debut album, Kali and the Time of Change, to critical acclaim.

Part of this very special concert will involve Sirens premiering new music in conjunction with Egyptian born, Arabic oud virtuoso, Mohamed Youssef. Trained as a classical pianist from a young age, Youssef migrated to Australia in 1990 where he studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Attached to the richness of the Egyptian culture and the traditional Arabic music, Youssef has developed a strong passion for the oud and has been performing and teaching for over 15 years.

“The Sirens are… all-funky and all-embracing in their influences… It is a combination you won’t get anywhere else and they are one of Sydney’s – if not Australia’s – treasures” John Hardaker – AustralianJazz.net
Saxophones – Loretta Palmeiro (lead), Rebecca Grubb, Ruth Wells, Harrison Harding, Sophie Unsen
Trombones – Rose Foster (lead), Emma-Rose Riley (trombone/congas), Rosie Woods, Rosie Marks-Smith (bass bone)
Trumpets – Claire Hollander (lead), Ellen Kirkwood, Lisa Gori, Heather Prowse
Rhythm Section – Jessica Dunn (bass), Milan Ring (guitar/vocals), Emma-Grace Stephenson (piano), Lauren Benson (drums/vocals)
Special Guest – Mohamed Youssef (oud)

$20/$15 | 7pm, 8pm Show
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Thu 13 Nov @ Django Bar – BILL CHAMBERS + HARRY HOOKEY

downloadBill, father of Kasey Chambers is one of those growling singers who owes a substantial debt to both Bob Dylan and John Prine. Perhaps it’s a result of those early weathered years he spent roughing it in the outback with his family.
“My kids Nash and Kasey grew up listening only to the music I played on cassettes or on my guitar around the campfire. Songs of Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Jackson Browne and John Prine,” remembers Bill. “I’m entirely self taught. I guess that’s why I sound like I do.”

There’s much more to Bill Chambers than just being Kasey’s dad. The patriarch of the Chambers Clan is considered by some to be Australia’s premier alt-country guitarist. He can be a master of delicate picking on Dobro or Lap Steel and a demon on Slide. Along with producing albums for the likes of Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Bec Willis (co-produced with Kasey) and the Dead Ringer Band, Bill has still found time to write most of the songs on his albums – the ARIA nominated ‘Sleeping With The Blues’ , ‘Frozen Ground’ and his most recent, ‘Drifting South’.
“What I love the best is to get out on the road and perform the songs. I still play in Kasey’s band when she’s on the road and the gigs take us all over the world. That’s where I get many of the stories for my songs,” says Bill.

Richard Jinman from The Sydney magazine describes Bill’s music as reminiscent of Daniel Lanois eerily spacious work, all elongated guitar phrases, shuffling drums and ambient rumbling, the combined effect is as seductive as hell.

Name a town in Australia and chances are Harry Hookey has played it, probably in the last month. This is a man who lives and breathes the troubadour tradition. “That’s the aim of the game,” he says. “Most weeks I’ll have four or five gigs and just keep it happening. I’ve slept in my car a lot over the last couple of years. That’s my main address. And Australia’s a great country for it too: you meet a lot of cool people.” Apart from his homeland, Harry has toured the USA and Europe, and played festivals with the likes of John Mayer, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and Gary Clark Jr. He’s also opened for Australian greats Kasey Chambers and Tim Rogers.

His music, although rooted in folk, traverses many genres including rock, country and blues; channeling Bob Dylan and Nirvana in equal measure. And that’s exactly how he likes it: “There’s no point limiting yourself to one style; life’s much more fun when you try everything.”

$20 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, show 8pm
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Fri 14 Nov – BARRIO LATIN SOUL – Soul & Disco meets Cuban Mambo!

Barrio Latin Soul websiteFor the first time at Camelot, a 9 piece all star band will take you back to the barrios of New York for some smooth Soul, funky Latin and groovy Disco celebrating 1960s and 70s Latin Soul, Latin Disco and Boogaloo.
With music from artists such as Mongo Santamaria, Joe Bataan, Joe Cuba, Tito Puente and Pete Rodriguez a funky 9 piece all star band will set the dance floor alight with some serious Soul, Latin and Disco grooves.
Latin Soul, Boogaloo and Latinised R&B developed in the 1960s in New York and grew out of Latinos expanding the reach of their music beyond the local Latin community and into the wider mainstream American society. Latin soul was a fusion of popular African American R&B and Soul, with Mambo and Cuban Son Montuno, placing a heavy emphasis on its Afro-Cuban rhythms and with songs sung in English. The Latin Soul movement had a great influence on the growing Salsa scene which dominated the New York Latin music scene in the 1970s.

$20 | 7.30pm, 9.00pm Show
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Sat 15 Nov – MONSIEUR CAMEMBERT

 camembert_smallBe quick coz Camembert at Camelot always sells out!!
The best night out in Sydney!!! With sensitivity, virtuosity, & extraordinary energy, Triple ARIA Award winning band 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, Monsieur Camembert is at the forefront of Australia’s GYPROCK Scene! “
“…they pick you up and carry you on a wave of energy, excitement and poignancy that never relents…” (John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald)
$35 | 7.30pm, 9pm Show
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Sat 15 Nov @ Django Bar – MIC CONWAY with ROBBIE LONG

MicConway-RobbieLong-cabaret2013After a massive 30 concert tour through Germany in July/August, the inimitable Mic Conway and Robbie Long are looking forward to some home-town shows.  Beginning in Newcastle at Sunset Studio on Friday and finishing the weekend in Canberra, the duo will bring their madcap fun to DJANGO BAR on SATURDAY 15 November, for your listening pleasure.

Stripped back, irreverent and shameless, Mic Conway takes the stage with Australian Flat Pick Guitar Champion Robbie Long, playing unusual and idiosyncratic tunes that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. In a circus of comedy, magic and music they will delight audiences with something new, something old and something in between. From the duo’s debut album, “Street of Dreams”, Conway croons covers of “Winchester Cathedral” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, dispenses good advice (“Never Bite a Married Woman on the Thigh”) and revisits Captain Matchbox’s biggest hit, “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes” (which turns 40 this year). Look out for a heart-breaking version of “Mad World”.  There’s still magic, juggling, cavorting and that trademark tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, but this incarnation is also Mic as storyteller – of tall tales and true. It’s surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning.

$20 presale, $25 on the door | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 9pm Show
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Sun 16 Nov – BABY ET LULU 

BabyetLulu_0107wBaby et Lulu return to Camelot for what is sure to be another sell out show of gorgeous French music, full of joie de vivre, seductive harmony, and that Baby et Lulu je ne sais quoi!
“Dobson and Goodridge had the seated audience eating out of the palms of their hands… and pranced off stage to the sounds of a standing ovation” – Drum Media
‘Goodridge and Dobson combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic. The Jazzy, French chanson will have you feeling like you’re sitting in a Parisian café, even if you’ve never been to France. After hearing some of their tunes it is hard not to appreciate the talent that is Baby et Lulu.” Alt Media
“There’s a joie de vivre… C’est tres bon.” Sydney Morning Herald
‘With blithe spirit, old material is made new, yet again” The Australian, CD Review
“Dobson & Goodridge’s vocals entwine; two lovesick songbirds in a melancholic pas de deux. Superb… Dobson’s husky, yet delicate, quivering vocals put one immediately in mind of berets, checkerboard cafe chairs and long-legged passers-by. Goodridge’s assertive, ever-adaptable and versatile violin playing has a clarity that matches her singing.” Australian Stage
$38 |6.30pm, Show 7.30pm
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Sun 16 Nov @ Django Bar – LACHLAN BRYAN + HARMONY JAMES

lachlan-Bryan-brick-sm-e1382054302370Golden Guitar winner Lachlan Bryan and QLD Music Award winning songwriter Harmony James will tour together for a short run of live dates when Lachlan returns from a 23 show tour of the US in November. They will hit the road as solo performers presenting their acclaimed music in intimate surrounds and the coupling promises the emphasis will be on their strong song writing prowess.

Harmony says, “I’m such a fan of the way Lachlan thinks and writes. It’s very visual for me, like reading a dime novel but set to music. I’m thrilled to get a chance to work with him again.”  Lachlan is equally effusive, “Even though she crosses genres at times, artists like Harmony are what country music is all about. She sings genuine story-songs and she lays her heart on her sleeve in the tradition that dates back to Hank Williams”.

Lachlan has received a strong set of accolades for his current album Black Coffee including, Best Alternative Country Album at the 2014 Country Music Awards and Best Group at The Australian Independent Country Music Awards. Just recently he received a nomination as a finalist for The Age Music Victoria Awards among a stunning set of reviews for the album. On board with a similar pedigree including Golden Guitar nominations and first prize winner of Nashville’s’ International Songwriting Competition, Harmony will be delivering music from her new Album Cautionary Tales (out now though Warner Music), including the first single ‘Skinny Flat White’ which was recently the #1 video on CMC.

Lachlan will feature songs from Black Coffee featuring his current single ‘You Me and the Blues’ currently in the CMC Chart, along with a mix of new material written for his forthcoming album.

$18 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, Show 7.30pm
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Thu 20 Nov – THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE

spooky-menEverybody’s favourite choir – in fact hands down the most entertaining choir Australia has ever seen! Hilarious, moving, a truly incredible experience!
All around Australia, excitement is mounting: society women are slightly breathless, small children and dogs are yapping at nothing, and real estate salesmen are vaguely anxious. Supplies of grandiose hatwear, beard grooming equipment and pigfat are running low.

Inspired by the great Georgian male choirs, The Spooky Men were formed in the Blue Mountains in 2001 by Christchurch-born deerstalker-topped impresario Stephen Taberner, and have single-handedly redefined men’s singing in the interim. Unafraid to juxtapose pindrop perfect ballads with hilarious, elephantine renditions of pop classics (“Dancing Qveen”) and their own repertoire of foolish man anthems (“Don’t Stand Between a Man and his Tool”), they have lovingly hammered gleeful Australian, NZ and UK audiences with a bankable series of classics.

The Spookies’ sound – warm and grainy as a slab of teak – and their humorous style – deadpan, sly, and always unexpected – find new and wonderful avenues of expression on “TheSpooky Man in History”.

“A skilful mix of faultless vocal expertise and maverick abandon … Compelling, ‘bespook’ serious fun, and totally irresistible to boot …” Froots magazine

“High camp, epic folly – probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit” – The Irish Times

“This is surely the best a capella act in the land” John Shand, SMH

“While superficially a comedy act, the SpookyMen are also fine close harmony singers, their tuning, timing and dynamics impeccable.” The Independent (London)

$30/$25 | 7pm, 8pm Show
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Thu 20 Nov @ Django Bar – PRESIDENT ROOTS + CONCHILLIA

1393038622President Roots are an alt-country, folk-rock outfit of smile-inducing consequence. Their debut album Migration, distributed by Vitamin Records, was released in June 2009. They have won several  competitions including the PBS Festival of Song (2005), Tamworth’s Battle of the Bands (2008) and the ABC Songwriting Competition (2010). In 2010 President Roots released a 5 track EP, Shark Den Blues, with the track Gods Waiting Room hitting the number one spot for several weeks on Australian Community Radio.

With killer songs and cool grooves ‘The Roots’ made a big impression in 2012 with their second full length release Feelin’ Fooled which was one of the most played records on community radio that year. Since then Simon Dodd (singer/songwriter) has returned to live in the UK and has been recording new tracks with the legendary Peter Green.  With a huge, coordinated global effort the band will release their third album Late Night Radio, quite probably their best work to date. In a bizarre twist, a friendly hobo has taken their songs on a busking tour of the East Coast. Now President Roots prepare themselves to roll out the new Late Night Radio album with gigs in Melbourne, Sydney and their spiritual homeland on the Mornington Peninsula.

Drawing from a whole world of inspiration, Conchillia creates a new sound, pulsing with vibrancy and vitality. Take a pinch of French cabaret and dress it in bright pop melodies, add the bittersweet mournful cry of trombone
beside the sunny smile of ukulele and vocal harmonies,underpin it with a samba beat, then a shuffle, then a proud march. It’s unpredictable, delightful – a unique blend that comes from the sound of travelling, the influx of different cultures, rhythms, people and sounds.

Conchillia is the sum of diverse musical talent – Jes D’Cruz on vocals and ukulele, Miles Sly on drums, Kiah Gossner on bass and Aaron Deanshaw on trombone – striving for a fresh recipe rather than retracing familiar ground. Shimmering with creativity and luscious, tuneful appeal, Conchillia proudly presents something new for those old ears of yours.

$10 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 8pm Show
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Fri 21 Nov – MEXICAN PARTY WITH VICTOR VALDES & THE REAL MEXICO MARIACHI BAND!

unnamedVictor Valdes is back again for a REAL Mexican party, replete with an authentic Mariachi band! In his own right, VICTOR VALDES (harp, vocals) is a truly extraordinary performer, but this is a rare opportunity to experience him in full regalia with his big band Mariachi group, as they play all the Mexican favourites! Trumpets, violins, the works – this will be a tequila-fuelled night to remember! Victor Valdes’ powerful, compelling voice, magical harp and passion for storytelling will take you on a unique sonorous journey through Mexico and Latin America. Come and join him at Camelot for a Mexican Party, as he performs with his Real Mexico Mariachi Band!

A walking encyclopedia of Latin music past and present, Victor has redefined the harp as a solo and lead instrument in a multitude of musical contexts. He’s played with everyone from Angus & Julia Stone and Los Lobos to Jimmy Barnes, and appeared on folk, world music, rock and blues festival stages Australia-wide.

$20 pre, $25 on the door | 7.30pm, 9pm Show
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Fri 21 Nov @ Django Bar -DREAM BROTHERS: A Tribute to Jeff and Tim Buckley

bucklyOn 29th May 1997, the world lost one of music’s most talented artists who had an angelic voice and could hold an audience spellbound…Jeff Buckley. Twenty-two years beforehand, his father, the 60’s folk troubadour Tim Buckley died on 29th June 1975. Tim Buckley too had been a brilliant and innovative musician with an extraordinary five octave range. Jeff Buckley not only innovated, with no-one successfully categorising his music into a “genre”, but he also interpreted other people’s songs and made them his own.
“Jeff Buckley was a pure drop in an ocean of noise…” ~ Bono
Jeff was 30 and Tim 28. Father and son, sadly lost to the world of music, far too young.

We can only imagine what would have been…
To celebrate their music and Jeff’s birthday, some of the best musicians will come together for their tribute to father and son.

Merri Cyr writes of her first meeting with Jeff…..”He was an amazingly talented performer and had the ability to recognise the creative potential in other people, a catalyst for other artists. You wanted to meet his talent with the best of yourself. In this regard he was truly inspiring.”
Lee Underwood writes about his first meeting with Tim….”I liked him, thought his voice was fantastic, saw enormous talent and creative potential, quickly realised how smart, funny, charming and insightful he was , and decided to give him a go…”

Artists performing a range of songs from both Tim & Jeff’s catalogue are: Steven Crocker, Michael Azzopardi, Chris Raice, Allan Watters, Zack Sayed, Andy Brown, Dylan Wright and more…
This show does tend to sell out, so be quick this year and get your tickets early.

$20 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 9pm Show
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Sat 22 Nov @ Django Bar – DAVID BRIDIE

camelot 3David Bridie is Australia’s voice of conviction, passion and integrity. The stunning surrounds of the Django Bar is the perfect setting for this intimate evening with David, his piano and his distinctive soulful rasp. Let David draw you in with an insightful exploration of his film tracks, songs from Not Drowning Waving and My Friend The Chocolate Cake, as well as his acclaimed new albums, Wake (2013) and Take The Next Illusionary Exit (2014).

$30 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 9pm Show
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Sun 23 Nov @ Django Bar – Andrew Robson’s THE CHILD BALLADS

BookArtists_Jazz_AndrewRobsonThe Child Ballads is a new project of original music by award winning jazz musician Andrew Robson.
Acknowledging the folk influences that have always been apparent in his music, Robson breathes new life into 8 English and Scottish folk ballads for which the music was lost long ago, re-imagining them for the new millennium.

To help him realise this new work, Robson has invited world music icon Mara Kiek to join him in what will be their final Sydney performance before taking the project into the recording studio.

Andrew’s background is firmly anchored to the jazz tradition and having made a name for himself in the 1990s working with the bands of Jackie Orszaczky, Robson is now recognised as one of our most distinctive improvisers and composers. In addition to leading his own groups, he is also known for his work with Trombonist James Greening, the Paul Grabowsky Sextet and the legendary Australian group, Ten Part Invention, stepping in for the great Bernie McGann after his retirement.

Mara Kiek is recognised internationally as one of the pioneers of Australia’s world music movement. Her groups include the ground-breaking Tansey’s Fancy, her ARIA award winning ensemble Mara! and the captivating Bulgarian-style choir Martenitsa.

Robson and Kiek come together in this new collaboration that showcases what happens when music is no longer constrained by concerns of style or category. The Child Ballads is a work almost beyond classification, drawing as it does on ancient folk tales of love, lust, treachery and murder, all set to Robson’s sublime new melodies and performed by this all-star ensemble featuring: Mara on voice and tapan; Andrew Robson on alto and baritone; Steve Elphick on double bass and Llew Kiek on guitar and bouzouki.

$20/15 pre sale,$25/20 at the door | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, Show 7.30pm
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Fri 28 Nov @ Django Bar – THE BLUES PREACHERS + JESSE MORRIS

!cid_83376247-C776-41D3-9297-ADA00F134530 (1)The Blues Preachers Dead Catz Can Bounce
Bounce up off your Lounges !
Stop Watching The News & Come To Celebrate Life With The Blues Preachers

The Blues Preachers will take you to another place and time, somewhere between 1920 and 1940. Their music paints a landscape of pre-war struggle and determination with sounds reminiscent of the Deep South. The Blues Preachers perform a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk. The powerful simplicity of driving finger-style and slide-guitar combined with the sounds of tasteful harmonica and old-school vocal harmonies create a traditional and untarnished sound that will have you on the edge of your seats.
Their latest release ‘Dead Catz Can Bounce’ goes one step further. It contains many award winning original songs about the big issues of today: the global financial crisis, greed, relationships, global warming, materialism, life and death and the search for truth and meaning in the great age of misinformation.
The Blues Preachers were 5th. overall in the Australian Songwriting Awards 2009 for “Divine Justice Coming Down” which also received a top 5 nomination in the Sing Out For Social Action category of The Independent Music Awards 2009.

“Divine Justice Coming Down” was chosen by Yoko Ono as runner-up in the John Lennon 70th. birthday anniversary song contest.

They received a top 5 nomination in the Acoustic category of The Independent Music Awards 2011 for “The Free Train Agreement”.
which was also selected to be on a Canadian compilation released in May 2011 called “Protest Songs For A Better World”.

Conscious acoustic roots & reggae troubadour, Jesse Morris, has returned to Australian shores after a soul searching pilgrimage through Cambodian jungles, Himalayan mountains and far eastern shores. Jesse has returned with a new set of conscious songs, a worthy fundraising cause for children in Cambodia & a strong message about the earth, change & growth.

$20 presale, $25 on the door | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 9pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
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Sat 29 Nov – CUBAN PARTY NIGHT WITH EL ORQUESTON! 

el-orqueston-logo-vers-1El Orqueston is a 12 piece Afro Cuban powerhouse playing Salsa, Timba and Changüi. Led by Sydney bassist, Tina Harris, whose credits include being Musical Director for Helpmann award winning show Smoke and Mirrors, this mighty ensemble honours the great Cuban orchestras… that feature the sound of three trombones, violin and tres Cubano, on a bed of percussion, bass and keyboards. Playing an all Cuban repertoire of tunes by Los Van Van, Elito Reve y Su Charangon, Pupy, and Havana De Primera, El Orqueston is sheer joy and energy from beginning to end. El Orqueston is comprised of a who’s who of Sydney’s top musicians from the latin music scene. The band is fronted by Peruvian Richard Valdez, whose powerful and dynamic tenor voice is complimented by the charismatic Carlos Velazquez, sharing vocal duties and putting out some serious musical energy. Supported by solid harmonies, mellifluous and punchy trombone lines, fiery timbales, congas and bongo, El Orqueston is for listeners and dancers alike.
$17/$22 pre sale, $20/$25 on the door | 7.30pm, 9pm show
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
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Sun 30 Nov – ROBIN NOLAN (UK)

Robin live 2013 by Hinrich Wulff copyRobin Nolan, one of the world’s best known and most admired gypsy jazz guitarists, has been lauded for his musical genius and sensibilities by Willie Nelson, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, and the late George Harrison.  Robin Nolan became one of Harrison’s favorite guitarists and was his ‘secret weapon’ at many a party thrown at his English country estate Friar Park.

While his inspiration lies in Gypsy Jazz, Latin and Hot Club de France, Robin has a decidedly contemporary feel and fires up his music with his own expressive compositions. Backed by his trio’s hypnotic rhythms, his rippling melodic ideas and solos set him apart from his contemporaries. Whether playing jazz standards, original compositions, or a nod at rock and pop music, Robin always delights his audiences with a show of special splendor and style.

Born in Vietnam in 1968 to musical parents who were entertaining the US troops at the time, Robin was instantly immersed into the life of a working traveling musician. First taught by his father at the age of six in Hong Kong he began a musical journey, which has taken him through Blues, Rock and Jazz before arriving at his love and passion…. the music of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsies.

Nolan has recently signed to Dhani Harrison’s Hot Records and released his new album ‘Gypsy Blue’ in July 2013.

In addition to his busy schedule as a performer, Robin is also known as a passionate instructor. He’s released some of the most important gypsy jazz instructional books, CDs and videos in the past ten years. His play-along CDs and Gig Book have been the foundation of study and jam sessions for thousands of guitarist worldwide.

“In these days of ‘cackophony’ is good to hear some real music.”
George Harrison

“You play a mighty fine guitar!”
Willie Nelson

“Robin Nolan is so amazingly good..”
Bill Wyman

“You play so beautifully Robin”
John Scofield

$35 |6.30pm, Show 7.30pm
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Sun 30 Nov @ Django Bar – ETHNODELICA + THE RADUGA TRIO

Raduga.Ethnodelica.Image (1)Enjoy this musical feast of delicious world music flavours – from Russian, Balkan & Klezmer to Gypsy Jazz,Breton and Tango; original compositions abound!

Russian-Australian musical project Ethnodelica will season it with a fabulous fusion of ethno motifs, meditative, rock, neo-classical and psychedelic electronic music.

The Raduga Trio will spice it up with exciting acoustic retro sounds, tap dancing and kazoo playing. Have you ever heard duclar, vargan or overtone flute? Come and listen to our musicians share the beauty of their sound with you in the first joint gig of Ethnodelica & the Raduga Trio. Bring your family and friends to the Django Bar to dance, dream, and laugh together!

$20 | Happy Hour 6pm – 7pm, 7.30pm Show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
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All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

 

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Thu 4 Dec – DAVE GRANEY and the MISTLY

DSCN4468Dave Graney and the mistLY aka Dave Graney, Clare Moore and Stu Thomas have rolled all the way up the East Coast of Australia from July to September and also taken the show to Darwin and New Zealand. The Australian shows mostly taking place in off the grid venues  where people have organized their own scenes. Dave Graney and Clare Moore are in Europe in October playing as a part of Harry Howard and the NDE and also doing select shows of their own.

FEARFUL WIGGINGS is the 2014 album they are playing a lot of music from, as well as many selections from one of the longest running and most ambitious songbooks – their own.

The tour was dubbed “in concert” as that was the attitude they took on wherever they played- fancy pants theatre, yacht club, chicken shop, skate ramp or bookshop. It was always “in cconcert”.

Upon returning from Europe, Dave Graney and the mistLY will be returning to NSW for a series of shows in early December. Expect artistry, showmanship, skills, wit, sensation and more. Sly boogies, ballads like no others and blue eyed grooves.

As Max Miller was wont to say “there’ll never be another!”

$30/$25 | 7pm, 8pm Show
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
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Fri 5 Dec – THE FIRST LADIES OF SOUL

flosThe First Ladies of Soul show is a spectacular showcase that features the music of Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Etta James, Freda Payne, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Randy Crawford, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, The Emotions & many more.Sassy Soul, Deep Funk & Raunchy Blues- Grove and sing along to a program of the finest soul Classics!If you love The First Ladies of Soul, you will LOVE this show!Sensational Sydney singers, JO ELMS, KIM HART & LIZA OHLBACK, will be backed by a super band of some of Sydney’s finest musicians including: Eric Rasmussen– guitar (Human Nature), Victor Rounds-bass (Marcia Hines), Brendan St.Ledger – keys (Wendy Matthews), Kimi Tupaea – drums (Barry Leef Band), Jay Stewart (Marcia Hines)– second keys.
Or visit our website for all the show & cast information:http://www.firstladiesofsoul.com/
$25 |  7.30pm , 9.00pm Show
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Sun 7 Dec – JUST A GIGOLO – CAMEMBERT DOES PRIMA

louis-and-keely-3The wait is over! Nearly 10 years since they performing it last…
And celebrating his 104th Birthday…
Triple ARIA Award Winning Monsieur Camembert will present their unmissable homage to swing-king…
Louis Prima!
Before Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones or Tony Bennett ever played the stages of Vegas, there was Louis Prima. One of America’s most hypnotic and original entertainers, Prima’s career spanned several decades and turned out hits like That Old Black Magic, Sing Sing Sing, Angelina, Just a Gigolo and many others!From his Italian-hits of the 30’s, to the rockin’ sounds of the late 50’s, Monsieur Camembert brings Louis Prima’s music to life with their incredible energy, and arrangements driven by growling sax, swirling accordion, & Gypsy guitar. Yaron Hallis, leader and vocalist of Monsieur Camembert explains how he came to write a show based on the life of this trumpeter/singer…“I was completely taken by the humour and fun of Prima’s music, and was inspired to do a whole night of his music. Then, upon doing some research, I discovered his incredibly colourful and ultimately tragic story – from his five wives and countless romances, to his final three years spent lying in a coma – and I knew that I wanted to not only perform his wonderful music, but also to tell his story…”Just A Gigolo – Camembert Does Prima has been performed to sell-out audiences at The Basement (Sydney), the Gold Coast Arts Centre and Woodford Folk Festival. It received standing ovations on all 3 occassions. Highlights of the show were also performed to tens of thousands at the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival.

$42 pre and $45 on the door | 6.30pm doors, 7.30pm show
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Sun 7 Dec @ Django Bar – WEFTSHOP FUNDRAISER

 _EA_8127[1]An evening of music and celebration to raise funds for Sydney-based non-profit enterprise WEFTshop and its work to support refugee artisans from Burma.Meet the WEFTshop team who will use the funds raised to train and equip more artisans on the Thai-Burma border seeking design, production and small business expertise to earn a living from their unique textile traditions.The fundraiser will also feature: traditional dancing and singing from Sydney’s Karen community; door prizes; and an opportunity to purchase beautiful textiles at the heart of WEFTshop’s work.

$45 | 6.30pm
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
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All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Thu 11 Dec – FRANK BENNETT & CHRISTA HUGHES present  Christmas SHAM-PAIN!

Logie LoserFrank & Ethel Bennett  pop their corks and celebrate Christmas SHAM-PAIN at The Camelot Lounge. It’s been a turbulent year for the troubled showbiz couple but the show must go on! Tabloid fodder, public shame – can you believe they auditioned for The Voice? DRUNK! Then had the hide to physically abuse the judges and smash the set? All on camera!! – court cases, tax audits and too many divorces, marriages and renewing of vows to keep up with.
“All lies, lies, lies!” cried Ethel
“She looked 16 to me” pleaded Frank.
Join Frank & Ethel as they put this annus horribilis behind them & clear the air & while  they sing ‘n’ strut the stage and do what they do best. ENTERTAIN!! It’ll be cabaret carnage of the highest order.

$30 | 7pm, 8pm Show
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Fri 12 Dec @ Django Bar – IAN COLLARD + SWEET LIL RIDER + JEREMY EDWARDS

IMG_0039As part of Aria award winning Blues trio Collard Greens and Gravy, singer and Harmonica player Ian Collard has established himself as one of Australia’s leading blues artists. Attracted to the harmonica at an early age Ian found himself drawn to the music of Harmonica greats such as Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Sonny Terry and to the world of the Blues that inspired him to pursue a life in music.
In recent years Ian has been performing solo, handling singing , guitar and harmonica duties all at once in the style of some of his heroes like Dr Ross and Jimmy Reed and producing the authentic down-home blues sound that can be heard on his 2014 release”Swamp Stomp and Boogie”.
Currently as well as his work with Collard Greens and Gravy and Three Kings, Ian also performs with another of Australia’s leading blues bands, the Backsliders. His harmonica playing can also be heard on albums by Australian artists Claire Bowditch, Jeff Lang and Ash Grunwald, and was featured on the Baz Luhrmann international hit ”Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen”

$15 | Happy Hour from 6-7pm, Show 9.00pm
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO
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All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Fri 19 Dec – KEYIM BA

trial20111214-KeyimBa-Sessions-2328-Group-no-shirtWith a rhythm section born in West Africa, this brilliant 8 piece band has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing the influences of reggae, funk and rap to West African grooves. Led by the ever charismatic, Sibo Bangoura from Guinea, the group has enormous energy, giving tradition a modern twist that never fails to fill the dancefloor. Winner of the Kultour touring grant to tour Australia-wide in 2013, funded by Playing Australia & Arts NSW, KEYIM BA brings together several of Australia’s best West African musicians, taking audiences on an exciting musical journey into West Africa, with powerful drumming accompanied by West African melodies on the Kora (West African harp) and guitar. The group was formed in early 2009 inspired by the release of Sibo Bangoura’s CD entitled Keyim Ba (4 stars, Limelight).

“….an exuberant, celebratory outfit that literally party their way through the many colours and flavours of Bangoura’s West African background…” – Cristina Dio, Diaspora Worldbeat

The Djembe powerhouse, Sibo Bangoura, is joined by Yacou MBaye from Senegal on Doun Doun,Talking Drum, Sabar & Congas; Moussa Diakete from Mali, the former guitarist to Salif Keita on lead guitar and Simon Olsen, (Malian roots) of Electric Empire on bass. Joined also by well known Sydney musician Blair Greenberg on guitar, Julian Belbachir on percussion and the captivating vocals of Sydney-based singer/song writer, Miriam Lieberman with Rachel Bangoura on the dancefloor completes the picture.
“Praised for their outstanding musicianship and harnessing the explosive power of Guinean drumming, dance and song, Keyim ba infuses the audience with an undeniable urge to move your body!” – Anna Georgia, CEO, Free World Films

$20 presale, $25 on the door | 7.30pm, 9pm show
Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
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Sat 20 Dec – JOHNNY G & THE E-TYPES 

1334902461_stax1-e_types_2Johnny G & The E Types are Sydney’s premier soul show and deliver this sensational catalogue of STAX record label classics in the high energy Soul Show while projecting classic vintage soul footage on the big screen.Between 1959 and 1975, the now legendary Stax Records, in Memphis, Tennessee, released international chart-topping hits such as “Soul Man,” “Sitting On The Dock of the Bay,” “Green Onions,” “Midnight Hour,” “Mustang Sally”, “Hard To Handle”, “Knock On Wood”, “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”, “Mr Big Stuff”, “These Arms Of Mine” and “Respect Yourself “.  STAX’s trail-blazing artists included the ‘King and Queen of Soul’ Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, ‘Sultans of Sweat’ Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Rufus and Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, Booker T and The MGs, and many more.Johnny G & the E Types have gained notoriety for their sell out Memphis Soul Revue concerts. Much like the legendary Booker T & The MGs and the Memphis Horns, Johnny G & The E Types have been wooing audiences as the sharp dressed backing band for Sydney’s finest soul vocalists delivering these STAX soul classics in their raw and original form. This is the southern soul that inspired films including The Sapphires, The Blues Brothers and The Commitments – with the credibility and raw energy that comes from Memphis 1967. Dig it!As well as performing the soul classics of Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, The Staple Family, Eddie Floyd and Wilson Picket, Johnny G & The E Types will perform the sensational hits of Sam & Dave at Camelot Lounge. Sam & Dave were know as “Double Dynamite”, “The Sultans of Sweat”, and “The Dynamic Duo” for their gritty, gospel-infused performances.Sam & Dave were one of the greatest live acts of the 1960s. They were an influence on many future musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Joel and Steve Winwood.

The Blues Brothers, who helped create a resurgence of popularity for soul, R&B, and blues in the 1980s, were influenced by Sam & Dave – their biggest hit was a cover of “Soul Man”, and their act and stage show had many similarities to the duo.

Johnny G & The E Types eight piece band will perform Sam & Dave classics including Soul Man, Hold On I’m Coming, Soothe Me, Soul Sister Brown Sugar, You Don’t Know Like I know as well as the hits of Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd and Booker T & The M.G.’s and stacks mo’ STAX.

We’d like to introduce you to one of the finest soul shows Australia has to offer -

Legendary keyboardist Johnny (G) Gauci on Hammond and Piano (Ed Kuepper, Leonardo’s Bride, Perry Keyes, Dom Turner & Supro); front men “The Reverend” Carl Fidler; Sam “Soul Man” Bennett (The Super Heavyweights); “Soul Queen” Milena Barrett (Mal Eastik Band); Nick Meredith (Cotton Keyes & Morris, Tim Finn, C, Matt Finish) on guitar; drums from Antero Ceschin (Continental Blues Party, The Mighty Reapers); Dave ‘Hitman” Harding (Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, Red Rivers, The Foreday Riders) on bass; Murray Jackson on saxophone (Jersey Boys, The Mothership Orchestra); and Simon Ferenci on trumpet (King John Cleary, Watussi.

$25 | 7.30pm, 9pm show
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Thu 15 Jan – JARON FREEMAN-FOX & THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING (CANADA)

Jaron Freeman-Fox-SHOUTLimitlessly creative and playful, “The Opposite of Everything” dances down a line between the beautiful and the absurd, transforming Freeman-Fox’s intricate violin compositions into an infectious party.   Winners of three Canadian Folk Music Awards, the ensemble features Toronto’s finest and most adventurous musicians.

Continually redefining what the violin is capable of, Jaron has fused his fiddling roots with a study of jazz and Indian classical music. At age 14, he began an apprenticeship with Canadian fiddle pioneer Schroer, which lasted until Shroer’s death in 2008. Jaron has been playing his mentor’s custom 5-string violin since.

In four busy years, the outfit has performed across North America and Europe, including Winnipeg Folk Festival,  Vancouver Folk Festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival,  WOMEX in Greece and Folk Alliance in Memphis.  This will be their first appearance in Australia, performing at Cygnet and Illawarra Folk Festivals and Camelot Lounge in Sydney.

$20/$15/$10| 7pm, 8pm Show
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Thu 15 Jan @ Django Bar – VARDOS

VARDOSLed by extrovert Alana on violin, chased by Sofia on accordion and Kirri on double bass, VARDOS bring you the latest Balkan hits, legends, village wedding tunes and burning laments.

Formed late last century, VARDOS have travelled through Eastern Europe on horse-drawn carts in the quest of Roma (Gypsy) musicians, played in every state of Australia, toured to Europe, Britain and the Pacific and showcased in the U.S. Performances include the West Meets East Roma and Traveller Festival (London), Museum of the Bohemian (Amsterdam) Szent Ivan Folk Festival (Hungary) and The Famous Spiegeltent (Edinburgh Fringe).

They have also been featured on “Spicks and Specks” ABC TV with their extreme folk versions of poprock. Supports include The Cat Empire, Paprikus Balkanicus, Besh o Drom and Antal Szalai Gypsy Band (both from Hungary), Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (Cuba), and the Gipsy Kings (France).

“With stagecraft that is equal parts formation dancing, martial arts and Keystone Cops, the violin-accordion-double bass trio play with formidable panache, spinning the tunes into a dizzying procession of crescendos and false stops. …Vardos don´t hold back.”

**** Rob Adams, The Herald, Edinburgh

$18/$15 pre sale and $20/$15 on the door| Happy Hour from 6-7pm, Show 8.00pm
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Fri 16 Jan – AUDIO VIXEN: THE CLASSIC ROCK SHOW

image.phpAudio Vixen consists of siblings Ross, Christine and Ria Pirrelli.

Recently nominated for an Australian Mo Award as Best Harmony Vocal Group, the trio were chosen by iconic music legend Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees to be the support act for his Australian Mythology Tour after he heard Audio Vixen’s rendition of the Bee Gees hit song “Morning Of My Life” which they re-worked, recorded and released as their 2nd EP, working on the project with renowned Australian Guitarist/Producer Peter Northcote, who co-produced the single which also included 2 originals.

Prior to this, Audio Vixen came to prominence when they appeared as Top 9 Finalists in Australia’s The X Factor, performing to an estimated TV audience of 1.3 million viewers each week. The show’s judging panel (consisting of artists Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian, Natalie Bassingthwaite & Mel B) described the group as the contestants with the best vocals in the competition. Throughout their time on the show, the judges commented:

“You deserve to be selling records all over the world” – Ronan Keating
“You guys are absolutely amazing” – Natalie Bassingthwaite
“Your harmonies are flawless, I can see you with your own show in Vegas” – Mel B
“I could listen to you guys all night” – Guy Sebastian

Audio Vixen presents an electrifying salute to some of the greatest Classic Rock artists such as The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Queen and many more.
Relive the hits that shaped the Classic Rock era, with Audio Vixen’s unbelievable harmonies, they put their signature sound to a range of crowd favourites that will have you up on your feet in no time.

$25 | 7.30pm, 9pm show
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And…if you’re looking for a party destination…why yes! What a fabulous idea! Camelot Lounge does indeed book private functions (weddings, birthdays, barmitzvahs, book launches etc!) Just email info@qirkz.com and we can have a chat! Or…are you celebrating your birthday at one of our shows???
At Camelot Lounge, the Birthday girl/boy (assuming they are 18+) gets a complementary bottle of wine!!!
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