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Bluesfest 2016

A bit more news on next Easter’s Bluesfest program, only a few month’s away.  Get yer tix now !

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys will perform the music from the album “Pet Sounds” in its entirety !

Brian Wilson

The 27th Annual Bluesfest is shaping up to be one of the best festivals yet, and the musical feast ranging from contemporary, blues and roots, legends and soul has tempted music lovers from near and far to make the pilgrimage to Byron Bay next Easter. Stay tuned for the next artist announcement for the festival coming this Thursday 26th November.

For those who love their music and can’t make the trip, Bluesfest Touring has it covered and continues to announce an impressive array of official sideshows happening around the country next March and April.

TAJ MAHAL – performing solo for the first time in Australia in over 20 years!

The legendary musician Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys and the architect of the Californian sound headlines the massive third announcement of Bluesfest sideshows. In the 50th Anniversary celebration of Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson is coming to Australia for the final performances of the resounding masterpiece live in its entirety including the hits; ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘Sloop John B’, and ‘God Only Knows’ as well as his greatest hits.

Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds is a rare, unforgettable live music experience spanning 2 Parts: Act 1: Pet Sounds and Act 2: His Greatest Hits and will feature his incredible band including original Beach Boys member Al Jardine and long-term member Blondie Chaplin. Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble has described bringing Brian Wilson to Australia to perform Pet Sounds as a “pinch me I must be dreaming moment”.

2015 has marked a triumphant return for Brian Wilson with a brand new solo release No Pier Pressure, as well as the release of Love & Mercy – the commended biographical film about Brian’s remarkable life, which has opened up his music to a whole new audience. Long-time fans and those who have just discovered Brian Wilson will be able to see him in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, New Zealand and at Bluesfest with a Sydney date to be announced soon.

For us at Get Shot Magazine, we are looking forward to seeing Melissa Etheridge surely one of the most exciting artists on stage and record.

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Blues fans of Taj Mahal will be delighted to hear the composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist will be performing solo and unplugged for the first time in Australia since 1994. Famous for nearly singlehandedly reshaping the definition and scope of the blues, via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy winner from Massachusetts has been writing and performing for over fifty years. Taj Mahal will be performing Bluesfest sideshows in Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney and Perth.

Experimental avant-garde group The Residents will be bringing their quirky show Shadowland to Sydney and Bluesfest in their first return to Australia in a decade. The Residents have been regarded as icons in the world of experimental music for over forty years and have garnered legendary status for their visionary music and unique aesthetics and managing to keep their identity a secret over their entire career.

Australian audiences will be taken on a journey into the wilds of the world and the heart when LA based Lord Huron bring their dreamy and inventive story-telling folk to Melbourne and Sydney for their debut Bluesfest sideshows. Their most recent album Strange Trails (April 2015) debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Albums and received widespread critical acclaim.

Soul sensations Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be coming to Sydney and Melbourne for their Australian touring debut in 2016. Originally a solo singer-songwriter, Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff formed the seven-piece soul band in 2013. Their debut self-titled album was released to widespread acclaim on the iconic Stax Records in 2015 and peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. A rousing performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has fast tracked the group to stardom; they were the #1 buzz artist at the Latitude Festival and have made it on Billboard’s list of predictions for the ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy Award for 2016.

With the announcement that Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and previously announced artists Allen Stone and St. Paul & The Broken Bones will be on the road next March, Bluesfest Touring is bringing the best of the blue-eyed soul revival to Australia next year.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will be performing their blend of ‘Cowboy Hippy Surf Rock’ in their debut Australian tour. The band alongside Lukas’s brother Micah Nelson, recently became Canadian musician Neil Young’s backing band on his thirty-sixth studio album, The Monsanto Years (June 2015), and its accompanying tour. The Monsanto Years debuted in the Billboard Charts at #21 and on the Australian ARIA albums charts at #23.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have also played with the likes of John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan. Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honour a promise he made to his father, legendary Country musician Willie Nelson. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will be performing Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.

With 25 Blues Music Award nominations and seven wins over an illustrious career spanning eleven albums, Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. She most recently won the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Award (her fifth win in this category), bringing her to seven wins, and she also won the coveted Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this Award, Koko Taylor being the first). Janiva Magness will be making her Bluesfest debut in March 2016 and performing official sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Count your lucky stars if you get to catch blues New Yorker, guitar maestro Lucky Peterson in Melbourne, Sydney or his Bluesfest debut in March.

LUCKY_PETERSON_CF033892_couleur©JMLUBRANOWith 18 solo albums to his name, Buffalo born Peterson released his first record at five years old in 1969, discovered by Blues legend Willie Dixon. The Blues Music Award nominee, vocalist, pianist, guitarist, French horn player and gun on the Hammond organ, fuses contemporary blues, soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll.

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Brian Wilson for Bluesfest 2016

Got your tickets for Bluesfest next Easter 2016 ? Getting any good vibrations yet ?

Great lineup coming … the latest is that Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys will be performing all of the “Pet Sounds” material – that’s one of the most influential albums of all time – live in its entirety in an extended set, as well as his greatest hits, and there’s lots of them !

BB2016Artists announced so far for Bluesfest 2016 include such well known and fantastic artists as Melissa Etheridge, Joe Bonamassa, The National, Grace Potter, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, The Cat Empire and Tom Jones.

Here is the latest Playing Schedule … watch this space for more announcements.

All 5, 3 & 1 day festival and camping tickets are on sale and selling fast  and are available through www.bluesfest.com.au or phone the office on 02 6685 8310.

Rock Photography Exhibition

Rock Photography by Tony Mott

This Saturday, a new exhibition opens at the State Library on New South Wales in the Mitchell & Dixson Galleries and runs until 7 February 2016.

Australia’s premier rock photographer, Tony Mott has captured all aspects of the rock and roll lifestyle through his camera lens. An untrained photographer, he got his break with a photograph of Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the band Divinyls, and went on to become Australia’s leading rock photographer.

Mott has had over 30,000 photographs published in 20 countries and his images have appeared on the covers of 500 CDs, 400 posters and more than 900 magazines.

His book, “Rock Photography – The New Trainspotting” hints maybe at the way digital technology has allowed a lower skill level entry point – suggesting perhaps that anyone with a pulse and say $3000 can afford a full frame Nikon or Canon and a f/2.8 70-200mm lens, reasonable kit to become a rock photographer.

keef-by-tony-mott132Mott was the photographer the bands asked for and his portfolio features the biggest and greatest names in music such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and U2 as well as the rich and varied NSW independent band scene. From candid portraits to awe inspiring live shots Mott has a unique ability to connect with his subject.

Through the photography of Tony Mott the enormous changes in the music industry in Australia over the last twenty years can be tracked. The death of music street press, the loss of music venues as well the change to digital photography have all affected the music scene and as a consequence the art of rock photography.

Image: “Keef” (Keith Richards) by Tony Mott

Limit of Love

Limit Of Love2Album Review

Boy & Bear

“Limit Of Love”

By Rufus Onfire

Interesting times for those folkie rockers Boy & Bear. A couple of albums into their career but where to next after an ARIA award winning debut followed by a steady as she goes follow up in 2013?

Try starting with some old fashioned recording straight to tape on this new album with few overdubs and also bringing in heavy hitter Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon, Crowded House, Paolo Nutini to name a few he’s twiddled the knobs for along the way) to see where this shift takes them.

The opener and title track eases in with some cowbell (is there any other way to cowbell it up) and a steady groove that builds nicely on the electrics as it plays out. First offering and lead single “Walk The Wire” sees a synth used in the band’s arsenal for the first time with a nod to an early INXS tune in parts sound wise.

Familiar ground then beckons with “Where’d You Go” it’s gentle swagger may seem pedestrian to some but remembering the live element recording wise showcases a band deep in the necessary groove to make it work. Dave Hosking’s vocals are once more crisp and concise on record even with the change in approach laying it down as the track ends and segues into “Hollow Ground”.

The band jumped around the instruments when writing these songs over a week spent in a south coast shack, and this seems to provide a spark on songs like “Breakdown Slow” as did encouraging a more collaborative process songwriting wise, with many picking the tune “Showdown” as the chief beneficiary of this.

So the songs are there, the straight to tape recording method noted as well as the input of John’s production and instrument too, so what is missing that makes this a good album but not a great one?

A few listens in and while it’s a solid release it seems the killer punch to get into that great album status is hard to pin down for me. Sure the band have said it’s feel and sound is more like a live show than the extra textures of their earlier releases and there’s nothing wrong with another steady as she goes album.

But for now that sign or sound that says “over and above” is taking it’s time to make an appearance for me, but hey a few more listens may just see it peer up from the bushes it’s perched behind and show it’s not only good but great.

Rating 3.5/5

Glenn Cardier – All Guns Blazing

Story by Jane Hearn :: Photos John Snelson

All guns blazing …. that’s how Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow went out in their performance on Friday night !

Dave Keogh - Altruistic Live Music Tragic ImpresarioDave Keogh delivered another great night of music and entertainment at the Eastern Lounge, his monthly Friday night blues club, this weekend.

This is a project that just seems to work – it has all the right elements

  • a club atmosphere in a surprisingly intimate venue;
  • a dedicated host who presents a thoughtful choice of musical guests; and
  • real music lovers who appreciate the musicians and their host.

There is plenty of good will here and Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow was a great choice to headline the celebration of the Eastern Lounge’s 50th show.

It was a full house for one of Australia’s best lyricists who has evolved a unique musical sound and compelling story telling style.

Glenn Cardier has written over 300 songs, worked at London’s Marquee and Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Glasgow Apollo and Liverpool Empire, through to Sunbury and the Sydney Opera House. He’s played every major Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival in Australia and performed at concerts with Frank Zappa, Spike Milligan and Manfred Mann.

Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow

Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow

The “sound” is a kind of fusion of blues rock, spaghetti Western and the dance macabre shot through with the highly creative imagination of a street poet. Cardier is in the vein of Lou Reed, Oscar Wilde, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits. You get the picture?

His songs are full of pathos, love, violence, and humour – tackling the harder issues, his expression of the profound and cruel ironies of life is masterful. There is a lot of music out there to enjoy but Cardier connects you to a deeper reality. That is true art – a sliver of gritty, undeniable realism delivered inside a riff that goes straight to the heart.

Glenn CardierAJS_1642 The haunting sound of Rex Goh’s Gretsch you can hear on “Signs and Wonders” is classic Goh.  This is an iconic Cardier song – people respond to this kind of honesty, to artists who name the un-namable as Cardier does here – a song about “the old punch & judy show” conjures the circus of ‘love’ corrupted by domestic violence.  It sounds heavy but as the song progresses the tension builds with that relentless riff to a climax that clears away any doubt.

The band is made up of five excellent musicians.

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First and foremost (above left) is Rex Goh a modest and incredibly impressive lead guitarist. Mick Malouf – pick a bass, any bass, upright double or electric (above right), and Phil Grove on accordian and keyboards with Davo Fester on the percussion and drums. All skillful and talented professionals.

Rex provides the earthy signature riff on many of the songs on his Gretsch guitars. Later in the evening Rex picked up a Fender Strat to get the Hendrix sound. Great stuff.

Glenn Cardier pictured with Davo Fester on those driving drums and Rex Goh, on that weeping guitar

Glenn Cardier pictured with Davo Fester on those driving drums and Rex Goh, on that weeping guitar

Rex Goh without apparent effort, complements his leader’s talents and unassumingly and persistently pulls the crowd in toward the band.

The excitement is palpable with lots of spontaneous ovations for the paced solos that showcase the entire band.

Special guest Christian Marsh accompanied Cardier on several numbers.
Glenn CardierAJS_1646He was fascinating to watch and certainly not your average foot stomping blues player. He brought a surprising mix of Australian, US and European influences to his sensitive harmonica playing. At times he was just plain mournful. I was so curious I bought Marsh’s own CD The Lilting and true enough as the title suggests it’s been the melodic background soundtrack for the weekend.  Love his version of “Hallelujah“.

The Roseville Memorial Club is host to these events at The Eastern Lounge … and this time, the sound was brilliant.

Glenn Cardier receiving a standing ovation = and rightly so

Glenn Cardier receiving a standing ovation = and rightly so

As Dave Keogh said in his roundup at the end of the evening … “If Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow is not the best band in Australia, I don’t know what is“.  Agreed.

Glenn Cardier to Play The Eastern Lounge

The Legend Returns

Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow plus dinner at The Eastern Lounge – best night out this side of the North Sydney Coal Loader.

Read what we thought of the performance last time he was in these parts : Glenn Cardier at The Eastern Lounge (by John Snelson Editor, Get Shot Magazine).

Glenn Cardier is a legend – he is uncompromising, he writes great lyrics and surrounds himself with top class musicians.

“There’s no-one else on the Australian music scene quite like Glenn Cardier. From the finely chiselled storylines and the razor sharp observations to the off- kilter delivery of his cryptic vignettes, he is a genuine one-off… a maverick… and you wouldn’t want it any other way.” – Trevor Leeden, Rhythms Magazine

Glenn Cardier at the last Eastern Lounge performance :: Photo – John Snelson

Glenn Cardier has enchanted audiences from London’s Marquee and Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Glasgow Apollo and Liverpool Empire, through to Sunbury and the Sydney Opera House. He’s played every major Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival in Australia and concerts with Frank Zappa, Spike Milligan and Manfred Mann… yet he loves playing Eastern Lounge. This is Glenn’s 3rd appearance at our humble venue and we’re thrilled to have him back!

Jamie Lindsay is supporting Glenn Cardier tonight – Jamie began playing guitar at the age of 9 and has been using it to write and express himself ever since.

Songwriting is his forte but in over 20 years as a professional musician, he has also developed into a skilled guitarist, vocalist and entertainer. Jamie’s played at all of Sydney’s major venues, performing his own wonderful originals as well as many classic hits you’ll know and love.

He’s supported many great artists from Richard Clapton and Ian Moss to Jack Jones, Diesel and Jeff Martin (The Tea Party). He was signed to the INXS-owned label ‘A&R Publishing’ in 2002 and worked with guitarist Tim Farriss… and he’s also recorded with the legendary songwriter/producer Harry Vanda.

Jamie’s passion for music continues to drive his creativity and his thirst for professional development. He’s someone we’ve been trying to get to Eastern Lounge for a long time… this is going to be a GREAT SHOW! MORE…

Bigsound Live 2015

Review by Noddy (Producer – HomeBrew Radio)

Bigsound is an annual music event held in Brisbane across 2 days each September. By day, it’s a music industry conference, by night it morphs into Bigsound Live, with the inner city suburb of Fortitude Valley opening up 18 of its venues to showcase around 150 acts over 2 nights. An impossible feat for anyone to see everything, but this here writer sure gave it a good shake!

Night 1 of Bigsound  Live kicked off with Adelaide rockers Grenadiers who put in a powerful performance in front of an appreciative and yet surprisingly sized crowd for so early in the evening.

uOlympiaMelbourne’s Olympia by contrast shone with her pop stylings.

She dazzled the crowd not only with her shimmering red shiny dress, but her catchy tunes including breakthrough single “This is why we can’t have nice things”.

The rock returned with more of a punk edge as Super Best Friends reminded punters of their veteran like status, compared with many of their lesser experienced acts that shared the Bigsound bill.

Next up was one of the more exciting acts to come out of Perth in the past 12 months Methyl Ethel.

With their somewhat darker take on the pop genre, an impressive showcase set included the unique vocals of frontman and founding member Jake Webb and the effective use of percussion with the band’s drummer doubling as the backdrop to much of the melody lines that permeate the songs, through use of what appeared to be an electronic touchpad of sorts.

Undoubtedly the highlight of night 1 was Harts, the one man amazing music machine (well he is supported by a drummer) of Darren Hart.


It’s no surprise that this guy is compared to both Prince and Jimi Hendrix, given he has the moves and presence of the former, with the guitar prowess of the latter.

Prince even contacted him after seeing his stuff online and was so impressed he invited him over to the US to visit his renowned Paisley Park Studios! Harts is an artist who will certainly go places and the capacity crowd at Fortitude Valley’s The Foundry was a testament to that.

Final showcase gig of the evening was from Holy Holy, the duo of Brisbane’s Tim Carroll and Melbourne’s Oscar Dawson who have recently impressed the writer with their debut album “When the storms would come”. The band were as tight live as they are on record, but with a little more grunt to their anthemic pop/rock tunes which hark back to the days of well crafted lyrics and impressive guitar lead breaks. The 30 minute showcase set format simply wasn’t enough to experience what is the majesty of this band, certainly one to watch!

Night 2 of Bigsound Live was equally as exciting as the previous evening and got off to a cracking start with local Brisbane act Morning Harvey, fronted by Spencer White who embraces everything that is dynamic showman and powering through a set of tunes that certainly harked back to the heady days of the 80’s.

StonefieldNB Poster by Bec Opin

The sisters Findlay, better known as Stonefield were up next.

It has been a few years since this writer had last seen them play.

So there was some initial realisation on how much the younger siblings had grown and the music with them.

Their signature psychedelic rock stylings is still their calling card.

Yet now, there is certainly more punch in of the newer material, as well as some renewed life in their back catalogue.

Melbourne’s Mojo Juju changed the pace and showed the eclectic nature of the performers at Bigsound with her melting pot of blues, funk and soul. With an impressive backing band which included a Brisbane based saxophonist, Mojo made it pretty clear she was in the mood to spice things up and that she did!

One of the much hyped acts Tiny Little Houses failed to deliver on same for mine in the live setting. Admittedly frontman Caleb Karvountzis does have a distinctive voice, but with the lack of any real stage presence, this saw their set a tad disappointing at times when compared with the tracks on offer on their latest EP “You tore out my heart”.

Arriving on stage at seminal venue The Zoo as an 8 piece, Brisbane party band The John Steel Singers quickly expanded to 12 members as additional guests joined them across their showcase set. The music was infectious, catchy and up-vibe, how could you not have a great time watching these guys!

uwinterbourneThe night came to a close with Central Coast duo Winterbourne who with a full band behind them added a new dynamic to the folk tinged pop sounds that appeared on their 2014 EP. The harmonies were still there, but some new songs showed there is now more depth to this act which are set to release their 2nd EP later in 2015.

You’ve got to hand it to Brisbane for putting on a well planned and organised event like this and to be honest, no other capital city in Australia could pull it off!

Where else can you find 18 venues all within walking distance of each other as exists in Fortitude Valley.

Bring on Bigsound 2016 I say!

Foals :- “What Went Down”

Review by Rufus Onfire

The musician’s quandary.

For Oxford indie band Foals, what map to navigate after the success that was 2013’s “Holy Fire” album ?

Same again?  Head back to early influences? Take it to the next level and look for a crossover element?

For main man Yannis Philippakis and co. it would be the latter as they decamped to La Fabrique studios in Paris and enlisted the services of James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Peaches) on production to see where this new direction would take them.

The early mail was to expect a heavier sounding album, something Ford given his CV would bring to the table. First taste offered up (the title track) confirmed this and had you thinking Holy Fire Pt.2 was not on the agenda.

And while the guitars have been turned up a notch, it isn’t decibel overload here sound wise as the band blend out and out rock with rhythms and riffs that still provide a nod to their previous work but add enough touches to demonstrate the move away in the process.

2nd single “Mountain At My Gates” with its thumping bass drum leading into a punchy soundscape building towards a thunderous end showcases this perfectly and has long term resident live show wise already in its DNA.

“Birch Tree” and “Give It All” will be the go to tracks for early fans of the band’s work, savoured and then taken up a notch as the “new Ford Formula” makes it mark, the band in synch with what this brings to the table as well.

Album high mark and track that has future anthem all over it “Albatross” belies its title and lyrical content here and should be to this album what My Number was to its predecessor, building superbly to a cracking climax of song.

“Snake Oil” has a nod to the likes of New Order while “London Thunders” leaves the pace behind, slowing things down where percussive persuasion seals the deal.

“Lonely Hunter” is the sweet slice of indie pop that still sits nicely on the musical plate offered here for our ears while closer “A Knife In The Ocean” looks to take a dollop from each track and while doing its job having already gorged on 9 tasty morsels prior to it a small snippet is all you want.

Following up a solid release like Holy Fire was never going to be easy. But by rolling the dice and changing tack Foals have delivered another fine album, one which should see them now at ease in their main game surrounds and on top of their game.

Quandary, what quandary!

Rating 4.5/5

Caloundra Music Festival 2015

Caloundra Music Festival 2015

Caloundra Music Festival smThe Caloundra Music Festival has been called an “intimate affair.

It’s held right on the beach with a fantastic lineup of music.

Festival director Richie Eyles asks, ”why wouldn’t you come?”.

We thought it such a good question, a cracker of a lineup and such a great opportunity that Get Shot Magazine will be there ourselves with full coverage, performance reviews and photographs of all the action.

With it’s eclectic mix of music, there is something for all tastes.

Look at this fantastic lineup :-

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In its 9th year, the Caloundra Music Festival is a not-for-profit festival set up to showcase the Sunshine coast and more particularly the Kings Beach area of Caloundra where the actual music festival is held.

The build up to the festival starts with the Fringe Festival the week before with arts, culture, comedy, cinema, music & culinary delights.

See you at Caloundra Music Festival from the 2nd to 5th October.


JHD Revival Band & The Arc Riders @ The Eastern Lounge

Story and Photos by John Snelson & Jane Hearn

There is only one decent music venue on the North Shore of Sydney, that is The Eastern Lounge in Roseville.  It’s a pretty sad indictment of the live music scene in Sydney.

However, here, David Keogh bravely puts on one helluva top quality show a month. On Saturday, he brought The JHD Revival Band north of the Harbour for the first time plus The Arc Riders.  That in itself is quite an achievement.

More photos of The Arc Riders and JHD Revival Band can be seen here by clicking on the thumbnails in the Get Shot Magazine Galleries.

As forementioned, supporting JHD, we had the added privilege of seeing Tony Cini’s new outfit The Arc Riders. The new band is modeled in the new style like The Dead Daisies on a collective of top class musos. 

On this Saturday, Tony brought together Al Britton on bass, Bruce Stephens on drums and Phil Knight on guitar.  By any measure, we had a great lineup on Saturday – jamming in also was the impressive Juan Pablo Ordonez.

Tony Cini’s new blues outfit – The Arc Riders

What did we think about the new Arc Riders ?

On Saturday night, the Arc Riders’ brought a new vision to the North Shore, bringin’ back the blues !

A new Arc Riders album recorded at Ryan Van Gennip’s new studio up in the mountains is in production and will be available soon.

Tony tells me that this will feature new material.

The version of “Hey Joe” on Saturday night was one of the best I have ever heard.

Full marks to Phil Knight (accompanied by Juan Pablo Ordonez), Bruce Stephens and Al Britton for driving the band home behind Tony Cini’s forceful vocals.

Great stuff Tony – you really nailed it! We are looking forward to hearing the new repertoire and the new album too !

New South American guitarist Juan Pablo Ordonez  …. with Phil Knight

I’ve long been an admirer of Bruce Stephens, an excellent and purist drummer in style and presentation. If you watch and listen you can almost hear him think with his hands and feet. A pleasure indeed at any show where Bruce sits behind the pots and pans – and he is a real gentleman !  There you are Bruce, gotcha in one shot below.

Bruce Stephens rockin’ up a storm on the tins and skins

After the interlude, and a considerable amount of time spent by the panel guy trying to get the sound check right, we got under way with The JHD Revival Band, certainly the best music heard north of the Waverton Coal Loader since the last concert of Galapagus Duck and The Enormous Horns at The Great Northern Hotel last century.

Leading from the front is Emily Benson – a gifted bluesy singer who just gets better and better each time I hear her. She is a force of nature who really gives it everything she’s got.

The talented Em Benson fronts the JHD Revival Band

John Hardaker’s band had a few new faces (new to us, that is) for a variety of reasons.  Mike Wheatley is a great new keys man and Greg Levine has joined the One Truth Horns on tenor sax. In addition this Saturday, standing in for Ed Thomas Hughes (who is carousing around the Caribbean) on the congas/percussion it was a great performance by the unassuming Alex Hitlian.    Shannon Haritos is also overseas on tour and the impressive Jess Dunn was standing in and did a great job. Let hope we see more of her. All up, a really good lineup of talented young musicians who deliver the real thing.

Stalwarts of the JHD team – on drums holding it all together was Lozz Benson, alto sax Abi McCunn and vocalist Emily Benson – all led of course by the remarkable John Hardaker who gracefully ensures that each band member gets their moment in the limelight.

(Best wishes to baritone sax lady Shauna O’Neill who was unavailable on Saturday night.)

John Hardaker and impressive new bassist Jess Dunn

We were treated to a miscellany of great music – some written by John and perhaps assisted by others in the band – and covers including a rousing version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and Janice Joplin’s “Come On Over“. 

The band also featured songs from their CDs and videos including “Revelator”, “Don’t Cut Me Out”, “Grow Your Own”, “Spoonful of the Blues” and “Do The Right Thing”.

The Eastern Lounge – an oasis of good music in the North Shore Desert

The best was kept to the last … a rousing drum solo by Lozz Benson and percussionist on the congas Alex Hitlian in which they changed places without stopping playing … pure theatre … entertainment topping off a top night !

Lozz Benson and new congas/percussionist Alex Hitlian swap seats

I cannot leave this article without paying tribute to David Keogh – the man behind The Eastern Lounge. Without David’s vision and commitment, there would be no, that is zilch, nada blues, jazz or funky music on the North Shore of Sydney.  Since the demize of Lizotte’s at Dee Why, there is a dearth of music venues – ha-ha, leaving aside the Hornsby Bloodhouse and the Bayview at  Gladesville .  So, thank you David, you are a whiz.

You can keep up with what is happening at these monthly events by visiting The Eastern Lounge website to see what is coming up.

Shows coming up before the end of the year include  Johnny G & The E Types celebrating Otis Redding in September, Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow, and in October a frequent visitor to the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival Canada’s Charlie A’Court – all look pretty exciting !

Get Shot Magazine will be there – we go to all the best shows in town !

More photos of The Arc Riders and JHD Revival Band can be seen here by clicking on the thumbnails in the Get Shot Magazine Galleries.


Glenn Cardier receiving a standing ovation = and rightly so
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