11 JUNE 2021 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
WOLF MAIL'S 'PETER & THE WOLF'
"Raw, genuine and spontaneous... as close to the real thing as it gets."
- Sydney Morning Herald
"Peter Green somehow managed to follow Eric Clapton at his peak as lead guitarist of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. That's how good he was... one of the greatest players of all time!"
- Stevie Van Zandt
Wolf Mail is a celebrated guitarist in his own right. Born in Montreal, Canada, raised in France and California and now a resident of Sydney, Wolf has been touring since he was just 14.
Recognised worldwide as an accomplished Blues Rock guitarist and singer, Wolf has recorded and released seven internationally distributed, full-length albums and has performed over 3,000 shows touring no less than 26 countries. He’s recorded with the Steve Miller Band, has had Top 10 Billboard hits and supported artists such as Johnny Winter, Jimmy Vaughan and Jimmy Johnson.
In his live shows, Wolf has always featured the work of one of his true heroes, Peter Green. In particular he loves playing Green’s signature instrumental pieces. “Those magical instrumentals with their vibrato notes and clean, understated, stretched tones, scattered with space and harmonic feedback, are such a joy to play”, says Wolf. “Peter Green is one of my major influences. I’ve been waiting a long time to do this show.”
Peter Green was quite simply, one of the greatest Blues guitarists that Britain ever produced. His shape-shifting riffs and improvisational excursions made Fleetwood Mac one of the most exciting live bands of the 1960s Blues explosion. Whereas Clapton was known by Bluesbreakers fans as ‘God’, when Peter replaced him in that band, he quickly had the nickname ‘The Green God’ bestowed upon him.
In PETER & THE WOLF, Mail tells Peter Green’s story, illustrating it with a repertoire that presents all the well-known songs Green wrote for Fleetwood Mac. Green’s compositional skills at this stage of his career were exceptional, creating songs that were tender and truthful, yet often with an undercurrent of menace.
Wolf plays them all – the exquisitely dreamlike ‘Albatross’, ‘Oh Well’ with its pounding riffs, ‘Black Magic Woman’, (which incorporated Latin Blues and two exquisite solos and was later made famous by Carlos Santana), ‘The Supernatural’ and ‘Rolling Man’. In this amazing show, Wolf Mail also includes songs written by others that were famously recorded by Green - like Elmore James’ ‘Dust My Broom’ and Little Willie John’s ‘Need Your Love So Bad’. You’ll also hear tracks like the haunting ‘Got a Good Mind to Give Up Living’ and ‘Ramblin' Pony’.
Of course, no show about Peter Green would be complete without the cathartic ‘Man of the World’ recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1969. It’s a song about a man who can buy everything he needs, except the love he craves… reflecting very closely Green’s state of mind at that time.
Becoming increasingly dependent on LSD, the Blues genius decided he wanted to give all the money earned by Fleetwood Mac to charity. Unsurprisingly, his bandmates didn’t agree. So in May 1970, Green left the group he’d founded and slid into subsequent decades of schizophrenic obscurity, depression and psychiatric therapy. Green surfaced from time to time over the next 50 years, most prominently in 1998 when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. But in the end, his health declined rapidly. He died just less than a year ago on 25 July 2020 at the age of 73.
So if you were hoping for PETER & THE WOLF - the symphonic fairy tale written by Sergei Prokofiev, I’m sorry to disappoint. If you’re after a show filled with passionate Blues playing and some of the world’s best known songs written by an all-time music legend… that we can help with. Don’t miss this one!
“Peter’s guitar playing was one of the reasons I was excited to join Fleetwood Mac. My biggest regret is that I never got to share the stage with him. His legacy will live on forever.” – Stevie Nicks
“Out of all the British Blues guitar players of the ‘60s and early ‘70s, Peter Green was the only one who gave me chills!” – B.B. King
“He was a breathtaking singer, guitarist and composer.” - Whitesnake frontman, David Coverdale
“The second of the three legends John Mayall featured in the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green was one of the great guitar players of all time.” - Stevie Van Zandt
“Peter Green’s playing inspired so many of us, none more so than Gary Moore." – Thin Lizzy guitarist, Damon Johnson
JESSICA & AIDAN
“From the moment I first saw Jess and Aidan play, I knew straight away they were something special. Beautiful, sweet harmonies reminiscent of The Civil Wars (before they hated each other). Jessica's voice is equal parts sweet and soaring while Aidan is a young virtuoso. I can't wait to see them blossom on the Live Music Scene."
- Fran Liddle, aka 'Big Mama'
At Eastern Lounge, we love opening the show with a Discovery Act. We do so again this month with outstanding young duo, Jessica & Aidan. These classy young musos. have a performing pedigree that belies their young age.
Aidan Glover is the front man of powerhouse Blues Trio, The New South, who have previously played Eastern Lounge performing their original songs, reminiscent of Matt Corby, John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr and John Butler. He’s also appeared here as part of another combo., Two and a Half Men.
Aidan played that venerated live music venue, The Basement, at just 14 years of age and has since been regularly invited to play at the prestigious Thredbo Blues Festival and the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival.
Jessica Fraser originally left performing arts school to study fashion… however, she has both the talent and the ambition to be an outstanding vocalist and that’s the career path she’s now following. She auditioned for The Voice Australia last year and won through to appear on the show.
Jess and Aidan first met at performing arts school and quickly realised how complementary were their individual styles. This new collaboration was an obvious direction for them to pursue. Still new to the Sydney music scene in this format, the duo brings a different sound to wow audiences. Jessica’s exquisite voice glides over Aidan’s stylish guitar playing while they channel the music of artists like Lianne La Havas, Allen Stone, The Civil Wars and even Aretha Franklin. Be entertained!
14 MAY 2021 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
JOHNNY G & THE E-TYPES
"Johnny G & The E-Types is Sydney's finest and most authentic Soul band."
- The Basement
"Johnny G & The E-Types' 'Women of Soul Revue' is all Killer, no filler!"
You will not want to miss this show, when Johnny G & The E-Types present a celebratory tribute to some of the most powerful Women of Soul to ever grace the stage. This is a supreme band with two of Australia’s very best female Soul Singers out front in Julz Di Sisto and Sarina Jennings.
This stunning show honours some of the greatest female voices ever, from Etta James and Dusty Springfield to Carla Thomas and Mavis Staples. And of course, there’s a special salute to the undeniable Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. (And no woman in this country sings Aretha better than ‘Soul Sista’ Julz Di Sisto!)
Other formidable females whose songs you’ll hear brought to life on this special night include Laura Lee, Linda Lyndell, Jean Knight and Sugar Pie De Santo. The Set List includes Soul classics like Respect, You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, Chain Of Fools, Rock Steady, Say A Little Prayer, Mr Big Stuff, Son Of A Preacher Man, What A Man, I’d Rather Go Blind, Tell Mama, Baby I Love You, I Can’t Stand The Rain, Do Right Man Do Right Woman, I Ain’t Never Loved A Man and more.
The ‘Women of Soul Revue’ has been featured on the ABC’s Sonic Journey. The 8-piece Johnny G & The E-Types, driven by Johnny G on Hammond organ and complete with horn section, is Sydney’s premier Soul band. Let me introduce you...
- Johnny (G) Gauci on Hammond and Piano (Ed Kuepper, Leonardo's Bride, Dom Turner)
- ‘Soul Sista # 1’ Julz Di Sisto – lead vocals (Ngariie, David Campbell, The Voice)
- Sarina Jennings – lead vocals (The Australian Fleetwood Mac Show, Woodstock Festival Tribute)
- Nick ‘The Colonel’ Meredith on Guitar (Cotton Keyes & Morris, Tim Finn, C, Matt Finish)
- Antero ‘Skinny’ Ceschin on Drums (Continental Blues Party, The Mighty Reapers)
- Emile ‘The Bottom Line’ Nelson on Bass (Delta Goodrem, Christine Anu)
- Murray ‘Satisfaction’ Jackson on Saxophone (Jersey Boys, The Mothership Orchestra)
- Simon ‘Mr Fabulous’ Ferenci on Trumpet (Watussi, King John Cleary)
I promise you, these guys will have you dancing all night like it’s Memphis in 1967!
13 APRIL 2018 | FRIDAY | 7.30PM
"A highly energetic and enthusiastic band that just
makes you smile."
- Organisers, The Gum Ball Festival
"V Tribe is non-stop Polynesian dance music at its best."
- Proprietor, The River Canyon Restaurant, Parramatta
Filled with energy and a real love for 'Tongan backyard tunes' (as they put it), smooth Reggae & Roots outfit V Tribe has been influenced by the band members’ Polynesian heritage, together with all the great Reggae, Roots, Ska, Dub and Dancehall Masters from Bob Marley onwards.
Performing together since 2005, V Tribe has been trimmed from its original 11-piece line-up of brothers and cousins to a tighter six-piece, full of rhythm, percussion and horns. It still contains four of the Vaivao brothers and two close family friends, considered ‘brothers’ by the others.
The family-based group has come a long way since inception. They’ve supported Julian Marley (son of Bob) at Sydney’s ‘Stir It Up’ Festival… opened for Maxi Priest on his big ‘Easy To Love’ Australian tour… and played The Enmore theatre with Kiwi roots rockers Katchafire (nominated for Best International Band at the British Reggae Music Awards).
The band has also shared stages with Guy Sebastian, Grammy-nominee JBoog, Fiji and Stan Walker.
Though with plenty of wonderful original material in their repertoire, V Tribe also performs covers of songs by heroes such as Bob Marley, Blackstreet and Bruno Mars.
Regardless of origins, you can bet V Tribe will be cooking up some sweet Reggae vibes… and we’re going to party, Island style! So wear your loudest shirt or skirt and we’ll dress the room and provide the coolest cocktails to match the upbeat mood sure to pervade the room.
Don't miss out when ‘The Tribe’ comes to Eastern Lounge, pouring their love and good vibes into Roseville like none other has. If you want to dance, and you want to dance with a smile on your face, come party with V Tribe.
Read more about VTribe at: https://www.facebook.com/VTribeMusic/
LINES OF FLIGHT
“From the first note, Lines of Flight owned the room
and treated us to a delicious musical narrative."
- Calvin Welch, iHear Music @ Lazybones
Since ‘Lines of Flight’ last played Eastern Lounge in 2016, supporting Gypsy Jazzmen Arabesk, (coincidentally ALSO on a Friday the 13th), the band’s fortunes have continued to rise… (lucky for some)!
They’ve since performed alongside the likes of multi-award winning Canadian Folk duo Madison Violet, as well as Folk Alliance Artist of the Year, Monique Clare, Victorian Festival regular Nigel Wearne and all the way from Mauritius, Kool Vibration (who we’ll see here at Eastern Lounge in July). They’ve played at venues across Sydney from Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville to Fairlight Folk, The Music Lounge and Kave Bar on the north side, as well as Festivals from Cessnock to Collaroy.
And they’ve had Chart success too… Lines of Flight has the distinction of having held the No. 1 spot on Reverbnation’s Sydney Folk Chart for no less than 10 months straight! As a result, the Reverbnation team selected two of the band’s songs for curation and their track ‘Oceans Calling’ is featured on a Reverbnation promotional playlist of ‘Top Emerging Folk Artists’ released just this month.
The band’s name describes the creative potential of not just breaking away from the norm but shooting in an unexpected and refreshing direction. This is the approach taken by Brent Keogh (vocals, guitar, mandolin and oud) and Katie Anderson (b/v, flute, Irish whistle, percussion) to their music. The line-up now also includes regular appearances by outstanding guest Tabla player Shaun Premnath who will again be joining Lines of Flight at Eastern Lounge.
With their unique and earthy fusion of Folk, World, Classical, Celtic and Pop influences, Lines of Flight is all class, yet retains a sense of fun within every performance. The band unearths hidden gems among the world’s acoustic sounds, taking us on a sonic journey that is at once familiar, yet completely unpredictable.
Check out Lines of Flight online at: https://www.linesofflight.info/