10 MAY 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
KAREN LEE ANDREWS (formerly ‘Ms. Murphy’)
“Karen Lee Andrews is one of the most original and dignified talents to emerge in Australian popular entertainment for a long time. She manages simultaneously to be both imperious, yet vulnerable." – Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald
Karen Lee Andrews started singing in Church – beautiful Gospel songs in the tradition of her Polynesian culture. She grew up in a musical household, listening to her brother’s Motown records and singing along to the satin voice of Stevie Wonder.
Under her former stage name – ‘Ms Murphy’ - Karen came to public awareness in 2013, through her soul slaying performances on hit TV show, The Voice Australia where she won through to the Finals on Ricky Martin’s team. Since then she’s been writing and performing original material and creating an entirely new musical genre, which she calls ‘Oceanic Blues’.
As the Sirens of Greek mythology mesmerised sailors passing through the islands of the Mediterranean Sea, strap yourself to the mast and let the magical voice of Karen Lee Andrews from the Pacific Isles, beguile you at Eastern Lounge.
NAT & JULES
“The harmonies of Nat & Jules are that good, they remind you of Simon & Garfunkel or Crosby, Stills & Nash.” - Mike Smith, NS Times
Teaming up first as 8 year olds, Natalie and Julia first came to public attention winning a northern beaches Star Search talent quest at the beginning of 2012. They have gone on to perform successfully in eisteddfods, other talent shows and various public events as a duet and won through to the Semi-Finals of Channel 9’s Australia’s Got Talent in 2013… as 13 year olds!
Accomplished singers in their own right, magic happens when they come together, creating a vocal blend well beyond their years.
12 APRIL 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
JOHNNY G & THE E-TYPES ‘Women of Soul Revue’
“Johnny G & The E-Types is Sydney’s finest and most authentic Soul band.”
- The Basement
“With expert musicianship and plenty of gritty energy, Johnny G & The E-Types create a hard driving sound, led by the inimitable organ legend Johnny G. Guaranteed to make you get down and start to sweat.”
- The Metro Theatre
“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’ was featured on the ABC’s Sonic Journey in December 2018 and will be re-played in full this April in the lead up to our show.
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! Check out Johnny G & The E-Types online.
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/