|TALENT The Second Berry Blues and
Comedy Festival / December 3-5, 2004
2004 Berry Blues & Comedy Festival had a
great lineup of top entertainment. It was held at The
Great Southern Hotel in the historic town of Berry,
located in southern New South Wales, Australia.
Here is a rundown on some
of the acts who were performing over the three day festival.
here to listen to a sound clip (386kb)
Steve Flack is an extremely
well-rounded player and has extensive, live solo experience
playing jazz, blues and rock
is also classically trained and has studied with Greg
Pikler, one of Australia's foremost classical guitarists.
from classical guitar Steve has gone on to study jazz
with the great Ike Issacs, the top London session player
from 1948 - 1972. Ike played with legends such as Frank
Sinatra and Stephan Grappelli. Steve was fortunate to
be able to tap into the enormous knowledge and ability
of Ike, an experience which resulted in friendship and
live performance together.
jazz tuition was attained in America under the guidance
of Bucky Pizzerelli, guitar player for the great Benny
Goodman. Bucky was hired after a true giant of the guitar,
Charlie Christian, had unfortunately pass away.
well as the myriad of smaller gigs, Steve has performed
In solo mode at music events such as The Berry Blues
Festival, The Tamworth Country Music Festival and The
Kurnell Music Festival. Opening for the likes of Phil
Emanuel, The Backsliders, Harper, Matt Walker, Eugene
"Hideaway" Bridges and Steve Arvey has further enhanced
Steve's reputation as a consumate guitar player.
here to listen to a sound clip (384kb)
Since being billed by The
Sydney Blues Stage in 2000 as 'Steel City Favorites'
The Taildraggers have continued to live up to that name
with plenty of solid performance at venues in and around
the Sydney, South Coast and Hunter regions.
band has now well and truly established a reputation,
particularly in the Illawarra, with a large fan base
and would have to be considered one of the more successful
bands in the region, blues or otherwise.
the latter half of 2004, with a new lineup, enthusiasm
and musical direction The Taildraggers are hell-bent
on living up to their hard-earned reputation for their
exciting brand of supercharged rhythm & blues.
the band is comprised of Warren Ross - guitar, Lawrence
Davis - fretless bass, Michael 'Junior' Griffiths -
drums, and Wyn Morris - saxophone.
the past five years the band has gone from strength
to strength with memorable performances at the following
high profile events:
The Best Of The Blues’ & ‘Steel City Blues’ -
Balgownie Blues Festivals 2000/2001
Annual Milton Motorcycle Show 2000/2001/2002
South Western Sydney Blues & Roots Festival 2003
Voodoofest 2003 & 2004
Shellharbour Workers (with Ross Wilson, Kevin
Moss, Chain, The Bondi Cigars & The Detonators)
Berry Blues Festival 2003
Newcastle Blues Festival 2003/2004
early 2005 recording with A# Studios will become a priority
for the band.
here to listen to a sound clip (420kb)
Newcastle outfit, The Jugbusters
have been performing at festivals, cabarets and pubs
for a year now and their act is just getting more extraordinary
each time. The foot-tapping repertoire blends swing,
jazz, blues, country, folk, music-hall and minstrel
styles with a multi-cultural appendage of Mississippi
and New Orleans Jug, Hawaiian Jug, Aussie Jug, Persian
Jug and Nice Jugs.
here to listen to a sound clip (401kb)
The passion and charisma
of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan
Michael Smith - Drum Media (March 2003)
are a powerful, 3 piece progressive blues outfit from
Sydney who are fast gaining a reputation as one of the
best young bands in the country. The band is known for
the crazed, other worldly performances of Jan Rynsaardt
(guitar/vocalist for the group) driven by a fat, funky
bottom end in the form of Dean Calkin on Bass, and Ekko
Gaha, drums. They have a growing following Australia
wide and bring a unique, heavy, blues/roots style of
music with its own stamp of originality to the stage.
band Rynsaadt began when Jan Rynsaardt teamed up with
bass player Dean Calkin and drummer Ekko Gaha - the
three hit it off from the word go. It was obvious from
the very first blow that there was a unique energy surrounding
the group that each gave to the other. This energy was
shared then spat out in a frenzy of fat grooves, twisted
and contorted feelings that became the big sound of
Rynsaardt as known today. Although it's hard to put
a label on the type of music they play, one way to describe
it is a blues based band with an eclectic mix of funk,
rock and metal. The band considers themselves an original
act and hold preference to this though are prone to
unleash a variety of red hot covers from legends such
as Jimmy Hendrix, Albert King and Muddy Waters.
the last year Rynsaardt have played Bridgetown Blues
Fest in W.A, closed the show at the Great Southern Blues
and Rockabilly Festival at Narooma N.S.W, shared the
stage with INXS and Killing Heidi at the Harley Davidson
Open Road 100th Anniversary Tour and, more recently,
played two explosive shows at the East Coast Blues and
Roots Festival in Byron Bay that left the crowd crying
out for more.
band are now in pre production for their up coming debut
album. Rynsaardt are a very strong, original act combined
with an onstage energy that will electrify the soul.
Electric Guitar Player
Phil's musical prowess is so astonishing that there
are times when the man becomes the guitar and the guitar
becomes the man. His passion is illuminating, his ability
is breathtaking - GLENN
brother Tommy plays it sweet Phil plays it from the
street. Phil's playing has so much fire and his chops
on the electric are pretty well as good as you'll get
- AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN
phenomenonal technical skills thrilled the audience.
His fingers looked like tarantulas' legs running down
an electric/acoustic web of intricate frets and passages
- COURIER MAIL
last couple of years have been an amazing time for Australian
guitarist Phil Emmanuel. Not only did 2000 see him performing
to an estimated worldwide audience of 4.5 billion at
the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics with brother
Tommy, INXS, VANESSA AMOROSI, SAVAGE GARDEN and MIDNIGHT
OIL, but it was the beginning of the 'forgotten' son's
return to the limelight and recognition that he so undeniably
40 years of hard work, Phil is finally receiving Australian
and worldwide recognition as one of our finest musical
talents. His versatility is well known and acknowledged
- obvious from the shows, and the musicians he has performed
alongside, from Jazz - James Morrison, Don Burrows to
big-band - Ed Wilson, the Royal Military College Band,
to Country - Slim Dusty, Lee Kernaghan, Dolly Parton,
to rock and blues - Jimmy Barnes, Roy Buchanan, Don
Walker, John Farnham and Ian Moss.
include sharing the same stage as legendary guitarists
John Jorgensen (Elton John, The Hellecasters), Will
Ray (The Hellecasters), Bonnie Raitt, Duanne Eddy, James
Burton, (Elvis Presley), Carlos Santana, 'America',
The Ventures and Eric Clapton at NAMM in the United
States in July 2000 - a dream come true for any guitarist.
His second tour of Europe in 2000 was also a highlight.
Phil was invited to headline ISSENDEN, the worlds' largest
musical roots stem back to the 50's, 60's and 70's and
his style has largely been defined by the classic guitar
sounds of this era. His live work includes material
ranging from Mozart to Stevie Ray Vaughan, bluegrass
to heavy metal. Phil has always been renowned for performing
powerful, challenging material, ranging from classical
ballads such as Sultans Of Swing to spine-tingling,
amazingly fast and furious pieces by Bach and Mozart.
and his band play a wide range of guitar oriented music
ranging from their own interpretation of Chariots Of
Fire to Santana's Black Magic Woman plus a bit of country,
rock, classical to ballads. Their target audience age
is 18 to 80 so there is something for all ages, plus
a lot of pieces most bands anywhere in the world would
not even attempt.
schedules permit, joining Phil on stage are Rohan Hems
on drums, Rob O'Sullivan on bass, Julia Parker on second
guitar and vocals (and the leading lady of her band
'Project Winterhaven'), along with newest member, Chris
Hartley on keyboards.
here to listen to a sound clip (435kb)
quartet has well and truly established themselves into
Australia's musical heart since forming in 1989 and
have built a solid reputation as one of the best live
acts in the country.
their fantastic mix of blues, soul, funk and R & B,
they have maintained their status as one of this country's
most in-demand touring acts, with shows numbering over
a hundred and fifty each year.
band has been invited to perform at festivals such as
The Melbourne International Music & Blues Festival,
Great Southern Blues & Rockabilly Festival, Moomba Festival,
Queenscliff Festival, The Byron Bay East Coast Festival
and The Kangaroo Point Festival.
band are also regular guests at leading Australian venues
such as The Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide, The Basement
in Sydney, The Healer in Brisbane, The Charles Hotel
in Perth and The Corner Hotel in Melbourne.
with all great bands, the sum of the whole exceeds the
sum of the parts and The Bondi Cigars are no exception.
Pacey (vocals and guitar) the principle songwriter and
vocalist, came to the Cigars after playing with bands
such as Sydney's Earls Of Duke.
song writing and dynamic vocals, teamed with the fluid
rhythms of Alan, have largely defined the sound and
direction of The Bondi Cigars.
Britton (bass and vocals) brings to the band his many
years experience playing with some of this country's
foremost roots outfits including the Mangrove Boogie
Kings, the legendary Dynamic Hepnotics and the Foreday
instinctive feel for a groove and ability to ride the
rhythm lay the base for those great Bondi tunes.
Hale (guitar and vocals) Eben's burgeoning song writing
talents and effusive guitar lines add an extra dimension
to the already vibrant sound of the Bondi Cigars.
Corby (drums). Since arriving in Australia from Boston,
Massachusetts ten years ago Frank has lent his awesome
skills to acts such as Gangajang, Floyd Vincent and
the Childbrides, Guy LeClaire and Latin big band Babalu.
here to listen to a sound clip (443kb)
Mulley and Blues Revue
Having been on the
Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Sydney blues scene now for
a few years, Alan Mulley and Blues Revue have gained
a reputation amongst musicians and blues fans alike
as one of the most dynamic bands around who always put
on a good show.
guitarist and vocalist Alan Mulley started playing guitar
in the 1960s after seeing The Shadows and Duane Eddy
at local gigs in Wales where he was born. Soon he was
playing in bands alongside local musicians such as Dave
Edmunds, Andy Fairweather Low and Tom Jones, and sharing
the stage with Van Morrison, Chris Farlow, The Who,
and Fleetwood Mac.
wasn't long before he was introduced to the blues by
Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Jimi Hemdrix. From there
it was only a short step to Albert King, BB King and
Freddie King whom Alan counts as the major influences
on his playing today.
has created his own, unique style of playing, and few
can match his bending of notes. Keyboard player Stewart
Harrison is an accomplished musician and regularly appears
with bands from Sydney to the Victorian border.
musical ability, and the experience of playing with
such noted blues artists as Albert King makes him the
perfect partner for Alan Mulley's Chicago style blues
guitar playing and singing..
player Steve Vickers and Drummer Troy Lever, both experienced
musos provide the rhythm and the pocket for the band.
here to listen to a sound clip (355kb)
Dean Dee & Wildflower
...Dean Dee fronts
hard rockin' Newcastle outfit "Wildflower". Dean has
been at the forefront of the Newcastle scene and formed
the now ledgendary "Soldier Blue" back in the '90's.
many years touring alongside acts such as The Angels,
Ian Moss, The Poor & The Choir Boys Dean Dee on guitar
& vocals is on a mission to put the "rock" back in "rock
Conway on drums and Crooksy on bass complete this power
here to listen to a sound clip (516kb)
Eric Collier is one of Newcastle's
finest up and coming acoustic guitarists.
by Australia's premier Jazz guitarist, Jim "Jazza" Charles
(famous from the Bobby Limb Band), Eric has a soothing
voice and compliments his singing with great acoustic
will be filling in all the breaks between changeovers
- so take some time to say G'day!
here to listen to a sound clip (397kb)
At the Victorian Blues Awards
in August 2003 Brian won the " Male Artist of the Year".
Fraser’s songwriting and finger-picking guitar-playing
talents, combined with his gruff vocal style and entertaining
showmanship, have been acclaimed around the country.
was proven again in 2002 when his 2001 release "Sitting
On The Corner" was in the final nominations for Australian
Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male Vocalist
of the Year, at the Australian Chain Awards.
released his debut solo acoustic album, titled ‘Don’t
Ask Me’, in 1999. The album won Album of the Year, and
Brian was in the final nominations for Best New Artist
at the Australian Blues Music Awards, held at the Goulburn
Music Festival in February 2000.
takes his show all over the country, whether playing
standard acoustic guitar or acoustic slide, Brian showcases
everything from slow heart-rending ballads, foot-stomping
blues and traditional delta styles to some well-known
regulary performs at major festivals around the country,
including the Australian Blues Festival (Goulburn),
Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival, the Bluestone New
Years’ Eve Festival, Tasmania's Woodstock Festival,
the Forth Blues Festival and Hobart’s Southern Blues
and Roots Festival, as well as the The Bridgetown Blues
Festival in W.A. and N.S.W.'s Entrance Blues Festival.
beginning his solo career, he has shared the stage with
such renowned Australian blues artists as Chris Finnen,
Dutch Tilders, Doc Span, Andy Cowan, Jeff Lang, Phil
Manning, Pete Cornelius, Steve Tallis, Kate Meehan and
love of blues music is apparent in every aspect of his
approach to his performances, and this ensures that
audiences everywhere find his shows highly entertaining,
soul-moving and a whole lot of fun.
The Dickster (aka Richard
Kaminski), is a dinky di, down to earth kind of bloke,
and this enables his comedy to relate to any Australian
is also very, very funny and will be keeping the gags
coming over the entire festival weekend!
Dickster is one of Australia's fastest rising comedians
on the Australian live circuit.
burst onto the comedy scene in November 1997 at the
Harold Park Hotel where he made his first comedy debut
as part of the 'Virgin Sacrifice' organised by Lyn Pierce.
He was subsequently booked for his first paid gig that
Dickster then went on to tour the North Coast doing
comedy between sets for a swing band, working the many
clubs and pubs along the way, both large and small.
saw The Dickster as
the feature act during the Kings Cross Theatre Festival.
not just the audiences that are loving The Dickster,
his industry achievements include: Finalist 1998 Canberra
Green Faces Nominee, 1999 Sydney Comedy Festival Comic
of the Year Performance in the Melbourne Comedy Festival
Television credits include a role in a short fim called
'Beating Off' (ha!) plus a main role in Aden Young's
short film, 'The Order'.
Dickster has also featured in the Sydney Comedy Festival's
Regional Road Show and has been a feature act during
the Sydney Fringe Festival, where he received excellent
reviews from the Sydney Morning Herald.
get ready as The Dickster will be primed with a sack
full of jokes and yarns to give ya laughin' gear a good
here to listen to a sound clip (386kb)
Formed in 1996, The Cosh is
a well-experienced rock blues band – all from the Shepheard
family of Bateman’s Bay, NSW, Australia.
is the lead vocalist, and lead & rhythm guitarist. He
has audiences captivated with his talented guitar playing,
powerful voice and his natural showmanship.
is not your average run-of-the-mill guitar player; he
plays the guitar behind his back and with his teeth.
An energetic young performer who can play and sing with
the experience and talent of an older pro.
plays piano, bass, and organ and is also sings backing
vocals. Jess keeps the band together with strong bass
lines, exciting leads, sweet vocals and constant rhythm.
Dean is undoubtedly one of the most experienced 14-year-old
drummers in Australia.
holds a great beat, and plays a mean drum solo.
band has two EP’s and an album to their credit to date.
The album (entitled “Foxy”) was released in July 2003
and has received significant airplay across Australia.
Numerous international radio play lists have also added
tracks. Following the album release, The Cosh travelled
to Europe as part of a CD promotional tour, playing
a host of clubs and live music venues across Belgium
tours of Europe, UK and USA are planned for the near
Cosh has performed over 400 gigs to date, including
supports for Dave Hole, The Murder Dolls, Soul Fly,
Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Angry Anderson, and
here to listen to a sound clip
Col Ray & The Scary Cats
Col Ray & The Scary Cats are
a raw, roots based trio that play hillbilly style blues
and rock 'n' roll and are one of the very few blues
and roots music acts in Australia to have a corporate
sponsor, that being Woodstock Black Label Bourbon.
good ol' boys hail from The Snowy Mountains region of
Oz and are a sure thang to get a house arockin'.
band has enjoyed some good airplay on Australia's East
Coast receiving great reviews from stations such as
3PBS FM Melbourne. As well as other places on the rock
'n' roll radio highway such as Albury, Illawarra, Goulburn,
South Coast and strong support from ABC NSW. The best
reviews have come from South America and Northen Europe
at FM TOP in Argentina where they peaked at # 9 and
Denmark where they reached #4 on the charts.
current album has also had some airplay in North America
reciving airplay in the states of Illinios and Tennssee
in the USA as well as in Canada.
Col Ray out in the hellraisin' department is Johnny
6 Pack - guitar, Scoot Cochrane - percussion and vocals
and The Rev. Larry (Harp Dog) Gorden - Blues harp, whooping.
up and repent - your rock 'n' roll soul will be saved!
here to listen to a sound clip (478kb)
English by birth, but raised
in the beautiful coastal city of Perth, Western Australia,
Harper is known for his huge soulful vocals, unique
harmonica performances and his innovative original compositions.
describing his style of writing as "roots rock" because
it mixes Motown grooves with English blues, Harper uses
his voice and harmonica as a vehicle to enhance the
emotional impact of his finely crafted songs.
experiments with the tonal qualities of the harmonica
through careful manipulation of his amplifier to create
incredible sounds and harmonic effects.
virtuoso scaled passages, wild squeals and amazing feedback
effects makes one ask, how does he do it?
also understands the subtlety of the acoustic harmonica
and uses its beautiful tone to increase the emotional
impact of his music, which is evident on his latest
release "Way Down Deep Inside", a truly innovative approach
to the roots music genre by his unusual combination
of the blues harp with the Australian indigenous instrument,
has been taking his music to the world performing in
Australia, the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
Singapore and France.
was recently awarded "Best Male Vocalist of the Year",
and "Song of the Year" ("I Swear Im Innocent") by the
2004 Australian Blues Music Awards. Harper also received
TREV award for "Best Acoustic Act of the Year".
Magazine "Guide to the Best of the Blues Harmonicas
& Beyond" voted his new CD "Album of the Year" and he
also received two harmonica awards, "The Sweet Harmonica
Award" and "The Nasty Harmonica Award".
will again be touring the USA from June to October,
2004 just prior to his Berry Blues Festival appearance
and will be in exceptional form come December.
here to listen to a sound clip
Essentially a blues based
band, Mainline, from Sydney, are prone to head off in
the direction of hard rock, and funk with the main focus
fixed on their original music.
the 2001 Jim Beam Battle of the Bands Competition winner
has given the band a platform to launch their redhot,
rockin' blues to a wider and ever increasing fan base.
here to listen to a sound clip
The Slide Devils
The Slide Devils were founded
in 1993 until the band split to go their separate ways.
Steve and Marion formed Award winning Band ''Salty Dog''
scooping up five awards since 1999 including the National
Australian Blues Awards - Band of the Year 2002 and
most recent - Female Artist of the Year at the Victorian
Tasmanian Blues Awards held in Melbourne July 29th.
Slide Devils are gathering a new following since reforming
18 months ago and punters from the 90's are happy to
see the band hit the stage again.
can expect to hear Steve Plater, one of Australia's
hottest guitarists - deliver scorching slide guitar/electric
guitar, Marion with her powerful vocal styling and harmonica,
Ian Amor the charismatic stand up bass slapper founding
member of the successful band ''Big Blue'' Geoff Hassall
on drums - Geoff has worked with Ross Hannaford many
times since 1979 and recorded with Matt Taylor (chain)
cd ''Spirals and Pyramids'' which was produced by Wayne
Burt who was the founding member of Jo Jo Zep and the
Falcons and the Black Sorrows
Melbourne International Blues and Music Festival
National Toyota Gympie muster
Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival Narooma
N.S.W. Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival. Vic
Bridgetown Blues Festival.. WA
plus many more throughout Australia.
of the artists who have appeared with The Slide Devils
and Salty Dog include:
Phil Manning (Chain)
Geoff Achison (Soul Diggers)
Alvie Lee Johns (USA)
Jimi Hocking (Screaming Jets)
Marco Goldsmith (Blues Heat)
here to listen to a sound clip
UK born acoustic bluesman
who now resides in Sydney. Phil's influences include
Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Skip James and also Aussie
Phil Manning and Jeff Lang.
that Phil has jammed with inlude The Grimethorpe Colliery
band ( from the movie "Brassed Off"). Phils original
songs deal with the multi-facets of his life and travels.