Great Kin Kin Party

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  • Location: Kin Kin, Kin Kin 4571 Queensland

Spring is here and the truly happy will be gathering in the Barn behind the Country Life Hotel again for:

Another Great Kin Kin Party on September 10th 2005

We start in the bar at seven with Karel Jeffery, one of the coasts most popular solo performers, then Stuie the soundman will crank up the PA outside in the Barn at 8pm till twelve (Unfortunately, but that's the law!). The girls will be on the door as usual collecting the $12, as usual, and Kin Kin will rage, ditto.

Banana Republic are back by popular demand and although last time they ripped into classic rock and roll these talented experienced musicians can belt out blues or cruise along in a jazzy mode just as easily.

They'll be followed by The Pleasure Kings, well known to get an audience on timelessly dancing the night away.

Still $12 Still Rockin'

Food from 6pm.

seven to midnite

Karel Jeffery, Banana Republic, The Pleasure Kings.

So come on down to Kin Kin on the 23rd.

There's accommodation at the pub or guesthouses such as Kin Kin Haven, ring the shop for details 5485 4438. Many camp on the oval behind the pub where the community group provide fires and there are amenities available. You need to register for $5 and get your receipt for camping, showers etc.

Please camp near the Kiosk, not along the back fence of the pub.

The camping fee goes to the Kin Kin Community Development Group and is collected for them by the hotel.

The shop makes great coffee and food from early next morning.

Another Great Kin Kin Party, keeping the music live and rocking your socks off.

Bios below and photos to the right: Banana Republic, Kath Williams, Harvey, Hooksie

Karel Jeffery has been playing around the coast for about 20 years, he's played music all his life really though. This singer/songwriter is known for performing his wide repertoire of covers and originals with passion, fun and laughter. You may have seen Karel in one of his regular gigs at Irish Murphy's, Joes Waterhole or the Imperial, Eumundi. Karel Jeffery has supported top touring acts including the popular Sensitive New Age Cowpersons but still has time and enthusiasm for the Peregian Originals, (in the park by the surf club). In the bar that is a museum at the Kin Kin pub, Karel will woo you into the mood from 6.30pm ish, a bit of a happy hour.

AL HENSLEY'S BANANA REPUBLIC evolved rapidly in 2003 when Al was joined by musician friends at what was originally intended to be a solo gig. A flexible alternative musical pursuit, Al's Banana Republic comprises Al on piano and vocals, Tad on double bass and vocals, Gerry on guitar and vocals, West Indian-born Kenny G on congas and vocals and former Lonnie Lee's Leemen drummer Wayne "Duke" Carlson on snare. They regularly expand the line up to accommodate guests on harmonica, sax, back-up vocals or whatever else. As well as blues and jazz favourites, the band's vast combined experience permits them to include everything from 50's rockabilly to gospel, country, folk, calypso and ska versions of all-time pop hits.

AL HENSLEY plays Kawai ES1 digital piano and a Roland VK8 combo organ. A professional musician for over 40 years, Al has played everywhere from The Basement in Sydney to the blues bars of San Francisco and has backed many notable national and overseas performers. In the 70s he led the acclaimed Brisbane rock band Nivada and in the 80s, The Union Blues Band in concert with Bo Diddley, Roy Buchanan, Rory Gallagher and others while releasing a Brisbane blues landmark album "The Blues Is My Only Friend". The Big Easy has been an ideal vehicle for Al to fine-tune his skills as a composer and arranger. Al specialises in the New Orleans "junker" piano style developed by players like Champion Jack Dupree and Fats Domino and is strongly influenced by Allen Toussaint and Dr John.

TAD 'GRAVELMOUTH' GRAHAM is, a multi-instrumentalist with an extensive, eclectic background in rock, jazz, Celtic, country, R&B and blues, plays bass guitar and acoustic bass while doubling up on guitar, mandolin and harmonica. The gravelly tones of his strong voice resemble those of Tom Waits, Joe Cocker, Chris Rea, Gregg Allman and Louis Armstrong. A Sydney-born lifetime professional musician, Tad is also a prolific songwriter who has released a solo CD of original music entitled "Valentina" which has received critical acclaim and nationwide radio airplay. He displays profound influences by numerous Chicago and Delta bluesmen as well as New Orleans jazz and R&B performers, Louisiana swamp blues greats, early Memphis rock'n'rollers and Texas alternative country musicians.

GERARD O'BRIEN is a veteran guitarist of the Sunshine Coast music scene. A founding member of house-rocking blues outfits like Redhouse, The Hot Tamales and the acclaimed Soulfish, Ged's rootsy guitar style has been an audience favourite for many years. Sharing the bill with acts such as Renee Geyer, John Hammond and Harry Manx at prestigious venues and festivals up and down the East Coast have been career highlights. Gerry's soulful voice has been likened Keb' Mo' or Boz Scaggs and has a highly polished sense of vocal harmony. A skilled songwriter, Gerard has spent years honing his well-crafted guitar technique, coaxing hypnotic grooves from his battered Strat, Martin acoustic and Epiphone Resonator axes. Gerry is also an experienced solo artist in a variety of settings from acoustic roots music and jazzy stylings to full-tilt electric blues. He is a highly proficient bassist.

Kath Williams. One of the coast's favourite girl singers joins Al Hensley and the Banana Republic adding her talent for harmonies to the eclectic mix they revel in. Kath has been singing on the sunny coast since leaving Sydney in 1998. For a number of years kath performed in "Cheek" with the renown professional singer and teacher, Sue Bond and she has most recently recorded backing vocals on the albums of Al Hensley and Gerry O'Brian."

Kenny G. Griffith. Originally from Trinidad, had a steel band called The Real Thing in Bermuda for 14 years. After moving to Canada Kenny worked with his band Visions International on the cruise ships of the Eperotiki line from 1986 to 93, playing on the ships and often having gigs onshore as well. Then Kenny moved to Australia when he met his lovely wife Julia Roberts and saw the sense of residence on the Sunshine Coast almost immediately. Presently in Noosa, Kenny plays congas and sings with the Banana Republic as well as being part of the local Fantastic Steel Band. You guessed it, Kenny's got rhythm and soul.

and winding the night right up ...

the Pleasure Kings. A class act is the only way to describe one of the hottest blues and groove acts in the country. This band's wealth of experience totals more then a century. These times still have the time of their lives every time they perform and the bands love of musical interaction comes across strongly in their delivery.

The music The Pleasure Kings play has the effect on people that they can't help but volunteer themselves to the dance floor. TPK have earned the respect of their peers locally and nationally and they are often joined on stage by top musicians jus because it is so good.  Oz blues legend Matt Taylor once described a TPK set by saying "S**t that was sophisticated".


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