Our second party this year (who could forget New Year's Eve) will be a ripper.
Saturday the 23rd of April
in the barn behind the Country Life Hotel in Kin Kin Village, Noosa Shire.
Starring Hat Fitz and Itch, Barry Charles, Banana Republic and Lauren Cox.
Still $12 Still Rockin'
Food from 6pm. Camping on oval $5pp pay at pub for community group
We're starting at 7pm with Lauren Cox playing solo in the front dining area to warm the night up. Lauren's original blues style is complemented by her melodious voice. She has been earning and learning in Melbourne for the last three years and is back home now, on the coast. Lauren used to sing at O'Malleys in Maroochydore and the Koala Bar and Irish Murphy's in Noosa occasionally. She grew up in Peregian and her original songs stem from her life experiences and subsequent revelations rather than romantic notions of love. Laurens folk rock style is very popular and we were lucky to be able to book her for a few songs in the pub before the big gig kicks off out the back. .
Barry Charles opens out in the barn at 8pm, playing and singing his inimitable blues with Rick Halstead on sax. Barry is one of Australia's most remarkable vocalists, incorporating innovative scatting, interwoven with the unmistakable sounds of a vocal didgeridoo, the drones of a Tibetan chant and the technique of split harmonics. His phrasing is quite unique and his guitar playing has loads of power and passion, which he delivers rhythmically and percussively.
Barry has just been performing with the backing of the renowned New Zealand blues band, The River Rockers at the Montana National Jazz Festival in Tauranga over Easter ''05. www.jazz.net.nz. He is presently working on a new solo album for '05 and as well as appearing at various festivals he continues to perform regularly around the Sunshine Coast. www.barrycharles.com
Rick Halstead is a composer and arranger who plays soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, as well as flute, alto flute, and bass clarinet. Rick worked for many years in Hong Kong as a performer, session musician, record producer, teacher, broadcaster, and musical director. He has performed with Jimmy Witherspoon, Mick Taylor, Georgie Fame, Red Rodney, Nat Adderley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Irene Reid, Guy Barker, George Gruntz, Norma Winstone, Eugene Pao, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Mussel-white, Albert Collins, and World Music band "Nogabe" and others.
Ric migrated to Australia on a Distinguished Talent Visa in 1995 and set up "The Healer" a prestigious live music venue in Brisbane. He settled in Noosa Heads in 2000 where he performs with "Contimba Latina", "The Pleasure Kings", "The Orphans of Swing", Julian Jones, "The Grey Boys with Ian Wallace", "PHH with Linsey Pollak" and now in collaboration with Barry Charles.
Next is Hat Fitz with Itch.
All you oldies will be pleased he's on early but others won't. Truth is, he's on the road early next morning for some out of town (Kin Kin) gigs (We'll miss him) and needs an early night, bless him. Few performers world wide, have been able to match the wild man approach to the delicate art of finger picking perfected by Hat Fitz. The recent success of The White Stripes etc. has seen great interest in guitar drum duos but none are able to match the fire and finesse of Hat Fitz & Itchy. Nine consecutive appearances at The East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival are testimony to their popularity nationally. So Hat will rock you into the middle segment with Itch, touching your heart, and anyone who hasn't danced by then must be dead.
We cruise on to midnight grooving with Banana Republic with Al Hensley, keyboards, Gerry O'Brian, guitar, Kenny Gee, singing and congas, Wayne Carlson, drums, and Tod Graham on bass. I saw these guys at a party in Noosa and the sound was so professional and sophisticated with a fresh and alive jazz world feel. Great dancing. They're all well known coast professionals enjoying the lifestyle and playing with the music.
So come on down to Kin Kin on the 23rd. There's accommodation at the pub or Kin Kin Haven or you are welcome to camp in the oval behind the pub where 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 $5 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.
So come out to another
Great Kin Kin Party,
keeping the music live
and rocking your soul.
Kin Kin, Kin Kin
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