Since forming in Adelaide in 1973 and blasting onto the national scene in the late 70s, Cold Chisel has created a uniquely Australian fusion of rockabilly, roughhouse soul, and blues. Between 1978 and 1983 the original line-up of Don Walker, Jim Barnes, Ian Moss (guitar/vocals), Phil Small (bass) and Steve Prestwich (drums) recorded five studio albums that became Australian classics. 1977’s self-titled debut and 1978’s Breakfast At Sweethearts initially received little support from mainstream media but eventually went gold based on nonstop touring. 1980’s East was their huge commercial breakthrough and 1982’s Circus Animals finally saw them top the charts. However by the time Twentieth Century was released in 1984 the band had already flamed out, making their unforgettable Last Stand in arenas around the country. In 1998 Cold Chisel reformed briefly for a chart topping album and tour called The Last Wave Of Summer. An ‘unplugged’ style run of dates called Ringside followed five years later, then in 2011 the group was working on a new studio album that became No Plans when Steve Prestwich sadly died from complications during surgery for a brain tumour. Eventually Charley Drayton agreed to step in to help complete what Steve began and he's played drums with the band ever since, including on the record breaking Light The Nitro Tour and 2015’s platinum certified The Perfect Crime.
The band is currently putting the finishing touches to some more new music they recorded earlier this year with Charley and they plan to release at least some of it before the Blood Moon Tour. Further announcements will be made about that in the weeks or months ahead.
Over the course of their career Cold Chisel has sold almost 7 million albums across vinyl, cassette, CD, downloads and streaming. They’ve been inducted to the ARIA Hall Of Fame and received the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. However their greatest achievements are their songs. It’s a body of work that has defined and echoed who we are. For over 40 years Cold Chisel has defied the odds, ignored the trends, and blazed their own trail. The band has endeared themselves to all sorts of Australians because their uncompromising attitude articulates our hopes, fears, alienation and humour, and because they are simply one of the most ferocious live rock'n'roll outfits on earth.
Paul Kelly is not just Australia’s greatest and most enduring songwriter.
There is something that goes even deeper than that. His songs have a way of digging into the country in a way that few artists can do, how it looks, feels, tastes, sounds. The joys and sorrows, achievements and follies. If you want to know something about Australia, how it feels to be Australian, you can find it in his songs.
He is one of those rare artists to spin a long career out of a hunger to explore new directions, from the tender songcraft of Post to the hard-edged rock’n’roll of Gossip, to country and folk, bluegrass (see Smoke, Foggy Highway), a soul revue album with guest singers including his long-time backing singers Vika and Linda Bull (Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions). In 2014 Seven Sonnets & a Song set Shakespeare sonnets to music, released on the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. It was followed by an album with Charlie Owen of songs they had performed at funerals, Death’s Dateless Night.
Kelly’s latest album, Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds, released on August 30, brings musicians from broad-ranging backgrounds to interpret bird-inspired poems. The album is a unique marriage of electronics, acoustic instruments and the human voice and features collaborations with the Seraphim Trio, composer James Ledger and singer-songwriter Alice Keath.
The Teskey Brothers
With its raw combination of soul and blues, The Teskey Brothers’ debut album Half Mile Harvest dropped last year and quickly gained the attention of old-school music fans everywhere. Initially released independently, the album’s success saw the band sign deals with Decca Records (UK/Europe) and eminent US indie label Glassnote (rest of the world). As a result Half Mile Harvest has been given a worldwide re-release with two new tracks added including the rolling soulful single ‘I Get Up’.
The band, comprising of brothers Sam and Josh Teskey along with childhood friends Brendon Love and Liam Gough, have amassed a legion of fans in their hometown of Melbourne Australia and the word is spreading fast. Recent live highlights include appearances at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, Bluesfest in Australia and Worldfest in California, as well as sold out headline shows in UK, USA, Japan and Australia.
Onstage The Teskey Brothers are as tight as any in the game. Josh Teskey’s smoked whiskey vocals are captivating, while his brother Sam effortlessly throws down tasty blues licks over Brendon and Liam’s irresistible stripped-back groove. Audiences are awash with nostalgia and love for this new favourite with an old-school sound.
The Detonators were formed way back in August 1997.But it seems like only yesterday! Always based in Melbourne Australia this popular hard working quartet have never been afraid to hit the road, haul some kilometres and rack up a heap of gigs. They believe they have easily done more than 3000 gigs since they first formed. The Detonators have a finely honed array of original songs and a stage show that only comes from years of gigging pubs, clubs and festivals. Their relentless gigging and touring over vast distances through the years both in Australia and overseas has seen them become crowned kings of Australian roots rock n roll. Their original music, to which all members contribute, is best described as a lethal combination of early blues with a sprinkling of rockabilly and early rock n roll thrown in. The band features bespectacled Rockbottom James on vocals and electric harmonica, Paulie Bignell on hollow body guitar, Doghouse Dave on slapping double bass with Eddie Fury on sticks and skins duty. There are six Cd’s in their arsenal and a book currently being written about the bands exploits over 22 years which will be available mid to late 2020. The Detonators are always on rotation on radio, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube etc, and have had their music on the local film Charlie and Boots as well as the Australian Crime TV series Underbelly. Thunder Road Brewing have used their songs in radio ads, and top rated American TV series De Grassi High also uses Detonators music. Dancing shoes, listening ears and drinking arms are compulsory for any good time Detonators show, because you never know what Rockbottom James is going to do or say next!
Tim Prestwich Band
The Tim Prestwich Band comprises 3 experi-enced, talented and dedicated musicians, who individually combine too create a tight rock sound and performance. This is a highly profes-sional, experience and superbly tight and power-ful band playing rock originals written by Tim Prestwich. The presence, energy, great vibe and unmistakable Prestwich voice will impress the hardest critic.
This all original true, classic rock experience combined the funky mix of blues and the thump of rock, which is strongly influenced from the greatest of music from the 70’s to 90’s, which will have all dancing and rocking the night.
Tim has been writing songs since the 80’s however, the band has been through several line ups over the years improving the overall performance and versatility of the band.
The band feature frontman/guitarist songwriter Tim Prestwich, bass player Chris Walker and drummer Rino Cufone who deliver a performance to please all.