Anyhoo, I'll make this as quick and painless for us all as possible!
The last 3 gigs I played were fun, as I guess they all are in allot of ways, but I really enjoy how my singing takes me all over the country to places I've never been.
GIG ONE, ROCK N RODS
Early in October I played a couple of gigs over a weekend in northern Tassie, in a town that has a long history of grand prix car racing, called Longford.
Once again the 3 amigo-billies, being Kieron McDonald, Hank Ferguson, and I were booked to play for the weekend, with Dave Cantrell, Snappy Vex, and Andrew Lindsay (otherwise known as Hank's Jalopy Demons) backing us up.
We played the Sat night in the local pub in Longford, which had a small, but very vocal and happy crowed
|Kieron McDonald, Hank Ferguson and I with Arthur Matts from Caperdown, and Daz from Taz!|
The main gig was Sunday arvo at a fundraiser for Camp Quality called, Rock n Rodz.
It wasn't a huge turn out of cars, I'd guess 400ish? But there were plenty of people there, and although the weather had been crook leading up to the day, we couldn't have asked for a better day.
I've only got a few photos from my set, taking my freshly bought, original 1950's western suit (that I'd bought especially for the upcoming Camperdown cruise) for a spin!
|This kid was tough to impress!|
GIG TWO, THE CAMPERDOWN CRUISE, ROCKABILLY WEEKENDER
2 weeks later, just enough time to dry clean the suit, was the now infamous Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Weekender.
West texas crude,(QLD)
Hanks jalopy Demons, (VIC)
Warren Earl and the atomic rockers, (VIC)
Danny and the Cosmic Tremors,(NSW)
But also this year there were 3 international acts, Charlie Hightone from Spain,
and the Go Getters from Sweden.
Pat Capocci and his boys backed me for my set, and I'd have to say, it was the best set we've played together yet!. The atmosphere in the old Theatre Royal, was fantastic, and the room full, even up in the balcony. The sound was great on stage, and out the front, and the boys did an awesome job of my songs.
I was lucky enough to have Shannon Djordjevic from Flaked Kustom Photography taking shots of my set, and the pictures turned out as awesome as the set!...Enjoy!
I was also lucky to find out later that a couple from Perth, Josef and Celia Netolicky, from Perth Rocks, had caught a few of my tunes on video. Heres some links to a few of the clips on youtube
Cry Cry Cry
Daddy O Rock!
Set me loose on that blonde!
Camperdown is most definitely one of my favourite gigs to play at, and each year it's getting bigger and better....Great work Arthur!
GIG THREE, DUECES WILD ROCKABILLY WEEKENDER, ADELAIDE
Early November Kieron McDonald and I travelled over to Adelaide to meet up with Pat Capocci and the boys for the Deuces Wild Rockabilly weekender. Although we weren't playing until the Sunday arvo, we got there Saturday, so we could catch the gig the night before. The Saturday night gig was huge, held in a warehouse, with hot rods/classics parked all around it in the car park. The weather was warm, and the bands loud! it was a fun....late night, and I got to have a cruise in a beautiful 57 Buick owned by the equally beautiful Paula Rowe
The Sunday gig was an early starter, 1 pm, but I was on last at about 8pm, and Kieron earlier at 4, so there was no rush to get there.
It turns out, most of the punters must have burned them selves out the night before, because the Sunday gig struggled for numbers all arvo!
That being said, those who came out, had a fun day, it was more a intimate, informal gig, which can be just as fun
|with Lee, Paula, and Steve|
|Watching the other bands with Paula|
Thanks for stoppin' by, hope you enjoyed the read.
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