All hail Harry, Mullum Music Festival's patron
SMILE. Dance. Wipe the sweat from your brow. Wipe a tear from your eye. There really is no music like jazz, especially the early stuff. Full of fire and spirit, enjoyed by young and old, enjoyed hot, fast or slow.
The Harry James Angus Band dig through the archives to re-create the most exciting jazz recordings from the pre and post-war eras.
Where do music historians go to party? Jazz.
Featuring Harry from The Cat Empire, doing his thing with his extended seven-piece band of Melbourne's finest jazz musos in their very own venue, The Village Vanguard, at the Ex Services Club.
A makeover will transform the room into a hip Melbourne jazz club for the weekend of the festival, complete with acoustic piano, a stylish cocktail bar and a sense of cool (no bright lights).
Each night of the festival the Harry James Angus band will present the two-hour Jazz Party, with special guests.
In recent years, Harry has fronted and trumpeted for hit outfit The Cat Empire, formed one half of indie electro-pop duo Jackson Jackson, and led jazz troupe The Harry Angus Band.
He has also become a noted composer, writing scores for TV shows such as Small-Time Gangster, the ABC's Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and the Jack Irish movies.
In early 2012, Harry composed the theme song to the Australian Football League's newest team, the Greater Western Sydney Giants and in 2013 contributed music to the film My Mistress.
Harry has demonstrated a deep understanding of and passion for early jazz music and the ability to score it for contemporary drama.
"Every year Mullum Music Festival shows me wonderful artists I haven't seen before, and the artists that I have seen before doing things they don't usually do - playing in the street parade, spinning out spontaneous collaborations, singing with the local choir. I'm proud to be the patron of a festival that does such a great job getting its artists out of the industry and into the community, where music belongs," Harry said.
OTHER ACTS TO WATCH OUT FOR AT MULLUM
Gabe and Cec Brandolini
COURTESY of their powerful performances on this season's The Voice, which earned them the chance to collaborate with judge and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will I Am, Clunes siblings Gabriel and Cecilia Brandolini have been mesmerising audiences nationally.
The duo's success on The Voice is part of a continuing rise that began with success in the song writing section in the 2011 Mullumbimby Music Festival's Youth Mentorship Program.
Gabriel and Cecilia draw listeners in with their soulful and seamlessly layered vocals. Gabriel possesses a full three-octave vocal range while Cecilia sings a multitude of complex harmonies.
NICKY Bomba jumps on his musical boat again to deliver a party filled island adventure with his band Bustamento - a tropical six-piece outfit that pays homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean, covering the Calypso, mento, early Reggae and Ska styles.
Nicky Bomba has built a solid reputation in the music industry via many projects including writing and performing with his band Bomba, conducting the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, playing drums on John Butler's award-winning albums Sunrise over Sea and April Uprising and as the artistic producer for the Multicultural Arts Victoria 'Visible' project.
Baby et Lulu
BABY et Lulu is the charismatic musical partnership between songstress extraordinaire and former frontperson for the platinum selling Leonardo's Bride Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge, violinist/singer with the celebrated string quartet FourPlay.
Along with their superlative band, including Marcello Maio, Matt Ottignon, Julian Curwin and Mark Harris, they pay tribute to the great singers and songwriters of France with panache and joie de vivre.
Make sure you hear the romantic and enchanting beauty so well captured onstage by Baby et Lulu and on their debut album. Live in concert, the Baby et Lulu experience is joyous and celebratory, romantic and rollicking.
THIS Latin lothario's hilarious full-length show and irresistible variety numbers have wooed audiences all over the world.
Mario's unique mix of complex juggling tricks and universal sex appeal can only find release in the arena-rocking anthems of his favourite supergroup, Queen.
Mario is the creation and alter ego of Clarke McFarlane, a New Jersey-born performer. First developed for the Off-Broadway hit Planet Banana, the character of Mario went solo in 2005, and has toured solidly since. McFarlane performs Mario in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
BORN in Tsolo, a rural town in the Eastern Cape of Southern Africa, Bongeziwe displayed a passion for art and music from an early age.
After studying drama at AFDA Johannesburg, Bongeziwe dedicated his time to songwriting and performing shows, developing his own unique unplugged style and earning recognition as a musician. Together with his band, Bongeziwe has created a matchless Afro-folk sound, over which his soulful voice delivers in both Xhosa and English.
Influenced by artists like Tracy Chapman, Simphiwe Dana, Jabu Khanyile and Oliver Mtukudzi, his sound has a rhythmically grass-roots vibe, while fusing elements of traditional Xhosa music, Mbaqanga, soul, hip-hop and dub. Bongeziwe has performed at festivals and venues across South Africa including Splashy Fen, Oppikoppi and Rocking the Daisies; Sakifo Festival in Reunion and Azgo Festival in Mozambique.
Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Bobby Alu is taking the Australian Roots music scene by storm.
Expect a fresh, positive sound with tastes of Polynesian ukulele, Pacific beats, infectious percussion, pop choruses, beautiful harmonies, memorable vocals, warm smiles and jaw-dropping log drumming.
Fuse Bob Marley, Ben Harper, Fat Freddy's Drop and Finley Quay and you'll be very glad you didn't miss award-winning Bobby Alu.
The Bombay Royale
ELEVEN-Piece ensemble The Bombay Royale are originators of vintage Bollywood inspired sounds, from lonesome spaghetti to surf rock to spine-bending space disco, all overlaid with the voices of protagonists The Tiger and The Lady singing in Hindi, Bengali and other languages.
Originally conceived to bring the marvellous but obscure songs from Bollywood's golden era to a new audience of festivalgoers, The Bombay Royale morphed into something new when they started writing original music inspired by the spirit of old Bollywood and created something entirely fresh.
Theirs is a rare new sound; a music that does not yet have a genre or a precedent.
Exotic, teasing, cinematic and utterly exhilarating, The Bombay Royale's madcap mash-ups of intoxicating rhythms, seductive lyrics and fantastic performances are a wonder to behold.