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Fig Night 2010/07/30



Nick Charles
Bridie King
Bridie King

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Within 4 years,Shoebox has grown from the local open mic night to sharing the stage with international favorites Wolfmother, Angus and Julia Stone, G.Love and Special Sauce, Ember Swift and Ozomatli.

With over 400 east coast shows behind them, 1500 independant CD sales,a setlist of original music that spans over three hours and gigs with local heros Bonjah, Tijuana Cartel,Dubmarine, Raz Bin Sam and Lion I, The Hussy Hicks and A French Butler Called Smith just to name a few, it seems Shoebox has a reason to be smiling.

Their 2007 EP release "JiggyJiggy" was very well received with 3 songs in the top 5 of JJJ roots charts and track Superfine is still holding the mp3.com.au swing number one after being uploaded and reaching that spot 3 years ago. September 26th September will see Shobox release their debut album "Loose". A comprehensive East coast tour will follow as well as heading over to Perth in mid 2011.

See www.myspace.com/shoeboxtheband



Nick Charles

Nick has been a performing and touring acoustic musician for over 25 years on the Australian and international music scene.

He averages over 200 shows a year from Perth to Sydney and LA to Kansas City - including many major guitar, folk, blues and jazz festival. The eclectic nature of Nick's music continues to delight and captivate his audiences.

With five critically aclaimed albums to his credit and numerous awards, Nick is an artist who is in high demand for concert appearances and workshops. His musical influences are many and varied and include the seminal blues of Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Blake, the countrified picking of Doc Watson and Merle Travis and the infectious swing and melody of Django.

The Melbourne Age has declared him "Australia's vituoso of acoustic roots guitar" and Artstreams Magazine states emphatically he is "the best picker on the scene".

See www.charlesguitar.com/



Bridie King - Blues and boogie - full tilt.

Bridie King has long been considered one of Australia's top Blues and Boogie pianists. 

Get on board a roots music express as Bridie, on piano, organ and piano accordion, takes you on a wild musical journey from Kansas City down through Memphis, Mississippi and all the way to New Orleans. The ride takes in all musical whistle stops - boogie woogie, blues, soul and zydeco.

Bridie has attracted many overseas performers to play as her special guests. They include Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix Band), Jimmy Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Thunderbirds), Johnnie Johnson, and members of Dire Straits and Soko Richardson (Tina Turner's Band).

Bridie became a bandleader in 1997 when she formed Bridie and the Boogie Kings. They sustained a 9 year residency at the Bridge Hotel and played many festivals including those at Manly, Darling harbour, Narooma, Thredbo and Wangaratta, plus the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival. A writeup of the 2000 Wangaratta festival in the national paper The Australian claimed that.

In July 1999 Bridie recorded her first CD under her own name, titled My Blues. The CD attracted excellent reviews. John Shand of the Sydney Morning Herald enthused that ‘Bridie oozes vitality’. A reviewer in the Melbourne Sun felt  the music of ‘My Blues’ was ‘in the key of joy.’ The CD has sold 2000 copies and is on its second pressing. It has featured on the ABC  shows, the Planet and  Andrew Ford’s program, and on numerous FM stations.

Bridie has also played live many times on radio and TV. In 2003 she accompanied Eric Burden on Bert Newton’s Good Morning Australia and on ABC radio. She performed over 10 times on TV between 1986 - 1988, and on ABC radio in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and several times on 2MBS FM, most recently in 2007.

Current Line-Up:
Bridie King: bandleader, piano, organ, accordion
Matt Ross: vocals and guitar
Alison Penney: piano, organ and vocals
Rosscoe Clark: drums
Mike Rix: bass
Katie Glendenning: frottoir (cajun rubboard)

Bridie was invited as special guest to play with Blues guitar legend Albert Collins. He said of Bridie - "You can play and you cute too".
"You're really serious, ma’m’" - Jimmy Vaughan (Steve Ray Vaughan).
"The night cogged into overdrive with the arrival of Bridie King" - SMH.
"Nothing beat the Blues and Boogie of Bridie King" - The Australian.
"A driving force in the Sydney blues scene for 3 decades" - FM Magazine


Bridie King

Bridie King

Bridie King

Bridie King

Bridie King

Bridie King


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