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Fig Night Sat 29th September


Ben and the Sea
Kinetic Method
Uncle Jed

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Armed with a guitar, a notebook, and a heart full of adventure, Ben Webb has been on a journey of discovery—and his fans love what he has found.

A musician at heart for as long as he can remember, Ben realised that life is what you make it after two bouts of Bell’s Palsy left his face partially paralysed. Ben packed his bags after wowing audiences up and down the east coast of Australia with his previous solo project. He said goodbye to his hometown of Port Stephens, New South Wales, and set off to find a new sound—wherever it might be. His journey took him to more than 15 countries over 12 months, playing shows throughout the Europe and the United Kingdom, before he finally settled in Belgium. It was here, in the heart of Europe, that Ben hada chance to collect his thoughts and write “This Long Old Road…”, a three-part concept album that pays homage to the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley, whilst maintaining a distinct,original sound.“

‘This Long Old Road…’ was originally intended to be a simple solo project,” says Ben, “but my travels brought me into contact with some phenomenal musicians, and they each put their own special stamp on it.The Sea was born.” The Sea is a collection of musicians from around the world, brought together by a shared passion for music.

“These songs are different to anything I’ve ever done before. It’s the sound and idea that I’ve always searched for but could never really achieve until now,” Ben says of his latest endeavour. “The music is a lot more laidback than ever before, as most of the songs were written in relaxed environments—like on a night train moving through the Czech Republic, or whilst watching the sun set on a Thai horizon … it was all during a time of great reflection.”


KINETIC METHOD is the musical sounds of Sydney-based musicians Luke Koteras and Byron Mark.

Luke, well-known for his virtuosic acoustic guitar playing, brings a solid vocal talent, together with an array of dazzling effects, to the Kinetic Method sound. Byron ads musical flavours with his keyboard work, and establishes a solid groove with his unique percussion station; fusing African, Flamenco and Latin rhythms. With the multi-tasking abilities of both members, Kinetic Method creates a large wall of sound for just two people. Together, they perform in an electro-acoustic style that encapsulates elements of funk, dance, R&B and jazz.

Upon return of their 2011 USA Tour, a new EP is due for release late 2012, under direction of a producer whom they met in NYC. Prior to this, Luke and Byron have toured their previous albums nationally and internationally, including Australia's East-Coast and the Snowy Mountains, the UK, China and Thailand. In Sydney, Kinetic Method performs at various established residencies, including Opera Bar, White Revolver Bondi and Coogee Palace Hotel, as well as corporate events.  





Family members Laura Stitt and her two cousins, Danny and Shannon Stitt have over time created one of Australia's most exciting up and coming Funk/Soul acts, "Uncle Jed". With Danny (Bass) and Shannon (Keys) growing up on the north coast with a lifestyle of surfing and skating, the boys found a passion for jazz and funk music passed on by their musical Dad and after hearing their cousin Laura sing for the first time on a family holiday it created a dream they had to pursue of one day moving to Sydney and starting a band together. Laura would find tapes of song ideas in the letter box at her northern beaches home in Sydney and would add melody and lyrics, waiting until the next time the families got together to create the final products.

After years of long distance writing together the boys joined Laura in Sydney where the band recorded an EP 'Originate'. The EP propelled the band around the Sydney scene and led to an appearance on national television as part of the Logie award winning series 'All Saints' where the band performed two songs off the EP 'Why' and the track that opened the show, 'Dreamland'.

It's been a long wait but after more shows and heap of touring the band have just released their self titled debut album through Vitamin Records which was launched in June 2010 to a sell out crowd at one of Sydney's most prestigious live music venues, The Basement. The album involves some of the most recognised musicians in the industry and so do their live shows with the band playing regularly as a six piece all over Australia.

Within months of its release, tracks off the album have been receiving airplay on Triple J and various community radio stations across Australia. Uncle Jed are geared up for a big year ahead with more touring, festivals and their first film clip to be released later in the year




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