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Fig Night 27th September 2013

Emily Harrison
Trent Wiliams
Doggn It
Ali Penney & the Moneymakers
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Originally training as a classical pianist from age 7, Emily aspired to write scores for film and television before her vocal training led her to pursue a career as a solo artist. Her music is raw and emotive, at times humorous but all in all endearingly honest. Her music could best be described as folk/pop, adult contemporary pop, with small injections of anti-folk. Her classical training lends interesting, quirky piano accompaniments that compliment her delicate folk inspired vocals.




Trent Williams is an accomplished singer and songwriter who has been playing music for the past 10 years. He started out with an acoustic guitar in Perth WA, and in 2011 moved to Sydney to continue expanding his musical career on the east coast. Trent's music majors in the folk genre, but there are definitely rock and pop influences in many of his tracks.

Some of Trent's most recent accomplishments have been; supporting one of his biggest musical influences, Pete Murray, in his most recent Sydney tour, being a finalist in the 2011 Telstra Road to Discovery and writing and recording his new EP which is due for release in August this year. Trent's one dream and purpose in life is to make music that people enjoy and listen to for many years to come.



Doggn it is a blues duo with Graeme Druce on Guitar and John Cupit Blues harp, playing blues together since 1985.

Graeme plays a style of Blues guitar which seems to blend the great past masters of Piedmont blues like John Cephus, with contemporary masters of Blues guitar Eric Bibb, and Keb Mo and his own home spun Australian sound. Whether playing his resonator, or his Taylor guitar, you will be captivated by the rich tone and the complexity of his sound.

John plays a deep hollow sounding blues, which will move you with its rich tone, and sustained bends and vibrato. Influenced by Jim Conway his mentor, John compliments Graeme’s unique sound with an equally unique tonal quality.

Together Doggn it sing and play their way through a range of original material, which provides a commentary on Australian issues - the feel of waking up in the Australian bush, logging timber by hand at the turn of the century, living through the depression on the Hungry Mile, contemporary difficulties in daily life, global issues, and places and people only Australians will know.

The guys are Australians, playing a unique Australian Blues.

Last year they were voted Blues performers of the year by the Sydney Blues Society and were sent to Memphis to represent Oz. They made the semis!


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RAWNESS and emotion are what strikes you when you hear Ali Penney and The Money Makers play. Penney’s husky, soulful voice is matched perfectly by the smooth sounds of the Money Makers’ blues.
She may consider herself a pianist first and this shows in her skills on the keys, but the honest vulnerability in Ali Penney’s vocals has just won her an award for her singing.
“This girl plays piano like an 80-year-old black guy – she’s gotta lotta soul,” said Freddy King’s right-hand-man, guitarist Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones, when he heard Penney play.
She has played for and supported some of the best; Johnnie Johnson, Chris Cain, Lucinda Williams, Cephas and Wiggins, The Tailgaitors and Chris Wilson plus she was invited to ‘sit in’ and play with Walter Washington and the Palm Court Orchestra in New Orleans. She has also played with Australian legends The Hippos, Supro, Fiona Boyes, Little Fi and many more.
More than anything else, Penney is a band leader and as lead singer of The Money Makers, she knows how to put on a show – a funny and entertaining show – and play songs which get the audience toe-tapping and dancing.
Completing The Money Makers are Chicago blues-style lead guitarist Dave Blanken, who has a guitar for every occasion (‘the right tool for the job’), strong and silent funk-man Mike ‘Duck’ Rix on either bass guitar or double bass and ‘shuffle king’ drummer Ross ‘Rosscoe’ Clark.
A member of one of Australia’s longest running blues bands, the Foreday Runners, Clark is an extraordinary talent who has been playing since his teens. Rix brings a wealth of musical knowledge to his smooth bass line for groovers. Bursting out of the Canberra music scene, guitarist Blanken infuses his sound with the old blues feel of the likes of BB King and Buddy Guy.
Most of Penney’s songs are upbea, but wicked, all delivered with a witty tale, a cheeky joke and a sly wink, which gets the audience laughing and ready to have fun.
Nominated for several awards at the 2012 Australian Blues Awards at Goulburn Blues Festival, Penney took out the best female vocalist, following up The Money Maker’s best band win in 2010.
In her career, she has toured throughout the eastern states and played at most of the Australian blues and jazz festivals, including Gympie Muster, Broadbeach, Thredbo, Bridgetown, Wangaratta and Noosa. The Money Makers have played festivals in Goulburn, Broadbeach, Thredbo and Sydney, plus represented Sydney in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Penney has released two albums – Temptation with The Money Makers in 2010 and Wait A Minute in late 2011 with Dave Blanken and the Vibrolators. Recorded at Poon’s Head Studios in Fremantle, using vintage microphones and instruments, Wait A Minute reached fourth place on the Australian Blues charts.
In 2012, Ali has played the Australian Festival, Broadbeach Festival and Rotarua Festivals, Darebin Music Feast Victoria, Brisbane Festival of Blues, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues and Bridgetown Blues and Roots Festival in WA. Her album WAIT A MINUTE has been in the top 10 in The Australian Blues Music Charts for the last 12 months.



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