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Fig Night 31st January 2014

Ami Williamson
Soho Strays
Soho Strays
The Leisure Bandits
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Ami Williamson is blessed with multiple talents and an impressive resume.

Ami has performed in Opera Australia's Turandot, Camina Burana, Iolanthe (conducted by Richard Bonynge), The State Opera of South Australia’s Sweeney Todd (Directed by Gale Edwards) and Kevin Jacobsen's Turandot.

She has been on a national tour with her father - country music star John Williamson.

Since 2000 Ami has toured Australia and abroad (Germany, United Kingdom, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Middle East) with her celebrated ONE WOMAN SHOW performing at major venues and festivals.

In 2008 Ami entertained the troops in the Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan with Angry Anderson and Tania Zaetta. ABC’s  “Australian Story” accompanied the performers on tour and filmed a documentary which was shown in two parts on ABC1.

Ami has recorded for 2MBS-FM, ABC Classic FM and ABC Radio National as well as performing on A Current Affair, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Good Morning Australia, The Midday Show, Burkes Backyard , The Today Show, 9am, and Mornings with Kerri-Anne.

She has shared the stage with many artists including Sarah McLachlan, John Butler, The Angels, The Whitlams, and Angry Anderson to name a few.


For his latest project, Wolf Mail takes a detour from his standing as “heavy weight champion of electric blues” (LA Weekly) and makes a foray into acoustic, non-electric guitar.

Does the intensity and passions synonymous with the man described as ‘The missing link between Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan” waiver though? No. His guitar is still front and centre but is replaced with a more subtle sound in which the mood shifts from light to shade displaying his profound musicality.

In this acoustic duo, Wolf teams up with Boston Shaker’s Jamie Walker. Walker is also more renowned for pumping soul rock anthems than acoustic music, winning best song with his band in the 2008 NA2R radio competition.

So what inspired the change of pace for the guitar masters? The two joined up last year when Wolf caught Boston Shaker playing in Sydney while he himself was touring Australia.

Jamie joined Wolf on stage and according to Wolf, “Jamie had the right combination of roots vibe mixed with blues rock”.“ And our voices match too” he says.

Soho Strays released their debut, self-titled album in 2012, Mail describing their sound as reminiscent of John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

“Mystical, passionate and electrifying acoustic blues roots music... a class act!!” (SM Herald)

While not performing in the “Soho Strays’ duo, Wolf Mail the troubadour continues to take his shows around the world. Jamie Walker and Boston Shaker remain high in demand down under.


"Led by a pair of Kiwi twin brothers, Joey Gat and Pukz, Sydney based Soul/Funk/Reggae outfit Leisure Bandits have a unique flavour, with echoes of their heritage, underpinned with a modern production aesthetic. Silky vocals, tough beats, booming basslines, lush keys and guitars, all the ingredients required" ~ Piri - The Orange Press

Leisure Bandits were born in late 2010 when musically gifted twin brothers Joey & Pukz met their bass player Hal. The Leisure Bandits started out busking on the streets, perfecting their repertoire while building up their powerful voices and developing an energetic live show. Not confined by a genre their unique fusion of soulful sounds, reggae vibes and funky grooves never fails to pack out dance floors.

Lead singer Joey lives a life that’s a story in itself. This gives him endless writing material, often arriving to a session with a new track inspired by the previous evening’s events written on a beer coaster. With a performance style likened to such legends as Prince or a modern day James Brown, Joey is a natural performer with boundless energy and a captivating onstage presence.

Joey’s twin brother, guitarist Pukz, is the other voice to this outfit. With a sound that’s smooth and soulful he creates beautiful harmonies that complement his brother’s lead. Although the Twins were separated during their adolescent years, these brothers have a srtong connection , it’s something we like to call “twintuition” or “twinstinct”, each can musically read the others mind.

2011 saw the boys non-stop gigging. The Leisure Bandits landed the support slot for Hip Hop heavy weights Obie Trice, Tech N9ne, Kid Cudi and Camillionaire for the notorious HeatWave Festival. Winding up the year the boys hit the coast playing venues like The Beach in Byron Bay, The Joynt in Brisbane and Solbar on The Sunshine Coast .

Since releasing their self-titled debut EP in early 2012 the Leisure Bandits have been gaining industry respect. Wrapping up the year with an east coast tour, unforgettable performances at Island Vibe Festival and Subsonic Music Festival and a support slot for NZ reggae band 1814 there seems to be no coming down for these party starters.

The Leisure Bandits are becoming one of the country’s most loved and respected groups, come and find out why……



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