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Fig Night 25th April 2014

Jack Derwin
George Washingmachine
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Jack Derwin is a dynamic, upfront solo blues artist with originality, delivering rich timbered vocals, resonating guitars, blues harp and stomp box in every power packed performance.

Drawing from the influences of traditional bluesmen, Jack delivers his own original blues with a unique Australian flavor; Blues, Folk and Jazz entwined in the mix.

As quoted by Blue Pie Records –
"Fueled with passion and filled with all styles of instrumentation, you will be blown away with musicality of harmonicas and slide guitar. Jack's stomp box adds a percussive sense to the album alongside the acoustic guitars which are used as a multi-lingual instrument through the album, a talent which is executed by Jack to the finest degree."

After completing another successful gig and festival tour of New Zealand in January 2013, Jack returned to Australia with the news his new album COVERED ALL IN BLUE, had debuted at No 2 on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts and remained in the top 5 most played CDs all year.

Covered all in Blue has also been nominated for The Chain Awards, Australia’s exclusive blues awards, for album and song of the year, and best blues vocalist.
The winners announced at the Australian Blues Music Festival on February 8.

Jack has played at Hawkesbury Blues Festival, Jervis Bay Sea Change Festival, Blues on Broadbeach Fest Gold Coast, Australia Day "Country Rocks" Blues
stage at The Rocks, Australian Blues Music Fest Goulburn, Sydney Blues Festival, Blues, Phuket International Blues Rock Festival Thailand, Blenheim Brews & BBQ festival NZ, and Hawkes Bay Blues, Brews & BBQ festival NZ



Cheryl Oxley’s professional life in music began in Sydney
playing the French Horn for the Australian Opera and
Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony and Australian
Chamber Orchestra. After winning the Dame Joan
Sutherland Scholarship & Metropolitan Opera Auditions,
her soprano singing career led her from Sydney to New
York and London, where she has sung roles ranging
from Madame Butterfly to Aida.
She has performed for numerous heads of state,
including The Sultan of Oman and the President of
Kazakhstan. Her teachers include Australian heldentenor
Glenn Winslade, Beverley Johnson, Vera Rosza and
Esther Salaman. Cheryl has been able to pass on her
learning through GoBravo Music Academy in Mosman.

After studying at the Tasmanian Conservatorium,
Benjamin Oxley joined Opera Queensland, and subsequently
Opera Australia, performing a variety of small roles. His
further vocal study took him to England, initially on
contract with English National Opera, with whom he
toured Russia.
Benjamin was invited to appear in Simon Boccanegra
and Tristan und Isolde with the Berlin Philharmonic
conducted by Claudio Abbado, in Berlin, Salzburg and
He has appeared on SkyUK, ITV, Granada and the BBC,
and sung for Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the Sultan of
Oman, and numerous corporate events. Benjamin
continues to encourage the next generation of young
singers through his work for the Sydney Eisteddfod and
other singing competitions.

George Washingmachine is one of Australia and the jazz world's most sought after entertainers, renowned for his knuckle-busting feats on the violin and seductively smooth vocals. He and his band will be performing Manouche (Gypsy Swing invented by Django) music -a first at The Fig.

Known for his delightful sense of humour and superb musicality, George is a multi-instrumentalist, dazzling as a violinist and vocalist yet more than proficient on the double bass, guitar or anything with strings.

George has had a vast and varied career in the entertainment business. As a child he trained for 7 years as a classical violinist, leaving that behind to form a rhythm and blues band as guitarist, until he moved to Sydney in 1984 and started playing jazz fiddle with The Conway Brothers Hiccup Orchestra.

Since that time, George has performed in countless bands and productions as a musician, actor and comedian both on stage and on screen.

George is a long time member of the Australian jazz scene, up there with talents such as James Morrison, Bob Barnard, Ian Date, Dan Barnett and Monica Trapaga. He has supported international performing stars such as Sarah Vaughan, Al Jarreau, Leo Kottke, Leon Redbone and Lenny Henry, to name a few.

George has toured the world for the last ten years performing in countries including France, Holland, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, and Finland and continues to appear at all the major jazz and arts festivals in Australia.

He is a regular at jazz festivals in Ascona (Switzerland) and Edinburgh (Scotland) and appears in clubs in France, England, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Holland. He appears regularly in New Zealand at jazz festivals on Waiheke Island and at Queenstown and Christchurch.

He will perform at The Fig with a group of superb musicians - Clare O'Meara, Stan Valacos and brothers Arthur and Terry.



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