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Fig Night 24 April 2015

Simon Phillips
Jamie Lindsay
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Simon Phillips began playing guitar at age 12 in the small coastal town of Dardanup, Western Australia. Inspired by teachers who were exposing him to Blues, folk, and even jazz, and whilst struggling with saxophone at school because of the high reading aspect, he learn't to improvise early on the guitar, using his ears to transcribe and play most things. By the age of fifteen he was playing professionally in a local rock and roll band, at local pubs and events. At age eighteen, he went straight into what was then known as the West Australian Conservatorium of music where he would spend four years honing skills in improvisation, writing, arranging, etc.

in 2002 he moved to Sydney playing with a neo-latin guitar duo called the Urban Gypsies. This group played everywhere from the street to the Sydney Opera house and was constantly releasing recordings along the way. Simon left Sydney in 2003 armed with an album he wrote, produced on his own called 'Songs For Leaders', an album of songs/stories about great leaders in history. The first track on this album was 'Martin Luthur King', a song that one awards in the Pacific Songwriting Competition 2004.

That same year Simon travelled around australia playing those songs, and also spent a month in Banda Aceh just after the 'Boxing Day tsunami' volunteering as a music teacher at an orphanage. Upon return to the east coast, he settled in Melbourne to cultivate a solid career as a musician, singer- songwriter five albums later, his musical maturity and emotive songwriting just continues to get better. Simon now performs often as a 'one man band', using every limb of the body to contribute to the performance, thus creating quaint, quirky and simply astounding way to deliver some beautiful songs.

Simon creates a unique of blend music that's heavily steeped in virtuoso musicianship and a century of tradition in soul, gospel, finger style, blues and roots, without letting anything too serious get in the way of a really good fun time.

Simon has supported Larry Carlton (Session Guitarist for Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson), Robben Ford (played with Miles Davis), Kate Miller-Heidke, Lee Ritnour (Session Guitarist for Pink Floyd for a time), and Australia’s own Vince Jones.

Simon's new album 'OUT OF THE BLUE' is now available online and from his websites.

'Quite literally amazing...should be listened to obsessively''

'Phenomenal! I can't recommend this enough. But I can try. Five Stars'

“Phillips’ technical ability both as a singer and a guitarist, is perfectly matched by a remarkable breadth of intelligence as a songwriter and lyricist”


Jamie moved from Tasmania to Alice Springs when he was 16 and was playing at tourist resorts at 17.

He moved back to Tasmania before his 18th birthday and landed a residency at a local resort for two and half years. He also had classical singing lessons from Sharon Murray to develop his voice.

At age 19 Jamie began the country music festival circuit and made the top 10 finalists in the prestigious Tamworth Starmaker talent quest. The following year he made the top 10 again and began supporting such artists as Slim Dusty and Troy Casser-Daley. At 20 he moved to Bendigo, formed “Jamie Lindsay and the Storm” touring Vic and NSW.

At 21 Jamie was hired by the Australian tourist commission to go to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to perform at the travel expo.

He met guitar virtuoso “Sam Vincent” in 2000 and began a residency with him at the Hard Rock Café. The duo became known as the “Sam and Jamie Show” and took the covers scene by storm, picking up weekly residencies at all the major live venues.

Jamie was signed to INXS owned label, A&R publishing in 2002 and worked with INXS guitarist Tim Farriss at his home studio on 5 original demos.

In 2003, Sam and Jamie met legendary songwriter/producer Harry Vanda, and began writing and recording in his Flashpoint studios as “Kings Queens and Fairytales”. They supported Richard Clapton, Ian Moss, Jack Jones, Dieseland Jeff Martin.

In 2012, Jamie was in the corporate cover band “Unison” that traveled to Hawaii and played on the USS Missouri for a prestigious corporate event and continued on to tour the US for a further 3 weeks.

In 2013 Jamie released his self produced EP titled “First day of Autumn” and is currently working on his blues and roots inspired record tilted “Stomp”.

Never before has there been an artist quite like Gambirra. With her roots deep in Yolngu country of Australia's Arnhem Land. NSW based songstress is a close relation to other well known Yolngu artists Yothu Yindi and Gurrumul Yunupingu.

Gambirra is an alluring performer and exhibiting visual artist possessing a style that radiates humanity taking us from the cauldron of creation to the sounds of the contemporary world. A unique fusion of soulful progressive roots, ska, reggae, funk & dub.

For her national shows and festivals, this gifted Yolngu artist brings together a dynamic & diverse multicultural family in song, ‘Gambirra Mob’ - An Enlivening Crew with an Innovative Sound. Infectious percussive rhythms, funky keys, phat bass, powerful arresting vocals, and a magnetic presence.

Gambirra's songs cross cultural barriers in their depth and significance. Together they bring a positive message of Unity & Love.

Artist’s Statement:
“We delve into the creative, into the unknown. To places of fear, joy, hope, images, sound, colour, words, melody and technology. We are explorers of the unseen and the unknown. Chartering thru the wondrous and magical oceans of our minds and souls. As the final song in this album says "enter blind, enter deaf, enter the unknown".!
We all affect one another; we enhance, provoke, embrace, divide, hate & love. Human’s are social creatures - we need each other for reflection, guidance and fulfillment” Gambirra

"A stand-out performer at the 2011/2012 Woodford Folk Festival featuring the Dreaming. Gambirra was not only a festival highlight on-stage but she also embraced new networks, colleagues and opportunities with absolute professionalism and generosity." Sam Cook - Director at The Dreaming. Australia's International Indigenous Festival

"2010 International Women's Day. Your performance was simply outstanding and moving. You are a wonderful role model to all women. As a Yolngu woman, your contribution towards sustaining your people's culture is evident through your passion and love of your music and art. Thank you once again."
Nova Peris OAM Media & Communications Executive Unit - AIATSIS



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