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Fig Night 26th May 2017

Stu Tyrrell
Sugar Bowl Hokum

Lachy Doley band

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Sydney singer-songwriter Stu Tyrrell plays stomping, roots infused trad. English and Celtic folk interwoven with Acoustic Metal and original songs of social justice and solidarity.

A veteran of the stage, notably as a backing band member for Paul Dianno/Blaze Bayley (ex. Iron Maiden), Stu currently performs as a solo artist at folk clubs and on the Sydney songwriters circuit in his signature stripped-down style.

At home on the festival stage, Stu has played the Australian Celtic Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival, Granny Smith Festival, and Northern Beaches Music Festival. Stu won the 2016/17 Gulgong Folk Festival guitar competition, with first prize being the opportunity to record his competition winning arrangement "Celtic Medley" at Newcastle's Funky Lizard Studios with legendary two-time flatpicking guitar champion Robbie Long.

Stu’s debut EP “Celtic Roots” features traditional English and Celtic folk songs re-imagined into stomping, roots infused arrangements. The EP features Steph Miller on accordion, mandola and zither (ex. Roaring Jack), Mark Oats on fiddle (Bushwhackers/Finn MacCool), and Gordon Rytmeister on drums (ex. Everything!). Irish Joe Lynch is featured on the EP narrating an excerpt from Robbie Burns in his iconic style. Celtic Roots is due for release May 2017.


Ironically Sugar Bowl Hokum have gone way back to the dawn of recorded music to create this freshness. Driven by their love of obscure songs from the 1920s and 30s, Sugar Bowl Hokum scour the crackly grooves of old 78s to find the best forgotten blues gems of the era. The music of some very feisty almost forgotten trail blazers makes up a large part of their repertoire. Merline Johnson, Barrel House Annie, Rosetta Howard and Ma Rainey songs are performed in different arrangements than the listener may be used to but always capturing the essence of the song and the times.

As a result they do not slavishly stick to one style, incorporating the many sounds of blues into their repertoire from the classic blues of Bessie Smith to the r&b of Ruth Brown the ragtime of Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller, the Hokum of Bo Carter, the gritty songwriting of Memphis Minnie with swing, country blues and early jazz all included in the mix.

Featuring Tanya Maree whose virtuosic trumpet weaves a call and response tapestry with Tisi Mahicka’s vocals and finger-licking picking of Michael Meissner’s guitar whilst supported by PK on double bass and Tim O’Driscoll on drums who form a rhythm section that swings like a monkey in the jungle. The resulting sound is a fun, entertaining upbeat take on the blues..


“The greatest living keyboard player in the world today” – GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple)

Lachy Doley is Australia’s most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player. He’s been dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent.

At 1.6 MILLION views, Lachy’s version of USE ME is just one of his viral videos setting the world on fire.

Lachy Doley has seen much of the world, recording and touring with acts as diverse as Powderfinger, Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes, The Beautiful Girls – more recently recording on a new album of Joe Bonamassa’s which came out in early 2015. It was 2010 though, that saw the birth of THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP and they have been heavily recording and touring ever since.

The group’s last album CONVICTION has taken Doley onto the world stage reaching #5 on the UK Blues Broadcasters Charts, #1 on the Australian iTunes Blues Charts and #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts. Along with the group’s 2 performances at the legendary BB Kings in Memphis in January, Doley has cemented himself as a world renowned Blues and Soul Artist

The Lachy Doley Group are a unique sound in the classic and sometimes very traditional genre of the Blues. A power trio consisting of Bass, Drums and of course Doley firing on the Hammond, his vocal screaming from the heart and the incredibly rare Hohner D6 Whammy Clavinet in which most people double take on when they realise that sound isn’t an electric guitar but a 70 stringed keyboard with a huge Whammy Bar sticking out the guts of it.

The Lachy Doley Group have played over 200 shows and festivals around Australia since the first release in 2011 including Queenscliff Music Festival, Mojo Burning Festival, Rock In The Vines Festival, PEAK Perisher Festival, Echuca Blues, Noosa Jazz, Mitchel Creek Rock&Blues and were the stand out hit at the Gold Coast’s Blues On Broadbeach Festival for the last 3 years running.

“If music storms existed on this planet, it might as well be Lachy Doley’s vocals and fiery instrumental performances you hear pulsating from cloud to cloud amidst flashes of lighting and claps of thunder” HEIDI LEIGH AXTON – Rhythms Magazine

In July, recording on Glenn Hughes’s new and critically acclaimed album RESONATE in Copenhagen

Recording and performing with Joe Bonamassa for the Betty Davis Songbook Album with Mahalia Barnes

Reaching 1.6 MILLION VIEWS on my Facebook video of USE ME

The Lachy Doley Group playing 2 nights at BB Kings in Memphis

Being headhunted to play on the new version of HIGHWAY STAR with Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai and Chad Smith

Rocking the main stage at the 2016 Blues on Broadbeach Festival

Reaching #5 on the UK Blues Broadcasters Chart

Reaching #1 on the OZ Blues&Roots Airplay Chart

Reaching #1 on the OZ iTunes Blues Chart


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