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Fig Night 25 May 2018

David Ross-MacDonald
Fiona Boyes
Psycho Zydeco
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Acoustic Guitar Magazine likened MacDonald's vocals, lyrics, and intricate fingerstyle guitar style to "a collaboration between Nick Drake and a mid-1970s Bruce Cockburn".

Born of a jazz musician father he returned to his musical roots after some years underground as a geologist and now plies his trade not only as an internationally touring songwriter but also as a jazz turned folk-roots drummer for the acclaimed Australian group The Waifs.

Having played with and opened for such luminaries as John Renbourn, Tony McMannus, Kelly Joe Phelps and Chris Smither, Macdonald constantly tours internationally armed with his 1935 Gibson guitar and a carpet bag of songs that he illuminates in his own inimitably reserved yet intense, poetic style.

"David is one of those few songwriters like Nick Drake, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), and Josh Ritter that can captivate his listeners armed only with a voice and guitar." American Songwriter Magazine

"(I)t is his brilliant acoustic fingerstyle guitar prowess that makes this recording a standout collection of songs. Much of it is played on a gorgeous 1935 Gibson acoustic guitar that Macdonald is able to make sing. This is one cool album." Canberra Times


Fiona Boyes is a distinctive guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles. She has carved an international reputation performing at acoustic, guitar, jazz and blues festivals, clubs and cultural centres in 16 different countries. Most recent international tours dates were in Finland, Germany and the US.

In 2017 she received her 6th & 7th nominations in the USA Blues Music Awards, the only Australian blues musician to ever be nominated in these prestigious honours. Winner of the Blues Blast Music Award 2017 'Acoustic Album of the Year' in the US for audiophile acoustic album 'Professin' the Blues' Fiona has just recorded a new electric album featuring her Fortune Tellers band mates Tim Neal (Hammond/bass/piano) and Mark Grunden (drums/percussion) and will be touring the album from May 2018, both solo and with the band.

Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, her mostly original repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. Listen to her play and you'll hear pre-war Delta slide, single chord Mississippi Hills grooves, intricate country blues finger picking along with material drawn from the classic blues sounds of New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis. Fiona continues to joyfully explore the music she loves with recent acquisitions such as cigarbox guitar and a rare ResoLectric Baritone adding new textures to her live show. On her latest release 'Professin' the Blues', Fiona digs deep into her love of acoustic blues guitar and songwriting: the roots of the Blues.

'She's got it! I've played with all of them - and she's got it!' the late, great Hubert Sumlin

"Blending tradition with innovation, and showing off her stellar guitar chops and sharp wit!" – Eric Wrisley, Blues Revue Magazine, USA

'I ain't never heard a woman finger-pick a guitar like that since Memphis Minnie. She's the best gal guitar player I heard in more than 35 years.'
- Delta pianist & Blues Hall of Fame legend 'Pinetop' Perkins


Sydney based Psycho Zydeco, or the Psychos as their fans affectionately dub them, have established themselves as the country’s premier roots act specialising in the high-energy, uplifting style of music known as zydeco. This music was originally born in the swamplands and bayou area of Louisiana’s Deep South. The band’s earthy blend of traditional Cajun, blues, and swamp music produces a heady mix of their brand of Zydeco. Driving washboard, drums, guitar, saxophone, organ, piano and the odd triangle combine with some amazing accordion playing creating music that will make you move.

Since 2007 Psycho Zydeco have been performing with Gareth Cooley on drums and George Bibicos on piano and Hammond organ. This has led to a greater warmth and diversity in the band’s sound. Gareth and George’s playing has helped create a fresh vibe amongst the group and has been embraced by fans as a great new addition to the wild ride that is Psycho Zydeco.

With performances at every major music festival nation-wide, TV and radio appearances and three tours of the U.K. and Europe, Sydney based Psycho Zydeco are one of the most successful touring ‘blues/roots’ acts in Australia. All four of the band’s recordings, Swamp Box, Sell Your Soul, Zydeco Factory and Get On Board have been favourably received by fans and critics alike.

Cajun and Zydeco music were spawned from the melting pot of cultures that is New Orleans and Louisiana. When French speaking Acadians were exiled from Canada in the 18th century, many settled in Louisiana alongside the local Native American Indians, African slaves and European colonists already living in the region. They became known as Cajuns and their folk music became influenced by the surrounding cultures. Utilising button squeeze-box, fiddle, whistles, triangle and washboard, by the 19th century accordion was introduced as well as Spanish guitar and black Creole influences. Psycho Zydeco add saxophone and drums to this lively musical gumbo, creating a rollicking R&B mix that’s guaranteed to keep any dance floor crowded.

Through the years Psycho Zydeco have released several albums, toured internationally, performed at festivals big and small, and generally helped spread the beauty of the zydeco sound. The heady mix of traditional cajun, modern zydeco, blues and funk can conjure the atmosphere of an open air music festival, or a steaming late night jam. 
The latest release is their fourth album, Get On Board.

“Psycho Zydeco has recently released one of the finest homegrown roots music albums of the past decade, which is worthy of an ARIA nomination.
Get On Board is a 16-track romp through the world of traditional and contemporary zydeco, interpreted in Psycho’s own unique style.
There’s a solid collection of originals, some classic covers from artists such as Terrence Simien and Clifton Chenier and some real contemporary grooves along the lines of Chris Ardoin. It’s highly recommended and worthy of an ARIA gong in the best roots category.”Pedro Manoy
Drum Media, Sydney

Psycho Zydeco are:
Stefan Sernek: Vocals, Accordion, Bass.
Gregg Hatton: Vocals, Guitar, Frottoir, Triangle.
Christopher Wilson: Vocals, Saxophone, Frottoir, Triangle.
Gene Gill: Drums.

See www.zydeco.com.au

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