PLAY LIVE & RAW**LIVE INDIE, ROOTS & SOUL**[TUESDAY – 12.05.2015]
Welcome to PLAY LIVE & RAW, a new styled evening geared at showcasing the music of local Indie, roots & soul acoustic artists… And we kickin’ it with a bang…
MORGAN BAIN //
“Morgan Bain is a rarity in the music world. While most musicians consider themselves fortunate to build a successful career over many years, Bain has accomplished more than contemporaries twice his age in half the time……he may be WA’s most promising singer-songwriter.” Jennifer Peterson-Ward – XPRESS MAGAZINE
Morgan Bain is a multi award winning songwriter, performer and vocalist whose live performances are captivating and reveal a sensibility that showcase his skills in a fusion of style that is unmistakably his own with a mix of Soul, Funk, Blues and Rock.
The multi-instrumentalist who at just twenty years of age is blowing audiences away with his talent already has a few EP’s under his belt produced at The Wastelands with ARIA award winning producer Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe) and Soundbaker Studio with Rob Agostini.
Bain’s debut EP “Another Day” received rave reviews nationally and sold out in just 8 weeks with the award winning track gaining radio play. His next self titled release was toured to the East Coast, with award winning single “I Think I’ve Got You” gaining radio play around the Country, including high rotation in WA.
Following on from two sold out launches of his latest EP “What You Believe” he successfully toured Australia and Europe in 2014. The upbeat soul influenced single “In the Middle” from his latest release spent weeks in the AMRAP/AIRIT Top 10 Great Southern Charts and was co-written with Joel Quartermain, proving Bain’s musical diversity and continuing to boost his fan base.
The charismatic front man known for his incredible vocals is forging ahead with his band which include dynamic musicians Adam Springhetti (bass), Teischa Jones (guitar, keys and vocals) and Andy Pearson (drums) and their stellar live performances are talked about long after they leave the stage.
Recently launching a music video for new single “Why Don’t You Stay”, self-described as an ‘alternative moody soul’ sound, 2015 is shaping up to be huge with him hitting the road with his band for a National Tour in April/May after opening main stage at the prestigious West Coast Blues’N’Roots Festival.
Winner of WEST AUSTRALIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY (WAM) Song of the Year awards in 2 011, 2012 and 2014 along with winning a WAMi for “2013 Blues and Roots Act of the Year”, he also reached final status in the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (US) in 2012 and 2014 and UNSIGNED ONLY (US) as well as nationally selected as 1 of 3 songwriters in the TELSTRA ROAD TO DISCOVERY. The accolades continue with him winning the SingerUniverse 2014 “BEST VOCALIST OF THE MONTH” in California (US) and making it to Finals in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Competition (US).
Bain’s profile and recognition as a talented performer has steadily grown supporting artists such as PETE MURRAY, MISSY HIGGINS, COLD CHISEL, ICEHOUSE, XAVIER RUDD, SARAH BLASCO, ESKIMO JOE, ASH GRUNWALD and THIRSTY MERC as well as being a regular on the festival circuit in Australia.
“…one of WA’s most inspirational and energetic talents…delivered the vocals worthy of some of soul’s biggest names…his talents are unparalleled in local music today…” Tom Munday – COLOSOUL MAGAZINE
“Once again Morgan Bain blew the audience away with a performance that can only be described as soulful as hell. With his outstanding vocals and natural feel for alternative soul and rock, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist showed us he truly is the embodiment of raw talent. I dare you to go to one of his shows and try not to dance; it’s just impossible” – Sun Mi Clyburn – THE MUSIC.COM.AU
“Another strong single…the man’s tones are superb and his voice contains a maturity well beyond his years. Keep an eye on him” – THE MUSIC.COM.AU
Festival appearances: West Coast Blues’n’Roots Festival 2015 / Norfolk Lanes / Blues at Bridgetown / Parklife Perth / Sydney Blues & Roots Festival / Queenscliff Music Festival / Fairbridge Festival / Tamworth Festival / Nannup Festival / WAMI Festival / Nukara Festival / Wignalls Vintage Festival / Widgefest
NICK SAXON //
Nick Saxon encapsulates, yet defies, the Australian contemporary musical tradition.
The 30 year old musician, performer, surfer, television presenter and brand ambassador has all the classic calling cards: the wholesome, surfer looks, a job with National Geographic as an adventure series presenter, the matinee idol-style guitar strumming at sunset out takes… Yet, despite an assumed cliché Saxon undeniably offers far more than you expect.
There is a precedent to his heartfelt surf/folk style but few artists have emerged with such an essential Australian character, and with such potential to reach far further. His relaxed style belies a deeper intent, an intrinsic searching that his audience, and importantly, his demographic,
Dextrous songs and an adventurer’s spirit have led this multi talented artist to crafting his voice and guitar narrative around the world. From Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, through to South America and Canada – every international and domestic gig for his NatGeo World Traveller show has been a gift to the songwriter. Saxon is clear about his drivers.
“There’s two things I really love in life,” he says. “Travelling and music. NatGeo is amazing. It gives me the opportunity to experience and document cultures, environments and people from around the globe. It’s what fuels my inspiration – the places, the people.”
Exuberant, and with an odd combination of surfer, hipster and old soul, the Newcastle born Saxon has an unprepossessing charm. He has the peaceful demeanour of an elderly wise man with the twinkling, sky blue, curious eyes of a child. He is approachable, engaged and warm. It’s hard not to believe him.
In 2004-2006 Nick Saxon toured Europe, performing and busked his way across Spain, Greece, Germany, Prague, Bulgaria, France and the UK. In a crowded market of the soulful surf folk/blues/pop market inhabited by the Ben Harpers and Jack Johnsons of the world, it isn’t the easiest sector to have a point of difference and avoid being swamped by ordinary facsimiles. However Saxon has this other thing.
He writes, sings, has opened for canon stalwarts such as Midnight Oil, the Violent Femmes, Katchafire, Custom Kings, Ash Grunwald, Tijuana Cartel, Dragon, Gangajang and Ian Moss right through to contemporary runaway hitsters, Potbelleez. He is the only artist chosen to have toured Australia with the Australian Surf Move Festival (ASMF), playing 30 shows to capacity crowds and is performing shows with the Banff International Film Festival around Australia.
His influences can be heard, yet he embodies that quintessential quality of sounding something like all of his influences and contemporaries, yet refreshingly, unlike any of them.
JESSE WITNEY //
Jesse Witney is a significant, soulful voice in Australia’s multicultural music landscape. Talented and charismatic, bilingual and multi-instrumentalist, he presents his songs with passion, ingenuity and conviction. His music is infectious and remarkable, creating a unique blend of styles akin to Paul Simon and a voice that is reminiscent of Sting.
Originally from the small town of Gympie, Qld; J esse Witney has grown up to encompass a world of music beyond his humble beginnings. Offering a moving, myriad of styles and genres woven delicately together to make a colourful fabric of original world music, Jesse Witney is beyond enchanting, endowing eclectic ideas, concepts, rhythms and languages.
His sound has evolved from years of performing in Australia, Brazil and Europe as he musically bounds through a wide range of genres such as Reggae, Latin, Blues and Folk. Lyrically his music explores themes around empowerment, love and the natural world.
He developed his guitar playing at a tertiary level under the guidance of guitar great ‘Jim Kelly’ (Crossfire). During this time he took particular interest in Brazilian music and travelled to the country on two occasions to absorb the nylon string guitar playing and beautiful Portuguese language.
His latest project the ‘Jesse Witney Trio’ with Juan Andres Mulet (Bass) and Ben Kidson (Drums) sees him stripping back to a small yet dynamic ensemble, enhancing the clarity of good songwriting and musicianship.
WHEN: TUESDAY MAY 2015 | 6PM-MIDNIGHT | MUSIC KICKS AROUND 8PM | HAPPY HOUR 6-8PM
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
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