On shore leave for one night and one night only, Eyal & the Skeleton Crew return to Melbourne’s iconic Bennetts Lane Jazz Club for a night of songs, stories and scallywagging.
Equal parts cowboy and gypsy, Eyal is a weaver of tales boasting tapestries of grand scope. Join Eyal, the raconteur, and his dapper pack of virtuosi before they set sail once more.
Whirling waltzes, breakneck country rhythms and crunching gypsy beats combine to create a tantalizingly raucous show. Seasoned seafarers one moment and then black-lunged miners at the drop of a hat, the musical repertory tallies an assortment of strings, clarinets both large and small, and a colourful range of voices to support and counter Eyal’s gravel-sodden growls. The Skeleton Crew are a crashing, howling musical dynamo with more than a few tricks up their sleeves – swapping from harmonicas to castanets in a flash, riposting Eyal’s lines with sharp quips, the aptly named Skeleton Crew are the backbone of the captain’s musical flesh.
Eyal Chamiedes: vocals, guitar, piano
Rob Grozdan: vocals & harmonica
Erin Heycox: violin & vocals
Ed Ferris: clarinets
Tom Flenady: double bass
Daniel Brates: drums
You'll also get to experience a new way of supporting local music making through Bring It - designed and built by Eyal.
"An outstanding singer"
.....Laurence Donahue -Green (All about Jazz, New York)
Vocalist, improviser and songwriter, Julie O'Hara has been active in jazz for almost twenty years, growing up in Melbourne, Australia, performing with Big Bands, gypsy swing, traditional jazz, R&B swing, bebop and vocalese. Julie has earned a reputation for her prodigious activity in Melbourne's jazz and music clubs, national and international music and jazz festivals as a versatile and committed vocalist and songwriter. You will find her on recordings as wide as The Cat Empire and as close as her own "Use the Force".
"O'Hara's vocals are imbued with a strong jazz feel with eloquent phrasing, melodic variations and rhythmic expression "
John McBeath (The Australian)
"With her perfect pitch, skillful improvising and ego-free style, O'Hara has carved out a reputation on the Australian and international music scene for high-quality performances that are accessible to everyone".
Ken Turnball (Castlemaine State Festival review - vocalese project).
Julie's band features the talents of Carlo Barbaro - sax (Vada), Eamon McNelis - trumpet (Flap!), Darrin Archer - piano, Leigh Barker - bass, Ed York - drums