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The "Apostle" String Band Tour
- Peter, Paul... & Andrew / Fidler, Wookey & Clermont :-)
Oct 19 - Nov 18 2018  Country & City Victoria to New England & back to MountainGrass @ Beechworth, VIC 
and Wirrina Bluegrass Fest, SA!
Or find us at the gigs between (scroll up & click Gig Guide!)
This year with sublime Jame Gillard on Bass & Tenor voice! The Apostle Tour - St James version :-)
plus a coupla swaps along the way!


In brief!

The Apostle String Band Tour : Peter, Paul & Andrew gather a short history of the western world of music. Epic in their contributions to acoustic music in Australia and a few world parts, they are champions & high demand session players of their musical instruments and perform seamlessly reflecting their 30 years of association in harmony and song. Pete Fidler - Dobro (slide guitar) with new CD and recent remake of Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd(!); Paul Wookey - renown for his incredible Blues to early Country delivery including many 60s & 70s classics;  Clermont's fiery Fiddle, Mandolin & Guitar. Plus James Gillard - Double Bass & Tenor Voice - not only member to the Oz Bluegrass All Stars in the 90s but also soaked in The Fargone Beauties, Mondo Rock & Richard Clapton Band!!  A soaring presentation - not to be missed. 

The Gospel of Pete:
http://www.petefidler.net/
Pete has been carving out a career as an in-demand musical sideman - known mainly for his dobro, or lap-style slide playing, however he also picks a mean guitar and mandolin and has a long and complicated relationship with the banjo... and, he doesn’t play fiddle.

He is a regular performer with singer/songwriter Bill Jackson, fingerstyle guitar maestro Nick Charles, traditional bluegrass band Bluestone Junction, The Davidson Brothers, Mustered Courage, Jimmy the Fish (with Liz Frencham and Robbie Long), and Gleny Rae Virus & her Bluegrass Playboys. He also previously held down the dobro chair in bluegrass bands The Somervilles, Sunshine Harvester, Big Bug Trio and Little Rabbit.

Pete’s recording session resumé is extensive and encompasses many different styles and artists. Recent recordings include Pete Denahy’s “Singing Shoes”, a dual Golden Guitar winner (Best Bluegrass Album, Best Instrumental), also Damian Howard’s “Ned”, Freya Josephine Hollick’s upcoming CD, “The Unceremonious Junking of Me” and a track on Liz Frencham’s “You & Me Vol 3”.

Pete released his debut solo CD, 'Slide Night' in 2008, a collection of original and classic bluegrass-flavoured tunes and songs featuring his slide playing and a huge line-up of guest artists.

After a long wait, 2016 brings Pete’s second solo project. “Buzz in the Room” is a collection of Pete played everything on the CD. 


The Gospel of Paul:

 www.paulwookey.com.au
..is a gifted musician and possessor of one of the most acknowledged and diverse talents to have emerged in this country over the last 2 decades.
During this time Paul has shared the stage with & won accolades from a great many performers, including American Blues great John Hammond and Jimmy Witherspoon,( for whom he played guitar replacing Robin Ford), and Vince Gill, the No. 1 country singer in the U.S.

Although reasonably adept at an old country ballad, (Paul was a Gold Guitar winner at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1981!) his first love is the blues and old 50’s &60’s rock&roll.
Paul has toured with Mick Jagger, Joe Satriani, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGee, Vince Gill, Jessie Winchester, Mark O’Connor, Dan Crary, Byron Berline, Albert Lee, Mickey Newbury, Ralph McTell… and the list goes on


And as according to Andrew Clermont
a nutso Fiddler, Mandolinist & 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ to boot - near 40 years touring
- from Brian Young to Tom T Hall (USA); Dya Singh World Music Group (many laps of the planet)
& BluGuru to Totally Gourdgeous (20 Years including Europe);
All Corners Covered, Zen Tripitalia, The HillBilly Goats
plus a Golden Fiddle Award director!
... not forgetting 20 years of the epic Supper Club at Tamworth CM & Woodford, National, Pt Fairy & WA's Fairbridge Folk Festivals!


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Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club
with a Special 130 page Supper Club Almanac Photo Book released 2018
A Special one off at Risk Hall Kyogle Sat 24th Nov - see gig guide


went nuts at Sandford Bush Festival March Long Weekend 2018 - joined by
Silas & Sarah VIC from The Bushwackers plus Lucy Kammerman SA & Jude Iddison WA all on wild fiddles plus Quentin & Tony Eyers brothers on Bass, Keys & Harmonicas


Sup Club was born & seen via Tamworth, Woodford, National Folk, Fairbridge Festivals for up to 20 years - and 21st Anniversary next January 2019

here was 2018 @ Tamworth last January!!




 


It can hardly get more diverse or musically welcoming as the Supper Club.
If you were to ask, gee I wonder what it would sound like if X & Y were to come together with Z ?
Well you'll likely catch it here.
Born of Clermont's life long tendency to meld peoples musical strengths (whether they know it or not!)
and sense of adventure and effort to inspire,
here is the musical wild wood, where music knows no sleep and few limits (just the imagination and gumption) - in it's 18th official year.

Clermont began as a 3 time Australian Bluegrass Guitar Champion.
He first fiddled on Brian Young's Longest Chartered Flight Concert Tours of the World after just 2 years near a Violin in the mid 80s.
Fiddling for Tom T Hall (USA), Troy Cassar Daley's Country through The Screaming Jet's Rock to Opera's Anna Lisa Kerrigan or The Waifs and 10 tours in Europe with India(n) to theatrical bands
ie. Totally Gourdgeous, BluGuru, Dya Singh World Music Group, The Beggars, The Borderers (including 2014 in Lorient - France and Skägen - Denmark) plus Germany, Festivals and more as timing permits.
He finally created an all encompassing event, highly regarded & cherished across many Festivals
- not only originally hosting the NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest,
it allowed the creation of most orchestration possibilities in the name of Country(s) & Folk Music
with a fellowship of youth & wissen who stop at few borders or genres.
Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club included 100 players in 2013!
Sup Club Live Recordings are distilled into - 7 CDs and many DVDs (including Tuition)!

more details at
http://www.andrewclermont.com.au/specialevents.htm#tamfest


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BluGuru
Next appearance is Lake Cullulleraine Festival 12-14 April 2019
Had a mighty fine week @ The Kelly Country Pick Aug 2018

Soared at The Planting 2018 - Woodford May 4-6 swapping Tim Bennett for Josh Bennett !! 
including jams with Greg Sheehan, Parvyn's solo set & mighty Fire Event finale.





Sounding like Jeff Beck meets Ravi Shankar on the set of 'Oh! Brother Where Art Thou' while dancing in Rio!,

they feature the sublime voice of Parvyn Bennett (and Percussion, Mandolin & Indian Dance)

Josh Bennett (Adelaide Fringe Award Nominee for Best Music) - Guitars & Mandolin to Sitar & Tabla. Both moonlight with Bombay Royale,
(Tim Bennett - Tapping Bass and groove meister!)
And chameleon Andrew Clermont, who is also a nutso Fiddler, Mandolinist & 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ to boot
- 30 years touring - from Tom T Hall, Dya Singh to Totally Gourdgeous!

They are distilled from a vibrant world touring history with a 3 part harmonised twisting tale of gone Bluegrass/Celtic/ Blues/ Swing/ Jazz/ Indian adventure.

We congratulate Josh & Parvyn with the arrival of dear Ravi Bennett May 2016

www.Bluguru.net


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Totally Gourdgeous 20th year - toured in early July 2018
from Melbourne around coast to Nowendoc! near-ish Tamworth
- and back as Totally Gourdacious (Kylie Morrigan joining Mal & Andrew)!!
A knock out run! Much thanks to all who helped or came along!


Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch via The Muppets!
All are playing Gourd instruments luthiered by Penelope Swales - Legendary since young
(Gourd Guitar, Gourdalin, Stomp, Aslatuas, Chinese Hulusi Gourd Flute),
Mal Webb - from Lano & Woodley to Glastonbury Solo (Gourd Bass, Mbira, Gournet, Voice-box),
Carl Pannuzzo - Smallest Stadium Band in the world to Woodford Fire Event Choir master (Gourd Djemba, Percussion, Guitar),
Andrew Clermont - a nutso player from Dya Singh to Tom T Hall (Gourdiddle, Gourdalin, Guitar)
and all with Gourdatious Vocals to produce a manic, organic musical experience, punning pathos, heartfelt hilarity & messages of love,
fellowship and environmental sanity.
Latest Clips - Shades of the Vine!
The Bazzar Clips - Woodford


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Beginning 2018 - Had a very cool time catching up with fiddle legends Darol Anger, Tristian Clarridge & Shenzo Gregorio in the same week
congrats to The Sunshine Fiddle Camp on their perhaps last gathering - very grateful to catch the last day thereof early Jan 2018
there is soooo much ahead this year! See you as we can - check GigGuide above!)
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There was some moonlighting with the Hillbilly Goats during this 2017!! From Albury to Cooktown!
Plus helping out on their "Old Jack's Bones" CD


Hats Off in Tamworth, plus Black Mountain UnPlugged through to Gympie Muster
- twin fiddling finale with Carolyn Trengove  2017!



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Rachel Johnston & Andrew Clermont - All Corners Covered Tours !
Early December FolkRhythm&Life Festival (Eldorado, VIC) to Newcastle(NSW) 2016

Photo Geoff O'Neill
Andrew Clermont toured with formidable cellist Rachel Johnston
with a selection from the tips of Scandinavia through UK to inner Outback & Oldtime.

              Clermont leaving for a moment the curious Totally Gourdgeous, BluGuru, Dya Singh & Supper Club adventures
of the last 2 decades, and Johnston her many years of the Australian String Quartet (!) and touring with Missy Higgins - 
here be some particularly fresh and soul stirring music.

          Curious & twisted are the stories and songs. Tantalising and soaring are the works -
       they will certainly draw upon all their histories and take us well beyond!.

           Clermont is with the sensuous double size Mick Moffat F5 Mandola along side the Gilchrist F5 Mandolin and Roger Buckmaster Fiddle & 5 string version, plus ringing cast metal didgeridoo & White Swallow Banjo
beside Rachel's near glowing Luis & Clark Cello.
         Add Clermont's 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ maneuvers to
       Rachel's gleaning of the worlds of Cello style and there be a feast to behold! 

See Gig Guide Link at top!
Last tour Gig - Sunday 11th Dec Royal Exchange, Newcastle includes Alex Gordon (stellar Mandolin) & Dave Hellens (unlimited Banjo man)
plus Tamarisque (Janet & Hugh Gordon) a magic finish!
then onto Woodford Folk Fest & Tamworth CM Fest Supper Clubs through the summer plus the Sunshine Fiddle Camp QLD!!

https://www.facebook.com/soaringmusic/
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See Gig Guide link at top!