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Photo - Jasmine
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To celebrate Sophie's wonderous contribution over the
years to the Supper Club, this Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirl
is giving ONE very special night with the Supper Club
BIG Band! New Songs, new stories, Friday Jan 26th.
The Lawnmowers - Launching their New CD - "Second Cut" all week at 9pm (cept Fri 26 and Sat 27 is 7pm). 3xBanjo Champ - Dave Hellens, New Acoustic Guitar via Rob Long, join Clermont for a wild Bluegrass week including Tony Eyers' hot Harmonica on the first weekend.
Extra Special guest will be their new DoubleBass & soaring voice - Liz Frencham (Jigzag) See http://www.themowers.net/
Photo by Jasmie MacDonald
is a tourdeforce - and helped win BEST non-corporate and BEST Overall Tamworth Cavalcade Entry for the Lions Club 2006 !! (Based on the theme "Pub with No Beer", they produced 10 versions in near EVERY music style - Disco, Jamaican to Traditional Waltz!!
- Are you getting the idea!
Kind of Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's Pumpkin patch via The Muppets!
www.PenelopeSwales.com (the Luthier - converting vine to violin! And guitar/ bass/ percussion etc), Carl Pannuzzo and Mal Webb (with Lano & Woodley) with their respective dot com websites have their audiences laughing hard when not amazed at the antics of their performance . Together with Andrew, you'll never see Clermont the same after this!!
www.MalWebb.com is a renown vocal gymnast, topical songwriter - toilet rolls to whale songs - nothing is too important or trivial! Also a whiz on trombone/ Bass & the African Mbira (thumb piano!) All countries music!
www.CarlPannuzzo.com - choir leader of the 130,000 strong Woodford Fire Event - R&B, Socio-political to AC/DC on songs from Starfish to Pole-sitting!
Below are the gourdatious ones in preparation to take out (with able Lions Club presentation) the Tamworth Cavalcade Best Float in Independant AND overall catagory!!! Woo Hoo! haha
Swales built standard instruments from these non-standard gourds (and they do grow enormously varied) specifically because they are such an easily renewable source of timber. Sold across the world now she has used long bean types for didgeridoo, through to those big enough for Cello & Bass! Instruments from the Flintstones are now ready for you!! But who to play them? Mal & Carl were nearby but they soon called Tamworth's own -
Andrew Clermont who had spent most years of his musically adventurous life gathering surprising (and surprised!) musicians & artists where-ever he appeared. The pinnacle of this is The Supper Club. He's been a Bluegrass Guitar Champion 3 times (see the Re-release of his solo masterpiece 'Homegrown Vol.2' on CD) and seen mostly on Fiddle & Mandolin with Tom T Hall to John Chester, Brian Young to Xavier Rudd & The Waifs. He is a true Chameleon still performing in 5 Bands - Dya Singh (a decade lapping the world Indian Sikh Style!); The Lawnmowers (the cutting 'hedge' of Bluegrass!); Celtic Conundrums (Glen Innes Celtic Fest 2005) and here - The Supper Club; regulars to Vienna(Austria) - Totally Gourdgeous & Fiddlers Feast (their 11th Tamworth)
The BEEZ - Germany!
With great pleasure we present 3 nights inclusion of this very rare group. 4 vocals soaring Unplugged with Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' while giving AC/DC distinct 'TWANG' with a Polish twist of Lime!
A decade across Europe, these guys& gals include Slide Dobro, Ukulele, Accordian, grand fun & theatrics. www.thebeez.de
The Supper Club welcomes the return of
Annette Eldridge - Cello and Young Australian Award recipient with her younger sister Stephanie (Fiddle Champ when she was just 14!).
Willow Stahlut from the Gypsy Hot Club joined them with Clermont at the Hawksbury National Fiddle Festival this year. She'll likely turn up at the SupClub as well with show stoppers
Turkish Delight returning from Armidale on the Fiddle Night.
Steph has also been seen moonlighting with new CM heroes
"The PIGS" who will also appear in a more cultured version on the Banjo Night & Bluegrass nights with last years extra special guest
Montz Matzumoto - Banjo Maestro from Japan - now enjoying the Adelaide wine valleys.
Exotic Wu PuYu from Taiwan has been an integral part of the Supper Club for quite some years now. Deeply emotive, flying Flautist & concert pianist - she's guarenteed to bring joyous tears to your eye with her riveting performance.
Slowly motoring from Darwin we'll see the return as well of
Steve Teakle - keyboard multi-man from the ol' goanna Piano to Hammond Organ, Cajun Accordian, Melodica and Washboard linking up mainly with The Lawnmowers and whoever else he can't resist!
Likely THE most soaring and nimble fingered violinist to date is
Jess Randall, who won in 2005 and presented the Supper Club with a 'score' to tempt the fearless music readers to a 'Country Concerto'. Stunning it was and we wait with teetering anticipation for the next chapter in 2007
Extra Special Shows are
Sat 9pm NIGHT OF FIDDLE - Previous Champions mingle with a variety of styles and performers. Turkish to Cajun, Ireland to Blacktown, Bluegrass to Bulgarian.
Sun 9pm HARMONICA NIGHT featuring
'REASON TO BREATH'
Christian Marsh - Blues & Chromatic Judge & Champion of Harmonica
Wu PuYu - Classical to Jazz, Country to New Age Flute
Parris Macleod - Piano/Guitar/Percussion - Young Australia Award winner
Plus arguably Australia's greatest Didgeridooist, Tamworth's very own Mark Atkins -as at home in New York's Symphony Orchestra, or Vienna, or Berlin as out back of Dungowan and right here. Performing across the world through Sydney's 2000 ParaOlympics and the Grecian Olympics. He'll be adding jaw-dropping spice.
And if that wasn't enough, the Lawnmowers will be letting Bluegrass Harmonica man, Tony Eyers, as loose as only he can.
Mon 9pm BANJO & OLD-TIME MUSIC
From a 'cultured version of 'The Pigs', Montz Mazumoto - Japan & Europe, Champion picker Dave Hellens with The Lawnmowers and Clermont on some Tenor Banjo 'twang' let alone Matilda Sommers or just a few other possibilities
Tue 9pm THE GIRLS NIGHT with Sarah Carroll (GIT) ; The Eldridge Sisters (Fid Champ & Cello); Penelope Swales; "Hannah" Telford; Pu-Yu Macleod - a favourite from Taiwan, Leslie Avril (French songs!), Jess Randall (FIddle Champ 2005) and usually wonderfully more!
Wed 9pm FINGERPICKING/SLIDE/FLAT-PICKING GUITAR night has the eloquent Tim Rickhards, Jethro (ex-Bourkenback Boys) and nimble Ross Waldron - a wild blend of the many slippery melody makers. Tamworth's Leigh Irvin (The Remains) pedal steel to the warm Dobro of Sydney's Gary Brown plus the slide trumpet & trombone of Mal Webb (we did say Slide!!)
with Clermont anticipating plenty of surprises.
Thu 9pm THE NIGHT OF PIANO (Book Early) - usually quite a few pianos on stage at onceand as in previous years with many surprise players from throughout the Festival. The night will also welcome the return of world renown Sam McNally.
Fri 9pm SPECIAL SUPPER CLUB FEATURE ARTIST of the last years has been the ever-loved Sophie Raymond. Not only a most theatrical and alluring singer songwriter, but also a most consummate musician on Saxophone/ Harmonica/ Guitar & Piano. Creator of various animation clips and part of the Oscar winning 'Harvy Krumpet' film. She has also been helping artists develop themselves overseas with the CrocPot Showcase presentations in Canada & USA. First seen in Tamworth as "The Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirl" show with Vicky Simpson from The Waifs, she has endeared herself to the Tamworth Festival ever since.
Her ONE SHOW ONLY this time is 9pm Friday 26th 9pm
Sat 6pm THE BLUEGRASS CHAMPIONS
We take no prisoners here - always a variety of styles displaying the versatility of this very flexable music source.
Sat 9pm - the ever Fun Filled Finale! Legendary Nights always!
Every night is a new story, you may even talk Clermont into a season pass! Meanwhile the Info Centre and Venue have each show's tickets.
Honourable guest - Champion Banjo player from Japan - Montz Matzumoto
Jess Randall - 2005 NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Champ!
NoHoldsBarred Australian Fiddle Contest
Here Dev'lish Mary with Clermont & Montz Matsumoto set the mood
Assisted by Epoch Fiddles & The Golden Fiddle Awards
The NoHoldsBarred Australian Fiddle Contest last ran during Tamworth's Country Music Festival January 2008. The contest is open to all fiddlers (amateur or professional) of any style, not just Bluegrass and Country. Two sections - Youth Award and Open Award.
In 2009 the Bluegrass Championships started up again finally and the focus shifted back to there for the moment.
The judges take into account all aspects of performance.
Heats will run at Andrew Clermont's Supper Club - 6pm sessions at the North Tamworth Bowling Club on the middle Wed & Thur of Tamworth CM Festival.
Grand Final was usually held at the Fiddlers Festival Concert on the last Saturday of the Festival. Interested fiddlers should also attend the Wild Fiddle Night on the first Saturday Night of the Tamworth CM Festival - 9pm at Andrew Clermont's Supper Club (North Tamworth Bowling Club - Bligh St).
Competitors are restricted to one piece of music with a maximum time limit of approximately 5 minutes displaying variety to impress. There are no restrictions on the type of backing used. Judges take in account professional and/or amateur status.
First prize of a $2000 Epoch Electric/Acoustic Violin!!
Register as soon as possible at http://www.goldenfiddleawards.org.au
See also http://www.andrewclermont.com.au/videos/supper/fiddlecontest.htm for emovie sample of some previous Winners.
See e-movie here
NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest Winners 2002 - 2008
L to R is Guest Judge - Tom Fitzgerald (www.peacesongs.info) , Organiser Andrew Clermont,
Ist place winner - Somara Redman (16),
3rd Place - Caitlin MacGowan (17),
2nd place - Louise Brown (12)
2007 - Winners
Youth Award - Connor Macgregor 14
Senior Award - George Jackson 17 (New Zealand - now living in Australia)
standing beside Epoch sponsor, Mark Mitchell.
And thanks for their spontaneous performances throughout the Supper
Club evenings and Fiddlers Feast
2006 No Holds Barred Fiddle Contest Champions
Aiden Patrick and Emma Barlow - - both from Gympie, Queensland
(Tragically lost her life in a traffic accident soon after - we will miss her dearly - has inspired her family to do great services for women independance in India)
2005 Senior Champion Jess Randall
Now with 'Crooked Fiddle' across the country
2004 Results Emily Little 8yr old
(Tamworth) Wins the youth section an Epoch 3/4 colour changing model Fiddle
Lachlan O'Donnell -
winning the 2004 HoHolds Barred Fiddle Contest - takes home the Senior Award Electric/ Acoustic Gold Model
NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest 2003 Results
Winner of the Inaugural (NoHoldsBarred) Australian Fiddle Contest for 2002 was:
, 13yr old, surprise whizz from Victoria. She followed the win by being invited to play her prize $2000 Epoch Violin at the Golden Guitar Awards - Orange Blossom Special with Mark Oats, Andrew Clermont, Mick Albrecht and the house band.
A knock out performance. 12 entries were narrowed down to 3 through the week including Joanne Lack (with John Wibberley) , Hamish Davidson, ( Country college graduate).
Specific tuition in :
Separate CRASH COURSES TO MANDOLIN/ FIDDLE/ GUITAR all include the following:
How to make what you play, sound like it was always meant to be there. Slotting into someone else's genre/style, recognising and adopting their idioms and producing the appropriate accompaniment. Rising above and around your Musical Plateau;
PLUS DETAIL IN:
A CRASH COURSE TO MANDOLIN - DVD support
Pick techniques , achievable Chords, Accompanying, Soloing and a bit on how to go ballistic, musically :-) Includes a leaning to the blues
A CRASH COURSE TO FIDDLIN' - DVD support
Bowing - in particular the shuffles, lilts, trills and a step by step path to soloing safely and effectively. Includes a leaning to the blues and definitely an easy conversion from Classical to Folk fiddling.
LOWDOWN FIDDLE & MANDOLIN - Blues and other colours of the violin or mandolin
Andrew takes you on a path to explore and express yourself through your instrument/ from Blues to Happy Days. A simple introduction to modes of scales; reactive and interactive playing; going ballistic; working out just what is needed at the time. Improvisation is but a few notes from where you are now!
A CRASH COURSE TO FLAT-PICK BLUEGRASS/ FOLK GUITAR - DVD support
Includes applying Guitar to Fiddle tunes and the most volume you can extract from your instrument per effort. Rising above and around your Musical Plateau; useful accompaniment and a bit on how to nuts in performance !
GUITAR OPTION: Master Class Championship Bluegrass Flat-Picking - Book & CD support
LEARN TO PLAY DIDGERIDOO: - DVD support
Sure-fire techniques to crack the illusive circular breathing - then the journey begins.
Demystifying SOUND MIXING/ BAND ENGINEERING -
focused on live mixing: equalising the whole sound system (and the band players!!) : extracting the Real tones from the instruments and voice, pre-amps, pick-ups & microphones: stacking the odds and players in your favour for a successful mix & performance - and most importantly - keeping it simple.
Clermont annually includes sound-sorting at numerous Festivals - and head of production at Mildura CM Fest, France Folk Gathering, Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention, Wirrina Bleugrass & Acoustic Music Fests plus the "epic" 30 hour Supper Club at Tamworth Festival.
The Fiddle Kids at Denmark , Western Australia in 2009, co-ordinated by Jude Iddson & Marie. A wonderful 'bubble' of Fiddledom between Margaret River, Albany & Denmark