12 NOVEMBER 2021 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
CAROLE KING & FRIENDS
“My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue... an everlasting vision of the ever-changing view.”
- Carole King
“Carole King is the epitome of the singer-songwriter genre. She and I spoke the same language. We shared a common ear... a parallel musical and emotional path. And we brought this out in one another.”
- James Taylor
“My friend Carole King has shaped our musical landscape. Her songs touch each of us in such deeply personal ways.”
- Roberta Flack
“Tapestry is one of the best albums ever, by one of the best songwriters, ever. Period.”
- Joan Armatrading
‘Carole King and Friends’, presented by Access All Eras, is a celebration of the very best songs from one of the most iconic songwriters of our time. It features hits from her own Grammy award winning albums including ‘Tapestry’, alongside the chart-topping songs she wrote that were recorded by hundreds of other acclaimed artists.
Carole King established her solo career in 1971 with her hit album Tapestry, but in the lead up to this she had already written hits for artists including The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin, The Monkees, The Drifters and more. Here are just a few you may know:
- The Shirelles – ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ (1960)
- Little Eva - 'The Loco-Motion' (1962)
- The Beatles - 'Chains' (1963)
- The Chiffons - 'One Fine Day' (1963)
- The Drifters - 'Up On the Roof' (1963)
- Herman’s Hermits - 'I’m Into Something Good' (1964)
- The Animals - 'Don't Bring Me Down' (1964)
- The Monkees - 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' (1967)
- Aretha Franklin - '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' (1967)
James Taylor - 'You've Got a Friend' (1971)
And that's literally just the tip of the iceberg. Exactly 50 years ago in 1971 when 'Tapestry' was released, you couldn't escape it. It was on every radio station and every jukebox. This intimate, introspective and masterful album received universal critical acclaim. Carole's stunning autobiographical songs about desire, change, friendship, love and loss were complemented by an amazing supporting cast during the recording that included no less than James Taylor and Joni Mitchell on backing vocals.
It won Grammys for Album of the Year, Record of the Year (for 'It’s Too Late') and Song of the Year (for 'You’ve Got a Friend'). This marked the first time ever that a woman had won the Record or Song awards. The album stayed on Billboard magazine’s Top 100 albums chart for more than 300 weeks and has now sold more than 10 million copies all over the world. 'Tapestry' is ranked at No. 36 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!
AMANDA EASTON (Wendy Matthews, Powderfinger) and SARINA JENNINGS (James Morrison, Richard Clapton) are uniquely placed to bring Carole King's superb songs to life. Both are huge forces on the Sydney music scene and Eastern Lounge favourites. And the band that will be on stage with them is incredible!
Leading the charge will be the legendary Rex Goh on guitar (Air Supply, The Eurythmics). Chris Alford (Damien Leith, Russell Morris) is on keys and vocals, Emile Nelson (Cirque Du Soleil, Glenn Shorrock) on bass guitar and vocals and Dave Kirby (Chantoozies, Tania Doko) on drums.
This will be an evening to savour, reliving the soundtrack of our lives.
“Amanda Easton has a voice that is both unique and beguiling. It's crisp and entrancing... dulcet and delightful!”
"You could Be listening to Debbie Harry performing in a smoky Jazz Club, somewhere in space. Highly recommended for fans of Lana Del Rey."
"Here is a singer who sounds strong, confident, sassy, sexy and in control of everything. You're hanging onto every word she sings."
- Malcolm carter, Penny Black Music
Before she takes to the stage with CAROLE KING & FRIENDS, Amanda Easton will open the show with her own original set of theatrical pop - old fashioned melodies set to post-modern beats.
Just this year, Amanda released her third full-length solo album, 'Wallflower'. "As well as artists like Goldfrapp and Kate Bush, I’m influenced by the mood of film noir, like David Lynch productions and even Broadway theatre. I love a bit of melodrama in my Pop. That’s why I adore David Bowie too, with his mix of Rock and Cabaret’.
Amanda has performed in prestigious venues throughout Australia from the Entertainment Centre to 5 Star Hotels and major clubs. She's also done stints in Japan, Bali, Malaysia and Noumea and toured throughout Europe. She's perhaps best known at Eastern Lounge for fronting the incredible Monterey Pop Festival Tribute.
11 JUNE 2021 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
WOLF MAIL'S 'PETER & THE WOLF'
"Raw, genuine and spontaneous... as close to the real thing as it gets."
- Sydney Morning Herald
"Peter Green somehow managed to follow Eric Clapton at his peak as lead guitarist of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. That's how good he was... one of the greatest players of all time!"
- Stevie Van Zandt
Wolf Mail is a celebrated guitarist in his own right. Born in Montreal, Canada, raised in France and California and now a resident of Sydney, Wolf has been touring since he was just 14.
Recognised worldwide as an accomplished Blues Rock guitarist and singer, Wolf has recorded and released seven internationally distributed, full-length albums and has performed over 3,000 shows touring no less than 26 countries. He’s recorded with the Steve Miller Band, has had Top 10 Billboard hits and supported artists such as Johnny Winter, Jimmy Vaughan and Jimmy Johnson.
In his live shows, Wolf has always featured the work of one of his true heroes, Peter Green. In particular he loves playing Green’s signature instrumental pieces. “Those magical instrumentals with their vibrato notes and clean, understated, stretched tones, scattered with space and harmonic feedback, are such a joy to play”, says Wolf. “Peter Green is one of my major influences. I’ve been waiting a long time to do this show.”
Peter Green was quite simply, one of the greatest Blues guitarists that Britain ever produced. His shape-shifting riffs and improvisational excursions made Fleetwood Mac one of the most exciting live bands of the 1960s Blues explosion. Whereas Clapton was known by Bluesbreakers fans as ‘God’, when Peter replaced him in that band, he quickly had the nickname ‘The Green God’ bestowed upon him.
In PETER & THE WOLF, Mail tells Peter Green’s story, illustrating it with a repertoire that presents all the well-known songs Green wrote for Fleetwood Mac. Green’s compositional skills at this stage of his career were exceptional, creating songs that were tender and truthful, yet often with an undercurrent of menace.
Wolf plays them all – the exquisitely dreamlike ‘Albatross’, ‘Oh Well’ with its pounding riffs, ‘Black Magic Woman’, (which incorporated Latin Blues and two exquisite solos and was later made famous by Carlos Santana), ‘The Supernatural’ and ‘Rolling Man’. In this amazing show, Wolf Mail also includes songs written by others that were famously recorded by Green - like Elmore James’ ‘Dust My Broom’ and Little Willie John’s ‘Need Your Love So Bad’. You’ll also hear tracks like the haunting ‘Got a Good Mind to Give Up Living’ and ‘Ramblin' Pony’.
Of course, no show about Peter Green would be complete without the cathartic ‘Man of the World’ recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1969. It’s a song about a man who can buy everything he needs, except the love he craves… reflecting very closely Green’s state of mind at that time.
Becoming increasingly dependent on LSD, the Blues genius decided he wanted to give all the money earned by Fleetwood Mac to charity. Unsurprisingly, his bandmates didn’t agree. So in May 1970, Green left the group he’d founded and slid into subsequent decades of schizophrenic obscurity, depression and psychiatric therapy. Green surfaced from time to time over the next 50 years, most prominently in 1998 when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. But in the end, his health declined rapidly. He died just less than a year ago on 25 July 2020 at the age of 73.
So if you were hoping for PETER & THE WOLF - the symphonic fairy tale written by Sergei Prokofiev, I’m sorry to disappoint. If you’re after a show filled with passionate Blues playing and some of the world’s best known songs written by an all-time music legend… that we can help with. Don’t miss this one!
“Peter’s guitar playing was one of the reasons I was excited to join Fleetwood Mac. My biggest regret is that I never got to share the stage with him. His legacy will live on forever.” – Stevie Nicks
“Out of all the British Blues guitar players of the ‘60s and early ‘70s, Peter Green was the only one who gave me chills!” – B.B. King
“He was a breathtaking singer, guitarist and composer.” - Whitesnake frontman, David Coverdale
“The second of the three legends John Mayall featured in the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green was one of the great guitar players of all time.” - Stevie Van Zandt
“Peter Green’s playing inspired so many of us, none more so than Gary Moore." – Thin Lizzy guitarist, Damon Johnson
13 APRIL 2018 | FRIDAY | 7.30PM
"A highly energetic and enthusiastic band that just
makes you smile."
- Organisers, The Gum Ball Festival
"V Tribe is non-stop Polynesian dance music at its best."
- Proprietor, The River Canyon Restaurant, Parramatta
Filled with energy and a real love for 'Tongan backyard tunes' (as they put it), smooth Reggae & Roots outfit V Tribe has been influenced by the band members’ Polynesian heritage, together with all the great Reggae, Roots, Ska, Dub and Dancehall Masters from Bob Marley onwards.
Performing together since 2005, V Tribe has been trimmed from its original 11-piece line-up of brothers and cousins to a tighter six-piece, full of rhythm, percussion and horns. It still contains four of the Vaivao brothers and two close family friends, considered ‘brothers’ by the others.
The family-based group has come a long way since inception. They’ve supported Julian Marley (son of Bob) at Sydney’s ‘Stir It Up’ Festival… opened for Maxi Priest on his big ‘Easy To Love’ Australian tour… and played The Enmore theatre with Kiwi roots rockers Katchafire (nominated for Best International Band at the British Reggae Music Awards).
The band has also shared stages with Guy Sebastian, Grammy-nominee JBoog, Fiji and Stan Walker.
Though with plenty of wonderful original material in their repertoire, V Tribe also performs covers of songs by heroes such as Bob Marley, Blackstreet and Bruno Mars.
Regardless of origins, you can bet V Tribe will be cooking up some sweet Reggae vibes… and we’re going to party, Island style! So wear your loudest shirt or skirt and we’ll dress the room and provide the coolest cocktails to match the upbeat mood sure to pervade the room.
Don't miss out when ‘The Tribe’ comes to Eastern Lounge, pouring their love and good vibes into Roseville like none other has. If you want to dance, and you want to dance with a smile on your face, come party with V Tribe.
Read more about VTribe at: https://www.facebook.com/VTribeMusic/
LINES OF FLIGHT
“From the first note, Lines of Flight owned the room
and treated us to a delicious musical narrative."
- Calvin Welch, iHear Music @ Lazybones
Since ‘Lines of Flight’ last played Eastern Lounge in 2016, supporting Gypsy Jazzmen Arabesk, (coincidentally ALSO on a Friday the 13th), the band’s fortunes have continued to rise… (lucky for some)!
They’ve since performed alongside the likes of multi-award winning Canadian Folk duo Madison Violet, as well as Folk Alliance Artist of the Year, Monique Clare, Victorian Festival regular Nigel Wearne and all the way from Mauritius, Kool Vibration (who we’ll see here at Eastern Lounge in July). They’ve played at venues across Sydney from Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville to Fairlight Folk, The Music Lounge and Kave Bar on the north side, as well as Festivals from Cessnock to Collaroy.
And they’ve had Chart success too… Lines of Flight has the distinction of having held the No. 1 spot on Reverbnation’s Sydney Folk Chart for no less than 10 months straight! As a result, the Reverbnation team selected two of the band’s songs for curation and their track ‘Oceans Calling’ is featured on a Reverbnation promotional playlist of ‘Top Emerging Folk Artists’ released just this month.
The band’s name describes the creative potential of not just breaking away from the norm but shooting in an unexpected and refreshing direction. This is the approach taken by Brent Keogh (vocals, guitar, mandolin and oud) and Katie Anderson (b/v, flute, Irish whistle, percussion) to their music. The line-up now also includes regular appearances by outstanding guest Tabla player Shaun Premnath who will again be joining Lines of Flight at Eastern Lounge.
With their unique and earthy fusion of Folk, World, Classical, Celtic and Pop influences, Lines of Flight is all class, yet retains a sense of fun within every performance. The band unearths hidden gems among the world’s acoustic sounds, taking us on a sonic journey that is at once familiar, yet completely unpredictable.
Check out Lines of Flight online at: https://www.linesofflight.info/