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Only three years from Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s debut album –sees the release of their second album, Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, April 22, 2016 – picking up where they left off, taking the age old style of Ska and adding to it with aplomb. The band’s debut resulted in sell-out shows both in Australia and abroad, many high profile festival appearances internationally, a slew of award nominations and some wins both here and in the UK.
Sierra-Kilo-Alpha is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s own history – a nod to the past with an eye firmly on the future, dangerous and free. Recorded at the ABC and Freeburgh studios in Melbourne, in the winter of 2015. Sierra-Kilo-Alpha throbs with hope, excitement and freshness. The band has recently signed record deals in both the US and the UK, after two years of very successful touring to the regions. So 2016 will see the new record released across the globe, with touring to follow.
MSO’s live performance is nothing short of spectacular, sometimes tipping the 30 player mark. The National album launch tour kicks off at The Night Quarter on the Gold Coast, April 22. Touring with between 20 and 30 band members at all times MSO will play both capital city and regional dates, spanning from April to June. Showcasing new songs from Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, fans are in for a treat; it will be an unstoppable dance floor across the nation!
All of this before the band head over to the UK in August, to play at The Garage in London, Kaya World Music Festival and Boomtown. 2016 sees Melbourne Ska Orchestra off and running, at break neck speed…
Get your tickets to one of the album launch shows now before you miss out!
Presented By: RHYTHMS, TONEDEAF, SCENESTR, THE BRAG & BEAT
Sat 14th May
THE GRAND ARCH, Jenolan Caves Blue Mountains NSW
A Special Night, with guests THE RHYTHM HUNTERS
Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan Caves NSW
Early bird tickets $50 + bf for limited time, $60 + bf GA from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/35437
Doors open 6pm
Sat 25th June
MULLUMBIMBY CIVIC HALL, Mullumbimby NSW
55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby NSW
Tickets A$32.00 +BF &cc / Y$26.00+BF&cc / C$20.00+BF&cc / under 5yrs free – from www.redsquaremusic.com.au
FUNKCHUNK single is available now
New Album SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA, out April 22
MSO was nominated for an ARIA award for Blues and Roots album of the year and took out the Age EG World Music and the Reggae Steady Ska album of the year awards.
However, it is the stage where this 30-odd piece truly shine. MSO started selling out headline shows within a few months of their album release and have become a highlight of the National festival circuit with a sway of high profile International offers starting to land.
Fronted by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, John Butler Trio, Bustamento), MSO bring an 18 piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist, keys and 4 singers. The “Get Smart” Tour demands you to get your body moving with the life force that is MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA.
GET SMART TOUR PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC
FRI MARCH 14 – HQ – ADELAIDE W/EL MOTH – BUY TICKETS HERE
SAT MARCH 15 – HI FI BAR – MELBOURNE W/EL MOTH & DJ KILMARNOCK STEVE – BUY TICKETS HERE
FRI MARCH 21 – HI FI BAR – BRISBANE W/BELLYAS – BUY TICKETS HERE
FRI MARCH 28 – HI FI BAR – SYDNEY W/TBC – BUY TICKETS HERE
Damien Dempsey has announced he will return to Australia and New Zealand in March to undertake a national tour and festival appearances to celebrate the launch of his upcoming album “It’s All Good – The Best of Damien Dempsey”, a celebration of his career to date which encompasses six top 10 studio albums over 15 years.
The album will include fan favourites such as “Sing All Our Cares Away”, “It’s All Good”, “Colony”, “Almighty Love”, “Bustin’ Outta Here” and his No. 1 Christmas single “The Auld Triangle” with Glen Hansard, along with two new brand new tracks recorded especially for this release “Happy Days” and “St Patrick’s Brave Brigade”.
Damien has had an incredible 2013, following the release of his sixth studio album “Almighty Love” in September 2012. To mention but a few highlights: Damien sold out his Sydney Opera House St Patrick’s Day show followed by headline shows across Australia. The summer saw a support slot with Bruce Springsteen at Kilkenny Stadium, and his own headline show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, whilst September brought his first US tour in 5 years, encompassing festivals and headline shows including a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York. Damien toured Australia once more in November before heading back to Ireland for headline dates nationally before heading back to Vicar Street for his now traditional two Christmas gigs.
Tickets to Damien’s headline shows on sale Monday 6th January 2014
7th – 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Mick O’Malley’s, BRISBANE
Friday 14th March – Prince Bandroom, MELBOURNE
Sunday 16th March – The Metro Theatre, SYDNEY
Monday 17th March – Capitol Theatre, PERTH
Saturday 22 March – The San Fran, Wellington, NZ
Thursday 27 March – Dux Live, Christchurch, NZ
Friday 28 March – Coronation Hall, Dunedin, NZ
Saturday 29 March – The Munster Inn, Auckland, NZ
April 11/12 – Gumball festival
April 17 – 21- National Folk Festival – Canberra
‘It’s All Good – The Best Of Damien Dempsey’ new album is out February 14, 2014 through FOUR | FOUR.
Legendary Irish singer / songwriter Damien Dempsey has had an incredible year, following the release of “Almighty Love” in October 2012.
To name but a few highlights: Damien sold out his Sydney Opera House St Patrick’s Day show followed by headline shows across Australia. The winter saw a support slot with Bruce Springsteen at Kilkenny Stadium, and his own headline show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, whilst September brought Damien’s first US tour in 5 years, encompassing festivals and headline shows including a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York.
Damien is undertaking a UK tour currently, before returning to Australian shores next month. He rounds off the year returning to Ireland for his late-November and December tour dates.
Damo has had an incredible career to date, releasing 6 albums since 2000. Early-2014 will see the release of Damien’s’ Best Of’ album, a celebration of Damien’s career to date.
Damien will be in Australia this November performing as part of the AWME festival and some select key shows also.
DAMIEN DEMPSEY – NOVEMBER TOUR DATES
Sunday November 10 – Sydney – The Vanguard (Sold Out)
Monday November 11 – Sydney – The Vanguard
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Thursday November 14 – Melbourne – AWME – HiFi Bar
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Sunday November 17 – Perth – Rosie O’Grady’s
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“Singer Damien Dempsey is a real working-class hero” – The Sunday Times
“For me he’s the best of Irish music” – Brian Eno
In a personal statement to fans over the weekend, John Butler & Nicky Bomba announced the departure of Bomba from the John Butler Trio. Nicky’s involvement with his many successful projects, particularly the rise of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, is the reason behind the change. Nicky and John both agreed on the focusing of energies as a positive step forward.
In May this year the Melbourne Ska Orchestra embarked on their first debut album tour, selling out venues in Sydney (The Metro), Melbourne (Forum) & Brisbane (The Tivoli) .The response was overwhelming, and the self-titled album gained rave reviews and radio support nationally.
To celebrate this new chapter, the band has just released a new single ‘THE DIPLOMAT’ from their acclaimed self-titled debut album. (A timely title given the election frenzy!). Setting out on tour in September, the 30-piece ramshackle juggernaut that is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra will hit BigSound (Brisbane), Adelaide, Fremantle & Perth, followed up by a host of festivals and a Sydney date in November.
The announcement seems to have received the respectful blessings of many fans with an understanding of John and Nicky’s long association.
It is evident the respect is high between the two, Butler stating:
Nicky has been a part of the Trio in some way or another in different forms over the past 10 years, and somehow I think he will always be some kind of thread in the weave that we are. We are blood and soul music brothers. But Nicky is a front man through and through, and over the last few years watching his amazing Melbourne Ska Orchestra go from strength to strength and the opportunities for this grand dream of his open up wider and wider I had to ask him, and myself; is now a good time for him to ride that horse while she’s heading for a full gallop? Seeing him play to a sold out Metro City gig in Sydney a few months ago made my heart full and happy. It felt and looked “right”. It is an amazing time in Nicky’s world as all his stars are aligning for his own project, and I honour that path completely and am so happy to watch my brother shine. John Butler
Nicky Bomba stated:
As a songwriter and performer in my own right, the time felt right to hop back on my own ship to nurture the stories I’ve created. Along with my other projects, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra has gathered some steam of late and the stretching of energies and clashing of dates meant something had to give. John and I understood the scenario and like seasoned travellers at a crossroad, we both happily agreed on this GPS recalculation! Nicky Bomba
Melbourne Ska Orchestra present “THE DIPLOMAT TOUR”
Friday 27th Sep
Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Parry St, FREMANTLE
W/ BELEZA & DJ DAN GROK
Tickets $35 + bf from www.flybynight.org
Doors open 8pm
Saturday 28th Sep
Astor Theatre, Perth WA
659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley, PERTH
W/ MOD SQUAD & DJ DAN GROK
Tickets $35 + bf from the venue, www.showticketing.com.au & (08) 9370 5888
18+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
Doors open 7.30pm
Sunday 29th Sep
Wave Rock Weekender, WA
For all ticketing and bill info go to www.soulhighway.com.au
Saturday 9th Nov
Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, SYDNEY
Tickets $30 + bf from www.ticketek.com.au
Doors open 8pm
Thursday 12th Sep
For all details go to: www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2013/
Saturday 5th Oct
Caloundra Music Festival
Kings Beach, CALOUNDRA
with Boy and Bear, Xavier Rudd, Katchafire, The Basics + many more
For all ticketing and line up info go to www.caloundramusicfestival.com
Saturday 23rd Nov
Queenscliff Music Festival
with The Living End, John Butler Trio, The Grates, Spiderbait + many more. For full line up and ticketing details go to www.qmf.net.au
For more information see: www.awme.com.au
THE NEW SINGLE “THE DIPLOMAT” IS OUT NOW
THE “MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA” ALBUM IS OUT NOW
AVAILABLE ON FOUR|FOUR / ABC