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17th March 2017  Scott Cook

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has distilled the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse.  His fourth release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”.  Scott has already completed three tours of Australia, including talked-about performances at Woodford, Cobargo, Candelo, Newstead, Illawarra, and Yackandandah folk festivals.  This year he’s returning with his acoustic trio the Second Chances (Bramwell Park on banjo, mandolin, guitar and harmony vocals, and Melissa Walker on upright bass and harmonies) for another tour in support of their 2017 album Further Down the Line.  Cook is one of the hardest-working troubadours on the road today, averaging over 160 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007.  All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
 
“Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on.” -David Francey, 3x Juno-winning Canadian songwriter
 

“There’s nothing flash about Canada’s Cook. He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own… He has a good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humour, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice and a bunch of memorable lines… Truly one of Woody Guthrie’s children.” -David Burke, R2 Magazine

 


21st April 2017 Miss Whisky

MISS WHISKEY
is a Melbourne blues duo putting their raw and original stamp on harmonica driven swamp blues.

Formed in 2014 as an avenue to focus on the music they love this female blues duo are quickly making their mark on the blues scene in Australia. As the 2015 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Blues Duo of the year, Miss Whiskey performed in Memphis Tennessee representing Melbourne at the International Blues Challenge in January 2016.

With Anna Scionti on guitar and vocals and Julie Noble on harmonica, this gritty female duo mix up their own original music with classic blues standards from the greats like Junior Wells, Slim Harpo and Big Mama Thornton. Festival highlights include White Night Melbourne, Winter Blues Festival (Echuca VIC), Australian Blues Music Festival (Goulburn NSW), Bluestone Blues Festival (Murgheboluc VIC), Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival, Docklands Blues Music Festival (Melbourne VIC), and the Holler Roots Music Festival (Melbourne VIC).

Miss Whiskey released their independent debut album in 2016. Recorded outdoors on a cold Melbourne night in the winter of 2015, ‘ONE COLD NIGHT’ captures the raw energy found at a MISS WHISKEY gig and showcases this gritty female duo’s harmonica-driven style of swamp blues. Debuting at No: 3 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts March 2016.
Anna Scionti– Vocals, guitar, slide and stomp
Julie Noble– Harmonica