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THE EAST POINTERS (Canada) + THE MAE TRIO (Melbourne)8:30PM
THE EAST POINTERS (Canada) + THE MAE TRIO (Melbourne)
The East Pointers are three young men whose talent and penchant for traditional Celtic tunes of decades past greatly belie their respective ages. And while each member of the trio is an accomplished musician in his own right, their union is a testament to their shared output being, to borrow a common adage, greater than the sum of its parts.
Ontario guitarist Jake Charron and 7th generation Prince Edward Island musicians Tim (fiddle) and Koady Chaisson (banjo) make traditional music seem ridiculously hip.
An adrenalized, roof-rattling, performance monster, the trio’s excellent new release Secret Victory, penned mostly in Australia in early 2015, features the beautiful songs, free-wheeling, feisty instrumental jigs, stomps and reels and heart-breaking harmonies that have made them torchbearers for a new wave in traditional music.
Even before releasing Secret Victory, The East Pointers knew they were onto something, having accepted the 2015 Music P.E.I. New Artist of the Year, and Roots Traditional Recording of the Year awards. They were also nominated for Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2015 East Coast Music Awards.
For a band barely together 18 months, they are in demand live, returning to the UK and Australia in late 2015 for a run of festival dates including Woodford Folk Festival, Cygnet, Illawarra, Cobargo, Nannup, Port Fairy and the National and then back again in early 2016 after extensive touring in Canada.
The East Pointers jigs, reels and heart-breaking harmonies have made them torch bearers for a new wave in traditional music.
Timber and Steel included ‘Secret Victory’ in their Top 25 Albums of 2015!
Multi-award-winning, Melbourne-based contemporary folk trio, The Mae Trio perform insightful original songs with superb 3 part vocal harmonies.
It has been a magical two years since The Mae Trio released their award-winning debut album Housewarming and hit international stages from Celtic Connections (Glasgow) to Cambridge Folk Festival and Americana Festival (Nashville), not to mention national Australian tours where they won the hearts of critics and fans alike. Winners of the Maton Class Act Award and the National Film & Sound Archive Award for Folk Recording of the Year, The Mae Trio is renowned for their sophisticated instrumentation and stellar three-part harmonies.
Their latest EP 'September' features an array of originals and new interpretations of some of the songs that have helped shape the band’s musical lives so far.
Join Anita Hillman (cello, bass and vocals), Maggie Rigby (banjo, ukulele, guitar, marimba and vocals) and Elsie Rigby (violin, ukulele and vocals) for an evening of contemporary folk that will leave you breathless.
It is a rare treat to experience such unique instrumentation and spine-tingling harmonies, and The Mae Trio promises bucket loads of both.
“a delightful Australian girl group whom it is hard to fault…theirs is an innocent, clear-skinned sound that’s long on banjo, fiddle and ukulele” – Metro (Glasgow)
“The Mae Trio has made a meteoric mark on the national acoustic music scene” – Rhythms
“they belied their apparent youth with some fine songs and dry wit” – Americana UK
“The Mae Trio were easily the break-out act at Folk Alliance” – The Bluegrass Situation
“A favourite on the Aussie folk scene… definitely a trio to keep an eye and an ear (or two) out for” – Songlines UK
“spine-tingling harmonies” – The Scotsman
Venue: HOTEL GEARIN
273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba
Blue Mountains NSW 2780.
Doors Open 8:30pm
1st Act: The Mae Trio 9pm
2nd Act: The East Pointers 10:15pm
General Admission. Room configuration is a mix of cabaret seating and standing/dancing.
Tickets DISCOUNT pre-sale $15 available from KATOOMBA MUSIC, 140 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Tues-Sat. Cash Only) or from the Hotel Gearin front bar.
Or DISCOUNT pre-sale online $16.50 (Including booking fees): www.stickytickets.com.au/
*Please Note – there are a limited number of pre-sale discount tickets available!
Or $20 on the Door from 8:30pm (Unless Sold Out)