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Frank Sultana (solo), Jesse Valach & Charlie Bedford with the The Illegal Bootleg Band
August 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Canberra Blues Society presents Candelo Blues Showcase featuring Frank Sultana (solo) followed by Melbourne based Jesse Valach & Charlie Bedford with The Illegal Bootleg Band.
FRANK SULTANA (solo)
Frank Sultana has been writing, recording and performing his original brand of blues since his 2011 debut album, ‘Blues from the Lost Motel’. Since then, he has steadily worked his way onto the east coast blues scene, treading a well worn path between Melbourne and Brisbane.
He is a storyteller in the traditional sense, inspired by the greats like Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and Mississippi greats Skip James and Son House to name but a few. Franks songs are in one breath sad, dark, joyous and hopeful, awash with vintage guitar tones, he has a truly unique and raw soulful voice that bleeds with the experiences of the characters he sings about.
Frank has shared the bill with many great artists, including international acts (Gary Clarke Jnr, Tony Joe White, Canned Heat, the New Power Generation) and local artists (Ian Moss, Diesel, Kingswood, Dallas Frasca, Mojo Juju) amongst many, many others.
If you like your music raw and real, dark and uplifting, then you may have just found your new favourite artist.
“…no one can take away Frank’s uncanny ability to make you feel that desire to stop and listen to what he is saying.” – J. Whitaker 272 Records A&R Representative – Los Angeles, CA
JESSE VALACH & CHARLIE BEDFORD with THE ILLEGAL BOOTLEG BAND
Jesse Valach – Jesse first made a name for himself honing his craft at local blues jams, and after being selected to perform on the “Unearthed Stage” at The Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival and Winter Blues Festival in Echuca by the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society alongside his former outfit Blues Mountain. Their sound caught the rapt attention of everyone from the loyal traditional blues followers to the casual-part time listener. Weaving together intense guitar and soulful vocals, Jesse takes you on a journey from lights down low soul ballads to energetic shuffle romps delivered in demanding fashion.
“…much like his Blues inspirations before him, such as Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughn, he has a distinct style that is both infectious to watch and instantly recognisable when you hear it” – Tex Miller (Forte Magazine)
Charlie Bedford – You know when you’re at school, and there’s that one kid that’s great at everything? They’re nice to talk to, funny, and are usually extraordinarily talented. Well, Charlie Bedford is that kid.
Though only 18 years old, Charlie is a Melbourne Guitar Show veteran, having performed his neo-blues-meets-rock stylings there each year since 2015.
Charlie has been playing guitar since about the age of six, and started playing in proper venues when he was just 12. Charlie performed with his band at the ‘International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase’ in Memphis 2017 and 2018 as a solo artist representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society.
He has played with and been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian Blues such as, Geoff Achison, Sweet Felicia, Jimi Hocking, Andrea Marr, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few.
Charlie is a fresh act on the music scene, representing the next generation – keeping the blues alive! He’ll get your feet tapping & leave a smile on your face!
The Illegal Bootleg Band – comprised of professional musicians from Candelo Blues Club in South-east New South Wales: Paul Leeder – bass; Gary Dahan – drums; and Jackson Fisher – keys.
Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pm
Pre-sales: CBS members $20 (contact CBS for discount code) /Gen $25 + BF
Door sales: CBS members $25 / Gen $30