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Oct 2017

The Ugly Uncles – 13/10/2017 at 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

The Ugly Uncles – 13/10/2017

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$25/$20 Cash at the door.
Doors open 7:30pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the  interval.
Drinks from bar at bar prices.

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

It’s hard to believe, I know, but there are people legally allowed to drink and licensed to drive on our roads who weren’t even born when the Ugly Uncles began! Actually, it’s even harder to believe that the Ugly Uncles are still allowed to drive on our roads, but that’s another story. And as for the drinking, well, what you don’t know won’t hurt you.

The Ugly Uncles are like no other – a dissolute bunch of chancers who got together some time in the last twenty or so years just to see if it’s possible to have as much fun on-stage as the audiences do off.  And they’ve been testing the theory ever since. With everyone’s favourite ex-ABC (aren’t they all?) radio personality Uncle Derek Guille still at the lead, the Uncles ‘uncle’ just about everything. No musical genre from jazz, rock and country blues, to calypso, swing, folk and ceili has been spared from the Uncles’ ‘jugband’ treatment.

The music is eclectic, to say the least, even more so is the (sometimes) hilarious banter and just plain old-fashioned funny asides between Uncles and some great songs. Frequently seen at folk-roots music festivals such as Port Fairy Folk Festival and Newstead Live! Music Festival, Albert Park Port Lounge is a rare Melbourne show for The Ugly Uncles. Friday the 13th is very apt too as you will find out. Not to be missed!

The Ugly Uncles are: Uncle Derek Guille – vocals, guitar, kazoo and other musical toys; Uncle James Rigby –vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle; Uncle Tony Allan – guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals; Uncle Steve Edward – piano, whistle (and never! give him a microphone); Uncle Pip Avent – tuba, bass, vocals ; Uncle Jim Brannon – alto sax, clarinet, vocals, whistling and pineapple; Uncle Sally Taylor – fiddle, vocals; Uncle Rod Bradbury – drums, vocals. And a warning. All Uncles (except the drummer) have ukuleles!

Their last visit a few years back was a wonderful night, this one will be better. Not to be missed!

Cliff

PS. They aren’t kidding about the ukeles

 


Fiona Ross and Ken Nicol – 20/10/2017 at 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Fiona Ross & Ken Nicol – Friday,  October 20th 2017


5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$25/$20 Cash at the door.
Doors open 7:30pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the  interval.
Drinks from bar at bar prices.

Bookings taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

 

Fiona Ross & Ken Nicol

In the first half of this evening’s concert, Fiona Ross will share songs from her traditional Scottish repertoire, accompanied by UK-based guitarist Ken Nicol. Fiona & Ken recently teamed up to perform at the Turning Wave Festival in Yass, NSW.

About Fiona

Recognised as a tradition bearer in her native Scotland, Fiona’s singing style displays her commitment to the tradition and a passion for keeping the old songs and ballads alive. This year saw the launch of Clyde’s Water, the highly acclaimed album of traditional Scots songs that Fiona recorded with master Celtic guitarist Tony McManus, and featuring fiddler John McCusker.

Back home in Scotland, Fiona performed at festivals and folk clubs across the country, including at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.  Since moving to Australia, Fiona has been performing regularly at major festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival and the National Celtic Festival. In addition to her concerts, Fiona is sought after to deliver lectures, presentations and workshops relating to the Scots sing tradition and folk music revival in Scotland.

Ken Nicol is an exceptional musician. As a guitarist, he is one of the most skilled and exciting players anywhere today; as a singer he is capable of evoking wide range of emotions in his audience; and as a songwriter he demonstrates these abilities in his clever and well-crafted material.

His music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, effortlessly taking in folk, jazz, ragtime, ballads and more along the way.

In 1997 Ken joined The Albion Band as lead guitarist and singer, writing much of the band’s material himself and co-writing with Ashley Hutchings. They produced four albums in this time: “Happy Accident”, Before Us Stands Yesterday”, “The Christmas Album” and “Road Movies” on the Topic record label.

2002, he successfully joined forces with the legendary folk-rockers Steeleye Span on their UK ‘Reunion Tour’, and due to its great success, his collaboration with the band continued for a further seven years.

2009 proved to be an extremely busy time with Steeleye and deciding to take full advantage of his trip ‘down under’ with Steeleye, Ken immediately followed the Australian leg with a string of solo performances beginning in Perth, and continuing across the North and South islands of New Zealand during October and November.

Ken continues to write, record and tour as a solo artist and we are lucky to once again have him at the Port Lounge

 

Cliff

 


Nov 2017

Martin Pearson – 10/11/2017 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Martin Pearson – November 10th, 2017

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$25/$20 Cash at the door.
Doors open 7:30pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the  interval.
Drinks from bar at bar prices.

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

Martin returns to the stage at Albert Park for more of the usual banter and folk singing.
When asked why he continues to do so, he replied ..

“Why comedy? Well, I really like making people laugh. There is no finer feeling of affirmation than a hundred people showing they like you by laughing at your jokes and stories. And laughter has all the “good” medicinal qualities. I am currently putting together a diet based on “things that are good for you that make you feel good” (to my mind, “making you feel good” should be reason enough for their beneficent nature, but alas, most people require more reasoning.)

So, my list to date consists of:

Red Wine – medically proven to lower cholesterol and promote anti-oxidants.

That’s it so far, although a doctor down in Port Arthur told me that chocolate starts to be good for you if it has over 70% cocoa solids, so I will soon be adding “finest Swiss chocolate” to the list. I’m doing the research now.”

From Martin’s website…

Martin is renowned as not only a marvellous satirist but also as a wonderful poet, musician, singer and author.  He regularly performs at every major folk music festival and folk venue in the country.  His appearances and performances at the prestigious National Folk Festival are legendary and he always fills the largest venues of that huge festival to overflowing.A wonderful night of sparkling comedy and great entertainment

Martin has the ability to take a humorous or a serious song and make it his own. He also has the ability to tell stories that engage and entrance his audience. This is the magic of any great performer. All in all a most enjoyable evening. I left feeling great.

All I can say is so will you , I hope to see you

Cliff

 


Kristina Olsen – 24/11/2017 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Kristina Olsen – November 24th, 2017


Kristina Olsen

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$25/$20 Cash at the door.
Doors open 7:30pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the  interval.
Drinks from bar at bar prices.

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

Kristina Olsen is back in Australia for a short stay.  She is one of the most entertaining and compelling performers on the international acoustic circuit.  A superb multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina, banjo, mandolin and piano) as well as an award- winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice, Kristina has audiences around the world coming back for more.

Her mix of powerful songs ranging from sassy bottleneck blues to lilting ballads to swing jazz to raunch and roll (as well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying musical experience.

 

Olsen is the modern day troubadour, touring up to ten months a year. She regularly tours to Australia, Scotland, England, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

I hope to see you, her most recent show with us was a great night and  Kristina shouldn’t be missed

Cliff