THE BOOK CLUB BOUTIQUE DOWN UNDER -
NOW HEADING FROM NEW SOUTH WALES TO VICTORIA Are we coming to a town near you? All the way from London and driven by our love of Books, Booze and Boogie-Woogie, the General Salena Godden and Major Max Doray, we have been on a wet and wild mission, through floods, cyclones and electrical storms, tackling croc infested water holes, swimming through tea-tree lakes, collecting mozzie bites, gathering poets and music makers and doing blistering sets and wicked gigs all along the East Coast. Our tour started in December up in deep Bundjalung country and ends in a mega road trip to the hip city of Melbourne. The Book Club Boutique Band have joined forces with Australian cohorts, guitarist Melania Jack and Patty Preece on drums - both from the outrageously sparkly Shiny Shiny. We've been playing a brilliant variety of venues; taking Books, Booze and Boogie-Woogie from Soho to the rainforest, from the lush green England town to the gold coast loveshack; from Nimbin’s Turntable Hall to a Lismore Cocktail bar, Byron’s Belongil Treehouse and The Sheoak Shack at Fingal Head.
The Book Club Boutique posse went Priscilla Queen of the desert style when we performed at a big fat gay disco for New Years at the Tropical Fruits Recovery Party - supporting Shiny Shiny. On our travels we have discovered so much wicked talent and made new friends with brilliant poetry from Jane Treasure, David Hallett, Christine Strellen, Rhys Rogers, Stefanie Petrik, Rosie Sherwood, Daevid Allen (from Gong fame) Plus stunning music and poetry from gorgeous Ilona Harker. And live music doesn’t get better with awesome sets from Melania Jack, the tremendous Hussy Hicks and also Frank Coorey and his band. Plus a kitch musical extravaganza from Combat Cabaret and made pals with The Blush Foundation too.
Last week The Book Club Boutique Band were in ULive Studios (near Christmas Beach and Byron Bay) collaborating and working on tracks with the wonderful Hussy Hicks. We don't mind admitting it, we are so star struck by these ladies, and really look forward to sharing and releasing these recordings with you all soon! We are thrilled to announce that coming up we have THREE more big shows:
Newcastle, Royal Exchange, Jan 14th Salena Godden & The Book Club Boutique Band Special Guests: Melania Jack, Kira Peru, author Jude Conway & more...
Sydney, Red Rattler, Jan 19th Salena Godden & The Book Club Boutique Band Special Guests: Melania Jack, Raymond Nedziak, Justine Poon, Busty Beats, Molly Stolly, Rosie Sherwood & more...
Melbourne, Bertha Browns, The End of Tour Super Show, Jan 22nd The End of Tour Show – Salena Godden & The Book Club Boutique Band Special Guests: Alicia Sometimes, Sean Whelan, Cara Fox, Kris Saknusseum, Jez PA Speelman, Simone Pileggi, Daniel Alexander, Di Drew, Amy Acre, Fiona Stuart, Komninos Konstantinos Zervos & more...
So far we have been on the Aural Text Show on 3RR Radio in Melbourne and also Talking Out Your Arts on 2SER Radio in Sydney. We have featured in The Nimbin Good Times, The Byron Bay Echoe and The Northern Star - The words are Book. Club. Boutique. and the word is spreading! So if you are in NSW or Victoria then come along - pass this on!
Big shout out and thanks to all poets, authors, musicians, raconteurs and dudes who are helping us on our way Tug Dumbly, Benito Di Fonzo to name just two... Let us all raise a glass to great writing, wicked music and lots of fun London style, Books, Booze and Boogie-Woogie!
Yours Generally, sgx
Wanna see more pics, live gig footage or check out our new friends down under? Please go to our facebook group page, for quick news snippets on twitter: @bookcboutique 2SER / Arts Magazine Radio Show 'Talking Through Your Arts' for Sydney area! www.2ser.com Triple R 'Aural Text' Radio Show / Melbourne Radio 1027fm. www.rrr.org.au