Is this the greatest piano solo?

In 1985 Gordon Sumner aka Sting took several huge risks. With The Police he’d ridden an enormous wave of success, with memorable hits such as Roxanne, Message In A Bottle and Every Breath You Take. Then in 1984 – at the top of their game, The Police broke up, and Sting set about converting his fame to a solo career.

That was risk enough, but he combined that with filming the experience of forming a new band and rehearsals for their premiere concert in Paris. As Sting says in the resulting movie Bring On The Night, most movies about pop bands are made towards the end of their careers when they’ve had years honing their craft as a combo. Filming a nascent band in the early stages of becoming comfortable with each other was truly a leap of faith.

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Lindy Hop, Charleston and Shag Dance

If you don’t know the difference between Lindy Hop, Charleston and Shag Dance, well neither do I TBH. But I’m gradually learning a little since one of the jazz bands I play with – Chicos Swing Combo – has been doing gigs for 8-Count.

Their next swing dance event is on Saturday night (April 17th, 2021). Details here.

It’s a blast to play for these shows; I’ve never seen such enthusiasm to get on the dance floor. So much so that between the band’s two sets, they turn on a dance DJ so the Eight Count crowd can just keep on dancing and having a ball. Though the typical age group seems to be 20 to 40s, there are people of all ages and abilities. There’s usually a dance teaching segment or two as well, sometimes aimed at beginners and sometimes for advanced swing steps.

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Gail Kingston's Hot Foot Jazz

Intensive care for arts and culture?

In July 2008 I booked a ticket to San Francisco. I was double bass player for Gail Kingston’s Hot Foot Jazz and we were making plans to appear at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee in May 2009.

This was a big deal for us. The band was in peak form; we’d just completed a new CD “Can You Tame Wild Wimmen” and Gail was hot favourite as we toured to jazz festivals across south-eastern Australia.

Gail Kingston's Hot Foot Jazz

Gail Kingston’s Hot Foot Jazz at Tooleybuc NSW, June 2008. Brian Loffler (double bass), Derek Dalton (trumpet), Ron Bash (reeds), Gordon Coulson (trombone), Harold Phillis (piano), Dave Sutton (drums), Gail Kingston (leader, vocals), Tony West (banjo)

Exposure in the US would be a breakthrough; we’d tighten up our stagecraft and have a chance to mix it with some of the best traditional jazz musicians from around the world.

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Loxton Fossils

Have you been to the Riverland lately? Here are 5 good reasons to plan a weekend away at Loxton in April.
1. Join us for this special one-night-only event in historic Loxton. Fossils will bring to life for you the best folk songs of the 60s, 70s and later, many made famous by the wonderful Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is the health lifeline for thousands of rural people. Have a great night out on Saturday 14th April 2018 and help us raise money for this essential service.
Tickets $20. Bookings: ph 0408325021.
Read more about Fossils previous events and more details of the Loxton Concert.
Fossils in Loxton

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Fossils benefit concerts have raised $20,000

We’ve had a lot of fun presenting our three Fossils benefit concerts in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Lutheran Community Care’s social welfare programs.  And it’s very satisfying that the September 2017 concert raised another $7,500, bringing the total for the three concerts to $20,000.

We’re very grateful for all the support we’ve received from fans of 60s and 70s folk music, as we’ve brought back to life those powerful lyrics, memorable melodies and and superb harmonies from the likes of Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan.

For the 2017 Concert, LCCare prepared a flyer that gives an insight into what has motivated our Fossils team to create our tribute band.  You can download the flyer by clicking here.

Fossils Folk – sharing the love

Remember the coffee lounges of the 60s and 70s, and hearing the songs of Peter, Paul & Mary or Bob Dylan? Their music was such a powerful symbol of love and peace, bringing a message of humanity, hope and activism.

It was an age of powerful lyrics, unforgettable melodies and superb harmonies.

We formed Fossils Folk group in 2014 to revive this popular folk music of the 60s and 70s.

Our first major gig was a benefit concert in November 2015. Initially we were planning a quite intimate acoustic show for around 50, but in the end more than 250 tickets were sold and we had a wonderful evening sharing our love of so many superb songs with a very happy crowd. Read More