ABFOM All Stars

ABFOM All Stars

"Bustamento After spending the last 2 years performing around the globe, Bustamento have returned to our musical shores with a great collection of songs capturing the international flavour of their intrepid travels. An exciting departure from the Carribbean based style of their ARIA nominated first album (Intrepid Adventures to the Lost Riddim islands), the new release shows the band flexing its creative muscle. Intercontinental Journal 7 kicks off with effervescent 'Fez in Fez' immediately catapulting this musical mission on a round the world adventure of fun and games. Songs like 'Caretaker' and 'Rise Up' still pay homage to their Reggae and Calypso roots and the added flavour of Steel Pan adds a spice that enhances every musical dish. The first single, ' Back Again' suggests a Motown base with a Calypso feel, ‘We All Make Mistakes', a thick drum bed under a Pacific Ukelele serenade, 'Josephine' (based on the incredible Josephine Baker) hits the classic syncopated jungle groove while the 'Glasto Mud Shuffle' takes us on a New Orleans swamp boogie. The songs intertwine effortlessly and show the vast array of ideas in Bustamento’s multicultural kitchen. Nicky Bomba’s comical personality shines through in this record and the mateship of these musicians, who have played together with Nicky in all of his performing bands (Bomba, Melbourne Ska Orchestra), is very tight. As Nicky describes,""The whole process was seamless and fun. ""We have known each other for quite a while and we can travel on incredible tangents on the whiff of a musical seed. ""We have experienced a lot together so there was days of subject matter and reference ideas to spur us along. ""I have a great deal of love and respect for our sweet team and it was a pleasure to see us all fly and have fun. ""There were no rules as to where we could travel so the ideas flowed like a delectable chocolate fountain!"" Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde Take two legends of Australian Rock & Roll who also just happen to be legends of television shows like In Melbourne Tonight, Underbellyand Hey Hey It’s Saturday, put them on stage with a hot band, and you have the recipe for superb, crowd pleasing entertainment! Back doing what they do best, Frankie and Wilbur will have you dancing and singing along to the hit songs of OL 55’, the multi-platinum band that launched them onto Australian show business and into the hearts of Australian audiences, and a whole lot more knocked out 1950’s nifties. Songs like Looking For An Echo, Diana, Eagle Rock, The Wanderer,Get A Job, This Little Girl, Twistin’ The Night Away, and of course On The Prowl, as well as much more great Rock & Roll, presented in a energetic and hugely entertaining stage show that can best be described as “controlled mayhem”. Frankie and Wilbur have enjoyed careers that have traversed the entire spectrum of show business: Film, television, stage, theatre and radio, but now they are returning to where it all began, live on stage playing great rock and roll. Clare O'Meara Clare is a professional multi-instrumentalist from Sydney. With a career spanning over two decades, her proficiency in piano, violin, accordion, mandolin, guitar and voice has taken her on a vast myriad of musical experiences across Australia and the world. She has toured extensively and recorded with many of Australia’s musical greats both nationally and internationally, performing at major music festivals in Europe, USA, Asia and TV appearances including The Voice, Australian Idol and more recently ABC’s The Recording Studio. Often referred to as a ‘Genre Jumper’ she has brought her influences to all scenes Folk, Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz and Celtic. Artists include Beccy Cole, Brian Cadd, Melinda Schneider, Damien Leith, Slim Dusty, Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Jimmy Little, Jeff Duff, Damien Lovelock, Les Murray, Phil and Tommy Emmanuel, Sara Storer, George Washingmachine, Kate Ceberano, Joe Camilleri, Glenn Shorrock, James Blundell and countless others. One of her career highlights was performing at the International Jazz Festival at Havana Cuba, with her Gypsy Jazz band with George Washingmachine, ‘Feel The Manouche’ in 2016. She currently tours the country full time as a True Blue member of the legendary John Williamson’s band, and also the iconic Bushwackers. In January 2018 at the Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth, Clare received the prestigious Music Industry Award ‘Musician Of The Year’. Not only a highly acclaimed award to receive amongst her peers, but also the first woman to do so in the history of this award. "