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Music By The Sea Concert Series 2017
4th February - The Company (bluegrass band) - TICKETS
“A masterclass in bluegrass” Sean Sennett, The Australian
“The quartet is at the pinnacle of the Australian acoustic country scene.” David Costello, Courier Mail
Boasting two Australian Bluegrass champions on guitar, fiddle and banjo, The Company have a passion for high-energy original and traditional acoustic music. The playing and singing is crisp, melodic and soulful. In concert you witness the band’s virtuosity but also a wry humour and engaging camaraderie.
Their critically acclaimed third album 'Six & Five' (released 2016) featured as ‘Album of the Week’ on ABC Saturday Night Country and is The Company’s most ambitious project yet culminating in thirteen all original tracks and showcasing the band’s individual and group virtuosity, ranging from traditional bluegrass style arrangements to through composed pieces.
The Company includes Mick Patrick (Vocals/Mandolin/fiddle) National Folk Festival “Declan Affley” Award winner who grew up in a family band playing bush dances in North Queensland; Jamie Clark (Guitar/Vocals) CMAA Bluegrass Flatpicking Champion in 2011 and described as “a cracking guitarist” by Rolling Stone Magazine; Gary Vann (Banjo) two-time National Banjo Champion; and Norwegian born Markus Karlsen (Double Bass/Vocals) a highly sought after session bassist in Australia.
In between performing with Björk, The Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar, the prodigious Hang player and percussionist Manu Delago will be touring Australia in 2017 'Handmade Tour' with his 3 piece multi-instrumentalist band. From overachieving teenaged rock bands, through extensive classical training; from his exploits at the cutting edge of art pop as the lynchpin of Björk’s band, to a London Symphony Orchestra commission which saw him playfully subverting their expectations; this endlessly curious artist has been honing his own style rich in melody, wit and invention. Be prepared to be stunned by this amazing live blend of pop, world and electronic music by one of the world’s most original and influential artists. A non-stop affair of creativity, surprise, beauty, harmony, wit, art, invention, energy and entertainment.
“Amazing percussionist and hang player” – Björk
“Virtuoso” – The Times
“A masterful and sensitive musician” – The Telegraph
“Ridiculously deft electro-acoustic percussionist” - Toronto Star