Festive Season

Organising your end of year celebrations can sometimes be a nightmare, so why not make it easy on yourself this year by coming to the Vanguard. From small groups right through to the exclusive hire of the entire venue, we have an option to suit.

History

The Vanguard is an intimate, purpose built live music venue and restaurant that plays host to the greats of Australian and international music. With a 1920's feel to the interior, the Vanguard's friendly and unpretentious luxury has an ambience unlike any other. Our aim is to provide patrons with an elegant and stylish restaurant, which provides live entertainment, highlighting some of Newtown and Sydney's most talented musicians.

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Upcoming shows

Sun 24 May

Wonderfully Terrible Things

Sara Potter | Paul Mason

Wonderfully Terrible Things
Sara Potter | Paul Mason

Sink into a delicious evening of sardonic humour, original music, aerial acrobatics and audacious antics with the brand new Black Broadway show Wonderfully Terrible Things
Saturated with comedy, catchy original music and daring feature acts, this is a show sure to leave you gagging for more.

Challenging our views of morality and manners, with a soul searching question to be begged…
Why ?
Come prepared to change your mind… and quite possibly the bed sheets.


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Tue 26 May

Nico, Im not Creative I've got Bipolar

Following a successful run of her comedy cabaret show “I’m not creative, I’ve got bipolar” during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last month, Nico is continuing her ‘self made tour’ in Sydney (for the second time this year) by planting her feet upon the dazzling set that is, The Vanguard.

Avoiding doctors and therapists for a long time, Nico decided to do a bit of webmd.com to research the symptoms of Bipolar.

After some thorough research and jaw dropping discoveries, she realised she had over five different types of Bipolar.

She slammed her hands down onto the desk, stared into the computer screen with tears running down her face and yelled out to the empty room...."I'm not creative, I've got Bipolar". She was sure of it.

She's not shy of bursting out into song down the street, in the supermarket or waiting in the line at Centerlink BUT if anybody does have a problem with it, she can be justified. She's got bipolar.

“Nico is such a likeable and quintessentially Australian character. She’s unpretentious, wry, gutsy and says everything she probably shouldn’t. Marrying that with a form that is all about aesthetics, control and performance just works.”

– Scott Mitchell, Editor VICE Melbourne.


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Thu 28 May

Jetty Road 'Hearts On Fire' Tour

+ Luke Dickens

Jetty Road is back with a new story to tell. After spending some time in hiatus, they have returned with an album full of musical diversity. Aptly named Hearts On Fire, the album represents an evolution for the band and their distinctive sound. Travelling half way across the globe to Canada to record again with producer Paul Shatto (Far Away Places) at the helm, the new album is a reflection of the emotional journey over the past few years.

January 2015 marked their 10-year anniversary together, a milestone rarely seen within music circles today. It’s easy to see the progression from their humble beginnings at Australia’s Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2005 to where they are today


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Fri 29 May

Bonez - SOLD OUT

The Lockhearts, Eddie Boyd & The Phattapillers, Stone Monks

Sydney 5 piece, Bonez has been full steam ahead this year relentlessly touring the Australian East Coast in support of upcoming EP, Lets Get Weird.

May 29th will see Bonez pull back into their hometown to take over renowned Sydney venue, The Vanguard.


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Sat 30 May

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a Private Event.

For information on how you can host your next event at The Vanguard please email our friendly event team -functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Tue 2 June

Brian Kennedy (Ireland)

+ Mick McHugh

Brian Kennedy survived a childhood on the infamous Falls Road, West Belfast at the height of its hellish history against all the odds to carve an extraordinary career in Music.

His work with Van Morrison has been well documented. The Belfast Legend invited Brian to a rehearsal one day that resulted in him being featured as guest lead singer on the now unforgettable ‘Blues & Soul Revue’. Courtesy of Van’s continuing mentoring and generosity, Brian ended up sharing Vocal duties on stages across the globe over a six-year period with Morrison and a breathtaking cast of some of the greatest artists in history: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker to name but a few.


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Wed 3 June

Simple Dreams - The Songs of Linda Ronstadt

+ Heart Beats Mind

“SIMPLE DREAMS”
THE SONGS OF LINDA RONSTADT starring ANGELA AYERS

Long regarded as one of Australia and New Zealand's finest talents from Theatre to Cabaret Angela has had a longing to stage her tribute to an artist she's long admired, Linda Ronstadt.


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Thu 4 June

Players Showcase

Live Music All Night

Featuring a stack of Sydney's best and brightest up and comers, this night will deliver a vast array of music that will satisfy even the most discerning live music scene enthusiast. More than a pub gig, this Showcase will deliver hard edge rocks, dancing pop and soaring ballads in one jam packed performance at the Vanguard, Newtown's most iconic venue.


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Fri 5 June

Lolo Lovina

Virtuosic Gypsy world music fusion band Lolo Lovina draw influences from Balkan Gypsies, Electro Balkan Swing, Gypsy jazz and Tango. The band is fronted by Hungarian Romani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak & Serbian Romani-Gypsy guitarist and drummer Nenad Radic.

Sarah & Nenad source the best musicians from around the Globe to work on their musical, recording, performance and theatre projects. Collaborators include; master Macedonian Piano Accordionist Marjan Nedeski and Sydney’s favourite Sousaphone and trumpet player Sam Golding


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Sun 7 June

We All Want To (Album Tour)

+ Knievel + Community Radio

With a back catalogue bursting with classic indie-pop, and a feisty male-female vocal attack, WE ALL WANT TO are the beloved quiet achievers of the Brisbane scene. They excel in crafting pop gems of exquisite honesty, empathy and intrigue, and they give a voice to the lovers, the losers and the loners in their unflinchingly personal songs.

They received widespread praise for their 2012 second album, the acclaimed ‘Come Up Invisible’; their upcoming album is called The Haze, due May 8, and this is their only Sydney show.


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Wed 10 June

Open Mic

If you're a Singer, play Guitar, Keys, Drums, Bass, any kind of Horn or even the Harmonica and are looking to play on one of the coolest stages in Sydney then The Vanguard's 'Open Mic Night' is right up your alley.

Hosted by The Van Band, you'll be inspired by some of Sydney's hottest musicians.

Relax. Enjoy. Have a bite to eat and grab a drink - then get up and play once you feel ready.

$10 will get you in the door but a truck load of guts will get you up on stage. See you there!


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Thu 11 June

Marloo's Blues

Marlene Cummins & The Blues Experience Band Dr. Don's Double Dose (Don Hopkins & Rob Grosser)

GoSet Music and Marloo’s Blues invites you to join Australia’s foremost indigenous blues artist, Marlene Cummins with her Koori Woman blues belting style as she takes you on a journey of her life in Blues, along with long-standing friends and musicians including Murray Cook, Calvin Welch, Rex Goh, Craig Calhoun and Heather King. Performing original music from her critically acclaimed album Koori Woman Blues, as well as hits from such great Blues artists as Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton and Etta James, Marlene presents a show packed with great energy, humour, passion and a few cultural lessons thrown in.

“The life Marlene has lived is closer to the life of original blues singers like Muddy Waters than any contemporary American blues artist” – Richard Field, Producer.


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Fri 12 June

Damn Right I’ve got the Blues and Roots!

Ft: The Blues Preachers + Bonnie Kay & the Bonafides + Sugar Bowl Hokum

Damn Right I’ve got the Blues and Roots!
A night of traditional Blues with a bit of a spin-off in a few different directions: 3 bands, 3 treatments.

The Blues Preachers:
Brother John on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Captain Bluetongue on harmonica, mountain dulcimer and vocals were chosen by Yoko Ono as runners up in the John Lennon 70th Birthday Anniversary Song writing Contest for their song about the GFC "Divine Justice Coming Down".

Bonnie Kay and The Bonafides:
Here is a unique sort of soulful and sassy package of blues and roots.

Sugar Bowl Hokum:
Rewinding the musical clock to a time when cocaine and reefer were legal, modern womanhood was redefined, the first sexual revolution was under way and blues was the pop music of the day. Sugar Bowl Hokum will perform songs that draw on these themes.


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Sun 14 June

Up Close with Mary Wilson of the Supremes

In this very rare club appearance at The Vanguard you’re invited to get "up close" and personal with Motown royalty, Mary Wilson of the Supremes. You will hear stories from her celebrated career and enjoy superb performances of classic pop songs, standards, and of course the hits!

"If Wilson’s command of stage and song surprises people, then they just haven’t really been listening for the past 30 years or so." PopEntertainment.com


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Mon 15 June

Up Close with Mary Wilson of the Supremes

In this very rare club appearance at The Vanguard you’re invited to get "up close" and personal with Motown royalty, Mary Wilson of the Supremes. You will hear stories from her celebrated career and enjoy superb performances of classic pop songs, standards, and of course the hits!

"If Wilson’s command of stage and song surprises people, then they just haven’t really been listening for the past 30 years or so." PopEntertainment.com


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Thu 18 June

The Belle Havens

The Buffalo Grass Boys & Morgana

The Belle Havens are a mood swinging acoustic 4 piece pop/rock band out of Sydney. At the core of the band are founding sisters Kathryn and Jennifer Abineri whose diverse and unique vocal harmonies bring to life a collection of honest songs highlighted by quirky articulate lyrics.


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Fri 19 June

Miss Ink Sydney 2015

Come and join us as local tattooed women compete for the title of Miss Ink Sydney 2015.

Our competitors will compete in 3 pageantry rounds - casual wear, formal wear, swimwear - and will be judged by a panel of experts from within the tattoo, modeling, and/or fashion industries.

There will also be plenty of live entertainment provided throughout the night including burlesque acts and a live band performance.

Miss Ink Sydney 2015 is proudly sponsored by Pretty In Ink Tattoo Studio (www.prettyininktattoo.com)


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Mon 22 June

Broadway Unplugged

Presented as part of Secret Sydney in the all-new Spectrum Now Festival, Broadway Unplugged returns to The Vanguard for another great night of song,!

Born as an idea to support the musical theatre industry, Broadway Unplugged provides a platform for performers to do what they do best in a fun and supportive environment.


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Wed 24 June

The Wild Wild Inner West Review

Michael Carpenter & The Cuban Heels + The Bob Corbett Band + Amber Rae Slade and The Mighty Big Noise + Not Good With Horses

Michael Carpenter & The Cuban Heels Sydney based producer/singer-songwriter guy Michael Carpenter was reminded recently that he use to have an alt.country type band. With this band, The Cuban Heels, he recorded 4 albums over a 2 year period, and after being reminded of how good they were, Carpenter has gotten the band back together, as they launch into the next chapter of their career.

The Bob Corbett Band 4-time Golden Guitar nominee and Toyota Star Maker winner (2012), Bob Corbett & his band burst out of the world of folk and alternative country music with a unique brand of songwriting and showmanship.

Amber Rae Slade and The Mighty Big Noise Born in Detroit, Michigan to a diversely musical family, and raised throughout the United States, Amber Rae Slade’s introduction to music came early. From her first visit to Nashville, a place she would for years hang her hat, Amber found her musical home and heritage.


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Fri 26 June

Frank Sultana & The Sinister Kids

+ SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON...

In October last year Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids performed a blistering set at the Vanguard.
We recorded it.
It sounds amazing.

It is now going to be a limited release vinyl only LP, and Frank and the band will be back to launch it here at the Vanguard on Friday 26th June. Only 100 copies will be pressed, and they will be on sale on the night, so get in on this early as once they are sold out that will be it.

With a special support plus more to be announced, this is going to be a great night of whiskey fuelled blues rock n roll!!


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Sat 27 June

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a Private Event.

For information on how you can host your next event at The Vanguard please email our friendly event team -functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 28 June

Solotude

presented by Sydney Pole

Solotude is a night of unique evening of solo performances presented by Sydney Pole.

Some of Australia's finest aerialists alongside some first time performers, it's sure to be an evening of surprises!


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Fri 3 July

Rob Snarski w/ Shane O’Mara

Jep & Dep

Rob Snarski - one of Australia's great romantic singers

"Low Fidelity (Songs By Request Volume 1)" is a collection of songs requested by lovers of Rob Snarski's voice. Everything from Nina Simone to Pulp, Edwyn Collins to Glen Campbell; from classic songs to the more obscure. Recorded in the hills of Tecoma on an iPhone and embellished by guitarist/producer Shane O'Mara, it's an intimate and raw recording, unpolished but made with care.

Rob Snarski with stellar guitarist Shane O'Mara will play these songs for you, along with material from his acclaimed solo release from last year, "Wounded Bird" at The Vanguard on Friday 3rd July.


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Thu 9 July

Josué EP Launch

Josué, (pronouned hose-way), is an up and coming guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and all-round musician. Growing up with music playing siblings, Josue developed a passion for music at a very young age. At only 22, he has already shared the stage with some of Sydney's high ranking musical entertainers including Mike Champion, Doug Williams and keyboardist Sam McNally.


"Josué is a very proficient and enthusiastic guitarist and musician who I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. I think he'll be around a long time!"

– Sam McNally, keyboardist/producer.


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Fri 10 July

Blues Brothers Show

Jake and Elwood
6 PIECE BAND (piano, bass, drums, guitar, trumpet, trombone) some of Sydney's leading musos.
Feel free to come dressed up as you favourite Blues Brothers character
and there will be Blues Brothers Trivia (with Prizes)

Ladies and gentlemen, while we still can, let us welcome, from Sydney Australia, the blues band of Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers Rebooted.
BLUES BROTHERS REBOOTED...
ON A MISSION TO ENTERTAIN YOU.....


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Sun 12 July

JULIA MESSENGER

Internationally renowned Julia Messenger earns rave reviews around the world for her exquisite vocal technique and ability to get to the heart of a song.

Hailing from Melbourne, the versatile singer-songwriter and producer with a mesmerising voice and charismatic stage presence has a busy career in Australia and Europe, and more recently New York, recording and performing everything from jazz, blues and soul to electronica. In Mebourne she is a regular at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.


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Sun 19 July

Grumpy Old Comedians

Real Comedians - Not Really Old - Possibly Grumpy

The Grumpy Old Comedians are legendary comic and actor Garry Who, chat show host Darren Sanders and comedy rocker Mick Meredith.

Grumpy Old Comedians live on stage at The Vanguard on Sunday 19th July. Bookings through www.thevanguard.com.au

A 2-hour comedy extravaganza that’s sure to have you splitting your sides with three of the funniest fellas around.


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Wed 22 July

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Thu 23 July

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Fri 24 July

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Sun 26 July

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Fri 31 July

Perry Keyes

Raised in the inner-city working class suburb of Redfern, Perry Keyes has released three critically acclaimed and award-winning albums including the ABC Radio National Album of the Year and AMP shortlisted ‘The Last Ghost Train Home’ and the ARIA nominated ‘Johnny Ray’s Downtown’.

Perry’s fourth album Sunnyholt is both the largely untold, widescreen story of Sydney’s western suburbs diaspora and, more importantly, the personal tale of a family disintegrating under social and economic pressures.

“Perry is the real deal. Songs from the heart, from the Aussie street. He is a rare talent” – Peter Garrett
“Perry Keyes is a Sydney romantic who can see the battered beauty beneath the gloss” Sydney Morning Herald


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Sun 2 August

DOUBLE BILL:

Belinda Hanne Reid and Natasha York

Direct from Melbourne, two of Australia's divas of cabaret bring their critically acclaimed solo shows to Sydney's Vanguard for a one-night-only double bill spectacular! Belinda Hanne Reid (Winners and Losers, Price Check! The Musical) and Natasha York (Impromptunes, Adult Fairy Party) are coming to Sydney for the very first time to share their talents (and a glass or two of red) with their northern cousins. These are two up-and-coming cabaret stars not to miss!


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Fri 14 August

Anabelle Kay - EP launch

Anabelle Kay’s Release of her third EP "I Think I'm Lost, My Love" .

From living for a year in a remote area of Oklahoma, to returning home to Australia and performing with local musicians on the Central Coast of New South Wales and remote areas of the Northern Territory where she has spent the last 6 months, the solitude of living in small communities and across the world has helped shaped this incredible young artist. Anabelle crafts music that belies her years while her musical influences include the likes of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Melanie Safka.


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Fri 21 August

Please kill me... the story of CBGB's

presented by Damien Lovelock

Please kill me... the story of CBGB's
presented by Damien Lovelock
featuring the music of Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, New York Dolls, Suicide, Heartbreakers & more

The Band will feature favourite "A Team" members:
Damien Lovelock/Floyd Vincent/Amanda Easton/Lloyd G (drums)/SteveBull (bass)/Tim Wedde (keys)/Rex Goh (guitar)


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Fri 4 September

The Roots Of Hugo Race

TBA

Hugo Race, formerly of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and The Wreckery and now an internationally based producer and performer, returns to Sydney with a new show presenting the musical artists that influenced him.

Hugo and his band, True Spirit will explore the musical heritage of the delta blues, the psyche rock of the sixties and classic seventies selections including songs by Can, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, Roky Erikson, Leonard Cohen, Dr John, the Doors and many more!


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Fri 11 September

Backsliders

Dog Trumpet

Newtown-based ‘Backsliders’ are back on home turf at the Vanguard - Dom Turner, Rob Hirst & Ian Collard will be playing original blues and breakdowns, including their ‘hit’ Dark Side of Newtown, as well as interpretations of early 20th Century tracks from the ‘Devils music’ period.


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Fri 23 October

Rumours

A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac

Access All Eras presents: Rumours - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Access All Eras presents Sydney's best Fleetwood Mac show which captures the band's sound from the legendary Rumours album and includes their hits from the early blues period to the contemporary hits. The success of Rumours as one of the biggest selling albums of all time has made this show one of the hottest tickets in town. Fleetwood Mac have an eclectic catalogue and this great Sydney based band with carefully chosen singers to bring some gorgeous interpretations of some of your favourite songs. Enjoy the hits from Dreams, Little Lies, Albatross, The Chain, Sarah, Don't Stop, Landslide, Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon and more...


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Sun 22 November

Frank Yamma

Pat Powell

Having spent the Australian Winter touring across Europe and UK with shows in Latvia, Lithuania, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, and Switzerland, Indigenous soulster Frank Yamma returns to Sydney for one show on 22 November at The Vanguard.

Come and see why Frank Yamma is the man everybody’s talking about in the global world music scene, performing songs from both of his acclaimed albums – Countryman and Uncle. “... the songs resonate with grace and power, whilst Yamma’s sense of rhythm and timing in his guitar playing is tinged with the ghosts of old time Delta bluesmen like Lead Belly and Lightnin’ Hopkins, mixed with traditional folk ballads and a little bit of reggae thrown in on songs like Down The River.” (Buzz Magazine, UK)


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