Friday 26 September 2008

Kamerunga becoming famous

An exciting new local 7-piece band, Kamerunga is very different to the well-known predecessor Snake Gully, and is beginning to gather serious momentum.
The Push, their debut album was produced by ARIA award winner and ex-Steeleye Span drummer Nigel Pegrum, and will be released at the Tanks Arts Centre on Friday October 10th.
They will feature alongside PNG band Tribe of Jubal (long- time Yothu Yindi drummer, Ben Hakalitz, is in both bands). They'll also be at the Yungaburra Folk Festival on the weekend of October 25th and 26th.
You can also catch Kamerunga nationally and internationally via Sydney's Planet label and iTunes. Not band for a Cairns export!
They have already been booked for the Woodford Folk Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival, and the other biggie, the National Folk Festival in Canberra. "Then it's overseas," says band member and local writer Tony Hillier.
Hillier says that Kamerunga puts a fresh and funky twist on Australiana and Celtic music.
"It combines folk influences with jazz, rock, reggae, classical and world music elements and melding mandolin, fiddle and guitar wizardry with sizzling saxophone, keyboards and a dynamic rhythm section," Tony says. "We take listeners on an exhilarating journey, musically and geographically — from Cooktown to Cork, from Jabiru to Johannesburg, from Brisbane to Barbados."
Not bad for an unknown band.

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