Blues News #729

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Blues News #729

We’re heading into the season of freezing snow, wearing of jaunty red jackets trimmed with white fur and burning yule tide logs.

Well, we know the Australian heat makes that all rubbish, except for the jaunty red jackets trimmed with white fur, they’re everywhere! If you’re feeling overdosed by “cute”, just watch Billy Bob’s version in Bad Santa again.

In December, Sleepy Hollow’s gig moved from the fourth Sunday (where it would clash a bit too much with the Bluestone Festival) and will be on the 8th of December. Our last band for the year is Tram Wreck.

TramWreck is:
Garry Allen – Vocals and Guitar, C.W. Stoneking, Gwyn Ashton (co-writer), Lucky Last (Jerry Spicer – Men At Work), collaborations with members of The Sharp.

Greg Trennery – Bass and Vocals, Phil Para Band, HouseWreckers Blues Band, Scandal, Aliens, The Change (became Noiseworks).

Ian Bull – Drums (stand-up), Blues Harp and Vocals, Phil Para Band, HouseWreckers Blues Band, POGO, Five, Stoneage Romeos, Geisha, The Movies, session player RCA & WEA, Tapestry.

With a million gigs between them, the members of TramWreck decided to create a band that sounds fresh – with the energy of newcomers mixed with vast experience.

TramWreck captures the era when rock collided with the blues giving birth to classic beat bands such as the Stones, Yardbirds, Beatles, Them, Animals, Easybeats to name only a few. Add TramWreck originals written in the same genre and you’re in for a howlin’ night.

TramWreck’s capabilities are recognised not only as an upbeat 60’s feel band but within the Blues scene with appearances at specific blues venues and festivals, including an appearance at the inaugural 2019 St Kilda Blues Festival, the 2019 Blues On Broadbeach Qld festival drawing national and international acts (Canned Heat USA) and finalist at the 2019 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Blues Challenge for a spot at the International Blues Challenge to be held in Memphis USA in January 2020.

Add retro raw beat music from that thought invoking 60’s rebellious era of change and TramWreck capably moves into party atmosphere at traditional pubs, clubs, and private functions. The best of both worlds.

Drawing from the world of Blues, Country, and Rock’n’Roll. Imagine hearing ‘16 Tons’ followed by an invigorated version of a Johnny Winter classic. Throw in some Elvis, Rolling Stones and a couple of down and dirty TramWreck originals and everyone’s happy!

TramWreck understands audiences and venues and uses its groove to generate an atmosphere, with no excessive volume, to get the audience up on its feet.

Now, I also have to mention Pistol Pete’s Xmas party running on the 22nd of December from 8.30 to 11.30.
It’s going to be an insane line-up: Mojo Corner, Diamond & the Blues, Gwyn Ashton, Sammy Owen, Geoff Achison, TramWreck, D Henry Fenton (USA), Derrin Nauendorf, Big Blue, Blue Sunday and Wayne Jury. This has to be well worth the $20 cover, a great introduction to the festive season.

Meanwhile, plans are well in hand for the Bluestone Blues Festival over New Year, more next issue. So, TramWreck on the 8th at Sleepy Hollow and Pistol Pete’s Xmas Party on the 22nd.

Written by John Lamp