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This week, the Gypsy Art Club has made way for an incredible gig….

 

Tue 3rd April - LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET

The London Klezmer Quartet brims with musicality and elicits every emotion possible in my soul… I want to laugh, I want to cry, but mostly importantly I want to dance!Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.

 

The London Klezmer Quartet (www.londonklezmerquartet.com) evoke a fervour and joy reminiscent of the Jewish minstrels who kept people dancing, laughing and crying in the 'shtetls' of Eastern Europe for hundreds of years. Their deep understanding of this celebratory and soulful music is reflected in exuberant, passionate, and accomplished performances of traditional and original klezmer music. This band is the much anticipated collaboration of “four of Europe's most talented klezmer musicians” (Frank London, Klezmatics), showcasing a unique combination of artistry and exuberance.   

 

This all-female band formed in 2009 and have been picked up by the UK’s foremost folk & world music promoters (Songlines Magazine, Continental Drifts, The Magpie’s Nest) playing venues great and small and swiftly becoming festival favourites. Band members are also in demand on other world music stages, recording & touring with The Indigo Girls (US), Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), She’Koyokh (UK), Abdel Ali Slimani (Algeria), and Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq), playing festivals around the world.

 

Described as “fabulous, professional and a joy to watch and listen to” (UK Jewish Music Institute), their music as “exquisite” (radio Sefarad), their debut album has won acclaim from klezmer musicians around the world. Stewart Curtis (K-Groove, UK) hailed it as “truly great authentic klezmer” and Stuart Brotman (Brave Old World & Veretski Pass, US) authenticated their “very intimate sound”, whilst fRoots Magazine say “it is a tremendous calling card for their increasingly acclaimed live performances.’  

 

THE LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET features 4 incredible musicians: Ilana Ctavitz (fiddle), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), Indra Buraczewska (double bass)

 

Come and hear this “gorgeous traditional playing full of “groove” with so many creative and joyful twists!” (Deborah Srauss), and hot-foot it Yiddish style to those upbeat bulgars, sorrowful doinas and frenetic freylekhs!

 

Early Show: Doors - 7pm, show 8pm

Tix just $25 and $20 Concession: http://www.trybooking.com/BDKY

PREBOOKINGS STRONGLY ADVISED!!!

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

Thu 5th April - ZULYA & THE CHILDREN OF

THE UNDERGROUND



Note from Yaron: “I am soooo excited about ZULYA playing Camelot!! I have been trying to get Zulya to Camelot or Qirkz for years!! Come and find out why!!


Internationally acclaimed, ARIA-winning Zulya and The Children of the Underground will play Camelot Lounge for the very 1st time! They perform an unusual suite of original repertoire that, though tricky to describe, weaves a delightful and intriguing insight into Zulya's influences and experiences. It includes songs inspired by Zulya's Russian and Tatar heritage but goes further to touch material which embraces jazz, circus, Mexican music, folk, European cabaret of the 1920's and even Soviet pop. One thing can be said for sure - it's musically invigorating and beautiful.

 

The all-star line-up of accomplished musicians includes Anthony Schulz (accordion), Eamon McNelis (trumpet), Lucas Michailidis (guitar), Andrew Tanner (double bass), and Justin Marshall (drums). Together they strike as a dedicated collective, and of course there is the unmistakeable voice of Zulya, once described as "ever-evolving lustrous thing of wonder - a throne from which to rule".

 

Multi award-winning Zulya and The Children of the Underground is by far one of the most intriguing and unique acts in Australia, and indeed the world. They perform exquisite original music loosely inspired by Zulya's Tatar and Russian roots. Zulya's music defies being labeled, but has been described as "[sitting] somewhere between Kurt Weillish Euro-Cabaret jazz and lullabies constructed to tear your heart out." Zulya has independently produced six albums to date, including the

ARIA winning 3 Nights (2007) and magical The Waltz of Emptiness (2004) - both of which upon their release in Europe spent 16 weeks in the top 10 of the European world music charts - a feat no other Australian album has ever achieved. 5 stars


"What strikes you immediately is not just the confident purity of Zulya's voice, but the quality of writing and arranging... Swinging like a Bolshevik Marlene Dietrich, Zulya and the Children of the Underground are able to strike a deft balance between melancholic sadness and the unbridled joy that is never too far away..", Songlines, UK, for 3 Nights.

Doors - 7pm, show 8pm

Tix just $25: http://www.trybooking.com/BAVB

PREBOOKINGS STRONGLY ADVISED!

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 


 

Backed by a hand picked 7 piece band of Sydney's finest musicians, Dereb covers many of the vintage soul masterpieces made famous by artists from the 1960s and 70s such as Mahmoud Ahmed and Mulatu Astatqe, and given wide exposure through the 'Ethiopiques' compilation series and the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's film 'Broken Flowers'

 

Born in Ethiopia, Dereb grew up surrounded by a family of musicians, and from an early age was completely immersed in his home country's richly unique melange of sounds, rhythms and musical styles. His destiny was sealed when as a 4 year old he first performed publicly with his family. His vocal talent was evident and, with his parent mentors by his side he went from strength to strength, finally adding a Masenko, an Ethiopian violin, to his repertoire at the age of 10. By the time he was 16 he was drawing crowds in the bars of Addis Ababa and around Ethiopia, as both a solo artist and with other Ethiopian musicians.

Over the next few years Dereb performed in America, England, New Zealand and Australia. His first solo CD, 'Korkoro Yalew' recorded in Ethiopia in 2003, included the song "Wollo", which hit the top of the charts in Addis Ababa that year. While living in Melbourne he began experimenting with other musicians, eventually finding creative satisfaction with Nicky Bomba and the Bomba Band, performing with them at Womad in 2006. The combo released a CD in December 2006 and toured nationally in June 2007.

 

After moving to Sydney, Dereb embarked on his latest project, assuming the moniker "Dereb the Ambassador", after a title given to him years earlier by the media in Ethiopia. Enlisting the assistance of producer Tony Buchen, the pair pieced together a band of some of Sydney's finest musicians and record the newly formed groups first LP, launched in early 2011. The recording was made using only pre 1970s equipment and the resulting recording is a warm, slightly distorted sound recreating the feel of the dusty Ethiopian soul records that have started to once again become popular worldwide.

Backed by his newly formed band, consisting of some of Australia's most talented musicians, Dereb the Ambassador is poised to take the world stage. The lineup is a veritable who's who of Sydney's world/jazz scene:

 

Dereb Deselegn - Vocals
Peter Farrar - C Melody Saxophone
Matt Ottignon - Tenor Saxophone / Flute
Daniel Pliner - Keyboard
Jonathan Pease - Guitar
Rory Brown - Bass
Carlos Adura - Drums
Aykho Akhrif – Congas

 

Doors - 7.30pm, show 9pm

Save $$$ by prebooking: prebooked tix are $20: http://www.trybooking.com/BEJC

Or $25 at the door on the night if available

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO!

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

Then, next week the fun continues...

 

Tue 10th March - THE GYPSY ART CLUB

LIFE DRAWING AND LIVE MUSIC with Life Model and Gypsy Jazz
Two one hour sessions Live Drawing with life model on the Main stage [Bring sketch books and pencils] FROM 7pm to 10pm - Three sets of Gypsy Jazz on the Sideshow stage hosted by Gadjo Guitars [www.gadjoguitars.com] and featuring weekly special guests selected from the best of Australian and international Gypsy Jazz artists. This week's special guest...from Monsieur Camembert, much loved saxist/accordionist EDDIE BRONSON.

 

"THE GYPSY ART CLUB is an early evening event creating a lush atmosphere in which to fill and feed the creative soul. This is a return to Paris in the 30s when Artists and Musicians and Writers and Actors and Dancers all shared the same universe. THE GYPSY ART CLUB is a world where you can DRAW or LISTEN or DAY DREAM or DANCE or KISS SOMEONE, where you can connect with other creative people and recharge your creative well. It is a Tuesday night oasis where you can work, imagine, relax, soak up a few different forms of beauty and perhaps fall in love..."

EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT (except the 3rdApril) AT CAMELOT LOUNGE...

No prebookings...$20 admission

PLEASE NOTE: the kitchen will be closed, so only bar snacks available to eat.

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)



Fri 13th April - BUMP CITY


Come down for this freaky Friday the 13th at Camelot for some Funk that goes BUMP in the night! It’s party night with BumpCity - 10 piece soul funk band featuring Peter Morgan.

 

They'll have you groovin' to the "old school" funk and soul music of Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder,  Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

 

BumpCity have been performing since the band's conception as "What is Hip" in the 1980's. 2005 saw the very successful release of their first CD "On Top Down Under". BumpCity opened for "Fiji" America's highest selling Polynesian funk and hip hop artist on his inaugural Australian tour and have appeared on Australia's Channel 9 "Mornings with Kerri-Anne". BumpCity also opened for and shared the stage with Motown's legendary stars The Supremes during their only Australian public performance.

In past performances BumpCity have been joined by special guests Tom Politzer from Tower of Power, New Zealand's legendary Soul band Adijah's Betty-Anne and "Captain Fonk" Ryan Monga, Sydney's Jeni Love, Bernie Segedin and Evelyn Duprai.

 

BumpCity presents Brothers of Soul - they'll be performing the "old school" soul and funk music from Marvin Gaye, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Ray Charles and James Brown. BumpCity's performance is a must see so book early.

 

Doors – 7.30pm, show 9pm

Tix just $20: http://www.trybooking.com/UDK    

PREBOOKINGS STRONGLY ADVISED! (these guys sold out their last 2 shows at Camelot!!)

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

Sat 14th April - MAMA KIN + MICROWAVE JENNY

 

Note from Yaron: “I am soooo excited about MAMA KIN playing Camelot!! I am a BIG fan – her album just blew me away!!!”

 

WA soulstress MAMA KIN is a force to be reckoned with. With her unique blend of New Orleans foot-stomping soul and heart-wrenching ballads, Mama Kin is part raconteur and all-out entertainer. As mischievous as she is charming, Mama Kin has wooed audiences from the Ottawa Blues Festival to WOMADelaide, Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals. She’s shared stages internationally with The Cat Empire, The John Butler Trio, Gurrumul, Xavier Rudd and The Waifs and continues to deliver live performances that ignite the spirit and make you groove. Her debut album Beat and Holler has garnered widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike, but it is in the live arena where Mama Kin truly shines. On stage with Brother Michael on keyboards and George Servanis on drums, Mama Kin takes audiences on a journey of storytelling, laughter and alchemy. Brimming with new songs and stories for all to share, Mama Kin hits Camelot fresh from an appearance at Byron Bay Bluesfest.

“sure to set your soul on fire” - The Sun-Herald 

"a delicious hotpot of soulful grooves, seductive melodies, stomping percussive beats and classic old world instrumentation” - The Sunday Mail

“a giddy joy to watch” – FasterLouder

 

Microwave Jenny describe their music as Pop/Folk/Love. With a name that stems from classic Aussie film "The Castle", Microwave Jenny’s genre-defying style is determined to bring pop music played by real musicians with real instruments back to the Australian musical landscape. Brendon and Tessa first crossed paths while rehearsing backstage at a show in 2005. The realisation they shared the same kind of musical direction and an undeniable chemistry was the catalyst for the first Microwave Jenny show. Tessa has a unique voice and her alternative twist on the jazz and pop genres will carve a new spot in listeners’ hearts, making the Central Coast 22-year-old a force in the Australian music industry. Combined with Brendon’s heart-felt, blues influenced guitar and vocals the dynamic pairing promises something truly special. Already a festival favourite performing at Bluesfest, The Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming Festival, The Darwin Festival, Nannup Music Festival and The Australasian World Music Expo (AWME). Drawing influence from artists such as James Taylor, Bill Withers, Van Morrison, Janis Ian and Joni Mitchell, they aim to promote good vibes, positive spirited music with honest, and sincere lyrics.


Tix $25 and Concession $20 - Save $$$ and prebook - just $20 presale: http://www.trybooking.com/BEGW

PREBOOKINGS STRONGLY ADVISED! (this show will definitely sell out!!)

Doors 7.30pm - show at 9pm.

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

Sun 15th April – BANDALUZIA


BANDALUZIA is a truly outstanding Sydney based Flamenco ensemble led by Damian Wright, consisting of a group of acclaimed musicians and dancers at the forefront of Flamenco in Australia.
Bandaluzia combine knowledge of contemporary and traditional Flamenco into a mesmerizingdisplay of explosive dance, virtuosic guitars and masterful percussion, embodying all the passion, mystery and power of this remarkable art form.
Bandaluzia are also revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, whether being the rich harmonies of Jazz, the exotic melodies of the Orient or the infectious rhythms of
South America.
They are known for their sell out performances in theatres and festivals across
Australia, and for bringing renowned artists to the stage as guests in their performances, an experience that evokes the senses with the grace of Flamenco.

Damian Wright (flamenco guitar), Steve Hunter (bass), Jessica Statham (flamenco dance), Shenzo Gregorio (violin), James Hauptmann (cajon/percussion) and special guest singer, all the way from
Spain, Eva Pinero Mesa.

Damian Wright is a brilliant flamenco guitarist...Wright showed what a captivating solo
player he is on his own, and elsewhere his articulation of complex lines was fluid
and dripping with conviction 
- John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald. 22/02/11

I loved the authenticity of this performance, This is blissful music: tabla-fast strums that
drench you in tense rhythms; barred left hands with fingered melodies; rock solid beats in
rhythms of huge complexity. Just fabulous music and a great eye-opener,
Canberra
Jazz.net
26/06/2010

Wright imbues every piece with the rich, rhythmic structure so characteristic of
flamenco. .....A piece like Khyal, by Wright, has haunting harmonics and an evocative
Moorish flavour. It's an imaginative journey: like travelling, without moving your feet. - Lloyd
Bradford Syke, Australian Stage Online
11/09/08

 

Doors – 6.30pm, show 7.30pm - Tix are $25 http://www.trybooking.com/YEY

PREBOOKINGS STRONGLY ADVISED! (Bandaluzia always sell out Camelot!!)

Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed - NO BYO

All ages welcome (but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

Here are some of the other fun times ahead...

 

Tue 3rd April - LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET (UK) http://www.trybooking.com/BDKY

Thu 5th April - ZULYA & THE CHILDREN OF THE UNDERGROUND http://www.trybooking.com/BAVB
Sat 7th April - DEREB THE AMBASSADOR http://www.trybooking.com/BEJC

Fri 13th April - BUMP CITY http://www.trybooking.com/UDK

Sat 14th April - MAMA KIN + MICROWAVE JENNY http://www.trybooking.com/BEGW

Sun 15th April - BANDALUZIA http://www.trybooking.com/YEY

Thu 19th April - DANIEL WELTLINGER'S DJANGO PROJECT http://www.trybooking.com/XDU

Fri 20th April - THE LITTLE STEVIES http://www.trybooking.com/BETX

Sat 21st April - MONSIEUR CAMEMBERT http://www.trybooking.com/SAY

Sun 22nd April – {daytime show} KATCHA – THE JESSE MAY SHOW http://www.trybooking.com/XBO

Sun 22nd April - KOTO DREAMING with WARATAH (featuring SANDY EVANS, TONY LEWIS & SATSUKI ODAMURA) + SAWAI KOTO ENSEMBLE http://www.trybooking.com/BDVW

Thu 26th April - CHASING THE MOON + JAN PRESTON http://www.trybooking.com/BILN

Fri 27th April - MIC CONWAY'S NATIONAL JUNK BAND http://www.trybooking.com/BGUM

Sat 28th April - MIRIAM LIEBERMAN

Sun 29th April - WENDY SADDINGTON & PETER HEAD http://www.trybooking.com/BDIM

Thu 3rd May - RED LIGHT CONFIDENTIAL

Fri 4th May - EL ORQUESTON

Sat 5th May - LIZ STRINGER

Fri 11th May - DANIEL CHAMPAIGNE Album Launch

Sat 12th May - AFRO KINGS http://www.trybooking.com/BHRM

Thu 17th May - THE EASTERN (N.Z.) + RUBY BOOTS

Fri 18th May - MARSALA

Thu 24th May - GARY HONOR Album Launch http://www.trybooking.com/BFNS

Fri 25th May - MUCHO MAMBO http://www.trybooking.com/XUU

Sun 27th May - JOANNA WEINBERG presents THE PIANO DIARIES http://www.trybooking.com/BETM

Wed 13th, Thu 14th, Fri 15th June - MONSIEUR CAMEMBERT BIG BAND presents a HARRY NILSSON BIRTHDAY BASH!


And...if you're looking for a party destination...why yes!

What a fabulous idea! Camelot Lounge does indeed book private functions (weddings, birthdays, barmitzvahs, book launches etc!)

Or you can book a QIRKZ party for sometime in the future even!!!

Just email info@qirkz.com and we can have a chat!

Or...are you celebrating your birthday at one of our shows???

At Camelot Lounge, the Birthday girl/boy (assuming they are 18+) gets a complementary bottle of wine!!!