Friday, August 15, 2008

A veritable musical feast – Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson/ The Sand Pebbles

From l to r - Bill Chambers, Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson
Last night I had the good fortune to witness yet another wonderful concert by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson. This time it was at the Hamer Hall which is part of the Melbourne Arts Centre complex. It is a venue I’ve never actually been to before but it is an excellent venue for concerts like the one last night. On the way to the venue I took another photo of the National Gallery with its Art Deco entrance. It looks better by night, as you can see.

The evening started with a short set from young Texas singer songwriter Ryan Bingham who was pretty good himself. Unfortunately he wore his hat throughout his set so I never got a look, let alone a photograph, of his face.

The Kasey Chambers part of the evening started quietly with an acoustic set, comprising Kasey, Shane and Kasey’s father, Bill Chambers performing a selection of Kasey’s songs from various CDs which included Last Hard Bible Not Pretty Enough, Barricades & Brickwalls . Shane also performed a couple of his songs which included Designed to Fade off his debut solo CD It’s A Movie.

Then the band came out. It was the same line-up as supported the artists at The Corner Hotel show that I witnessed in April.

As it was a late night, I’m feeling slightly brain numbed today, so I will not go into much more detail as I am going to write an extended review of the show for Nu Country: suffice to say it was a marvellous evening of superb music.

The Sand Pebbles

The Sand Pebbles

Today at lunchtime the Basement Discs hosted local band The Sand Pebbles at their lunchtime in store. The Sand Pebbles music is termed psychedelic rock, though they described themselves today as flower punk. The sound was certainly psychedelic with definite shades of 60s era music – quite different from the rootsy sounds of last night, but thoroughly enjoyable just the same. Visit their web site to check out their music and for more information.

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