Featuring entertainment from local Folk artist Gilbert Whyte followed by World dance band favourites Azadoota.
Kincumba Mountain • Saturday 12th December
This is a special celebration for the Brackets and Jam Community including members, business members, community group members and performers.
If you haven't joined up yet do it today or you can join on the night but you need to let us know you will be coming along to celebrate with us at this very special time of year. Food and Chai will be provided, however we ask you to enter into the spirit of harvest time to also bring along some food or nibbles to share.
After the independent release of several acoustic albums in Western Australia, Gilbert Whyte has now arrived in New South Wales to emerge as a singer songwriter in the east coast music scene. The Scottish born musician has a fingerpicking guitar style derived from older style influences, such as Woody Guthrie, Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt. As a prolific songwriter, Gilbert's back catalogue is a testament to his ability to draw inspiration from almost anything. Always the rambler when playing live, Gilbert loves to talk with his audience. His lengthy rants and rambles on life have come to characterise his cheerful performance style. Now playing regularly between Sydney and Newcastle to promote his 2009 album “Solo”, Gilbert Whyte is quickly earning a reputation for musicianship and heartfelt performance.
Representing a tiny nation with a huge sound, Azadoota infuses Assyrian party music with Latin, African and Eastern European flavours.
Azadoota is the creation of Assyrian singer/songwriter Robin Zirwanda. Robin was born in Baghdad, Iraq, where his father was a popular guitarist and singer. Growing up in a house full of music, Robin was destined to be a musician, but despite his father's best efforts to teach him guitar, Robin's passion was the drums. After migrating to Australia, Robin spent the early part of his career as a drummer and percussionist. In 1986, Robin toured with "American Pie" legend Don McLean, an experience that left him with a lasting impression. Robin describes how during the tour, enjoying lobster and caviar backstage, he asked Don McLean what it took to achieve such a high level of success in the music industry. Don replied, "You have to gamble on yourself, Robin". With those words echoing in his head, Robin started writing songs in his native language, Assyrian, and eventually Azadoota was born.
Showcasing a diverse multi-ethnic line-up, Azadoota is a true hybrid of contemporary musical cultures, owing as much to Western pop as it does to its more exotic influences. In 2008 Azadoota released their first commercial album. Created with the goal of making music that breaks through cultural barriers, they named the album "Planetarian". The album received airplay on Triple J and Radio National, as well as on many local and community radio stations. And proving that music really does transcend borders, the album has been featured on radio shows as far as Sweden, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands and the Ukraine. After releasing the album, Azadoota was selected as a Top Ten finalist in the inaugural World of Music Awards. An international competition with a global panel of judges that reads like a who's who of World Music, the awards were billed as the most culturally diverse, multi-lingual music event in the world.
"Azadoota in Assyrian means Freedom," says Robin, "and our band stands for freedom from cultural and ethnic prejudice. We sincerely thank the Australian people who have welcomed us here as migrants and embraced our music, allowing us to share a piece of our culture with them".