Festival favourites Backsliders are back on the road again in 2018. The band has toured the festival and venue circuit for over 30 years releasing a swagger of albums along the way. Vocalist, guitarist and awarded songwriter Dom Turner is the founding member of the group. Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of Australian music has been with Backsliders for the past 18 years. Joining Dom and Rob is harmonica master, Ian Collard.
HAT FITZ AND CARA
Hat Fitz is a “veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.
Cara draws on her soul background (she’s toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corinne Bailey-Rae), and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.
WAYNE JURY BAND with ISEULA HINGANO
Wayne Jury is more than blues. Recognised as a multitalented tunesmith (signed as ‘House Writer’ and artist to the legendary J Albert and Son Publishing, home of ACDC, Rose Tattoo, Easybeats since 1994.) His versatility as a performer sees him at ease with ensembles or solo, delving deep into soul, jazz, and rock to combine these genres with his distinctive voice, style, and performance.
Iseula stands as a sublimely gifted blues, soul and gospel singer possessing a style imbued with deep musicality and bare-faced allure. Her stellar career as a performer and songwriter includes performances at Australia’s biggest blues music festivals and industry events, a chart topping album on The Australian Blues & Roots charts, as well as a swag of highly coveted awards.
HOP IT TO THE TOP Episode III
featuring THE ACETONES (NZ), JOHNNY LONGSHOT, THE SKA VENDORS & LUKE YEOWARD
This year it’s with pleasure we announce that ACETONES direct from Auckland will be bringing their take on trad Jamaican ska and reggae. Acetones are an 8-piece band who have been at the forefront of NZ traditional ska and reggae movement featuringthe irresistible dynamic vocal stylings of Mighty Jabsco. They have clocked up numerous appearances at festivals around New Zealand and have a reputation of setting the dancefloor alight. Special guests will be Melbourne outfit JOHNNY LONGSHOT who will be celebrating the release of their long awaited debut album, which was recorded at PHENOMENON studios in Altona North. THE SKA VENDORS will deliver an opening set of dancefloor fillers with ska, rocksteady and reggae and to ease you into the afternoon will be one man powerhouse LUKE YEOWARD who is forging a unique path with self penned tunes delivered as a solo project that can only be described as raw, powerful and authentic. And just to mix styles up we will also have DJ Larrabee and PBS’s Bluejuice collector extraordinaire Mohair Slim playing rare soul/funk and R&B between bands.
Formed in August 1997, and based in Melbourne Australia the hard working quartet known as The Detonators have become Australia’s kings of roots rock n roll. Their original music to which all members contribute is best described as a lethal combination of rockabilly, blues and early rock n roll. The Detonators have toured to all corners of Australia, done all major blues and roots festivals more than once and have ventured into Europe with their high powered original show. The band is constantly gigging and has a huge local and interstate following. With five Cd’s in their arsenal they have recently had their music on the film “Charlie and Boots” as well as the Australian TV series Underbelly. Cold Chisel have labelled The Detonators as their favourite band and have used The Detonators as support at their sold out Rod Laver arena gigs. Dancing shoes and drinking arms are compulsory for any good time Detonators show.
CLAYTON DOLEY BAND
The most unique and sophisticated voice in contemporary retro soul today, Clayton Doley is a giant of the Australian Blues Scene, cutting his teeth with legendary Sydney band, The Mighty Reapers and going on to form his own bands The Hands and The Organ Donors. Over the last fifteen years Clayton has played with a who's who of international artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Harry Manx, Steve Cropper & Donald 'Duck' Dunn (Booker T & the M.G.'s, Blues Brothers), David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), Jimmy Barnes, The Divinyls, The Dead Daisies, Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Louisiana Red, Guitar Shorty, Renee Geyer, The Mighty Reapers, Eugene Hideaway Bridges and Jackie Orszaczky - to name a few. A master musician, a killer boogie woogie piano player, a super funky Hammond player, and a remarkable singer/songwriter with a passion for creating new works that could have been recorded by the R&B greats from the 50’s and 60’s. His current project Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong captures the essence of the New Orleans Blues piano tradition while fusing contemporary Australiana and Americana with all the might and power of a 10 piece band. Featuring a powerful 4-piece horn section, the ‘Hi-Fi-Doley-T Horns’, and the ferociously sweet vocals of the fabulous ‘Clay-tones’. Clayton has been invited to play some of the biggest festivals in the world such as Montreal International Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and Tremblant International Blues Festival to name a few. Clayton's latest album was recorded in New Orleans and features The Monster Gentlemen as the band as well as the amazing marching band brass of The Treme Funktet with members of Galactic and Trombone Shorty's Orleans Avenue.
MATTY T WALL
The blues is music that traveled on trains and steamboats from the Mississippi Delta to the neon streets of Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis. For MattyTWall – a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader – it is the supernatural sound that crossed the ocean to Perth, Australia to ignite his imagination and give power to his art. A young man with an old soul: Matty is connected to music with a wealth of history as he distills a diversity of genres into his own blues-influenced soul, jazz and rock signature.
Into The Mystic - The Music of Van Morrison
During the late 60s Joe grew up with a backdrop of the civil rights movement, riots, religious and social unrest, all to the soundtrack of the early Van Morrison songs with the band ‘Them’. These were very exciting times and Joe can still remember walking down Royal Avenue and Ann St (Belfast’s equivalent to Carnaby St, London) and hearing the anthemnic chorus of ‘Gloria’ booming out of boutiques and coffee shops. As a teen he would go and watch ‘Them’ perform at local venues and that early influence cemented his love for this style of music that is now reflected in his own song writing and singing style. Joe and his 8 piece band takes the audience on a journey that begins in the 60’s and moves through the decades encompassing Van’s worldwide hits with a sprinkling of some of the more mystical poetic songs from the ‘Astral Weeks’ album. The show pays homage to the music of a great Irish singer, songwriter and poet who is Van Morrison. The audience will weave through the ages, bringing back to life the soundtrack of people’s lives.
Geoff Achison is an award winning blues-roots artist from Australia known for his energetic live performances and unique guitar mastery. Geoff began his apprenticeship with legendary Australian bluesman 'Dutch' Tilders establishing himself as a fine lead guitarist before striking out with his own. He released his debut album in the early 90s and began touring throughout the USA, UK & Europe. Geoff's music has been compared favourably to major artists such as Eric Clapton, JJ Cale and the Allman Brothers Band having a solid foundation in the blues but also embracing a variety of music styles. His songwriting is original and thoughtful with a wry sense of humour reminiscent at times of Randy Newman, Dr John and Mose Allison. He has won awards for his guitar playing, songwriting and live performances and was honoured in 2011 as official Patron Of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society.
BLUES BROTHERS BIG BAND REVIVAL
With a blistering ten-piece band at their backs, including a three-piece horn section, no corners have been cut in delivering the beloved Blues Brothers tunes, such as Gimme Some Lovin’, Sweet Home Chicago, Everybody (needs somebody), Jailhouse Rock and Riot in Cell Block Number Nine, songs that inspired a generation of blues and movie lovers from around the world. James Grim (Brothers Grim) and Paul Slattery (Moreland City Soul Revue) front some of Melbourne’s blues royalty, including members of Deep Street Soul and Justin Yap Band (Australian Blues Awards – Band of the Year 2017).
BLUES CLUB REVIVAL
featuring Geoff Achison, Peter Beulke and Winston Galea
Featuring members of the late, great Dutch Tilders' infamous R&B combo of the 80's and 90's, this energetic trio pay tribute to the great man's music and do their best to keep his spirit alive in the city where he turned so many on to the blues. Dutch is the acknowledged Godfather of a now vibrant Australian blues scene which has grown to be accepted and respected around the world. 'The Blues Club Revival' features guitarist Geoff Achison, drummer Winston Galea & bassist Peter Beulke and maybe even some special guests! .
ABOUT OUR CLUB
We started on a wing and a prayer in December of 2001. A group of Roots music fans whose regular watering hole was the Williamstown RSL pooled together $50 each to put on a gig featuring the Hornets. With the blessing of the RSL management we put the word around Town that blues music was coming to the West. Up until that time we had to travel on the road and over the river to catch quality live music. It was a gamble but it worked and gave us the confidence to build on that day’s success. Here we are years later an Incorporated Club hosting the best roots musicians in the land and also getting calls from international touring artists who want to come Way Out West.
Following the closure of Williamstown RSL Sub Branch in 2016 we were forced to look for another home in the area. After considering various sites we now find ourselves at Newport Bowls Club where we are going from strength to strength.
As the great Paul Kelly song goes ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’. We now find ourselves an integral part of the Roots music scene. We are so proud to have been able to create a much needed venue in the West. If you have not been to the Club then please come down and check us out, we guarantee to make your day a good one.
- President: Rob Rowe
- Vice President: Terry Smith
- Secretary: Jenny Brockman
- Treasurer: Trish Hart
- Committee: Wendy Rowe, Ian Fraser, Bernie Bicknell, Marshall Gibbs, Rob Smiley (website)
- WOWRMC Photographers: Wendy Rowe, Bruce Davis
Annual General Meeting: Held in October each year (venue to be confirmed)
Way Out West RMC Pricing Policy
We do not pre-sell tickets for the majority of our gigs. General admission is by way of payment at the door on the day. Only certain events are ticketed and will have a 'Buy your tickets now' button against the gig details.
WOW Honour Roll - Past Gigs to Savour
Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond, Harry Manx, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, Owen Grey, ‘Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Hamilton Loomis, Kelly Joe Phelps, Del Ray & Steve James, Steve Arvey, Hans Theesink, Corky Siegel, Kieran Kane & David Francey, Lulo Reinhardt, Big Jay McNeely, Watermelon Slim, The Turner Brown Band, Joe Louis Walker
Backsliders, Lil’ Fi, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, James T (ex- pat USA Canned Heat), Bondi Cigars, Anni Piper, Darren Jack, Continental Robert Susz, Max Merritt & the Meteors, Doug Parkinson, David Ross McDonald, Pete Cornelius, Mental As Anything, Pugsley Buzzard, Harper, Matt Finish, Ray Beadle, Brewster Brothers, Dragon, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Dom Turner & Supro, Kevin Bennett (Flood), 8 Ball Aitken, Jimi Beavis, John ‘Swanee’ Swan, Rose Tattoo, Shane Pacey Trio, Cyril B Bunter Band
Dutch Tilders (R.I.P.), Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows, Geoff Achison & the Soul Diggers, Chris Wilson, Jeff Lang, Chain, Ross ‘the boss’ Wilson, Andy Cowan, Broderick Smith, the Dingoes, Renee Geyer, Tim Rogers, Vika Bull, Mick Thomas, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Dave Graney & the Yellow Lurid Mist, the Hornets, Collard Greens & Gravy, Dave Steel & Tiffany Eckhardt, Blues Before Sunrise, Spectrum, Nick Barker, Neil Murray, Madder Lake, the Detonators, Paulie Bignell & the Thornbury Two, Jimi Hocking, Dave Hogan’s Meltdown, Jerome Smith (ex pat USA), Phil Manning, Kerri Simpson, Fiona Boyes, Ash Grunwald, Chubby Rae, Brian Fraser, Lloyd Spiegel, Diddley Daddies, Sam See & Glyn Mason, Nicky Bomba & Bustamento, Blackfeather, Slide Devils, Phil Para, Deborah Conway, Way Out West, Ross Hannaford, Alex Burns, Mike Ellrington, Jaimi Faulkner, Zydeco Jump, Andrea Marr, Bobby Bright, Firebird, Ska Vendors, Red Sand Shuffle, Joe Galea, Ray Vanderby, Steve Purcell & the Pearly Shells, Nick Charles, Tabasco Junkies, the Nudgels, Benny & the Fly By Niters, Hey Gringo, David Holmes, Lyman Debut, Stevie Paige, the Vagrants, Men In Blues, the Pardoners, Jason Lowe, Moveable Feast (Billy Miller, Mark Ferrie, Sean Kelly & Stephan Fidock), Backwood Creatures, Fats Wah Wah, Suzannah Espie & Big Boy Lemonade, Mike Brady, Jordie Lane, John Schumann, Dan England, Rory Ellis, Brunswick Blues Shooters, Danny Burton, Sweet Felicia, the Blue Zone, Alex Legg, the Rich Family, Stephen Bowtell, Jules Boult & Bob Whetstone, Stockley See Mason Band, Tom Pedersen, Matt Walker, Howlin’ Time, Jimmy Fong, White Goat, John Dallimore Trio, Damian Rogers, Steve Romig, Kelly Auty’s Wild Women Show, Ashleigh Mannix, Matt Kelly, Ed Patrick, Stringybark McDowell, Oh Pep, Louis King & the Liars Klub, Luke Watt, Dan Dinnen, Blue Dukes, Andy & Peter Baylor, Tom Richardson, the Laments, John Luke Shelley & High Speed Steel, Blues International, Barb Waters & the Mothers of Pearl, Little John, Graveyard Train, Leslie Avril, Mick Pealing, Cabin Fever, the Rechords, the Saucermen, Cash Savage, Toot Toot Toots, the Band Who Knew Too Much, ‘Fast’ Eddie Boyle, Chris Russell's Chicken Walk, Ridge Back Blues Band, Funk Buddies, Candy Apples, Marco Goldsmith, Shannon Bourne, Wayne Jury, Doc White & Tabasco Tom, The 3 Tones, Ska Vendors, The Three Kings, Catfish Voodoo, Joe Creighton, Brewster Brothers, Jarrod Shaw, The Sammy Owen Band, Tex Miller