Warm up for Christmas at the Way Out West Christmas gig. Join Chris and an all star band for a great afternoon of music.
JOHNNY SANSONE & FIONA BOYES
Fiona Boyes, Australia’s most successful and celebrated international blues artist, is pleased to announce that she will be joined by award winning New Orleans musician, Johnny Sansone, for a January tour and recording session.
Johnny Sansone has been a fixture in the New Orleans music scene since 1990. He is a regular member of the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, a super group made up of New Orleans musical royalty, including Dr John, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jnr, and Waylon Thibodeaux. An acclaimed harmonica player, he is an eleven time winner of New Orleans Off Beat music awards for Best Harmonica, Best Artist, Best Album, and Best Band. Sansone also won the 2012 USA Blues Music Award for Song of the Year, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2001.
Over the past decade guitarist, vocalist, and band leader Fiona Boyes has enjoyed a stellar rise to international acclaim in the Blues scene. Her most recent CD, “Professin’ the Blues” reached #1 on numerous charts here and overseas and was recently won the 2017 Acoustic Blues Album of the Year at the USA Blues Blast Music Awards. Blues Blast magazine has a voting base of more than 37,000 blues fans and critics. The CD also finished in the top 5 albums at the 2017 USA Blues Music Awards, along with a top five finish for Fiona as Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year. No other Australian artist has ever been nominated for these US awards, widely regarded as the Grammys of the Blues.
JIMI HOCKING’S BLUES MACHINE
Jimi Hocking is a Songwriter, Singer and Guitarist of the highest calibre, the Electric Love Child of T-Bone Walker, BB King and Jimi Hendrix. He struts the stage with his band, playing his 'showy' guitar style while pulling all the Classic stunts ... behind the head ... the duck walk ... even the splits! Jimi is in his element live on stage, whether it be a small cafe or a massive festival. His combination of banter and story-telling, wailing guitar and mandolin with superb songwriting and performance makes Jimi one of the 'Must-See' Acts in Blues today.
BLUES FOR BALI
presented by BLUES FOR LOST SOULS
Blues for Lost Souls presents Blues for Bali. Phil Manning, the Chris Wilson Combo, Rod Paine and the Fulltime Lovers, The Great Unknown, Greg Dodd and the Hoodoo Men plus very special guest Lloyd Spiegel (Electric!) will present a sensational afternoon of blues. Monies raised will be used to purchase foodstuffs and items needed in evacuation camps for the people displaced by the recent volcanic eruptions from Mt Agung. Raffles, live auctions!
In a career spanning twenty- five years and at least as many recordings, Alone In Bad Company is Jeff Lang’s momentous new album which presents the most organic union of Lang’s talents and influences yet. Released through ABC Music on February 24th this year Alone In Bad Company is filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies demonstrating that, Lang is nothing if not a lover of song. The first single from the album is ‘Burnside’ which immediately highlights Lang’s proficiency as one of Australia’s best guitarists with rapid fingerpicking and guitar work. Each song on the album is rendered such that an alternative approach is unimaginable and each time Lang steps up to solo, his hard-won style is unmistakable – fluid but with an edge-of-the-seat recklessness. Acoustic fingerpicking, slide guitar, electric lead, banjos, mandolins and blue-eyed soul singing drop into place like puzzle pieces in a portrait conceived and executed almost entirely by the artist. Steadfast cohorts Danny McKenna and Allison Ferrier deliver on cue and master writer Don Walker shares his peerless wit on two songs, including the pointedly titled ‘With You I Can Throw Away The Pills’, a bitter-sweet finale. In the end, Alone In Bad Company presents one of our most inspired musicians – and songwriters – at the peak of his exceptional powers.
A J GHENT (USA)
AJ Ghent was born to the “sacred steel” tradition, where gospel music is accompanied and played instrumentally on lap and pedal steel guitars. AJ’s father, Aubrey Ghent, great uncle, Willie Eason, and grandfather, Henry Nelson, are all pioneers of the sacred steel sound. Though AJ was first exposed to steel guitar in church, over the years he has developed a potent take on Southern soul and R&B.
From his birthplace in Florida, Ghent moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he played in Top 40 bands. Later, he joined up with Col. Bruce Hampton, the legendary eccentric best known as the leader of such experimental groups as Aquarium Rescue Unit and Codetalkers. Along the way, Ghent developed a style of playing steel standing up, using an “over hand” slide technique.
THE REVEREND PEYTON's BIG DAMN BAND (USA)
Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
EUGENE 'HIDEAWAY' BRIDGES
Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges (his moniker is a tribute to his father Hideaway Slim) is a genuine triple threat: he sings like Sam Cooke, plays guitar like BB King and is a prolific writer.Born in Louisiana, this occasional Houston TX resident is a blues nomad, spending most of his time travelling between shows across the world. He is already well known in Europe and Australia but is starting to gain recognition in his native USA, having received a number of BMA nominations in recent years.
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.
BIG DADDY WILSON
Big Daddy Wilson was raised a “real country boy” in Edenton, North Carolina, but fate had other plans. By 1979, the young Southerner had escaped the grinding poverty of his hometown, enlisting in the US Army and relocating to Germany, where he fell for the raw power of live blues.“I met the blues here,” he remembers. “I didn’t know what the blues was before. It was here that I found a part of me that was missing for so long in my life.” Wilson had sung in church as a child – a precaution by his mother and grandma to keep him “away from drugs and off the streets” – but his natural shyness meant he’d never considered stepping onstage. Now, he discovered a talent for songwriting and an unmistakable voice that soon won praise from the iconic Eric Bibb: “As soon as you hear Big Daddy Wilson’s voice, whether speaking or singing, you hear his southern country roots. It’s a voice baptised in the river of African-American song, a voice with the power to heal”. That’s a sentiment echoed by the thousands who have watched the Big Daddy Wilson Trio perform on stages across the USA, Europe and Southern Hemisphere over the last two decades.
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: Wendy Rowe
- Committee: Dave Padroth, Ian Fraser, Mick Newington, Trish Hart, 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