Here is an introduction to the music that will be showcased at the upcoming Sydney Finders Keepers at CarriageWorks on Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th December! The live music is FREE for everyone to enjoy. Check out the below for the line up and some snippets of the bio’s of some featured musicians.
Friday, December 3rd
6:00 pm: Eirwen Skye
7:00 pm: Rainbow Chan
7:45pm Leroy Lee
8:30 pm: Missing Children
9:20 pm: Eye to Eye
Saturday, December 4th
10:00 am: Jack Sh!t
12:00 pm: Fergus Brown
12:45 pm: Jack Sh!t
2:00 pm: The Falls
2:50 pm: Shady Lane
3:40 pm: Art Rush
4:10pm: Smart Casual
Eirwen Skye: Eirwen Skye grew up in the shadows of hymns and country ballads. Having studied music of the renaissance and baroque at the Sydney Conservatorium, she turned her hands to composing songs to bring music to the heavens closer to the jazz and blues sounds that come from deep beneath the earth. “Eirwen Skye has such a dominant personal style that it’s difficult to understand why she’s not travelling the country with her own headlining show. Her voice was absolutely gorgeous, echoing Cat Power’s breathy and heavy vocals…there is no doubt that soon she will have an entire audience dedicated to her haunting and powerful performance” – Drum Media
Rainbow Chan: Rainbow Chan is a young Sydney musician with a love for story-telling. Whether she is chasing romantic adventures, stitching together childhood dreams or rummaging through antique fairs, Rainbow is constantly collecting bits and pieces for her music. Conjuring an eclectic mix of vintage tones, sweet textural landscapes, manipulated found-sounds and layers of electronic and acoustic colours, Rainbow Chan’s songs are delicately-crafted gems embedded in the nostalgic imagination.
Her forthcoming debut EP “brushed upon with rose” will be available for download on iTunes at the end of the year. Following her love for collectibles, Rainbow will also be releasing the EP on limited CD editions in personally handmade sleeves created with vintage fabrics. Written, recorded and produced by Rainbow, mixed and mastered by Jonathan Boulet, the 5-track release reflects a mature and instinctive musical direction that will surely make a colourful splash in the music scene.
Leroy Lee: is a well respected songwriter from Sydney. Since winning Triple J’s Unearthed competition with his song “Drawing Smoke”, Leroy has been criss-crossing the country with the likes of The Frames (The Swell Season), Missy Higgins, Lior, Kaki King, Lisa Mitchell, Jeff Lang and Jeff Martin.
His songs have found steady rotation on Australian radio and TV and recently began charting on college radio across the U.S. Leroy is also an accomplished guitarist, tangled up somewhere between the English folk of Nick Drake and the Delta Blues of Mississippi John Hurt.
Missing Children: Missing Children is the musical lovechild of two Sydney siders, Sophia Louise and Dan Eyles. With a penchant for winding melodies and simple yet beautiful storytelling, Missing Children are the perfect soundtrack to a summer afternoon sipping ciders in the park…but be sure to pack a raincoat, for the swelling storm is lingering near. Fresh from a run of recent shows, Missing Children are fast becoming one of Sydney’s favourite new talents and are well worth checking out- whatever the weather.
Eye to Eye: Eye to Eye are a Sydney-based four-piece comprised of Harry Lochhead on guitar/vocals, Joshua Salisbury-Carter on guitar/vocals, Brendan Ward on drums and Dylan McKendry on bass. Eye to Eye create an intricate sound layered with melancholy guitars and driving beats.
Fergus Brown: Fergus Brown is a singer and songwriter from Sydney. A winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards, and the FBi Radio / Time Out Magazine SMAC Award for Song of the Year, Fergus has performed at the Laneway and Homebake Festivals, and with Martha Wainwright, Jens Lekman, Sally Seltmann, Josh Pyke, Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Cloud Control, to name but a few. Fergus’ compositions have featured in ‘Tender’, a Patrick White Award-winning production at The Belvoir St Theatre, and in ‘The Starter Wife’, an Emmy-award winning series screened on US NBC Television. Fergus Brown’s acclaimed debut album ‘Burgers Frown’ is available now. “Couldn’t be any cooler. An endearing blend of wit and sincerity.” – Drum Media
The Falls: Almost by accident, from opposite ends of the country, a girl from Darwin and a boy from Darlo came together to create The Falls. For the uninitiated, The Falls are a must see for lovers of acoustic folk. Their warm boy-girl harmonies and simple but blindingly effective less-is-more arrangements are breathtaking to behold. They draw inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac and their influences are clearly evident in their beautifully crafted melodies and subtle harmonies. While each of them write independently, it is rare that a song is completed without input from both. Simon, with his cynical edge and knack for writing honest and direct lyrics, and Melinda, with her optimism and gift for melody, combine in a way that inspires and compliments each other.
SHADY LANE: Despite the many changes the music of SHADY LANE has happily stayed where it belongs, in that somewhere-place between Grandaddy, Aphex Twin and DNTEL. His debut album, Here We Go, Down The Black Hole, is a heady mix of thoughtful electronica, dreamy pop and atmospheric instrumentals brought together through Lane’s clear, cutting voice and the broad themes of space, existence, discovery and the adventures between.
“Jordy has a striking voice that could be described as a less extravagant Rufus Wainwright…somewhat subdued, but with enough hooks to keep the songs closer to pop territory than electronica.” – Music NSW. “Like the Silver Jews or The Flaming Lips, Shady Lane lures you in with easygoing, upbeat songs that belie the dark lyrical content underneath.” – Wilfred Brandt, Two Thousand. “A melding of folk, pop and synthesisers, his performance was an indie take on Death Cab For Cutie with a dash of Aphex Twin” – Drum Media
Art Rush: Art Rush is a Sydney solo artist who is currently in the midst of an incredibly ambitious project. He has recorded eight albums since 2007 and four of them are part of Fifty Malls, an ongoing series of 50 albums about 50 Sydney shopping centers.
Jack Sh!t: FBi radio rascal and rabid raconteur Jack Sh!t found his girlfriend at Finders Keepers. She wasn’t cheap!
Smart Casual: Mikie Inglis aka Smart Casual is one of those designer/DJ types. In terms of the DJ thing, Mikie has been the co-founder of various cultish parties, including the much loved HEALTH CLUB @ The Flinders (2005-2008 RIP), JINGLE JANGLE @ Goodgod, and the notorious CLAMBAKE beach parties. Alongside that he plays every Friday or Saturday at CHING-A-LINGS, books the disk jockeys for the Cricketers Arms hotel, and puts mixtapes up irregularly on his blog Casual Radio. Mikie reckons he could organise the best music festival Australia has ever seen, he just needs about 3 million dollars.