Andrew Clermont's Touring Details and Latest News - New tour Totally Gourdgeous, new tour Wookey, Matsumoto & Clermont, new tour All Corners Covered with Rachel Johnston. Then Summer Supper Clubs !
Clermont with Rachel Johnston - appearances & tour ahead!
For Gig Guide see AndrewClermont.com.au
Totally Gourdgeous tour Mid Vic to Brisbane & back to Sydney August!
Paul Wookey joins Matsumoto & Clermont Tour. Mid VIC to Mallacoota to New England mid north NSW and back to Harrietville VIC for Mountaingrass!
Clermont first played with Paul in about 1982. Wookey & Clermont met Montz at Frances Folk Gathering on the SA/VIC border some 15 years ago. We have all become best friends in music and are very keenly looking forward to this special trip.
Introducing a hot and very unique trio of song harmony and musical journey with a strong but worldly bluegrass taste.
Montz Matsumoto http://montzbanjo.com/
From Kyoto, Japan, Montz met Andrew at the Frances Folk Gathering nearly 20 years back and became the most seen performer at Andrew Clermont's Supper Club. He's very pleased to introduce the magnetic Banjo whiz/ entertainer/ world traveled Matsumoto to the hallowed Rutherglen extended community. He has also been blitzing with The Pigs from Gympie to the Black Stump, and variously with The Borderers and festivals with Clermont.
Most people would probably associate the banjo with Appalachian hillbilly music and the film ‘Deliverance,’ however the charismatic Matsumoto’s eclectic brand of music is testament to the adaptability of the instrument to a wide variety of musical styles, including Japanese, Indian, Celtic, Reggae and of course the traditional Bluegrass as well. He cites Doc Watson, Ry Cooder, David Grisman, Tony Trischka as influences with Woody Guthrie strong on his latest CD. Wit and humour shine throughout his performance , honed from touring the world.
Paul Wookey www.paulwookey.com.au
..is a gifted musician and possessor of one of the most acknowledged and diverse talents to have emerged in this country over the last 2 decades.
During this time Paul has shared the stage with & won accolades from a great many performers, including American Blues great John Hammond and Jimmy Witherspoon,( for whom he played guitar replacing Robin Ford), and Vince Gill, the No. 1 country singer in the U.S.
Although reasonably adept at an old country ballad, (Paul was a Gold Guitar winner at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1981!) his first love is the blues and old 50’s &60’s rock&roll.
Paul has toured with Mick Jagger, Joe Satriani, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGee, Vince Gill, Jessie Winchester, Mark O’Conner, Dan Crary, Byron Berline, Albert Lee, Mickey Newbury, Ralph McTell… and the list goes on
And chameleon Andrew Clermont, a nutso Fiddler, Mandolinist & 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ to boot - 30 years touring - from Tom T Hall, Dya Singh, BluGuru to Totally Gourdgeous, All Corners Covered and a Golden Fiddle Award director!
Plus 20 years of the epic Supper Club at Tamworth CM & Woodford, National & WA's Fairbridge Folk Festivals!
Sound tracks at https://myspace.com/andrewclermontssupperclub/music/songs
tracks 2, 6 & 7 for example tracks plus extras on each others websites!
Rachel Johnston & Andrew Clermont - All Corners Covered Tour ! Early December Beechworth to Newcastle
Andrew Clermont is touring with formidable and feisty cellist Rachel Johnston (formerly many years of the Australian String Quartet (!) and toured with Missy Higgins etc)
with a selection from the tips of Scandinavia through UK to inner Outback & Oldtime. Tantalising and soaring are the works. Curious & twisted are the stories and songs.
Clermont is with new sensuous double size Mick Moffat F5 Mandola along side the Gilchrist F5 Mandolin and Roger Buckmaster Fiddle, beside Rachel's Luis & Clark near glowing Cello,
plus Clermont's 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ maneuvers and haunting cast Didgeridoo. A feast to behold.
Sydney, Canberra to Mallacoota (VIC), Beechworth & MountanGrass, Harrietville (VIC)
Sounding like Jeff Beck meets Ravi Shankar on the set of 'Oh! Brother Where Art Thou' while dancing in Rio!,
they feature the sublime voice of Parvyn Kaur (and Percussion, Mandolin & Indian Dance)
Josh Bennett (Adelaide Fringe Award Nominee for Best Music) - Guitars & Mandolin to Sitar & Tabla. Both moonlight with Bombay Royale,
And chameleon Andrew Clermont, who is also a nutso Fiddler, Mandolinist & 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ to boot
- 30 years touring - from Tom T Hall, Dya Singh to Totally Gourdgeous!
They are distilled from a vibrant world touring history with a 3 part harmonised twisting tale of gone Bluegrass/Celtic/ Blues/ Swing/ Jazz/ Indian adventure.
Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch via The Muppets!.
All are playing Gourd instruments luthiered by Penelope Swales - Legendary since young (Gourd Guitar, Gourdalin, Stomp, Aslatuas, Chinese Hulusi Gourd Flute),
Mal Webb - from Lano & Woodley to Glastonbury Solo (Gourd Bass, Mbira, Gournet, Voice-box),
Carl Pannuzzo - Smallest Stadium Band in the world to Woodford Fire Event Choir master (Gourd Djemba, Percussion, Guitar),
Andrew Clermont - a nutso player from Dya Singh to Tom T Hall (Gourdiddle, Gourdalin, Guitar)
and all with Gourdatious Vocals to produce a manic, organic musical experience, punning pathos, heartfelt hilarity & messages of love, fellowship and environmental sanity. www.totallygourdgeous.com
Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club
It can hardly get more diverse or musically welcoming as the Supper Club. If you were to ask, gee I wonder what it would sound like if X & Y were to come together with Z ?
Well you'll likely catch it here. Born of Clermont's life long tendency to meld peoples musical strengths (whether they know it or not!) and sense of adventure and effort to inspire,
here is the musical wild wood, where music knows no sleep and few limits (just the imagination and gumption) - in it's 18th official year.
Clermont began as a 3 time Australian Bluegrass Guitar Champion. He first fiddled on Brian Young's Longest Chartered Flight Concert Tours of the World after just 2 years near a Violin in the mid 80s.
Fiddling for Tom T Hall (USA), Troy Cassar Daley's Country through The Screaming Jet's Rock to Opera's Anna Lisa Kerrigan or The Waifs and 10 tours in Europe with India(n) to theatrical bands
ie. Totally Gourdgeous, BluGuru, Dya Singh World Music Group, The Beggars, The Borderers (most recently 2014 in Lorient (France) and Skägen (Denmark) plus Germany, Festivals and more as timing permits.
He finally created an all encompassing event, highly regarded & cherished across many Festivals - not only originally hosting the NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest,
it allowed the creation of most orchestration possibilities in the name of Country(s) & Folk Music with a fellowship of youth & wissen who stop at few borders or genres.
Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club included 100 players in 2013! Sup Club Live Recordings are distilled into - 7 CDs and many DVDs (including Tuition)!