From the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada, a banjo songster like Old Man Luedecke is a rare type of musician. A songwriting one of such hopeful goodness, rarer still. In the tradition of solo banjo men and women of days gone by like Doc Boggs, Old Man Luedecke sings his songs accompanied only by his loving five string, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. This is a bizarre type of music Doc Boggs might have made if he’d studied poetry.
A two-time JUNO Award winner, Old Man Luedecke’s songs are melodic gems blending old time sensibilities with an unusual vision and poetic sense. His music belies someone more than slightly ill at ease with modern life and he performs with a gentle and endearing charisma, stories littered with a canny oblique humour; he’s a sly entertainer with almost a hint of contemporary vaudeville about him and he plays a mean claw hammer banjo clearly derivative of the old time and Appalachia. He’s a revelation!
His latest recording “Domestic Eccentric” is his seventh and is recorded with and produced by legendary old time and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien. The album is inspired and dedicated to his family, which is characterised by Chris as somewhat an “eccentric domestic” existence. The album has received heavy radio play and is the most successful of his seven album releases. Over his career he’s won two Juno awards (Canada’s acoustic music awards) and two further nominations.
“[Domestic Eccentric]…is the most organic and traditional-sounding record of the Nova Scotian’s career. Luedecke’s old-school singing and banjo picking combined with O’Brien’s Appalachian-style wizardry on fiddle, guitar and mandolin dovetail with songs that address matters of the heart, family affairs and the tribulations of camping.”
– The Australian
Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia and internationally with her soulful voice, masterful storytelling, and intricate ukulele, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer playing.
Lucy grew up with a lot of musical instruments around the house, performing at Australian folk festivals with the Wise Family Band until she moved to Melbourne in 2009. Having toured three albums and two EPs in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK over the past 8 years, Lucy has developed a great reputation for her songwriting, which weaves together traditional folk and pop influences with a strong focus on storytelling. She has played to packed venues at Sidmouth Music Week (UK), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) and Woodford Folk Festival (QLD).
Lucy’s third album, Winter Sun (2018) draws upon Lucy’s experiences touring and meeting people from all over, as well as her times spent at home, walking the streets and creek paths of Melbourne. In her solo show, she explores themes of love, joy and sadness, friendships and the relationships people form with their environment.
“A wonderful representation of healing, self discovery and the processes of becoming grounded and learning self worth…It is no secret that Lucy is a gifted writer, but “Winter Sun” will have you experiencing a new sense of empathy and have you walking in her shoes from track one.”
– 27 Magazine
“Wise is a natural storyteller, infusing songs with a sense of place so strong you can almost feel the dusty earth crunch beneath your feet as she sings.”
– The Brag, Sydney
“A wonderfully natural singer and uncommonly gifted writer. Prediction: within this decade Lucy will be a noted songster, worldwide.”
– Doug Spencer, ABC Radio National
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