Leigh Barker & The New Sheiks
Saturday 15th February 2014
Award winning Australian six piece ‘Leigh Barker and the New Sheiks’ are hitting the road again this November, fresh from a sold out show at the Melbourne Town Hall for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and a brief European summer tour.
This east coast spring tour celebrates the band’s sixth release ‘Australiana’, a sparkling collection of Australian tunes by the band and its peers. The album is available through online retailer ‘CD Baby’ and iTunes, as well as being offered at live shows in a bundle with past releases.
The band’s live show is an intoxicating mix of fresh interpretations of traditional jazz, deep ‘gutbucket’ blues and joyful swing featuring some of the country’s greatest improvisers, presented in a totally spontaneous and improvised stage show. No two shows are ever alike as these award winning Jazz musicians traverse everything from 19th century American folk songs to 21st century Australian music, all with the deepest swing grooves this side of New Orleans!
“…a night of swinging, down-home dirty bluesy, hollerin’ jazz and it was great. This is a very good band playing music of an era that is variously touching and refreshing and enlivening to visit.” – Eric Pozza, Canberra Jazz Blog
Band leader Leigh Barker has toured Australia extensively both with his own band and with artists such as Tom Vincent and the ‘Hot Jazz Alliance’ (USA). In 2010 he toured the country as support act for jazz superstar Branford Marsalis, which culminated in Leigh performing encores with Branford at the Sydney Opera House and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
The ‘New Sheiks’ touring band features Leigh on the double bass, 2011 winner of the Vic/Tas Blues Awards (Best Female Artist, Best Debut Album) Heather Stewart on lead vocals and violin, National Jazz Award winner Eamon McNelis on trumpet, Don Stewart on Trombone, Matt Boden on Piano and Piano Accordion, and Sam Young on drums.
“I know I’m going to DJ that version of (The New Sheiks’) ‘Sales Tax’ over and over and over again, until dancers confiscate my laptop.” – Sam Carroll, Swing Dance blogger and DJ
Leigh Barker – Double Bass
Heather Stewart – Violin and Vocals
Eamon McNelis – Trumpet and Vocals
Don Stewart – Trombone and Vocals
Sam Young – Drums and Vocals
Matt Boden – Piano
Genre – Trad Jazz / Blues
Show time – 9.30pm $25