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The Field @ The Django Bar - Thursday July 24 - Camelot Lounge - 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville Podcast

The Field @ The Django Bar, Camelot Lounge - Thursday July 24. 8pm. tickets $15.

The Django Bar is a fabulous venue in the heart of the thriving Marrickville music scene and we're thrilled to be there this Thursday for the first time. See you all there......19 Marrickville Road. Ph: 9550 3777

The Field are:
Bruce Reid -  slide guitars, banjo and bansitar
Lloyd Swanton - double bass
John Stuart -  guitar
Pete Drummond -  drums.

For more info about the show and the venue go to camelot@camelotlounge.com

Here's a track from our recent album, Merle Takes a Holiday, entitled Floyd Cramer to wet your whistle.
  1. Floyd Cramer

The Field @ The Django Bar - Thursday July 24 - Camelot Lounge - 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville Podcast

The Field's first performance at the wonderful Camelot Lounge's Django Bar. Can't wait. The Camelot Lounge is the jewel in the crown of Marrickville's thriving live music scene. We'll be there on Thursday, July 24. Come listen and enjoy this really unique venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult but you can come!. Tickets are $15 and we play at 8pm. Pre-book online at www.stickytickets.com.au or book a table for at least 8 at 9550 3777. You can email info@quikz.com for any further info.
In the meantime have a listen to Anoure and Akbar from our latest album, Merle Takes a Holiday
  1. Anoure and Akbar

The Field @ Colbourne Ave - Thursday July 17 37-47 St Johns Rd, Glebe, 8pm Podcast

The Field will be back at one of our favourite venues in the city, the Colbourne Ave Church Cafe in Glebe, 37-47 St Johns Rd, on Thursday, July 17. For the past decade Colbourne Ave. has been featuring some of the best music in the city. It's very comfy space and the acoustics are quite special. There is no bar so its BYO drink and food and glasses are provided. Arrive early to grab the best lounge. Cost is $20/10 and we start at 8pm. All ages are welcome!
 For more info go to:

And here's a tune from our most recent album Merle Takes a Holiday to wet your whistle.
  1. Light on Your Feet

The Field @ Co-Op Club - Sunday - July 13 - 3-6pm, 1860 Pittwater Rd, Church Point Podcast

One of Australia's great singers, Tina Harrod, is programming the music  on Sunday afternoons at the new Co-Op Club at Church Point in the Northern Beaches and at her request we will be happily appearing on Sunday, July 13. We'll be performing from 3-6pm and will have Tina as our guest. She has sung on two of our albums. Check out the beautiful Golden Slumber on our most recent album, Merle Takes a Holiday. The address is 1860 Pittwater Road and it is free. Love to see you all there.  
  1. Golden Slumber

The Field @ The Foundry 616 on Thursday, September 19 

 The Foundry 616 is Peter Rechniewski's fantastic new venue on Harris St and Mary Ann, Ultimo just beside the ABC building. The Foundry has just opened this week and will feature the best jazz in the country. The Field are very excited to have been invited to play. The club has great food, a state of the art P.A. With Ross Aherne the house sound man!! Can't wait. For more info on booking go to:
See you there.

Two great gigs this week!  

 Just finished two wonderful gigs. Last night we played at the Acoustic Lounge in the Grand View Hotel in Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains. We had a wonderful attentive and knowledgeable audience. Many guitarists were in attendance and several were slide players ( preaching to the converted). The fellows of the Field played beautifully as usual and my Dragon brother Pete Drummond, filling in for Hamish Stuart, was in typically brilliant form. Lloyd Swanton was blinding as was John Stuart. It was a hometown gig for both as they are Wentworth Falls residents.  Driving home from the gig took 5 minutes!

On Thursday night we were at the Colbourne Ave. It's a church hall in Glebe with very good acoustics. They've been having jazz there for the past 12 years or so. Again, a wonderful audience, very attentive and appreciative. To sum it up.... a very soul satisfying week of Field music. 

Thanks Lloyd, Hamish, John and Pete, big fun!

The Field @ Colbourne Ave. Thursday August 1  

 The Field @ Colbourne Ave Thursday August 1 at 8pm
cnr Colbourne Ave and St. Johns, Glebe
BYO dinner, snacks, beverages, all ages welcome

Barney's favourite concert of last year. The CD has been in all our stereos ever since.

The Field’s music is a meeting place of styles. You can hear jazz, blues, country and Celtic influences throughout. There are hints of Ry Cooder and Bill Frisell as well as Little Feat and the more obscure Celtic leanings of Pentangle and Richard Thompson. Here’s how Sydney music critic John Shand described their sound after hearing them play at the venerable Side On Café a few years ago:

“The Field's music is immediately friendly, drawing the listener in with its obvious warmth and drawling geniality. With greater familiarity we find that, while it is by no means urban music, nor is it quite country. Perhaps it may best be described as Arcadian, given its pervasive stillness and radiant sense of contentment.”

The Field's leader and principal composer Bruce Reid, is one of the country's foremost slide guitarists and has been a member of some its finest groups including The catholics, Wendy Matthews, Karma County and Dragon.

On bass, Lloyd Swanton - one of Australia’s foremost jazz musicians. Swanton founded and still leads The Catholics. He is also a founding member of The Necks, perhaps Australia’s most successful jazz export.

John Stuart is an accomplished jazz guitarist, a respected composer and arranger and also a fine steel guitarist (See the Snaketown Rattlers). John is also a fine percussionist and was a member of the great Jackie Orszaczky Band during their historic 6 year residency at the Rose of Australia in Sydney.

Drummer Hamish Stuart is a legend in this country. He was a mainstay with the late Jackie Orszaczky for several decades. He maintains an incredibly busy and diverse schedule these days, playing with The Catholics, Ian Moss, Lucie Thorne, Tina Harrod, Andrew Robson and Tim Rollinson. His discography is a veritable whose who of Australian Jazz, Rock and R&B.



 August 1 @ Colbourne Ave.  Glebe  8pm - Tickets $20 / $10 concession 

Colbourne Ave has been presenting unique and intimate jazz concerts for the past 12 years. It's a wonderful room with a fantastic sound. We had a great time playing last year and are very excited to be back at the beginning of next month. The venue is on the corner of Colbourne Ave and St Johns Road in Glebe. Tickets are $20 / $10 concession. It's a BYO so bring what you need for food and drink. For more info: live@colbourneave.com

August 3 @ The Acoustic Lounge @ The Grand View  Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains  4-6pm -  Tickets $25 Bookings 0488 737 140

The Grand View is a beautiful old hotel perched in the upper Blue Mountains at Wentworth Falls. This will be our first time playing at the Grand and I've heard it's a great gig. Late afternoon gig so the evening is still yours. 

The Field on Simon Marnie Weekend show ABC 702 at 11:00am Sunday, March 10 

 You Field fans out there can listen in on Sunday, on Simon Marnie's Weekend program on ABC 702 am. Simon is one of the great supporters of Australian music and got us in to chat and play a couple of  tunes. All to promote our gigs at the Blue Mountains Music Festival the following week on Saturday 3pm on Saturday at the Katoomba RSL and Sunday at the Clarendon Guest House at 6pm.