The venerable bootleg sessions on Monday night at The Phoenix are the stuff of legends.
But between the changes to the format and my Monday rugby podcasting commitments it’s been ages since I’ve been to see the whole show.
Last night was hosted by the Canberra Musicians Club, something they do monthly.
Starting at 8pm we were treated to The Gordons (above), a new addition to the local scene with some very mellow male vocal harmonies and nicely varied song writing. Well worth checking out if you get the chance.
Next up was Braidwood’s answer to Angus and Julia Stone, Jake and Ange,
And then came the band we’d all come to see, The New Gods of Thunder.
A veritable Canberra supergroup featuring the man who lost a Bob Dylan impersonation contest by turning up for it, Sanjiva de Silva, (Tom Woodward was judged most Dylan-like for forgetting it was on). Other band members include Pottsy and Damo from Hashemoto and the most sought after drummer in Canberra Nick Peddle.
Sanjiva’s solo act in the past was so engaging it never occurred to me a band would improve things. But as a combo still getting used to each other the show was mesmerising. Go out of your way to see these guys.
Finally we had Buck Et Al
(or as I prefer to think of them “Michael Cera The Musical”)
Catchy beats and funny self-deprecating lyrics had the crowd laughing and clapping merrily along. They’re very new and rather good.
So Bootlegs at The Phoenix. Still finding great new bands, still free, still very good fun if you can get out on a Monday night.