When Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite won the ‘Best Blues Album’ Grammy Award in 2014 for their first collaboration, Get Up!, Harper was ready to get on the ride all over again.
“I’d go into the studio tonight!” he said in his acceptance. Thus began the stirrings of the duo’s recently released second album, No Mercy In This Land.
Hidden Treasures, Fremantle'S West End, Thursday, July 5, 2018
The air is rarefied at Hidden Treasures, but thankfully there’s enough for everybody. The 2018 edition kicked off last Thursday on Fremantle’s West End, with some folks returning to the warmth they knew so well from previous years and others visiting for the first time, having been told of the fare of offer and how it is delivered.
Ama Quinsee has laryngitis. It’s self-inflicted — ‘‘still recovering from last week’s antics supporting Radio Moscow” — and the Legs Electric front woman is pretty upbeat about it — “It’s good to know I still have a loud mouth even under the current circumstances.”
So, is Ama Quinsee just another loud-mouthed front, for just another band? When asked what makes her the ‘heart and soul’ of Legs Electric’s sound, Quinsee shifts from Dionysian devil-may-care to just a little bit coy.
The Soul Movers do what they say on the tin. They summon classic soul and move you in the now by even amounts of experience and passion for the musical form.
Vocalist Lizzie Mack hails from Perth and for many years was a fixture on the WA music scene, always seen at the best gigs and the post-show gatherings. Many years ago she moved to Melbourne with her then-partner, Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) and this rockin’ soul experience soon came to be.
Craig Skelton has played in bands for over three decades, but his latest outfit is his favourite and for very good reason. The Skelton Collective features Craig on keyboards/vocals, his wife Deb on bass/vocals. daughter Jess on lead-vocals/saxophone and son, Dan, on drums. It is, as Sly Stone would have it, a family affair...