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Eclectic, Electric, Eccentric – Basso Fridays Have It All

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With the newly refurbished Bassendean Hotel hosting regular live music, there’s plenty of great live music to check out every night of the weekend.  Around The Sound recently headed down to the iconic pub to check out a Friday night line-up.

Being on the main street of Bassendean and near the local train station it was easy to find and parking was a cinch. The main stage area set up is great, complete with bar, tables and a generous dancefloor. But the live music is what had the crowd stay ‘til the end of the night.

With local musicians such as Anthony Lloyd, Tenderhooks, Steve Hensby and Timothy Nelson, the crowd experienced a mix of genres and styles ranging from raw solo acoustic sounds of to a full gypsy-circus band.

Upcoming soloist Lloyd has a genuine rawness about him that draws you in. The light and shade of his performance with just a guitar in his hand mesmerises and takes you on a journey. Soon to depart Australia for a set of residency performances in the Japan, we look forward to his return and his upcoming release ‘Not The End’.

Tenderhooks’ explosive rock quickly got the crowd moving, especially during ‘Fly Rite’, and ended the night with a boom during ‘Oblivion’. We look forward to their upcoming album ‘Bewilderness’ due in March this year.

Hensby and his band, including piano accordionist Little Miss Squeezebox, had the crowd vibing to their rich and inviting gypsy circus sounds. Sharing tracks from his latest self titled double album, Hensby lead the way, with the room in the palm of his hand. His undoubted talent and ability to entertain had us fixated through the entire set. The different rhythms and stories of each song, and especially ‘Gypsy Opus’ and ‘Crumble to Bits’ made for a rich musical performance. But laugh of the night went to his hilarious solo track GMDYKAACDCS – go check it out and see what we mean! Save the date for his upcoming Fringe Festival performances in the circus ring.


Known for his award winning indie country sounds, switched between guitars during the night and teased us with thoughts of New York and ended the night with ‘Release’.  Due back at the Basso again soon, be sure to catch his performance again soon.

Check out Basso Fridays here for the latest lineup :

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