Thursday, 25th January 2018 | 7pm | Free Admission
A country girl with an international heart, Gleny Rae Virus is a multi-instrumentalist and educator who believes that music can build community and improve lives. She straddles a teaching and performance career just as easily as riding a quarter horse on a stock route. Gleny Rae Virus maintains her connection with rural Australia, playing gigs from outback shearing sheds and rodeos to international showcases in Nashville Tennessee and Austin Texas. She is an active advocate for refugee rights since appearing in the ground breaking television reality documentary Go Back to Where You Came From in 2011. Armed with a fiddle, accordion and an irreverent sense of humor, she performs and records with numerous Australian country roots bands when not busy with her own projects Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys, The Junes and Daughters of the Rum Rebellion. Gleny Rae Virus brings a special vibrance and humor to the stage with her quirky original songs and lively interpretations of country, rockabilly and western swing classics.
Rob Luckey and the Lucky Bastards have been favorites in the Sydney roots music pub scene for nearly two decades. Rob has a distinctive honkytonk vocal style and pulls astounding licks out of his old Telecaster guitar as he trawls through encyclopedic repertoire of country and blues classics. He is backed by the solid rhythm section of Smithy on upright and electric bass, and Lachy Dengate on drums. They play a mix of originals and covers in the style of the great American roots music players of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, from Buddy Holly to Bob Dylan, Bob Wills to Buck Owens.
Kate Oliver’s earliest musical influences came from second hand cassette tapes of Patsy Cline and a video about the life of Elvis Presley, but her song writing comes from a deep connection with her family heritage and her rural background. Her debut full length release “Big News in a Small Town” pays distinct homage to the great voices of the 50’s with nostalgic song writing starring her sonorous and expressive voice.