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Steve Tallis started playing music in 1962. Music is his calling. From birth he was surrounded by the music of his Macedonian ancestors and the ethnic music of Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Listening to live music at picnics and dances as a small child opened his mind and spirit to trance-like rhythms, improvisation and chanting. Steve started listening to the sounds of the radio Bob Dylan, Them, Animals, Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, Jimi Hendrix, Yardbirds, Kinks, Loved Ones, Spectrum etc. He searched back further to the roots of the music he loved - and then back to the source - Africa.

Steve is an Australian Griot, a Blues Shaman. He has lived and performed in the USA, Europe, Mexico and Asia - supporting some of the biggest names in music. Influences include Leadbelly, John Coltrane, Tim Buckley, Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, Tony Williams Lifetime, Van Morrison, Howling Wolf, Tom Waits, Jack Bruce and Bob Dylan. African, Indian, Haitian and Islamic music have all had a spiritual and rhythmic influence on his own work. His love of blues, gospel and á cappella field hollers shows both in his live shows and recordings.

Three lifelong ambitions came true when he toured India in 1997, Pakistan in 2003 and West Africa (Ghana) in 2005. Explorations into Vodou, Tantra, Buddhism, Sufism, The Bible, Hinduism, Taoism and Native American Indians have affected him deeply.

Awards include Songwriter Of The Year, Most Original Work, and Album Of The Year. Steve was also inducted into Western Australia Music Industry's Hall of Fame and is featured in the books - Who's Who of Australian Rock and Blues, Working Musicians and Further Down the Road. His Eight CD Box Set - Anthology Volume One: The Sacred Path of The Fried Egg Maylands To The Gates of Hell (1962-2001) is a piece of Australian music history. The first time in Australian music history that an independent solo artist has released a box set. Steve was also awarded an Arts WA Contemporary Music Fellowship in 2003 to study, compose and tour with master musicians in Africa, India and Greece.

Steve Tallis is unique, fiercely independent and is not a man to be compromised.

Also performing are: Bret Mosley (7.30pm) and The Warm Ups (9.45pm).

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)

Bret Mosley

Americana artist Bret Mosley smiles off to the side, “I first picked up my father’s Stella Harmony guitar when I was six. A few years later—a good while before turntables became musical instruments—I turned a Chet Atkins record by hand to learn “Yakety Axe” note-by-note. I still have the guitar, even though some dear soul at UPS drove a forklift through it several years ago…the culmination to an extremely uphill stint in L.A. It was that experience, though, that helped wring out my first song, “Lord, Girl”…I still need to record that one.”

Rarely could an artist be said to transcend, yet include, the most raw and real elements of country, folk, soul, roots rock and blues. Nevertheless—with bone-deep authenticity—that’s exactly what Bret Mosley does, wrestling deftly with longing, belonging, and world-weariness...on the way home to hope & grace.

Mosley’s critically-acclaimed debut album Light & Blood was released in December 2007 on Woodstock MusicWorks, and hailed as “a heart-felt masterpiece” by NeuFutur Magazine. The album’s thirteen tracks were recorded over a two-day span in March 2007 by Pete Caigan (Bad Brains, Tony Levin) at Flymax Studio in Woodstock, NY. The record was mixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Roman Klun (Sarah McLachlan, Joan Osborne, Spin Doctors). Every track was performed live with no overdubs or punch-ins. The result is at once lean and lush...a smoldering confessional work...soulful Americana laced with a driving groove...and a few thousand self-distributed copies later, an Australian reissue of Light & Blood dropped in November 2015.

Mosley toured tirelessly across the U.S.—200+ dates per year—following the album’s release and enthusiastic reception. With signature idiosyncratic intensity, his unreservedly original, deeply authentic sound has garnered an audience ranging from cowhands to bankers, from rastas to cops.

Mosley has opened for George Porter, Jr., Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Cedric Burnside Project, the Subdudes, Patterson Hood, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jackie Greene, Good Enough For Good Times, Junior Brown, Donavon Frankenreiter, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Kaki King, Kelly Joe Phelps, et al—comparisons have included Chris Whitley, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Richie Havens, Van Morrison, Ben Harper and Taj Mahal.

U.S. festival appearances have included Mountain Jam, Wave Gathering, NedFest, JazzFest, SXSW. In Australia, he has played Blues at Bridgetown and Nukara Music Festival. During May and June of 2016, Mosley was ranked Reverbnation.com’s #1 Americana artist in Western Australia.

Mosley's latest studio effort, X-ING, was released October 29, 2013 on his own Out Of The Park Records. He has begun production on his next record at Quarter After Blue Studios in Tupelo, Mississippi. The project will feature guest appearances by several prominent Mississippi artists.

Living in Perth since late 2014, he is building touring momentum in Australia—having shared the stage recently with Ian Moss, Morgan Bain, Minnie Marks, The Pierce Brothers, Kalidad, The Hussy Hicks, Blue Shaddy, Tex Perkins and John Meyer.

The Warm Ups

The Warm Ups are a blues band based in Perth Western Australia.

Inspired by second-wave blues artists like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, B B King, Albert King and Buddy Guy, the Warm Ups play sets that will thrill you, get you in the groove and make you feel like dancing.

The Warm Ups' repertoire contains cuts from artists like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Sonny and Brownie, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, Willie Dixon, and Elmore James. They also play original blues compositions featuring blistering guitar work and alternative structures and rhythms.

Band Members are: Andy Zell lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar and bass guitar; Rob Meyer bass guitar, lead guitar; Marty Leed Keyboards, lead and rhythm guitar, slide guitar, harmonica; and Mick Mahony Drums.