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NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL
The eight-piece Brass Knuckle Brass Band will share fresh tracks from their new album, Split Lip, during several gigs at the National Folk Festival.
Funky outfit fuses sounds
It took six sweaty days in the studio
and almost a year to perfect but it's
The Brass Knuckle Brass Band has
just launched their debut album Split
Lip and will share their freshest funk
this Easter at the National Folk
Sousaphone player David
Abkiewicz said the eight-piece used
their time in the studio to jam and
"The hardest thing about having six
bodies in the studio was probably the
smell after six days," he said.
"But no, it was pretty luxurious to
have so much time to play with
Along with the instrumental funk
and New Orleans-style repertoire the
group is known for, Split Lip features
collaborations with Sarsha Simone
(formerly Roxy Ray of Dojo Cuts),
Kira Puru (Kira Puru and the Bruise)
and James Grim (Brothers Grim and
the Blue Murders).
The band also tapped into Aussie
hip-hop talent and merged their bold
brass sound with cuts from Citizen
Kay, Roshambo and Hayds.
Brass Knuckle Band also
collaborated with Citizen Kay on the
single Raise a Glass in 2013.
Abkiewicz said there was a huge
temptation to work together again and
link up with artists in Canberra's
burgeoning hip hop scene.
He said that while the fusion tracks
were a new approach, they followed a
"In the States, particularly in New
Orleans, the two styles go hand in
hand," Abkiewicz said.
"It always goes off because it's so
high energy, particularly for the hip
hop guys who are used to playing with
a backing track or just a drummer."
The album has been a long time
coming and Abkiewicz said folk
festival goers would get the chance to
hear newly premiered tracks and
boogie to their well-loved hits.
"Some of our biggest shows have
been at the folk festival," he said.
"I think this year is our fifth year at
the festival. We've done a lot of street
performances in the past so it feels
great to make it a bigger thing and
have a stage spot."
Catch Brass Knuckle Brass Band
at the National Folk Festival on
Thursday 7.30-9.20pm, Friday and
Saturday midnight shows, (not for
under-18s) and Monday at 5pm.
1 The 2015 National Folk
Festival kicks off on
Thursday so get stuck into the
celebrations. The five-day
festival will deliver more than
200 acts featuring music,
dance, spoken word, film,
circus and crafts. Exhibition
Park will be transformed into
a world of eclectic colour,
creativity and non-stop
entertainment. Along with a
fantastic array of live
concerts, a program of great
workshops is on offer. Find
out more at:
2 Bell Shakespeare's As You
Like It opens at the
Canberra Theatre Centre next
Tuesday. If you have ever
risked it all for love this
character driven play,
directed by Peter Evans, will
strike a chord. The cast is led
by John Bell as the
melancholic Jaques and the
enchanting Zahra Newman as
Rosalind. Tickets: $65-75.
Discounted prices for
concessions, seniors and
under 30s at canberratheatre
3 The Canberra Symphony
Orchestra returns to the
concert hall in the first
Llewellyn series of 2015 to
pay tribute to Finnish
composer Sibelius on his
150th anniversary. The
evening will feature works
like Schubert's The Magic
Harp Overture, Dvorak's Cello
Concerto and concludes with
Sibelius' Symphony No. 5.
Shows are on Wednesday and
Thursday from 7.30pm.
Tickets: $53-$87 at cso.org.au
4It will be a day of hot rides
as the Corvettes of
Canberra car club hosts a 2015
national corvette convention
and show and shine on
Saturday on the west lawns of
Parliament House. Get along
from 9am-3pm. Details at
5 Melbourne indie punk
band Laura Palmer will
play at The Phoenix Bar with
Berlin-based New Zealand
punk band Nowhere on
Wednesday. Support acts
include Yoko Oh No, Rather
Be Dead and Helena Pop.
Head along from 8.30pm.
Entry is $5.
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