WAM INTERVIEWS: Harbour Sundays acts
Amongst over 700 shows Fringe World taking over Perth, Fremantle and beyond for the next few weeks, heading down to RTRFM’s Harbour Sundays for a supreme sound sesh should be taking strong priority in your must-see list. Also a part of the most impressive Freo Royale, the five-week series sees free live music at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle, taking place 5-9pm on the balcony with panoramic views of the Freo Harbour and bringing together a stellar slate of the finest jazz, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll Perth has to offer, alongside a fine selection of RTRFM DJs (all shows listed below!). WAM floated some questions the way of a number of their performers…
YOUR NAME & ROLE IN ACT: Catherine Traicos – singer, songwriter, guitar, piano, weird dancing.
A history in brief: I’ve been doing this for a few years now and have released six albums, the latest of which I am launching on Sunday at Harbour Sundays. I’ve played at the Opera House in Sydney as part of the Sydney Festival and I have also played at PIAF and Melbourne Fringe. Overseas I sang in Orebro in Sweden at a folk festival there, and in Nashville I was lucky enough to play at the Bluebird Café. In 2012 I was named Unpaved Media’s female artist of the year, and I have toured twice with the Mountain Goats and at least three times around Australia on headline tours.
Your sound? Blues, alt-country, folk.
Thoughts on the Freo music scene? I love the Fremantle Arts Centre as a venue – it’s such a welcoming and peaceful place. Somehow it manages to maintain this serenity amidst a really vibrant scene, and I enjoy that.
Other than spending it at Harbour Sundays, tell us the local act you’d most love to spend the perfect Sunday with and what you’d do? A perfect Sunday would probably involve the Tucker B’s playing a backyard gig somewhere. You can’t plan or control such an event, but you know it will be memorable.
Act you’re most looking forward to seeing at Harbour Sundays and why? Grace Barbe because I have not experienced their live performance yet.
The event is part of Fringe World. Your hot tip for the must see show and why? I would recommend #Adventures in Retail. Having worked in retail a lot, and after reading Sabian’s posts on Facebook, I think this will be a winner.
If you had a chance to present any RTRFM show, which program would you choose and why? Difficult Listening. I would love to have an official excuse to explore experimental artists and play their music for people, rather than just annoying my friends.
What’s happening for you in the near future? I am launching the new album on Sunday at the first Harbour Sundays show. Then I will head to Sydney and Melbourne for more shows. After that, writing, recording and gigging.
YOUR NAME & ROLE IN ACT: Dom Mariani vocals, guitar and principal songwriter
A history in brief: Formed in 2011 in South Fremantle. Dom Mariani – The Stems, DM3 and The Majestic Kelp. Greg Hitchcock (guitar and vocals) – You Am I, The Monarchs, The Verys, The Neptunes, The Bamboos and Tim Finn. Stu Loasby (bass) – The Rippled Souls. Warren Hall (drums) – The Drones, The Volcanics and The Rosemary Beads. Signed to US label Alive and Naturalsound/ Bomp Records (Black Keys Brian Jonestown Masacre). Released debut album Demon Blues in July 2015. Supported ZZ Top, Kevin Borich, Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I.
Your sound? Full-tilt boogie, heavy psychedelia, blues and classic Rock’n’Roll. Blues, Australian 60’s and 70’s rock. Masters Apprentices, Buffalo, Lobby Loydd and the Coloured Balls, Peter Greens’ Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath.
Thoughts on the Freo music scene? Tame Impala and Pond come to mind. Fremantle Arts Centre, Mojo’s, The Oddfellow and Clancy’s Fish Pub are all doing well with live music.
Other than spending it at Harbour Sundays, tell us the local act you’d most love to spend the perfect Sunday with and what you’d do? Tame Impala. I’d like to have a jam with Kevin Parker, talk recording and music. Met him years ago when he had the Dee Dee Dums and could just tell he had something going on.
Act you’re most looking forward to seeing at Harbour Sundays and why? Old Blood – young guys playing the blues very well.
The event is part of Fringe World. With an overwhelming 700+ events, your hot tip for the must see show and why? Tubular Bells for two at the Fremantle Town Hall. A multiple 5-star reviews and award winning show from what I’ve read, plus I love the album and it would be great to see it performed live.
If you had a chance to present any RTRFM show, which program would you choose and why? Soul Sides – I’m a big soul music fan and have decent record collection.
What’s happening for you in the near future? Datura4 are working on a new album tentatively titled Hairy Mountain. Looking forward to touring Europe, sometime this year.
FULL HARBOUR SUNDAYS SERIES
SUNDAY 31 JANUARY ► From 4PM with an outside broadcast of Rockin’ the Roots feat. Catherine Traicos (album launch), Lucy Peach, DJ Peter Barr
SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY ► Day of the Dead, The Surf Mist, DJ Holly Doll
SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY ► Eduardo Cossio Trio, Interview Music, DJ Gabe Fatin
SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY ► Grace Barbé Afro-Kreol, AJ Wigwams, DJ Lady Carla
SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY ► Datura4, Old Blood, DJ Big Ear Chad