The catholics

August 13, 2017, 2:00 pm

Blue Mountains Theatre

Blue Mountains Theatre and Live At The Village present Sunday Sessions

The catholics
2pm Sunday 13 August, 2017

The catholics is one of Australia’s most distinctive and acclaimed jazz ensembles. Their leader, composer and bassist, Lloyd Swanton, is well known across Australia and internationally for his work with improvising legends The Necks, as well as appearances on over 90 albums, many of them ARIA Award winners, for artists including Vince Jones, Wendy Matthews and Bernie McGann.
With The catholics, Lloyd Swanton has assembled some of the best musicians in Australia from a wide spectrum of musical backgrounds. Members include: Sandy Evans – saxophones, James Greening – trombone and pocket trumpet, Jonathan Pease – guitar, Gary Daley – piano accordion, Nic Cecire – drums, and Fabian Hevia – percussion.

This 7-piece ensemble blend hard jazz blowing with dance rhythms from around the world.  Through beautifully crafted and instantly accessible pieces runs a strong, seductive dance strain found in the band’s various African, Caribbean, Latin and Eastern influences.  They have won a Mo Award for Best Jazz Group, and three of their eight acclaimed albums have been nominated for ARIA Awards.

The catholics have also made big waves outside of their home country, with releases of several of their albums in North America to critical acclaim. The release of their album Simple in Europe earned them a nomination for the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award. Overseas performances have included tours of Canada and Europe, and concerts in Thailand as part of the King of Thailand’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.

By taking the catchiness of pop music, and combining it with infectious dance rhythms of the world and indisputably authoritative jazz blowing, The catholics are creating a rare thing indeed- a sound with an instant appeal, physical excitement, passion, and critical credibility. Says Swanton: “The bottom line for me is that people who come to see a catholics show can enjoy us intellectually or emotionally, or they can just get up and dance.”

If you like joyful, seductive world music, you will like The catholics” – Sydney Morning Herald

One of Australia’s best bands” Georgia Strait Times (Canada)

Seven jazz troublemakers from Australia…sprayed heaps of fire. A mighty debut”  Weser Kurier (Germany)

The catholics
2pm Sunday 13 August, 2017
$36; $32 concession

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, on 4723 5050 or online here.