Caravana Sun shine on FNQ
SYDNEYSIDERS Caravãna Sun are heading to Cairns for three nights this month.
Described as a “salt of the earth” band, the four-piece have built a following through three albums and solid bouts of touring – they have been out on the road steadily since their debut Rising Falling in 2011 and in five years they have done 500 shows, here and overseas.
Most recently they supportthat ed UK reggae pop rockers UB40 on their Australian tour. The band have also supported other UK legends Madness, and opened for Michael Franti’s Australian shows.
Touring with reggae, ska and world music stars points to Caravana Sun’s musical leanings. There’s a lot of reggae underpinning their music, though the rest of it may lead anywhere.
They turn on a high energy show built on infectious groove and lots of personality brings crowds to their feet.
Bassist, Ant Beard, described their music as “gypsy ska”.
“The gypsy originates from southern France; the ska, reggae sounds, from Jamaica,” Beard said. “The combination of the two just sums us up.”
He said the upbeat energy produced by the four-piece band didn’t wear him out.
The songs involved jumping around and resulted in a “covering of sweat”.
“It’s hard work, but, at the same time, it’s not hard when you’re doing something that you love doing,” he said.
The band plays strictly originals and the instrumentation is bass, guitar drums, and trumpet.
Their third album – Guerrilla Club – released in 2016 was recorded at the Wasteland Studios in Western Australia under the guidance of Eskimo Joe guitarist Joel Quatermain.
Caravãna Sun say the album epitomises “their love for Australia and its culture” and demonstrates the band’s matured songwriting and musical chemistry
Much of the credit for the band’s wide range is down to jazz trumpeter Eamon Dilworth’s presence in the line up. He has had various jazz units on the side, first the Dilworths and Tiny Hearts, as the career of Carvana Sun took off.
Caravãna Sun, BAR36 at The Reef Hotel Casino from Friday, February 16 until Sunday. These are non-ticketed, free shows in BAR36.
Sydney band Caravana Sun play the Reef Casino for three nights