Car­a­vana Sun shine on FNQ

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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

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