UN­CLE IS VIS­IT­ING

Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent win­ners Un­cle Jed head to Cur­rumbin Creek Tav­ern to­mor­row night to per­form with lo­cal singer Ash­leigh Man­nix

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Fans of Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent win­ners Un­cle Jed can look for­ward to hear­ing some new ma­te­rial when they pay the Gold Coast a visit. The north­ern beaches trio head to Cur­rumbin Creek Tav­ern to­mor­row night for an in­ti­mate evening of orig­i­nal tunes with lo­cal singer Ash­leigh Man­nix.

Mak­ing an im­pres­sion both in Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally with their haunt­ing bal­lads and soul­ful grooves, there is a ver­sa­til­ity in this Syd­ney band that is rare.

Fea­tur­ing the an­gelic voice of front­woman Laura Stitt, the band is also made up of Laura’s cousins, brothers Danny and Shan­non Stitt.

Un­cle Jed re­leased their de­but self-ti­tled al­bum mid2010, be­fore they took the na­tion by storm last year with their spine-tin­gling per­for­mances on re­al­ity TV show Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent.

The trio went on to win the com­pe­ti­tion, pro­pel­ling their al­bum to No.6 on the iTunes Charts. Their au­di­tion videos re­ceived mil­lions of YouTube hits. Laura says the band have done a lot of tour­ing and writ­ing since their win last year.

She says when they take to the stage to­mor­row night, they’ll be play­ing a mix of golden oldies, new tunes and some of the songs peo­ple will know from the TV show. Laura’s cousin Shan­non says the win in­spired Un­cle Jed to write more.

“If any­thing, the cre­ative brakes were there more be­fore the show,” he says.

Shan­non’s brother Danny agreed: “We were all work­ing part-time jobs – it was some­thing we had to do to pay our bills,” he says.

“It’s been a re­lief to have the time to write new mu­sic.”

Danny, the band’s gui­tarist, says they will be us­ing this run of shows to road-test new ma­te­rial.

For the live show, the band in­ter­changes the line-up, adding to its num­ber and then strip­ping it back when nec­es­sary. Shan­non says it adds a cer­tain dy­namic to their live show.

He joked his cousin had be­come “a real princess” since the win.

“I was go­ing to say the same of you,” Laura laughed.

“It’s kind of cool to have peo­ple say ‘hi’ in the street,” she says.

“It’s nice when peo­ple after the show want to say hi or have us sign a CD.”

Un­cle Jed will re­lease recorded ma­te­rial soon and say they’ve been in dis­cus­sions with Sony Mu­sic.

Un­cle Jed play Cur­rumbin Creek Tav­ern to­mor­row night.

Un­cle Jed will be road-test­ing new ma­te­rial at Cur­rumbin Creek Tav­ern to­mor­row.

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