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