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From Latin folk to gypsy-swing, country-waltz, jazz and jump-blues, an eclectic mix of musical sounds and sights will spice-up Sydney Olympic Park’s Bicentennial Park every Sunday throughout May and early-June.
Starring six of Sydney’s most unique and upbeat acts, Strolling Strings and Other Things is a FREE series of roving music performances and part of this year’s Bicentennial Park 25th Anniversary celebrations.
The talented line-up of all-singing, all-grooving, strumming, bopping and busking musicians will rove the area around Village Green, Lake Belvedere and Lilies on the Park café at beautiful Bicentennial Park to perform live for audiences from 12noon-3pm.
Suitable for music-lovers of all ages, the FREE Strolling Strings and Other Things program will feature…
05 MAY Hollywood Honeys
VINTAGE JAZZ / SWING / BLUES / JUMP-BLUES: The music of the three red-hot dames, dressed head-to-toe in vintage, is inspired by the mid-century modern sounds of Etta James, Louis Prima Keely Smith, Peggy Lee and that dynamite jump-blues beat.
PROGRAM-CHANGE: TRIO GRANDE TO REPLACE PREVIOUSLY-ADVISED DANE LAYBORIE TRIO ON 12 MAY
12 MAY Trio Grande
JAZZ / SWING / POPULAR VOCAL HARMONY: With a dash of humour and the talents of Dan Barnett (vocals, trombone and percussion), George Washingmachine (vocals, fiddle, and percussion) and Chuck Morgan (vocals and guitar), Trio Grande takes its inspiration from great groups like the Bee Gees and the Andrews Sisters.
19 MAY George Washing Machine – Feel the Manouche
GYPSY-SWING / WORLD / JAZZ: Manouche is a term derived from the Romany gypsies of Europe and is otherwise known as gypsy jazz. Through its use of double bass, guitar, accordion and fiddle, the Feel the Manouche band plays a melodic groove that can take on gypsy waltzes, swing jazz, choro and many more world-music flavours.
26 MAY El Bello Sur
LATIN FOLK: Consisting of an accordionist, guitarist and talent percussionist, two of the band’s three members also sing traditional Cuban and South American tunes with a Spanish flavour that is sure to charm.
02 JUNE Andy Baylor Gypsy Billies
GYPSY-SWING / COUNTRY WALTZ / CAJUN TWO-STEPS / JAZZ: A master of roots music from blues to r’n’b, swing to jazz and country to cajun – the breadth of Andy Baylor’s musicality has no bounds.
09 JUNE Rusty Springs Synchopators
RUSTY BLUES / RUSTY RAGS / MANKY-JANKY JAZZ: Armed with hand-crafted instruments from their junkyard and channelling the energy of a forgotten American yesteryear, the ‘original’ Rusty Spring Syncopators band always beats-out a mean tune!
Declared open to the public in 1988 in commemoration of the Australian Bicentenary, Bicentennial Park is today the most popular parkland within Sydney Olympic Park, attracting millions of visitors in its 25 years of operation.
As part of the Bicentennial Park 25th Anniversary celebrations, the community is invited to share their memories of Bicentennial Park by submitting their favourite story, photo (or both!) for the chance to win prizes. The online public memories competition will run until 19 April 2013.
For more information about Bicentennial Park 25th Anniversary Celebrations – including FREE Strolling Strings and Other Things and the public memories competition – visit sydneyolympicpark.com/25, check-out the Sydney Olympic Park page on Facebook or call 02-9714-7888.
SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK WAS DECLARED A SUBURB BY THE NSW GEOGRAPHICAL NAMING BOARD IN 2009.
PLEASE DO NOT REFER TO SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK AS HOMEBUSH (which is a neighbouring suburb).