Swamp House News & Reviews

The Stag has Three cracker nights of original live music this weekend:

Friday, July 22nd – Will see Sydney/Wollongong’s mighty Leadfinger on stage for the Newcastle launch of their rocking new album ‘Friday Night Hereos’ 

Leadfinger mine the deep seam of rock’n’roll, back through the 70’s rock and punk era’s to the classic Stones and Dylan records of the 60’s and beyond. Their timeless songwriting and heart on sleeve delivery has won many them many fans since forming in 2007! Against the prevailing wisdom of musical narrow casting, Leadfinger straddle a bundle of styles with the nimble ease of a homespun visionary who correctly sees that ultimately it’s all one.

Special guests on the night will be Newcastle’s, Rangers Of The Universe.

Saturday, July 23rd – One our personal favourites, Newcastle locals The Hurricanes, with The Donkey Browns and making there debut The Not Nots. Head along and enjoy a night of local original live music!

The Hurricanes

Sunday, July 24th – Blues lovers we reckon this one will be a great way to finish the weekend, Melboure’s The Justin Yap Band will be rolling their “Sydney let love tour” into Newcastle 6.30pm kick off.

The Band is Justin Yap – Guitar, Nardia Brancatisano – Vocals, Ollie Rolfe – Keys, Ben Wicks – Bass Guitar and Cameron Smith – Drums

With their first album ‘Long Way From Home’ debuting at No. 3 on the Australian Blues Charts and remaining in the top 20 for four months, the Justin Yap Band plays a potent blend of Deep Blues, Sanctified Soul, and Down-Home Funk. Led by guitarist Justin Yap, the band delivers electrifying and dynamic performances, bringing out their chemistry and energy in full force at every show.

Justin’s reputation as a formidable guitarist in the Australian blues scene is growing. He has been cutting his teeth with bands in Malaysia and Australia, and is also currently a member of the Wayne Jury and The Accused. Relentlessly pushing himself on the guitar, Justin’s playing is both fiery and subtle drawing influences from music spanning across blues, jazz, funk, soul, and world music. On vocals is Nardia Brancatisano, a powerhouse singer who developed an early love for blues from her father, she approaches her craft with a combination of nuance and rawness making every note count. Completing the circle are the combined talents of Ollie Rolfe on Hammond Organ and keys who joined the band when he was only 15 and Ben Wicks (King Wolf, Wayne Jury and The Accused) on bass, the Justin Yap Band has a tight and exciting sound not to be missed.

Over the last 2 years the band have been playing in and around Victoria, with highlights including the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, Echuca Winter Blues Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Wagga Wagga Jazz and Blues Festival, and the Docklands Blues Music Festival. The JYB are about to release their second album ‘Let Love’, featuring a bigger focus on songwriting and the band stepping up to bring the chemistry of their live show into the studio