Band/ Duo biographies
Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts – Mama Juju, Vicky Velour and Connie Di Dato -ukuleles, blues harp, guitars, flute and U’bass, with Trish “Rock”well on congas, washboard, cajon or drum kit. Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts embrace their inner girl power with quirky songs, big personalities and sweet harmonies. They have a sound that is uniquely their own, easily sliding across the genres from jazz to blues to folk. For more info- Mama Juju and The Jam Tarts website Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts have played at festivals, private functions clubs and pubs and have also run ukulele workshops and jams for both kids and adults at Festivals. Past gigs- St Patricks day 2016 Dublin Docks Gold Coast, Queen St Mall, Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Redfest, Wintermoon Festival, Illuminations Festival, Spruke- Brisbane Ukulele Festival, Coast Acoustics Festival and Folk Redlands Ukulele Convention.
Sideshow Cello – Combining vocals, guitar, bass, ukulele and cello with touches of blues harp. Grunge meets folk, East meets West, this is a music mix of folk, alt country and blues. What Pat says- “A chick who can belt out a tune like its her last rights on a gateway to fire and sour whiskey.” What Juju says- “Pat rocks the cello enough to make Johann Sebastian Bach want to rise from the dead and join the jam.” This new collaboration made their performance debut in March 2016 at The Cardigan Bar Sandgate.
Mama Juju & Chuck E (Jazz Blues duo)- With a powerful set of pipes Juju can holler the blues and play a mean harmonica. But she can also sing it sweet and pluck a jazz tune on a ukulele or a guitar. Joined by Chuck E on guitar, she puts her own stamp on Jazz, Americana and Blues as well as performing her own songs within this genre. Other musicians such as bass, drums or keys can be added on request. Past gigs at Wintermoon Festival, Centenary Rocks festival, Hampton Food and Art Festival, Bon Amicis Wine Bar and Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club.
Thornlands– Click here to watch Thornlands Live A band of Celtic infused Minstrels from Brisbane, The Whitsundays and Tassie. Performing their songs of drinking, loving, sailing and dying at music festivals around Australia, various functions and Irish pubs since 2000. Original and traditional folk interwoven with contemporary. Great harmonies backed by flute, piccolo, guitar and a solid driving rythym section. Performances- weddings, corporate functions, numerous St Patricks Days at Dublin Docks Gold Coast, Dicey Riley’s Cleveland and Mt Gravatt,Gilhooleys, PJ O’Brien’s and Dooleys Irish pubs Brisbane. A residency at PJ O’Briens.Festivals- Woodford Folk Festival, Wintermoon Festival Mackay, Cygnet Festival (TAS) and Tamar Valley Festival (TAS).
Mama Juju- Testimonials and Reviews :
“Thankyou for your wonderful entertainment at Greenslopes Community Service Awards. …. your tasteful jazzy style of music complemented the morning’s activities perfectly”– Cameron Dick- Minister for Education & Industrial Relations 2011.
“The self-titled debut album by Mama Juju & Sugar Cane Slim is an absolute blast. Slim demonstrates his immaculate blues/jazz/ragtime guitar chops. Juju slides effortlessly from 1930s blues mama (He May Be Your Man) to the Western Swing sound of Sweetheart, the (multitracked) Andrews Sisters style harmonies of Undecided (originally sung in the 1950s by the Ames Brothers), the bad girl growl of Bad Attitude and Big Bad Handsome Man, and the piece de resistance, is a sexy as all get out version of the late lamented Kirsty MacColl’s In These Shoes. In short, this is a fabulous album, superbly recorded, and the album concept and artwork is just divine! It’s got the look of those big round black vinyl objects that we used to call LPs, magically reduced to CD package proportions” – CD review- Ian Dearden The Folk Rag
“Mama Juju rank amongst my top preferred Brisbane performers and their CD is currently my home favourite. My reasons are, this hot duo have all the right elements to bring home great Jazz/Blues music. Together they have a Bonnie and Clyde essence which is enchanting. They both have abilities plus. Slim cuts a fine figure in his hat and suit. He is a top notch guitarist in the finger picking style which I rarely see but which adds a distinctive and enviable edge to guitar playing. Juju is Vaudeville sexy and so are the steamy songs. She not only has a tremendous voice but a capacity to work the edges of her upper and lower voice range. She can take it higher and sing it sweet or she can gravel it.”- M.B
Achievements: Album released 2012, Finalist-2012 Wintermoon Songwriting Competition with “Red Tattoo” , Jingle for Flora health foods played on TVSN channel.
Past performances various lineups : Cygnet Festival (TAS), Tamar Valley Festival (TAS), Melbourne Ukulele festival, Queen St Mall main stage, Spruke- Brisbane Ukulele Festival, Melbourne Ukulele Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Neurum Creek Festival, Pioneer Heritage Festival Laidley, Centenary Rocks Festival, Coast Acoustics Festival, Redfest, Fete De La Musique, Up Front Club Maleny, The Old Museum, Redlands Art Gallery, Inspire Gallery Bar, Music Kafe, Jazz Cat Restaurant Paddington, West End Twilight Markets, Jaz Bar Restaurant, RedHill Folk Club, The BUg (Brisbane Unplugged), Folk Redlands, Tweed Valley jazz Club, Burringbar Sports Club, Centenary Folk Club, Coorparoo Bowls Club, Holland Park Bowls Club, The Palace Hotel.
Influences: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, Eva Cassidy, Aretha Franklin, Big Mama Thornton, Joni Mitchell