Certain movers and shakers do just that to ensure that their world flows in the right direction. The Northern Illawarra has a vibrant arts community which resonates to West-African beat of Damion Stirling’s djembe, which can be found in several bands including Swamp n Beats, Beatmeisters and Swing Booty.
“Music is a diverse industry and had the opportunity to explore many aspects of it.” said Damion. “I’ve been into African drumming for over 15 years – it’s something that I stumbled upon at Woodford Folk Festival. When I came back to Wollongong I was fortunate to find some classes and it’s really kicked on since then.”
“This Saturday is our second year of ‘Sol Sounds of Summer’ – it’s not just a standard kind of gig. We’re going to have two stages running, alternating between bands and solo acts – the idea is to have a really open, fun, friendly family sort of time.”
Swing Booty + Chris Shermer + Beatmeisters + Red Whyte + Calypso Toad + Mark Stor at The Bombie Bar – Saturday 1st December from 5pm
Swing Booty is spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Abbe Spencer & Kenny Bartley. Abbe plays percussion and sings with a passionate funky touch. Kenny provides the lead guitar and vocals. Damo Stirling on Congas & Djembe gets your Booty Bounc’n with crazy jungle rhythms as well as bringing deep baritone backups. Al Yorke on drums drives the tempo and keeps The Booty together… although he’s really in the band for his smooth kazoo! Tim Dennis gets you moving with his phat bass grooving and Marcello’s nimble keys keeps everyone pleased.
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