Cheese Factory Studio Gallery, Sat Feb 28
We head away from the turbo-charged city for what has all the feel of a community event in Meadows. The Cheese Factory is a converted art studio and gallery with two bars and an intimate performance space. In the foyer some of the art work is available for sale along with CDs of the performing artists, as well as some recorded on the premises.
Proceedings commence with the crazy gypsy music of Golonka, tonight featuring stand-in violinist Emma Woolcock. Their songs are mainly instrumental pieces, some original, some from a forest somewhere deep in ancient Europe, but they still manage to convey lashings of humour and are always a pleasure to watch.
Golonka leave the stage, but not the hard-working Emma Woolcock, whose job now is to fiddle away for Acoustic Odyssey, featuring some stirring instrumental music composed by guitarist Joshua Tsounis and Cello/bassist Stephan Richter. They jokingly describe their music as heavy metal acoustic Greek music with Latin and Celtic overtones, but with added percussion and wind instruments their music touches on many styles we have come to describe as world music.
Both of these bands have performed at WOMADelaide previously, and this is feeling like a worthy warm-up for that festival next weekend.
In keeping with this theme there is an interval where men in face paint calling themselves The Nobodies sit around in the outdoor amphitheatre providing a rhythmical drum accompaniment to two men who perform spectacular fire-eating and flame-tossing acrobatics.
Then back inside for some fiery straight-ahead blues from the Blue Katz. This trio of Steve Gower, Stuart Day and Mark Meyer soon have the dance floor coming to life to bring the evening to a scorching close. Apparently they hold this event every year at the Cheese Factory. Mark it in the calendar now for next year for a night of excellent South Australian music at a fabulous venue.