On The Road... News from Bek-Jean
Out of the Blue and Into the Now
Munching on Sarah's delicious felafels, and catching up with old friends and new, the gathered audience settled back to hear Bek-Jean present a stripped back performance of some of her classics, some works from her current release, Amos v Ann, and some teasers from her album currently being produced, Records are Written in the Bones.
Joining her on the night was Writer, Lynda Sampson, who presented two poems around the timely theme of the plight of humanity at the hands of the free market, and Tom Richter, who accompanied Bek-Jean on slide guitar and banjo.
The event was the first performance in the gorgeous little old Tin Shed, situated behind Homegrown Cafe at Palmwoods. The tiny, but quaint shed, used as a coffee roasting house, looks set to be a wonderful small audience venue, and one to which Bek-Jean is sure to return.
Bison Bar a Beauty!
Slugged 'em in Sydney!
May 29, 2015
Bek Jean begins work on 'Records are written in the bones'
The Sydney Show was a successful night, and launched Amos v Ann to a large and appreciative audience.
The Django Bar in Marrickville is a really funky venue, the sound system was top notch, and the crowd combined old and new faces; some who remembered Bek-Jean from her Eva Trout days, and those who were curious to hear what the fuss was about.
The audience was hushed, listening intently to the music.
It was Bek-Jean's first time performing in Sydney for over four years, and she said she felt like she had really 'come home' to a comfortable, warm and familiar, space. Even her old Sydney band members were there to help cheer her on.
Bek-Jean will return to Sydney in November - stay tuned to the website for further details!
The rain pattered down outside, but everyone who was snuggled into the art deco splendour of Nambour's lush Bison Bar couldn't have cared less.
A full house lapped up Bek-Jean's beautiful music, and helped her to celebrate the launch of Amos v Ann on the Sunshine Coast - Bek-Jean's new home.
The was an extra special night for Bek-Jean because the show featured almost the entire band who played on Amos v Ann, joineng her as guests onstage.
Playing with her on this night were: Greta Kelly; Luke Sampson Searle, Dan Lyons, Jacinta Foale and special guest on drums was Leon Tussie, who was outstanding in his feel for the music. Also joining Bek-Jean was her best mate and 'partner in crime' Grant Shanahan, who travelled up from Sydney to play.
Bek-Jean will travel to Leisure Suit Studios to work with long time collaborator, Grant Shanahan, on the production of her next album, Records are Written in the Bones, a stripped back, edgy album that follows on closely from Bek-Jean's soon to be released, Amos v Ann.
Her musical journey is one of the joys of her life , and her collaboration with Shanahan on the production of her albums has been a mainstay of her recording life.
Bek-Jean and Grant began their long and fruitful partnership many years ago when they formed the popular Sydney band, Eva Trout, in 1994. This successful band, which spawned five albums and has led to solo careers for both of them, resonates in Bek-Jean's current work.
'Bones' is due for release next year.
Stunned Audiences Lap up Bek-Jean's Luscious Tunes
29 August 2014 - Maleny
'A Cracking Show!' was the resounding opinion following Bek-Jean's slay-them-in-the-aisles success at the Maleny Music Festival in August. You could have heard a pin drop when Bek-Jean stunned audiences into wrapt silence.
Accompanying Bek-Jean was Jacinta Foale on piano, who will provide the mainstay of the melodic rhythm section on the forthcoming Amos v Ann album, due out in May 2015.
She was warmly joined by Greta Kelly from Mzaza, who accompanied Bek-Jean and Jacinta on the sha keman. Greta also brings the sounds of this beautiful instrument to the haunting sounds of Amos v Ann.
Bek-Jean described the gig as 'knockout': "One of the most intimate gigs I have ever played - even though it was a large venue, it had great acoustics, and this was just a memorable event."
Amos v Ann Launch comes closer
Bek-Jean is almost ready to launch this incredibly beautiful album that tells the story of a family and its disintegration, in edgy, dark and graphic lyrics, and an achingly beautiful soundtrak.
If you haven't yet placed an order then you better be damn well quick. The album is going to sell like hot cakes and the launch is gonna be like the best party you ever friggin well went to.
Bek Jean appears at UPFRONT CLUB
15 May 2014 - Maleny
Bek-Jean performed before a large and appreciative audience on May 15 as part of the launch of IDAHO. She was absolutely amazing, as always, and everyone is now hanging out to get their own copy of Bek-jean's album Amos v. Ann.
So Beej had this amazing performance at the Upfront Club which is a garoovy little venue in the heart of funky Maleny, if you have the inkling to go out and see some cool music.
So anyway, she played her music and the place was hopping... it was great to hear it all again, and as well she sang some new stuff from Amos v Ann, which loads of people are waiting to get their hands on.
The Upfront club is a nicely intimate venue, which Beej loves to play, because she is very engaging with the audience and they all go home thinking she has just told them her own personal secret of life, the universe and everything, and all the girls that love girls in the audience are convinced she's singled them out and she's in love with them...
So next time Beej is playing at the Upfront Club you better get your butt into gear and get along there, right?