Camille and Stuie Friday 1st April arrive 7pm for 8pm start
performance & Interview
My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
Root Notes is your chance to hear the stories behind the artists.
Presented by our award-winning MC Luke Escombe, each show features spellbinding live performances accompanied by an onstage interview with the headline act. Candid, funny and revealing, these interviews lay bare the depth of life experience and emotion packed into every song, every lyric, every note
Luke Escombe MC.Root Notes interview with Camille and Stuie French. The last show was a huge success. Thank you all for coming along & supporting the very first ''Root notes'' night. Next Root notes show is on Friday 01/04/2016
When Tasmanian guitar wiz Stuie French was touring Australia with Merle Haggard in 1996 did he see a sign foretelling that in years to come he would fall in love with a Maori woman who sang like an angel and they would end up making beautiful music, and a family, together?
When Camille Te Nahu arrived in Australia in 1999 her vocal talents were immediately recognised by Kasey Chambers and Beccy Cole who employed her as their backing singer both on the road and in the studio. Over the years, Camille and Stuie released their own albums – Stuie with the Feral Swing Katz (Come out Swingin’, Feral Swing Katz with Peter Busher and Round 4) and Camille’s solo album (Camille Te Nahu), and their paths would often cross as they both toured with Australian country stars (Troy Cassar Daly and Gina Jeffreys). But it wasn’t until 2002 when their stars aligned and they fell in love. More.....
Luke Escombe is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and comedian; creator of the award-winning shows “Chronic Symphonic” and “The Vegetable Plot” and the owner of “Sydney’s sexiest man voice”.
Luke was born in London into a musical dynasty. His father Alan was a successful rock musician in the 60's before moving behind the scenes of the industry in the 70s to join rock and roll freight company “Rock-it Cargo”. This enabled Luke to receive an incredible music education, watching shows by legendary artists like Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and The Stones while he was just a boy.
Luke moved to Sydney in his 20s, releasing his first album as a solo artist in 2008. Entitled "Golden Ages", it was a folky, mostly acoustic collection of personal songs inspired by the music of Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan. But it was his second album - "Mantown" - where he found his true voice; returning to the blues, soul and rock music he'd loved in his youth, plugging in his guitar and turning up the volume. "Mantown" spent nine straight months in the top ten of the Australian Blues and Roots charts and spawned two unforgettable music videos for singles "Drop tha Bomb" and "iMan".
In 2011, after a long period away from music due to a chronic illness, Luke wrote and starred in a one-man musical comedy show called "Chronic", inspired by his experiences as a patient in the Australian healthcare system. The show received rave reviews and went on to comedy and fringe festivals around the country, even taking him overseas to the Edinburgh Fringe. Parts of the show were televised on ABC TV in Australia and this led to Luke being asked to perform at Parliament House in Canberra and at the New Zealand National Museum in Wellington, and resulted in him becoming an ambassador for the charity Crohn's and Colitis Australia and an in-demand keynote speaker and entertainer at health industry events.
In 2014, after a successful crowdfunding campaign, Luke released the live DVD "Chronic Symphonic" - an expanded version of his one man show performed with an 8-piece band and a string section - plus another live album - "Live on the Coast", showcasing his 4-piece live band "Luke Escombe and the Corporation".
Writing about these releases in the Sydney Morning Herald reviewer John Shand wrote: “Luke Escombe is funny and brave, a showman and an artist, a brilliantly engaging lyricist, expert tunesmith, fine guitarist and exceptional singer. Seldom is such sophistication wrapped in a coating of such overt fun. Buy both. Hear him”
Luke's latest EP "Creeper Vine" was recorded at Vienna People Studios in Sydney and features his long-time collaborators Aaron Flower on guitar and Jamie Cameron on drums, as well as legendary Australian rock-soul bassist Harry Brus. The songs proudly wear the influence of classic rock and roll artists like Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones but combine them with a lyrical sharpness and urgency that speaks directly about life in the 21st century.
Luke lives on Sydney's northern beaches with his wife and son. Becoming a Dad a couple of years ago has inspired him to write a brand new "roots musical" show for kids and families called The Vegetable Plot, which won the award for Best Kid's show at the 2014 Sydney Fringe. He works full time as a musician, writer, MC and speaker, making full use of the deep, distinctive voice that was voted "Sydney's sexiest" in a commercial radio station poll a few years ago.