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Backsliders with support Matt Katsis
February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slide Guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist, Dom Turner is the founding member of the group. Dom’s influences are many and varied – a blend of Mississippi hill country blues, delta blues, piedmont blues, rock, dub and sounds of Asia. Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of Australian music, has been with Backsliders for 16 years. As a founding member spending 25 years in Midnight Oil Rob’s work needs no explanation- he stands as one of the world’s great drummers.
Joining Dom and Rob some of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic harmonica players; the legendary Brod Smith (Dingoes, Brod Smith’s Big Combo), ARIA award winning harmonica genius Ian Collard (Collard, Greens & Gravy) as well as young prodigy, Joe Glover. The 3 blues-harp dynamos play alternate gigs, each blazing a trail to the raw energy of the Backsliders sound. It’s a furious ride – with Dom Turner and Rob Hirst doing their thing, setting the grooves and taking no prisoners, and Ian, Brod or Joe (you never know who you will get) firing-up the amps to fuel the maelstrom.
The seed was planted for Matt through family friends playing the acoustic guitar at family gatherings, and following those early years Matt Katsis has since emerged into an alternative singer-songwriter & guitarist with an individual edge.
After extensively touring over the past couple of years, Katsis shows no signs of slowing. Featuring a live sound with a “one-man-band” approach through use of percussive elements of the acoustic guitar, stomp box, tambourine and creating loop layers, this has seen Matt take to audiences far and wide with the ease and merit that parallel’s his music.