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The catholics


The catholics

  • Date: Friday, 3 November 2017, 8:30pm
  • Venue: Foundry616 — 616 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW
  • Tickets: General: $26.50 | Concession: $21.50 | Drinks/Dinner and show: $44.50 - $72.50 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

"A jaunty juggernaut whose free-wheeling stylistic compass variously suggests James Brown, Carla Bley, Tower of Power and Charlie Mingus" JAZZ TIMES (USA).

The joyous celebration of jazz and life that is Lloyd Swanton’s distinctive long-running septet, The catholics, returns to Foundry616 for their second performance at the club this year, promising more tasty modern jazz that swings.

The catholics is a star-studded jazz ensemble with over 25 years at the forefront of Australian music. Their unique formula of tough jazz blowing over scintillating world beat grooves never fails to delight their fans.

Throughout The catholics’ beautifully crafted and instantly accessible pieces runs a strong, seductive dance strain found in the band’s various African, Caribbean, Latin and Eastern influences.

The catchy blend of pop music, melding with infectious world dance rhythms and indisputably authoritative jazz-ability, has created a rare thing indeed- a sound with an instant appeal, physical excitement, passion, and critical credibility – as demonstrated by The catholics often sold-out gigs, huge fan base, several outstanding recordings and numerous Mo and ARIA Awards.

Since releasing the stunning 2013 studio album, Yonder, their first recording to feature new member Gary Daley, on piano accordion, the band has celebrated exciting new sonic directions, while staying true to the much-loved and acclaimed music the septet is renowned for. Gary’s rich tones on the accordion add fresh dimensions so new and long-time listeners alike will be drawn in.

Reviewing the catholics’ performance at Foundry616 in December 2016, John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald) stated:

"More telling than any individual performance was the abiding sense of the band having a collective heart as big as a house. And it was this heart that was having the dialogue with the audience."

So whether you are a long term fan or new to this supergroup, come along and enjoy the joyous celebration of stories and music that these seven musicians irresistibly convey from the stage.

"Its infectious appeal is surely universal" - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.


Lloyd Swanton – bass
Gary Daley – piano accordion, melodica
Sandy Evans – saxophones
Alex Silver – trombone
Fabian Hevia – percussion
Jon Pease – guitar
Nic Cecire – drums


General -- $26.50 incl booking fee
Dinner & Show -- $56.50 incl booking fee
Premium Dinner & Show -- $69.50 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show -- $44.50 incl booking fee
Concession -- $21.50 incl booking fee

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9211 9442 or by email to foundry616@gmail.com

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