|Wed 3 Apr 2013, 8:00pm|
Following the announcement of his appearances on Byron Bay’s Bluesfest and the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Fremantle, Chugg Entertainment are thrilled to confirm that rock legend, Robert Plant, will also be performing a series of headline shows along with his band the Sensational Space Shifters.
Why is it that we’re still hanging on every word Robert Plant sings? Why are his recordings so eagerly anticipated over 40 years into his career in popular music? Two reasons stand out above all others…
First; his voice. Surely the predominant element in reaching listeners, in making a connection with each individual, is a compelling voice. Plant’s vocals are compelling in spades: the tone, capable of everything from heartbreaking tenderness to a trademark edginess, the phrasing that lends a distinct urgency, and, perhaps most importantly, the sense of poetry, of mystery.
The second reason for Plant’s enduring ability to draw us in is that through all these years, he’s remained curious – really curious. Not content to reconstruct one of the most successful bands in the history of rock or even to stay with a particular sound for too long, Plant seems to have an unquenchable thirst for music that moves him – whether it is to be found in Northern Africa or deepest Appalachia.
The Sensational Space Shifters are his latest project, a loose band "inspired by the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton and drawing on influences collected in a lifetime of meander and journeying." Along-side Robert are his semi-regular guitarist Justin Adams and JuldehCamara from Gambia, Justin's Ritti - playing partner in their duo Juju.
Exciting audiences around the world, he presents songs from his early days in Led Zeppelin to his more recent adventures in the heart land of the US, in dizzy collisions of rhythm and power. His current companions have created a performance that digs deep into the roots of the blues, turning ancient, dark music that inspired so much of British and American rock on its heard. He mixes crazy trans-rhythms and psychedelic to create a powerful and unique adventure.
Robert Plant - vocals, harmonica
JuldehCamara- ritti (one-stringed African Violin), kologo (African Banjo), talking drum, vocals.
Justin Adams - guitar, bendir, vocals
John Baggott - keyboards
Liam "Skin" Tyson - guitar, vocals
Dave Smith - drums and percussion
Billy Fuller - bass guitar, vocals
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