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Sat 13 Apr 2013, 7:30pm–11:00pm

Where: Cat and Fiddle Hotel, 456 Darling Street, Balmain, New South Wales

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Concession: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: b161

Telegraph Tower
Folk acoustic singer songer writer and cello duo

This mercurial project emerged tentatively over 2011/12 amid home rehearsals and the careful working out of arrangements for some delicate songs. These compositions are slight but elusive morsels in their nods towards artists as wilful as Scott Walker, Jimmie Spheeris, Tim Hardin, Ryan Adams, Syd Barrett and Bert Sommer. The ostensible simplicity of them is met by some curiously obtuse lyrics and the odd peculiar melodic turn. At times it may all seem rather ambiguous or even a little antiquated, but the intention is simply to put forward the songwriting and poetry of Mr Smith, and the sophisticated and innovative instrumental contributions of Mr Downes.

Gypsy Dub Sound System
Extreme Instrumentalism meets cutting edge electronic manipulation.

From the streets of Barcelona and Paris to warehouse parties in Sydney and Melbourne, to residencies at The Famous Spiegeltent, to headlining at festivals such as the Sydney Festival and Woodford to the Sydney Opera House the members of GDSS play with passion and humour, bending genres to breaking point then snapping into rip-snorting rendintions of classic and surprising tunes played with virtuosic precision, but never sight of the mission - fun, beauty and danceable mayhem. Featuring members of Waiting for Guinness, Arabesque, Los Monos Flamenco and King Tide.


The group bring you into their worlds through inventive improvisations and evocative soundscapes. In 2011 they launched their debut album New Common Sense which received some great reviews and gained widespread recognition across the ABC and community radio. They also received a three and a half star review from national newspaper, The Australian. Since the album release they have played at a wide variety of venues and festivals throughout NSW including a live to air for Eastside Radio at Venue 505, the Gaelic Club and the Occupy Sydney Anniversary in Martin Place.

"Jazz, folk, Irish, gypsy, Latin and Afro vibes are all fused delicately but precisely to create an eclectic mix that somehow blend magnificently into a cohesive new sound." - East Side Radio 89.7FM.