We’ve got two pairs of tickets for Wednesday night’s Ash Grunwald gig to give away, thanks to our pals at Dolittle.
For a chance to win, just email firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight tonight. Winner will be notified by email tomorrow morning.
& special guests
Upstairs @ Whelan’s, Aug 12, Doors 8pm
Tickets €12 plus booking fee from WAV Box-Office (Lo-Call 1890 200 078), City Discs, www.tickets.ie & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Grunwald has been deservedly credited with bringing blues and roots to a whole new generation. His latest album, Fish Out Of Water, is a genre defying record. Living in inner Melbourne and immersing himself in the city’s blues scene, he frequently attended blues jams. Music came to the fore in his life – performing in duos, playing solo and acoustic, and being ignored in the corners of restaurants.
Grunwald cultivated a touring circuit, all within two hours of home, and put together his first album, Introducing, leaning heavily on traditional blues. He joined the bill of numerous festivals, and began to embrace the nomadic touring lifestyle – surfing became a passion, and music offered the opportunity to tour all of Australia’s major coastal areas.
His next studio album in 2007, Give Signs, was even more adventurous and after its release Grunwald was sharing bills with legends such as James Brown and Bo Diddley.
Nominated three times for Australia’s ARIA Awards, and a swag of award wins including MBAS Blues Performer of the Year 2003 and Best Independent Blues and Roots Album at the prestigious AIR Awards, Ash has cemented his place at the forefront of modern blues.
With Fish out of Water, Grunwald and producer Countbounce (TZU beatmeister) have delivered an album of thumping beats and grooves mixed in with blues jams. The thrilling hybrid of styles captured on the album will delight fans of quality music, and cement Grunwald’s growing status as one of Australia’s most talented and exciting performers, a reputation that’s been building over the past four albums and countless shows on the road, and is now going global.