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Double Bill – ANN PALUMBO AND FRIENDS & KING CURLY // Live @ The Mechanic’s Institute, Lawson.

April 2, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm


In partnership with Great Southern Nights, The Friends of The Mechanic’s Institute proudly presents a double bill, featuring two incredible Blue Mountains acts, ANN PALUMBO & FRIENDS and KING CURLY. Whilst these two acts come from different musical backgrounds, this double-bill showcases spellbinding music and exquisite storytelling live on stage with two acts eager to tell their stories.

ANN PALUMBO AND FRIENDS & KING CURLY: LIVE @ THE MECHANIC’S INSTITUTE // Saturday, 2 April 2022 // Doors 6:30 pm // Tickets: $38 + bf

Location: The Mechanic’s Institute, Lawson. 284 Great Western Highway, Lawson.


With a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, Ann Palumbo has been in the process of recording her own original ideas and music based on observations of the human condition. Both serious and humorous, the challenge for Ann is to transpose music and stories for the music to make the stories come to life utilising a vast background of musical influences. She has played as many of the instruments as possible herself on the recording being a multi-instrumentalist – double bass/guitar/mandolin among others – and vocalist. However, she has been helped in this process by three fine musicians, two of whom make up the other two-thirds of Tres Amigas – Jane Andino piano and Inge Courtenay- Haentjes violin – with Ann. They have been gently travelling under this nom de plume for the last few years showcasing Latin/jazz and original compositions while also pursuing their own directions. Paul Laszlo’s double bass/banjo adds another dimension to the ensemble on occasion.

When Ann mentioned she was doing her own project, Jane, Inge and Paul were all very keen to support her both in the studio and in the live realisation of the material. They have played together under many guises – tango, jazz, French Cabaret, classical, folk and anything else which arises and this concert performance is a really exciting culmination of superb musicianship and long-term friendship.


Hailing from the Blue Mountains NSW, King Curly is the invention of local singer/songwriter Steve Appel – a long time enigma of original Australian music. Over 20 years this chiefly acoustic ensemble has been capturing the hearts of music lovers and some of the biggest names in the business while remaining virtually unknown to commercial airwaves. King Curly has toured by invitation with acts as diverse as k.d Lang, Paul Kelly and The Cat Empire throughout Australia, Europe and the US.

After a long absence from the stage, building alternative-design mud houses, Steve Appel has re-emerged to showcase this new material. A group of songs aptly named ‘Songs’, many written with his long-time friend and lyricist Daniel Creighton and recorded alongside musicians Steve Grieve (guitar) and Johnny Graffham (pedal steel).

Grieve first earned his reputation as a first-rate axeman playing the biker bars of Canberra in the 80s as ‘Steve Grieve and The Mourners’ and since then has toured with the likes of Christine Anu and Margaret Urlich. Johnny is a fine craftsman with his own line of guitars and along with fixing cars, and pretty much anything else, he is a respected pedal steel player working with luminaries such as Rob Hirst.

Appel is a true creative. His songs and his buildings are beautiful and relevant to the times.

“Tiny Tim meets the gritty storytelling of Lou Reed in songs that bring to life avenging zombies, ukulele bumblebees, possessed pianos and a certain air of quiet, smalltown romance, against an impossibly beautiful backdrop of chook-shed instrumentation”.

“…music is born of the desire to right wrongs and to punish evil. In that respect, his spiritual forefathers are Robin Hood, Batman, Moses etc. Medicine for all of us in a time when Evil is enjoying a stronger-than-usual stranglehold on the world.”


The Friends of the Mechanic’s Institute will offer a bar by donation on the night, and Red Pepper Catering will be on-site offering meals. The kitchen will open from 6:30 pm.

Date: Saturday, 2 April 2022.
Venue: The Mechanic’s Institute, Lawson. 284 Great Western Highway, Lawson.
Doors & Kitchen Open: 6:30 pm
Ann Palumbo & Friends: 8:00-9:15 pm
King Curly: 9:40-11:00 pm
Tickets: $38 (+ bf) ea

// Promotional support by Music in the Mountains //


April 2, 2022
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Friends of the Mechanics Institute Lawson Inc.


Mechanics Institute Lawson
284 Great Western Highway
Lawson (Enter near 18 Yileena Ave), NSW 2783 Australia
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