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Three Hand Beat Bandits and Soular Spill

November 14, 2020 @ 6:40 pm - 10:15 pm


THREE HANDED BEAT BANDTS & SOULAR SPILL // Saturday November 14, 2020 // Doors open 6:40pm // The Mechanic’s Institute, Lawson

Starting out as a jazz duo 5 years ago with just stripped back double bass and strong vocal harmonies at its core, Soular Spill, an evolving musical collective, has grown into a band comprising of all Blue Mountains based musicians. Each member contributes their own unique flavour, drawing on a rich tapestry of musical experience, and blends this into a warm folky sound that resounds with soul. With Lawson local Sarah Jane Spillane up front on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Skye Evans on the double bass and vocal harmonies, Colin Day on lead guitar with an array of effects, with either Frank Corby or Matt Skeleton laying down the beats on drums, Soular Spill creates a vibe that you can lean into. This music is soothing to listen to.

…undoubtedly the best three-handed big band in the world today. Made up of the two-handed, John Stuart, and the single­-handed, Neill Duncan – between them they play guitar, bass, congas, drums and saxophone, all at the same time. Megaphone vocals included, this beat combo swing their listeners through a kaleidoscope of musical styles, including reggae, ska, calypso, funk, swing, and a little klezmer thrown in for good measure. Beautiful to the ear. Great for the feet.

Neill Duncan is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and eccentric musical exports. His natural talent was almost cut short in 2016 when he lost his left arm to cancer. Proving you can’t keep a great musician quiet, Neill now plays a bespoke, one-handed tenor saxophone, designed and built in Amsterdam. As if that weren’t impressive enough, he also plays an adapted drum kit, a megaphone, and a few additional weird and wonderful instruments that thrill crowds Australia-wide.

John Stuart is a master of the seven­-string guitar. That one extra string lets John cover the bass lines as well as the chords that accompany the Bandit’s wide repertoire. At any given time, you can see John switching between driving bass lines and sparkling melodies. Not to be outdone by his single-handed collaborator, John also adds dynamic South American rhythms to the mix with mighty conga playing that get every crowd up and jumping.

Doors Open: 6:40 pm
Soular Spill: 7:00-8:00 pm
Three Handed Beat Bandits: 8:15-9:00 pm
Three Handed Beat Bandites + Guests: 9:15-10 pm

Admission: Show Only $30 + booking fee
Book Now – https://www.trybooking.com/BMETK

The Mechanics Institute’s newly refurbished back room opens at 5.30 pm for food & refreshments courtesy of ‘Redpepper Catering’ (not included in the ticket price). Liquor will also be available by donation.

This event is part of ‘Great Southern Nights’ Series and was made possible with financial assistance from the NSW Government, Destinations NSW and ARIA. In addition, our public venue, The Mechanics Institute, is sponsored by a donation from our local Katoomba Bendigo Bank branch.


November 14, 2020
6:40 pm - 10:15 pm
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Mechanics Institute Lawson
284 Great Western Highway
Lawson (Enter near 18 Yileena Ave), NSW 2783 Australia
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Friends of the Mechanics Institute Lawson Inc.

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