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Posted Monday, August 1, 2011
The Wheeze and Suck Band are a five piece group featuring guitars, mandolins, fiddle, melodeons, percussion and vocals, performing an exciting mix of traditional, contemporary and original 'roots' music.
These costumed mad hatters sing rousing sounds and soulful ballads in exquisite four part harmony and play high energy instrumental dance tuns which can often lead to audience participation and revelry.
Over the past ten years, the Wheezers have played in most major Folk Festivals and Folk clubs as well as weddings, corporate functions and special events. After much demand, in late 2005, the Wheezers released their fourth album Elsie Marley's Mates with two of the original songs featured on the album making the finals at the MUSICOZ song writing awards in 2004/2005. Similar overwhelming demand led to the release in September 2007 of their fifth album, Flash Lads, and of Wheeze 'n' Onion in 2010.
The Wheeze and Suck Band are, Ian 'The Pump' Macintosh, John 'Red Tips' Milce, Tony 'Pyro' Pyrzakowski, Geoff 'Woody' Woodhead and Nigel 'Muddy' Walters.
"A Wheeze and Suck performance is an experience not to be missed! Colourful costumes, heaps of audience participation, sporadic outbreaks of dancing, and the occasional foray into the audience mid-song marks a band who lives by its belief that their music is built around a shared experience with their growing legion of supporters."
We are singers and musicians, currently living near Swansea in South Wales, UK - in fact, we live in the Gower village of Llangennith, once home to the renowned source-singer Phil Tanner. We also write songs in the traditional style (new songs of old times), often drawing inspiration from historical tales of Swansea and Gower, their social history, industry and maritime traditions. Increasingly our songs are being taken up and recorded by other singers, which we take as a great compliment. Our own CDs appear under the name Crane Drivin' Music - the reason for this will become clear later (well, clearer than it is now, anyway!)
We sing mainly traditional-style songs either with or without concertina accompaniment. Also recently-composed songs which sound like they're traditional, some of which we write ourselves. Also some Music Hall songs, and . . . well, anything we like, really.
Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, upstairs, 79 Johnston St, Annandale - enquiries 9358 4886
(02) 9358 4886