Since Aug 31, 2017
|Bio|| Stomperoo is a folk/blues/jazz musician singing songs which amuse, satirize, inform and stimulate. Stomperoo’s pedigree is impressive, having studied with Ike Isaacs (Stephane Grapelli’s guitarist), Tommy Emmanuel, worked with Larry Muhoberac (Elvis Presley’s pianist) for two years, Long Way To The Top, Col Joye and Normie Rowe as a sideman, as well as working in music theatre orchestras with conductor Dobbs Franks (New York).
The influence is Arlo Guthrie, Mose Allison and Georgie Fame. Solo it’s beautiful blue jazz baritone hybrid guitar and voice. As a trio Stomperoo is guitar, drums and tenor sax. It weaves itself between blues, roots, folk, spoken word, standup comedy and jazz.
\"I got into ukulele as a kid then into guitar, and met the unlikely named Chris Christofferson at high school, who was a musical genius from Utah. On one day in 1970 at age 13 he played me “Purple Haze” on a Stratocaster, “Sunshine Of Your Love” on the drumkit, “Martha My Dear” on the piano and blasted me with “In A Gadda Da Vida” on the biggest stereo I’d ever seen. It was a religious experience. Most of my family told me becoming a musician was a waste of time…so I went for it. I\'ve done everything...backed up Elvis impersonators, jugglers, comedians, strippers...a guy in a tux who cut his wife in half onstage with a chainsaw. Then I decided to quit that scene and get into the music I love…blue jazz.\"
Stomperoo sings blues songs with a difference, about architecture, traffic and crop rotation. Why?
\"Nobody else does, and the subject matter isn\'t marginal, like a lot of folkloric blues. Example: \'...my baby left me, so I shot her.\' We don\'t live in that society...yet. I don’t want to glorify that stuff. So I write about things that are relevant to my life in Australia, you know…depression, terrorism, junk food, politics and so on. I\'m trying to get a reaction.”
\"Does it work?
\"What about love songs?
\"Why reinvent the wheel? Leave that to the romantics. And there\'s no fun in it. In the end, love songs get mouldy unless you’re Joni Mitchell.\"
Was he pulling my chain?
\"Come to the show. Then you\'ll understand. Stomperoo is my attempt to crossover on blues, jazz and folk...to a listening audience. And if it\'s possible at all, I\'m an optimistic cynic. I\'m playing a custom-made baritone hybrid guitar. The sounds I’m trying to emulate here are Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report, Joni Mitchell) and up higher I hope I sound like Jimmy Vaughan (Stevie Ray’s brother), Wes Montgomery and Clarence Gatemouth Brown.
“I write about social issues; our beautiful country, the environment and the greed that threatens to destroy it. With humour I hope. And some personal things that perhaps others can relate to. I hope you like it anyway.”
Stomperoo performs with Jack Du Voisin on sax, and occasionally with Jim Toomey from The Tourists (Annie Lennox Band) on drums and has a CD release: “Thinking Man\'s Blues”, at stomperoo.com.