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We played a really lovely gig this evening at Old Parliament House. We were booked by DEEWR for a cocktail reception in the Members Dining Room - Peter & his bass are on sabbatical in Queensland, but we pulled a few strings, and the fabulous Doug Luke stepped into the breach on guitar. The different ensemble let us mix it up a bit and James had a great time letting his left hand loose on the bass lines for once (usually he only needs it to change light bulbs) while Doug gave us some gorgeous solos and Sarah tried out some new scat. We had included Jobim's Wave in the set list specifically for Doug's nifty chord progressions, and were rewarded when the organiser told us the Brazilian ambassador had thanked her for the Brazilian music and how well it was performed. The gig was a short one - only 90 minutes - but we really enjoyed ourselves, and we think the audience did too (especially the lady waving napkins in time to the music!)
While we're not ruling out any last minute gigs should they be offered, the next few weeks will be taken up a bit by our commitments with the Spectrum Big Band, with the Battle of the Bands (Spectrum vs Blamey Street) on 8 August at the Albert Hall; Bob's Birthday Bash on 16 August, and a big weekend at the end of August with appearances at Miss Kitka's House of Burlesque on the 29th and then at the Folkus Room in Mawson on 30th. FAQ will be a supporting act at the Folkus and it's a very family friendly Saturday afternoon gig, so if you've been wondering where to park the kids so you could come and hear us, bring them instead, and catch both bands together!