The Black Sorrows have well and truly earned their reputation as a dynamic live act. There’s a level of accessibility to them that appeals to both die-hard and new fans.
At the helm, Joe Camilleri steers the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even ‘Brill Building’ pop. Forget set lists – a Black Sorrows gig is spontaneous and emotionally driven, ensuring that no two performances are ever the same. Camilleri’s mantra is simple “we come to play and leave the audience feeling exhilarated”.
In 2014 Camilleri celebrated 50 years in the music business. The release of the highly acclaimed album Certified Blue added to the celebrations by giving him his first mainstream chart appearance in almost a decade.
Certified Blue peaked at #2 in the ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart and remained in the chart for over 40 weeks. In 2015, the band toured Scandinavia for the first time in 20 years, in support of the release of ARIA nominated album Endless Sleep.
The tour was so successful that Europe is now permanently on their touring agenda.
The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands and a festival favourite. Membership has always been loose and fluid, with Camilleri being the only constant. In keeping with Joe’s desire to continually move forward, the latest incarnation of The Black Sorrows is – Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray (bass/vocals), John McAll (keyboards/vocals) and Angus Burchall (drums).
Don’t miss this incredible band live at the Fly By Night Club, on 22 July.
Tickets $43.50 via http://www.flybynight.org