LUCKY Oceans is back in Fremantle for a series of spectacular summer gigs beside the Indian Ocean.
The veteran roots musician is raring to go after recording an album of Hank Williams’ songs with a who’s who of artists including Paul Kelly, Tex Perkins, and Kasey and Bill Chambers.
Oceans will be supported by a bevy of local musicians as he plays every Wednesday night for six weeks at Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach.
December 11 will feature award-winning playwright David Milroy and his Wilarra band, with Oceans playing pedal steel guitar and Lauralee Faith on vocals.
Milroy directed and wrote the screenplay and music for Waltzing the Wilarra, a toe-tapping musical with satirical bite. It’s set in the Coolbaroo Club, an Aboriginal dance club in the 1950s, when indigenous people weren’t allowed in the centre of Perth after dark.
Oceans and Milroy will be joined by the mysterious Mr Crowbones band.
“Playing old blues with their old hands, on their old instruments, with stories to accompany the songs. Some of the stories will even be true,” Oceans says.
On December 18 he’ll joined by Adam Gare for something of a Nansing Quartet reunion, a show that sold out last year.
Adding some Christmas cheer is the Friday Hawaiian sundowner on December 20, when Howie Morgan, Sam and Lucy Lemann, and Alistair Peel join Oceans by the Indian Ocean.
Jeff Lang brings things to a close with some rocking roots, folk and blues on January 15.
“He [Lang] is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist,” John Butler said.
“He has been inspirational to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artist.”
The gigs will be held on Kidogo’s refurbished deck (weather permitting). In the new year Oceans is touring New South Wales before heading to America to record another album in February/March, but is looking to hold a couple more Wednesday gigs at Kidogo before winter. Lucky by the Ocean is on Wednesdays 7pm until January 15.
By JENNY D’ANGER