What a finale for the last night of Oz Manouche 2014!!
Kicking the night off in style was a great set by Ultrafox from Melbourne. Featuring two guitars, double bass and clarinet, the band seamlessly maintained the high standard that had been established over the previous 3 days of the festival. Peter Baylor, who formed Ultrafox in 2008, led the way with his crisp and cruisy guitar work and a sweet vocal style that wa…s reminiscent of the late Aussie great, Smacka Fitzgibbon.
Taking out the night and ensuring that Oz Manouche 2014 finished with a smile on its face, was George Washingmachine’s ‘Feel the Manouche’.
The band was led by George, under his cool Jazzer’s trilby, with his flawless violin and vocals. At his side was Clare O’Meara, and her sparkling accordion, vocals and second fiddle. Driving the gypsy jazz vibe on guitar, were George’s two sons, Arthur and Jerry Washington. Holding it all together was George’s ‘brother from another mother’, Stan Valacos on double bass. A brilliant set.
Thanks to both bands and to all performers and attendees who made the festival an unqualified success. You left us all salivating over next year’s 10th Anniversary.”