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On Wednesday night the Lamplights’ won three awards at the Australian Songwriters Awards. This is a first in 31 years. They won Best Acoustic/Folk song, Best Children’s Song for The Hopping Mouse and also Best Live Show. So expect them to be in good form tonight!

Their profile has risen steadily since their formation at the end of 2009. The trio believe that great music is great music, no matter what the genre, and this is reflected in their energetic performances. Ryan Gittoes (vocals), Jason McGregor (guitar) and Ashley Perrow (acoustic lap slide guitar) demonstrate an honest belief that quality songs form foundations for quality performances. The Lamplights generate an eclectic mix of music with a truly unique sound. They’re laid back but full of energy, familiar but innovative, folky but funky.

The Lamplights deliver a wide range of genres, sometimes sounding similar to Matchbox Twenty in one song and then delivering a folk pop number that would have Django Reinhardt tapping his patent leather shoes in the next. Providing lead vocals is Ryan Gittoes, one of Queensland’s great frontmen and emerging male vocalists, whilst Jason McGregor, well-known guitarist and current Australian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, and innovative slide guitarist Ashley Perrow provide the foundation of The Lamplights’ sound.

The trio often invite special guests and may appear with up to a seven- piece including horns, keys, bass and percussion in tow. Without a doubt, entertainment and providing memorable musical moments is what this band does best. Currumbin Soundlounge tonight.


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