Australia’s definitive coffee house couple, Flemish born nomad Carl Cleves and Greek-Australian songbird Parissa Bouas, better known as The Hottentots, are modern troubadours. This August they have headed out across regional NSW to warm up people’s hearts at this cold time of year.
With heart-wrenching ballads, rousing choruses and gripping stories, The Hottentots’ genre-busting songs have riveted audiences from Berlin to Brazil. Classic folk melodies combine with exceptional lyrics and an international flavour, that features Parissa’s ‘sweet, rich and soaring’ vocals, and polished percussion with Carl’s warm rustic baritone and unique guitar style. The magical synergy of their live show, the warmth, playfulness and joy that they bring to the audience, is something to be experienced. On this tour they will be accompanied by ace guitarist, ex-Bathurst boy, Alex Mcleod. Their latest CD, ‘Out of Australia’ was released on renowned German label, Stockfisch Records, to widespread critical acclaim. Carl and Parissa’s stunning discography boasts 12 albums and numerous awards: MUSICOZ – Best Folk; ASA – Best Lyrics, Best Folk; NCEIA – Best Album (twice), Best Folk, Best Acoustic, Best Adult Contemporary, Song of the Year (2012).
Carl and Parissa bring two new solo CDs: The Full Force of the Wind and The House is Empty. The latter has already been nominated in five categories at the 2012 MUSICOZ Awards. The concert will feature new material from these CDs, favourite Hottentot songs, as well as travel tales from Carl’s page-turning memoir, Tarab: Travels with My Guitar (Transit Lounge), an epic, mesmerising tale of high adventure and the search for meaning. The Hottentots have played all major Australian folk festivals, including Woodford, Port Fairy, Blue Mountains, The National and top venues: The Basement, Brisbane Powerhouse, KULCHA, The Boite VIC… They tour Europe and Latin America regularly, playing cultural centres, theatres, churches, museums, wineries, schools, restaurants, clubs, tv, radio and cafes.
See the Hottentots this Sunday at the Sphinx Rock Cafe from 1pm.
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