"their music transported me to another place...when it stopped I didn't want to come back again" It's Gypsy music with attitude. Monsieur Camembert is a 6-piece band that started to take shape in December '97 in Sydney's Bondi Beach area. It features: Accordian Violin Clarinet/flute Nylon string guitars Double Bass Vocals Banjo (occasionally) Performances: UIA function (The band's debut performance was at the biggest sit down concert ever held at Darling Harbour-3500 guests! How big was the venue? You could have flown an aeroplane around inside it.We even had our own dressing room) Other venues include: Harbourside Brasserie, The Sandringham,3 Weeds, The Globe, The Hopetoun, Schiffers,Paddington Markets, The pizza shop up the road and mum's back garden. Artists who have influenced this band: Les Yeux Noirs Baro Ferrett (who's nickname was Monsieur Camembert) Matelo Ferrett Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli A hundred or so other brilliant Gypsy musicians Astor Piazzolo Tom Waits Michelle Shocked Squirrel Nut Zippers Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band After The Fall Monsieur Camembert is looking forward to working in many different spheres from pubs to clubs to private functions to cruises or "house concerts" to festivals to maybe even a film score. It is our hope to collaborate with many and varied musicians in a journey that we hope will have many exhillarating musical highs. At a gig at the 3 Weeds recently we (and the audience) were treated to some highs by two special guests that night. Former opera singer Clive Way sang "If I were a Rich Man" with the band, including some pretty impressive footwork and theatrics. Then a local musician and inventor named Claude took to the stage with a wierd piece of apparatus called the "Clauditron"(of course). The sounds that emanated from this control box with gear stick defy description.They were not of this world.Those not in tears of laughter sat slack-jawed in stunned amazement. All I can say is that I hope Claude and Clive become regular vistors to our gigs..they will always be welcome.
Email or phone Mark to book us or get gig dates.
phone +61 2 93809388
Or just say hello.
Fourplay: Here's another great Sydney band to check out.Maybe you'll see the two us at the same gig one day.
Blue Grassy Knoll: We had a lot of fun doing a gig with this great Melbourne band at the Sando in April.Check 'em out.