Formed in 1998, Australian band Totally Gourdgeous are four outrageously diverse singer/songwriter/musicians united under gourd. Indeed, playing instruments made from those woody cucurbits brings their music together to make folk funk philosophy to feed your wildest pumpkin longings. Penelope Swales (guitar), Carl Pannuzzo (drums), Mal Webb (bass, mbira and bugle) and Andrew Clermont (violin, mandolin and guitar) sing songs written by themselves and a few dear friends. Imagine Joni Mitchell and James Brown getting down in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch via the Muppets. Infectious eclectic beauty in the gourdiest of costumes. All the instruments are hand-made from gourds by Penelope under the guidance of home-grown, world renowned luthier, Jack Spira. They combine to create a manic, organic musical experience,
Messages of love, fellowship and environmental sanity.
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For our latest recording (listening and/or buying), go to our Bandcamp page: http://totallygourdgeous.bandcamp.com
Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totallygourdgeous
Some other useful links:
To see them sing Packrack backwards, backwards, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3upWpqU5r4g
Between them, they've played with the Oxo Cubans, the Acapelicans, Dya Singh, Sock, Batacuda, Checkerboard Lounge, Bomba, The Lawnmowers, 5 Angry Men,
Heavy Earth and Lano and Woodley.
"Pun Kin" is their fourth CD and available in shops through MGM distribution and/or from the website of one of it's members:
Penelope Swales ( http://www.penelopeswales.com )
Carl Pannuzzo ( http://www.carlpannuzzo.com )
Mal Webb ( http://www.malwebb.com )
Andrew Clermont ( http://www.andrewclermont.com.au )
They have three other fine CDs, "The Stroke of Midnight", "Totally Gourdgeous" and "D'vine", and a fab live DVD, The Bazaar Clips (Live at Woodford
2007/8 - 9 clips including one in Austria!) $30 and CDs $25 from Andrew (free postage in Australia).
“The pick of the festival” - Lindsay Pollack
They've played at the Skagen Folk Festival (Denmark), Nürnberg Bardentreffen (Germany), Auckland Folk Festival (NZ), Woodford Folk Festival (Qld.), Port Fairy Folk Festival (Vic.), Apollo Bay Music Festival (Vic.), Donauinselfest (Austria) and the National Folk Festival in Canberra. For details of future jaunts, check the gig guide (this links to Mal's gig guide, but you may prefer to go to Penelope, Carl or Andrew's gig guide).
Contact: Penelope Swales
Totally Gourdgeous technical requirements:Facing the stage, left to right, we have:
Andrew Clermont: Vocal mic and 2 XLRs (for own Multi effect DI (stereo) for violin/mandolin).
Carl Pannuzzo: Vocal mic and 2 drum mics (like a Shure SM57) on short boom stands (if possible).
Penelope Swales: Vocal mic, a guitar DI and 1 XLR for Stompbox (own mic, to be EQed for strong bass end)
Mal Webb: Vocal mic and 1 XLR (own DI for bass/mbira).
We all sit on stage, so we need four chairs without arms and boom stands for the vocal mics.
XLR means a mic (or "canon") cable.