Hotel Gearin hosts a night of wild music

Some of Crooked Fiddle
Some of Crooked Fiddle

Put on your dancing shoes and don’t miss your chance to enjoy this unique musical experience.

The Crooked Fiddle Band return to the Mountains on Saturday, December 16, to showcase some of their new material ahead of recording for their next album.

They will be joined on the night by Blue Mountains locals Sonori for their highly anticipated EP launch.

The mesmerising and fiery acoustic four-piece that is The Crooked Fiddle Band delivers high-energy chainsaw future-folk. post-apocalyptic world music. It’s swamp-stomping hoedown, hardcore gypsy passion.

This music they have sometimes called ‘chainsaw folk’ – even though they are pro-conservation – but others have called it “14th century Romanian metal”, “thrash folk” or “whirlwind gypsy” So whilst the search continues for a name for their genre, they are mainly concerned with making music with melody, energy and intensity.

Driven by the beautiful and furious fiddling of Jess Randall (also on Lennart Lovdin Nyckelharpa), and underpinned by a rhythm section featuring Gordon Wallace (Gilet guitar, a Wheeler Customer Lutherie guizouki and a Fylde mandolin and cittern), Mark Stevens (double bass, Appalachian dulcimer, charango) and Joe Gould (drum kit, hand percussion, garbage bin, vocals) the Crooked Fiddle Band sound blasts, rocks and grooves to the point of dementia, compelling listeners into a joyous frenzy.

Sonori was formed in the music and art rich community of Katoomba. It was the result of the unlikely convergence of an effects loving classically trained cellist, a post rock guru and an electronics junkie. Word of this intriguing and unusual combination led to a gig booking before they had even played a single note together.

Beginning life as an instrumental three piece made up of looped cellos, guitars/keys and drum machines, they were then joined by an eclectically influenced singer taking their original compositions to a whole other level with an extensive set of lyrical themes and versatile singing techniques.

They quickly discovered that their individual skills and complimentary differences blended with their shared passions and friendly natures, resulting in a musical style which fulfilled the promise of something special and unique.

As their sound continued to develop through a string of hometown appearances, the band commenced work on their debut EP, further solidifying the bond between the members as they all worked closely together on the writing, composition, arrangement, recording and mixing.

Their debut self titled EP was released on November 20.‬ The recording serves as both an introduction to the band and a promise of much more to come.

The two groups play at Hotel Gearin on Saturday, December 16. Doors open 8pm. Over 18s only. Tickets early bird pre-sale $20 available from Katoomba Music, 140 Katoomba St or the Hotel Gearin. Or online $21.50 (Including booking fees) at or $25 at the door unless sold out.

Rich with soaring and shadowy vocals, thick layers of sound, and pulsing beats, Sonori have been described as “Cinematic orchestral experimental journey music. Post rock you can dance to”.

VENUE: HOTEL GEARIN, 273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

*Please note that this Hotel Gearin show is over 18’s only.

Doors Open 8pm. General Admission.

Tickets $20 pre-sale from KATOOMBA MUSIC, 140 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Tues-Sat. Cash Only)

Or Online (+ booking fees):

Or $25 on the Door (Unless Sold Out)