A FAMILIAR face for Bathurst audiences will be back in the city next week to show off his new band and new songs.
Tasmanian-born Luke Plumb started making waves on the Australian music scene from a young age.
A phenomenal string player, he recorded Isfahan, a remarkable album of Eastern European and Middle Eastern music, in the 1990s, played in various line-ups and became a highly regarded session musician in folk, rock and indie contexts.
In 2002, he so impressed touring Scottish acid-croft band, Shooglenifty, that they invited him to join.
He spent nearly 10 years with them as co-frontman and composed much of their intricate and folk-tinged material during his tenure.
He has just returned from a reunion gig with them at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.
Plumb has played in Bathurst with Irish folk legend Andy Irvine and in another duo with English/Asturian fiddler, Simon Bradley.
His new band, The Circuit, is the realisation of a long-considered dream: to put together a line-up to play contemporary music, incorporating folk, jazz and rock influences and featuring his own thoughtful songs.
The Circuit’s first release, Turn and ReTurn, has been reviewed enthusiastically in the music and mainstream press, and nominated for folk and roots CD awards.
It has been described as a bold release defying boundaries of genre.
Turn and ReTurn is the fifth album Plumb has worked on with Scottish folk industry icon Calum Malcolm (The Go-Betweens, Mark Knopfler, Stephane Grappelli, Capercaillie) as a producer, co-producer, mixing and mastering engineer.
Plumb will be joined by the prodigiously talented Kate Burke on guitar and vocals, bass player Robyn Martin, and trumpet player Eamon McNelis for a gig at the Bathurst City Community Club next Thursday, February 21 at 7.30pm.
Tickets, which are $20, are available from Books Plus in Bathurst, Landers Music in Orange and Bathurst City Community Club.
Organisers hope there will be a small number of tickets left on the door on the night.
For more information, contact Roger Hargraves on 0448 006 880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.