The Woohoo Revue performs 'R'Ambo' for BalconyTV Melbourne
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THE WOOHOO REVUE - R'AMBO
*BALCONYTV MELBOURNE - DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST SPECIALS 2012*
PRESENTED BY HOLLY BALL BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST - http://www.musicfeast.com.au/
FILMED AT THE NORTHCOTE TOWN HALL - http://www.northcotetownhall.com.au/
THANKS TO THE CITY OF DAREBIN - http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au
Filmed by Craig Johnston
Audio recorded and mixed by Tom Hutchens with assistance from Lara Soulio
Produced and edited by Natalie Taylor
Call them what you will- 'Balkan gypsy brass band, roaring twenties swing ensemble, Wild West fiddle contest or a soundtrack for Looney Tunes'- it barely scratches the surface. There are few, if any parallels to the sound of The Woohoo Revue.
A fiendishly talented sextet of horns, strings and drums, The Woohoo Revue have forged their reputation throughout Australia as a festival favourite with their signature sound and an adrenalin-fuelled celebration fit for dancing, drinking, and ignoring tomorrow. Their fiery compositions and virtuosic musicianship invoke a sense of romance and bravado. Every tune expresses a sense of occasion, transporting the listener to a rampaging after-party at a circus sideshow in a palatial ballroom.
Picture yourself as the star of a technicolour movie surrounded by Hellzapoppin' dancers swinging a Charleston two step, a 1920's speakeasy in a fantasy setting where all your wildest dreams come true. You find yourself dancing a loose waltz, being thrust into dangerous spins by laughing friends and as your troubles wash away, a tall dark stranger takes you in their embrace and moves you gracefully, elegantly through a passionate tango. Without warning, a Dixieland street party erupts, you link arms for a circle dance, you clap, you shout, you feel alive. You are transported by The Woohoo Revue and you will love them for it.
Recorded at 'Sing Sing Studios' with Adam Rhodes of The Cat Empire fame, The Woohoo Revue's second album 'Moreland's Ball' (2012) is an album of instrumental tunes inspired by the dance-floors of the world.
Imagine if you will, a well-worn and wildly decadent ballroom scene, plush velvet curtains and ornate fixtures carved in beautiful hard woods. The thick red carpet on the imperial staircase is soft under foot as you make your way up to the viewing platforms and theatre boxes. The room is filled with people in elaborate costumes becoming enchantingly transformed with animal-like qualities, wings and tails, hoofs and scales. Some of guests invited by Moreland to his party include "Van Boldrin", "R'ambo", "The Goose, The Moose & The Boose" and "Espaneasca", who are losing motor function in every conceivable direction to the unmistakeable sounds of The Woohoo Revue.
Marking the year of the band's inception in 2008, The Woohoo Revue released debut album Dear Animals, which was instantly hailed as "...a landmark documentation of Melbourne's gypsy music scene..." and attracted regular national radio play.
Three years on the band has barely stopped touring, performing in excess of 100 shows per year at venues and festivals throughout the country, including recent performances at WOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Australasian World Music Expo, Melbourne International Gypsy Festival, and Falls Festival.
Like the band's live show, their recordings are full, frantic and feature incredible musical feats, and 'Moreland's Ball' -- a unique and inspired portfolio of original compositions -- is set to establish the band on an international scale, to again share stages with international luminaries the likes of Besh o droM and Lulo Reinhardt.
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