Aussie Icon Australian singer Christa Hughes daughter of jazz pianist, journalist and broadcaster, Dick Hughes brings her incomparable blues band The Loud Hailers to Gosford this Sunday 5th November.
A free live music event, which is unlike anything on offer, these three incredibly talented people at the top of their game are one of the most exciting bands to emerge in Sydney for years. Guitarist Ben Fink, drummer Ivan Jordan & singer Christa Hughes
Summoning Skip James’ “Hard time Killing Floor Blues”, the guitar is all echo and reverb as Christa croons with a moonshine-laced voice that slides down the notes of the scale. They take us to dive bars in Louisiana in the 1950s as they take over Gosfords Live music venue the Fun Haus Factory.
You could call her is a national treasure, but I think Christa would respond with a middle finger to such a notion. She has four decades of performing and began singing in her first band at age 11. Back then, her father, the legendary Jazz piano player Richard Hughes, had a residency at the Shakespeare Hotel at the top end of nearby Foveaux Street. Christa floated around the world for 20 years, working in off Broadway Theatre in Manhattan before returning home. Words can never fully capture Christa’s electrifying presence.
Ben Fink is master of his game with the three guitars that evoke a time before they emit a note: the gold foils, single coil and lipstick pickups on his vintage guitar make a statement. His array of reverb pedals would have been at home at Sun Studios or with Link Wray.
Fink and the inimitable Hughes draw on 20th-century African American blues, in which the anguish caused by love stews in a seedier world of drugs and booze, and deliciously results in revenge and bloody murder.
The Loud Hailers are not just a band re-inventing old songs from the Delta and the swamp. Bringing in original material, Christa is in her element. One part Lydia Lunch, one part Bessie Smith and one part Liza Minnelli and is as convincing singing this material as few Australians have been since Wendy Saddington.
Enjoy Authentic Mexican taco Dinner with us as Chilangos Hermanos Serve up their Abuelas recipes (Check out the full menu here)
FREE BUT MUST REGISTER TO SECURE SEAT
This event contains adult themes, under 15 must be accompanied by adults
Fully accessible venue.