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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Live & Kicking: Andy Baylor


Sunday 21 August doors 2pm, show 3pm, The Victoria Bathurst. Described as ‘Melbourne’s King of Roots’ he’s now based in Cowra and is in demand for live appearances in Sydney and Melbourne selling out large venues.

Andy Baylor is one of Australia’s most versatile working musicians. He has drawn on America’s great 20th century legacy of popular music and his own Australian roots to create an individual voice.

This special free Live & Kicking Sunday session is the latest presented by Arts OutWest, in conjunction with Little Alberts at The Victoria Hotel, featuring the original music of artists from the NSW Central West.

“Our focus is getting the original music of top Central West performers in front of local audiences, so with funding we’ve been able to make this a free gig,” said Arts OutWest’s Patrick Coomey.

The Melbourne-born roots writer and multi-instrumentalist Andy Baylor has, musically, seen and done more than most.

“Melbourne is a treasure-trove of fine music and marvellous musical practitioners. One of the most gifted is Andy Baylor. He is a master of space and time,” Ken Williams wrote in The Age.

As a guitarist, Andy combines a deep knowledge of blues, jazz, folk and country music. After spending his formative years in well-loved Melbourne inner-urban bands such as the Blue Rockets, The Honeydrippers and the Auto Drifters, he went on to cut his teeth playing with visiting USA masters. These included Jimmy Witherspoon (legendary blues shouter), Big Jay McNeely (R’n’B saxophone pioneer), Jimmy McGriff (funky hammond organ virtuoso), Flaco Jimenez (tex-mex accordion king), Coco Robicheaux (contemporary singer/songwriter from New Orleans), Louisiana Red (Bluesman), Screamin Jay Hawkins (voodoo blues king) among many more.

Baylor has released 18 albums since 1992 and he recently contributed the delightful ‘Pictures in The Clouds’ to the Arts OutWest compilation album ‘While the World Waits’.

Arts OutWest’s Live & Kicking gigs are supported by the Australian Governments Live Music Australia as a showcase for original live music in the Central West.