The February 5 Lands Experience ft Nick Saxon

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The 5 Lands Experience is back for February a regular monthly community event at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, each month, The 5 Lands Experience begins with a community drum circle, at 5pm all ages and levels encouraged. Bring your own drum or have a go with ours! We’ll have loads of different drums and percussion for everyone to try.

The 5 Lands Band

A well-established, well-known local band, The 5 Lands Band has run for over 9 years around the Central Coast – from Terrigal, to Erina and to Gosford. Named after originally forming to perform at the popular Central Coast 5 Lands Walk in Terrigal, the ever-changing line up of The 5 Lands Band, lead by Rendra Freestone, brings together some of the top musicians from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle. The unique band doesn’t practice, nor write music together, but rather create improvised jams, based on funk, jazz, folk and groove. Well known for getting the dance floor filled, the 5 Lands Band kick off music at 6.30pm.

Feature artist: Nick Saxon

Nick Saxon encapsulates, yet defies, the Australian contemporary musical tradition. The musician, performer, surfer, television presenter and brand ambassador has all the classic calling cards: the wholesome, surfer looks, a job with National Geographic as an adventure series presenter, the matinee idol-style guitar strumming at sunset out takes…

Yet, despite an assumed cliché Saxon undeniably offers far more than you expect. There is a precedent to his heartfelt surf/folk style but few artists have emerged with such an essential Australian character, and with such potential to reach far further. His relaxed style belies a deeper intent, an intrinsic searching that his audience, and importantly, his demographic, understand. Dextrous songs and an adventurer’s spirit have led this multi talented artist to crafting his voice and guitar narrative around the world. From Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, through to South America and Canada – every international and domestic gig for his NatGeo World Traveller show has been a gift to the songwriter.

Saxon is clear about his drivers. “There’s two things I really love in life,” he says. “Travelling and music. NatGeo is amazing. It gives me the opportunity to experience and document cultures, environments and people from around the globe. It’s what fuels my inspiration – the places, the people.”

Exuberant, and with an odd combination of surfer, hipster and old soul, the Newcastle born Saxon has an unprepossessing charm. He has the peaceful demeanour of an elderly wise man with the twinkling, sky blue, curious eyes of a child. He is approachable, engaged and warm. It’s hard not to believe him. In 2004-2006 Nick Saxon toured Europe, performing and busked his way across Spain, Greece, Germany, Prague, Bulgaria, France and the UK. In a crowded market of the soulful surf folk/blues/pop market inhabited by the Ben Harpers and Jack Johnsons of the world, it isn’t the easiest sector to have a point of difference and avoid being swamped by ordinary facsimiles. However Saxon has this other thing. He writes, sings, has opened for canon stalwarts such as Midnight Oil, the Violent Femmes, Katchafire, Custom Kings, Ash Grunwald, Tijuana Cartel, Dragon, Gangajang and Ian Moss right through to contemporary runaway hitsters, Potbelleez. He is the only artist chosen to have toured Australia with the Australian Surf Move Festival (ASMF), playing 30 shows to capacity crowds and is performing shows with the Banff International Film Festival around Australia. His influences can be heard, yet he embodies that quintessential quality of sounding something like all of his influences and contemporaries, yet refreshingly, unlike any of them.

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As a not for profit community space, The Rhythm Hut is dedicated to supporting the arts and music on The Central Coast, and this monthly event is open to the whole community, with entry by donation. Suitable and affordable for the whole family, patrons are encouraged to pay whatever they can afford to help keep this unique space running, and such events happening on The Central Coast. Delicious home style cooked dinners and desserts are available for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is fully licensed with assorted beers, wines and ciders, including locally made Six String beers. Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

WHAT: The 5 Lands Experience ft. Nick Saxon
WHEN: Sunday 25th of February, from 5pm
WHERE: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford
COST: Entry by donation
MORE INFO: lou@therhythmhut.com.au

 

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