THE PAINTED LADIES, the greatest-ever travelling Koori country-rock'n'soul roadshow-cum Vic Simms tribute band, of which I am a cast-member, played Womadelaide on the weekend of March 6/7as part of a micro-Deep North/South Australian tour that also included a gig at the Tanks in Cairns on March 13.
At Womadelaide, we played two sets, both in choice slots, the first, to open the festival, on the Friday (March 6) at 6pm, and the second on the Saturday (March 7) at 7pm. What a weekend of music! On the Thursday night, after a quick Ladies' rehearsal, I went to see the almighty Pop Group at the Adelaide Festival; and on the Saturday afternoon back at Botanic Park, I watched the Ladies' fellow Brisbane-boy friend Robert Forster, followed by South African jazz genius Abdullah Ibrahim, before we played our prime-time set. I caught a bit of Bombino, and I have to say, us Ladies were pretty pleased with our performances and felt they stood up well alongside anything else at the festival.