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SATURDAY 20 October 2012 UNION HOTEL
BRUNSWICK AUSTRALIA
STARTS 5PM

UNION POSTER

Media Release 2012

Tess McKenna and The Shapiros:
Helen Smart (drums), Karen Rush (bass/vocals) and guitarist Drew Hancock (Native Plants), blend p
itch-perfect harmonies and a finely -honed roots sensibility, with the energy of a shimmering acid-rock overlay reminiscent of the 1960s, when folk and blues met the electric guitar.

TESS MCKENNA & THE SHAPIROS

 

REVIEWS

TNE REVIEWS

UNION SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2011

UNION POSTER


TNE LAUNCH STREET POSTER

 

THE NEW EVERYTHING

TESS MCKENNA POSTER UNION
Link to Head Records
 

TESS MCKENNA & THE SHAPIROS

SATURDAY 04 DECEMBER 2010
STARTS 8:30PM
Union Hotel
Brunswick Australia

KRush bass/vocals Helen Shapiro Smart drums Tess McKenna elec.guitar/vocals. closer to a party than a launch the 4th december is recognised locally as tess mckenna & the shapiro's pre season warm up if you are unaware, the union is known to those who know as a gas & groovy place to be the music begins in the arvo & then we stroll onto the stage at 8:30pm & feature songs from the new everything which is out now. copies will be available at the gig
more sales info www.headrecords.com


http://www.musicshop.com.au/tess-mckenna-the-new-everything-cd.html


 

set #one

photograph
down by the sea
fill me up
love is gone
still our house
winter springs
boom bam
all you need
set #2

the new everything
i am a rock (simon/garfunkle)
tidy town award MCMLXIX
pop the question
falling into the sun
lighten up
hummingbird
farewell
somebody save me (staples)
swing bridge

31 degrees
Helen Smart in rehearsal sat 12th feb 2011

 


the new everything out now
here are the musicians who contributed their considerable talents to the album. Ash Davies drums, Barbara Andre cello, Barry Stockley acoustic double bass, bowed bass, electric bass & a smidge of acoustic guitar, Karen Mary Rush bass/vocals/percussion, Marie Charlotte Andre piano/fender rhodes,  Joe McKenna & Drew Hancock electric guitars
the new everything is out on HEAD RECORDS & distributed through MGM
all purchasing/download information is at HEAD RECORDS


http://www.musicshop.com.au/tess-mckenna-the-new-everything-cd.html
 
Karen Mary Rush in rehearsal sat 12 feb 2011


 

UNION HOTEL
COUNTRY GOSPEL SHOW
SUNDAY 07 NOVEMBER 2010
featuring

The Cartridge Family
Rosie & Nina
Texas Tom
Little John
Bakersfield acoustic
Tess McKenna
Jimmy Stewart
Bakersfield electric

 
03OCT2010
union gospel show
03OCT2010
Rosi Gannon
Little John
Bakersfield Acoustic
Tess McKenna
Jimmy Stewart

tess ac guitar/vox
krush ac guitar/vox

set
by the mark
i am an orphan girl (welch/rawlings)
somebody save me (staples)
07NOV2010
tess ac guitar/vox
krush bass/vox

set
love is gone
(t.mckenna)
somebody save me
(staples)

 

UNION30102010


THE SHAPIROS are bass drums guitar all grace all chewing & spitting wood & wire.......
the shapiros are karen mary rush bass/vocal harmonies helen smart drums & tess mckenna guitars/vocals
the shapiros have been hard at work choosing fabrics & styles for their next performance.
what shall we wear? leather or denim, collars or tees....? I know we'll cancan.
i love playing with the shapiros.....acoustic/electric/folk/rock/blues/fun/felolktric

union hotel
tess mckenna & the shapiros
30OCT2010
SET #1
PHOTOGRAPH/FAREWELL (TO THIS OLD TOWN)/THE NEW EVERYTHING/DOWN BY THE SEA/I AM A ROCK (SIMON/GARFUNKEL)/LOVE IS GONE/STILL OUR HOUSE
SET #2
POP THE QUESTION/FALLING INTO THE SUN/LIGHTEN UP/WINTER SPRINGS/BOOM BAM/ALL YOU NEED/HUMMINGBIRD/TIDY TOWN AWARD MCMLXIX/FILL ME UP/SOMEBODY SAVE ME (STAPLES)
DRINKS: VODKA & TONIC/SODA LIME & BITTERS/BEER/WATER/CHAMPAGNE/DRESS: A COMBINATION OF NATURAL & COSMIC FIBRES/AUDIENCE: PEACE LOVE & RESPECT/TRACK: WET BUT LIVELY


 

Recording with Fats at Fatsound

A long time before this flight & during another flight, I remembered one of my favorite flights, when, en route from Amsterdam Bill had gripped my forearm tightly, mouthing; Agent, and then in half conversation on a phone from the headrest in front, he slowly and in this order said, 7:20, no, yes, okay, kay, no, on time, what time is Scarlet arriving, okay, then looked at me smiling & saying, no it's been a good flight, okay bye.
We had met in a little bar in Amsterdam three nights before when the band and I had been drinking after a show, a show where we had played to an empty room not including the staff. Not that anyone had made a conscious decision not to come, it was just that they had made a conscious decision to go somewhere else and in any case, no one knew who we were yet. Bill had wandered over from the bar towards our table which was banked by a low red leather sofa. Chimp the drummer told Bill to fuck off, that it was, a private party man. I thought to myself how the conversation had become too business orientated & introspective to be a party so I said, hey Chimp cool it man, he can stay, so he did, we all did, we stayed drinking, smoking and laughing till way past dawn & then into the next night & then just when the second dawn appeared, I said, so which one of us is Fast Eddy & which one is Preacher & which one is George C Scott & which one is Minnesota Fats? Patty took a long toke and said Bill is Fats 'cause you look beautiful Fats all pink & puffed up like a baby, Bill pulled a big smile mimed washing his hands & then looked over at Chimp who had chosen to become George C Scott & in his turn Chimp said, stick with him Fats this kid's a loser. I turned to Jelly & said what did he just say Charlie? Jelly said nothing and just burst into tears saying I can't remember my lines we all laughed and kissed and stroked her until she stopped. Then Bill turned to the girls behind the bar & said, Hey Preacher go down the street

& get me a bottle of J&B, we all laughed and said in unison, preacher get me two. A street cleaner drove past so we left.......

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