Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Tropical North Queensland, Friday afternoon, the sun is making its way behind the mountains surrounding the stunning Wintermoon Festival at Cameron’s Pocket. In its 14th year, the festival is about to begin. The main stage is set, the opening band walks on it’s.... The Lamplights.

It’s been a full 12 months since The Lamplights trio, Ashley Perrow, Jason McGregor and Ryan Gittoes first met at the 2010 Wintermoon Festival in Mackay and audiences continue to open up to this wonderful group of musicians - in their debut year they have sold over 2500 albums at their live shows. There’s not many bands in Australia that have done that in the past year.

What is it about The Lamplights that makes people want to take them home? Is it the way they connect with audiences and look them in the eye? Is it the way they share their lives, their passions, their soul sand human experiences through a medium that can open the hardest of hearts.... music? Is it because their performances are red hot and take audiences from joy to tears and then onto the dance floor? It’s all of these and much more. The Lamplighst are the type of band that people tell their friends to go see because their shows are unfailingly memorable and their musicianship outstanding.

There were many amazing moments during the Wintermoon Festival including Shane Howard, The Ploughboys, The Ellis Collective, The David Flower Band and Steady Eddy. For The Lamplights, it was their final performance, ending in a standing ovation, which saw them achieve another career highlight. Nadia Sundie, International Song Writing Competition finalist, performer and Wintermoon MC commented it was the first standing ovation she has seen at the show that in her 14 years of attending the Festival.

With a busy schedule lining up for the remainder of 2011, The Lamplights will be playing in Melbourne on the 19 and 22 of May.

The Wintermoon Festival has been running for 14 years at a property 50kms out of Mackay and when I asked Ryan Gittoes to tell me about the festival he said, “ It’s big enough to get wonderful acts, workshops and lots of stalls to keep you entertained, but small enough to be personal and family friendly”.

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The Lamplights

The Lamplights are a trio who believe that great music is great music, no matter what the genre. This is reflected in their performances – it is evident that the three share a firm belief that quality songs form the foundation of quality performances. With a wide repertoire, the trio's sound is best described as an organic blend of funk and folk, served with a side of blues, sprinkled liberally with jazz and dished up with a whole lot of heart.

Staying true to their roots, there’s an honest feel to The Lamplights’ music that stems from their connection to the community. They continue to perform regularly at Gold Coast markets, mixing with the locals, making new friends, playing songs especially for the kids and gaining fulfilment from close community spirit - this is a big part of what they do and why they do it. The Lamplights' audiences leave performances feeling like they have participated in something emotional and special.

The Lamplights are aware that it’s when they’re having a good time on stage that the audience really engages and they endeavour to play music for the sheer joy of it rather than to simply perform for the benefit of others. Ironically, it’s this humble and heartfelt sentiment that attracts the crowds. The obvious pleasure the trio get from making their music draws people in just like the soft glow of a lamplight on a cold, damp night.
Ryan Gittoes
P: 0425788188


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