Inside Sydney: The Longest Gig Ever

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Out 15 2006, 7h43

[ excerpt from Annette Loudon's blog - Inside Sydney at rightround.com ]

Over the years I've collected a pile of regrets that torment my every waking hour. For example, failing to get up in time for Spencer Tunick's photo shoot of thousands of naked people at Burning Man. Or not going to Timbuktu when I lived in Senegal for a year and a half.

Why can't I get my priorities straight and seize the opportunities that life presents me? It's with great sadness that I share the most recent addition to my big list of regrets.

I first stumbled across Brian Campeau at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills, where he was filling in for Peregrine. Brian had agreed to do the show at the last minute, and Sue Telfer (the booker) looked a little uncomfortable as she waited for an unknown quantity to smooth over the gap left by the much-loved Peregrine. Luckily for Sue, Brian turned out to be dazzling. He blew us away with his wild and wonderful stylings — his music was intricate, erratic, intense, and playful. We stood in the back looking like caricatures of people in shock, mouths wide-open in awe. What a treat!

Since then, Brian's played around town quite a bit, and he's attracting attention from indie radio and street press. He released a double CD, Two Faces, which inspired this delicious review:

"CD One makes me feel warm and fuzzy. CD Two makes me question the possibility of a human eating his or her own head, then writing a thesis on whether you can or can't, giving reasons why and/or instructions." – Leigh Boland

After the CD launch, Brian did what any self-respecting progressive folk-jazz artist would do. He gathered some friends together to attempt to break the world record for the longest gig ever. The current record in Guinness World Records is 48 hours. So Brian and friends set up at the Sydney Uni's Manning bar and played music for 50 hours straight...

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Revelant artists: Brian Campeau, Peregrine, Macy Gray

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