Rarely has an Australian band received as much consistent and widespread acclaim from critics and music fans alike as the Bondi Cigars. With half a dozen albums under their belt already, and over a dozen years of constant touring, this award winning quartet have well and truly worked their way into Australia’s musical heart.
The Bondi’s have consistently delivered the goods; with ‘Down In The Valley’ nominated in the 2003 ARIA awards for Best Blues & Roots Album, 1995’s ‘After Closing Time’ awarded Best Blues Album at the 1996 Lithgow Blues Festival, and two of their songs, ‘Lead Me Not Into Temptation’ and ‘Intensive Care’, chosen to feature on the popular ABC ‘Seachange’ album.
In 2015, the band released their 10th album, ‘Child in the Desert’ and it has been well received by fans and critics.
The band has been invited to perform at festivals such as The Melbourne International Music & Blues Festival, Great Southern Blues & Rockabilly Festival, Moomba Festival, Queenscliff Festival, The Byron Bay East Coast Festival and The Kangaroo Point Festival. The band are also regular guests at leading Australian venues such as The Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide, The Basement in Sydney, The Healer in Brisbane, The Charles Hotel in Perth and The Corner Hotel in Melbourne.
With their fantastic mix of blues, soul, funk and R&B, they have maintained their status as one of this country’s most in-demand touring acts, with shows numbering over a hundred and fifty each year. Over a decade later, many original fans are still supporting the band – the Bondi Cigars have also built a solid reputation as one of the best live acts in the country.
Sydney – New South Wales, Australia
Shane Pacey – vocals, guitar
Alan Britton – bass, vocals
Eben Hale – guitar, vocals
Frank Corby – drums