Lucky By the Ocean – a concert series featuring Lucky Oceans and friends at Kidogo Arthouse

10 Wednesdays & 2 Sundays November to January

Lucky Oceans is a name synonymous with music in Western Australia. One of the most influential steel guitarists of his generation he has played with big names in Australian music across jazz, folk, blues and country and the much-loved Zydecats in Fremantle. He brings his special brand of musical magic to Kidogo Arthouse, on the shore of the Indian Ocean at Bathers Beach Fremantle on Wednesday evenings and two Sundays from November to early January.

This concert series features Lucky playing in a variety of bands featuring a mix of musical styles including Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, Barrelhouse Blues, Irish music, Hawaiian and New Classical. Lucky will be playing with a variety of guest artists including Jeff Lang, Dave Brewer, Fiona Rea, Gemma Turvey, Jessie James Gordon, Paul Gioia, Bill Lawrie, Sam Lemann, Adam Gare. Singer Songwriter Rose Parker and David Hyams with the Miles to Go Trio will guest when Lucky is in the U.S. headlining the Pedal Steel Guitar Association’s Annual Convention.

This inaugural concert series has grown out of Lucky’s twenty-year friendship with Kidogo Arthouse owner Joanna Robertson. In 2017 Lucky held free jam sessions on the deck of Kidogo during the summer that were fun for the musicians and the people who discovered them. In January 2018 his ‘Gaelic Gumbo’ a mash up of Irish music and Louisiana Grooves, was a hit of the Fenians Festival that Joanna co-founded

“This is a venue where you feel the closeness of nature – the soothing sea, the howling wind or the glorious sunsets and the sounds of Fremantle at work – the nearby freight train and the ships leaving the harbour.  It’s a magical creative and gathering space that Joanna has nurtured through her own love of a great session over all,” said Lucky.

“Having presented a wide range of music on the Daily Planet on Radio National for over 20 years, I wanted to bring the same breadth to my programming for this series, while stretching myself and making new musical partnerships.  There’s also a warm sense of community at the concerts, with the sense that we are all sharing something intimate and special, in tune with Fremantle’s embrace of down-to-earth arts.

“Kidogo Arthouse’s remarkable acoustics and stunning deck setting are legendary amongst Perth’s musicians. Many comment that their performances at Kidogo are one of the standouts of their career. These concerts are the perfect combination of Kidogo’s famous ambience and Lucky’s ability to craft outstanding musical experiences,” said Joanna



Lucky By the Ocean concert dates and information: 

Wednesday Nov 14 – Rose Parker – Immerse yourself in the compelling songs and stories of leading singer songwriter Rose:

Wednesday Nov 21 – David Hyams with the Miles to Go Trio – acclaimed producer plays his own Irish-inflected pieces with Stuart Paterson, Manoli Vouyoucalos and Dan Bright on guitar and dij.

Wednesday Nov 28 – Gemma Turvey – Pianist/composer Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence brings her pervasively expressive jazz/classical Palm Court sounds to the Sea, with cello and Lucky. Not to be missed.

Wednesday December 5 – Fiona Rea Music EP launch with Bryan R Dalton supporting and with Lucky Oceans, Tristen Parr and Jon Edwards playing with the marvellous Fiona

Sunday December 9 – Jeff Lang and Lucky Oceans – When Lucky heard that local luthier Ross Coole was making a guitar for Jeff, he cooked up an idea to have Jeff come over here and pick it up.  Jeff is one of the world’s greatest guitarists but is also a fine singer and songwriter.

Wednesday December 12 – Barrelhouse Juke Joint Blues from Jessie James Gordon, Paul Gioia, Bill Lawrie and Lucky bringing you more blue songs of joy from the Dirty Thirties.

Wednesday December 19 – After a long hiatus, this will be only the second performance this year by the Dave Brewer Lucky Oceans Quartet with Karl Florisson and Ric Eastman with some new material written especially for the occasion. Shake your Xmas Blues away!

Sunday December 30 – Not a Wednesday! But we had to fit a Hawaiian Sundowner in, especially because Mr. Aloha -Sam Lemann – is in town. As an alternative to a try hard NYE, join Howie Morgan, Alistair Peel, Lucy Lemann, Lucky and the setting sun to celebrate the timeless kitsch of the Islands.

Wednesday Jan 2 – We’re working Sam Lemann hard and getting him together with his boyhood partner in crime Adam Gare and Lucky Oceans to recreate the swinging sounds of the Nansing Quartet minus the annoying name. Expect lots of ‘Eastern States’ expat muso guests to join in as we see the New Year in and the Wednesday series out…for now.