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Lachy Doley Group at Semaphore Workers

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Lachy Doley Group acclaimed for trademark blues & soul sound
He's a soul man, a mad man, a man on a mission, a man with Conviction. And Lachy Doley is bringing his unforgettable brand of music mayhem to Semaphore Workers on Friday, July 31st all the way from Sydney armed with some very impressive vintage hardware.

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Lachy packs in the crowds at Blues On Broad Beach in the US. Image courtesy of MusicLive4U

I interviewed Lachy Doley knowing his previous work. He was a major presence in Adelaide's music scene over 17 years ago. Back then, Lachy was already a young powerhouse of a musician, with invitations to play with some of the best corporate acts at the time. But even 17 years ago, we witnessed his performance come alive when banging out original funk and soul in Adelaide's dedicated indie scene. As some of the city's original venues started dropping away, Lachy's groove was growing in earnest, and the big city beckoned. Now living in Sydney, Lachy has enjoyed one heck of a ride the past few years.

I asked what inspired such a young man to get into the 1957 Hammond C3 Organ, amongst other vintage sounds.

Lachy: "My mother's pot smoking blues guitarist boyfriend had my brother Clayton jamming with him at a young age. I always looked up to Clayton. I saw him as the most amazing person and talented player. I soon started on piano. Then people put us onto Booker T & the MGs. I loved the sound of the Hammond. I had to track down an authentic organ which even back then was rare to find. The amount of power combined with a Leslie and volume pedal can make things screamy or make it mellow. You can really go through different emotions as big, loud and nasty as you want!"

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Serious musician with a wicked sense of fun and spontaneity

What have been some of his career highlights?
Lachy: "I played with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple at the Basement in Melbourne. He's just killing it.

Getting my first gig with Barnsey, and still touring with him. He has the energy and mindset of a teenager. If you don't rock hard enough with Jimmy you're in trouble. Before every gig he says, "Take no prisoners!"

The final gig with Powderfinger at Riverstage, Brisbane after playing with them for 6 years was a real moment.

I've had really great moments at little gigs. The last Norwood Hotel gig in Adelaide was amazing, great crowd."

And then I looked at some of the other highlights. I see he has performed with Joe Bonamassa, and is on the next CD. In case you aren't familiar with that name, Bonamassa is one of the most highly regarded blues guitarists today and started his career opening for none other than BB King at the tender age of 12.

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Lachy Doley in centre together with Powderfinger at the Adelaide show, part of their farewell tour

Lachy is featured on Bonamassa's soon to be released latest album. And if you are more into the pop scene, you may have heard of the singer, Jessy J. Yes, Lachy has played for Jessy J. He has played for Ian Moss. He recently reached the number 1 spot on the Oz Blues & Roots Airplay Chart. He recently had the number 1 spot on the Oz itunes Blues Charts. This week Lachy is 'stoked to have 2 songs from CONVICTION in top 20 of the U.S. Roots Music Report'.
So what is it about this latest CD, which Lachy launches here in Adelaide on July 31st at Semaphore Workers that is grabbing the public's attention? It's even had rave reviews as far away as the Netherlands. Take a look at the following youtube clip. Here's an amazing video of Lachy singing 'Fire to Save' at Blues on Broad Beach(video courtesy of MusicLive4U). Watching this gives a true indication of the infectious energy emanating from stage when Lachy is on fire. And I never experienced him not on fire when he performs.

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The Lachy Doley Group plays live at the Semaphore Workers Club on Friday, July 31st

Lachy is recognised as one of only 2 internationally acclaimed Whammy Clavinet Organ players in the world. What does that mean? One could go on about the accolades and tours. But perhaps it can be summed up with three concise words uttered by a friend who came along to Lachy's most recent Adelaide performance, visibly panting then exclaiming quite breathlessly, "Oh My God!!!" during crowd favourite 'Still In Love'. And, happily we all were having what she was having. You can have some too. Go along to hear the launch of the new CD CONVICTION at Semaphore Workers Club on Friday, July 31st. Tickets are on sale for only $10ea. Show starts at 9pm.

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Album cover of Lachy Doley Group's latest CD CONVICTION
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Why? Authentic intense soul tunes, incredible stage presence, great night out
When: Friday, July 31st at 9pm
Phone: (08) 8449 9110
Where: Semaphore Workers Club
Cost: $10
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