THE much beloved Wombat Jazz Band has been a fixture at the Elsternwick Hotel on the third Monday of the month since 1997, with a passing parade of regular personnel and visiting sit-ins, and a repertoire heavily weighted on the side of Australian compositions.
Very sadly we have to announce that this residency is no more as of January 2014. But knowing the energy and resilience of Judy Taylor’s and Bill Kerr’s group we can only hope that some clever publican will recognise the special place the Wombats occupy in the hearts of their existing loyal followers, and their potential to create new audiences for the lucky pub/venue which provides a new home for them.
While we keep up our spirits waiting for the happy return of The Wombats, here’s a sample of one of their boisterous tracks – BACK TO BALLARAT – from their CD Are You Having Any Fun?. Click on the CD cover to hear it.