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brisbane, Australia

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THE MEDICINE SHOW have been known to conjure images of the hottest, wettest, most nasty swamp you've ever even heard tell about. Crocs & snakes that'll crawl right up your leg, and skeeters big enough to strip the living flesh from a grown man's arm. A tar paper shack with a boiled ham hanging in a sack, in the shade of the willow tree. Fear, aching, love and pain, running from the cops 'cos you just know they's gonna put you in jail again.

Band Members
Harry Gilbeys (guitar, vox)
Burning Log Dawkins (bass)
"Sponge" Bob Sponnge (tub thumping)

It's not about the individuals it's about the music the individuals produce. Harry's the principal songwriter and arranger. One of the great front men. “Sponge" Bob is the finest, most innovative of drummers, with more chops than the Tancred Meat Works. Burning "Log" Dawkins is a bass fondler supreme. We could write lots of self-serving copy here, the truth though is in the music. Just bloody listen to it and hear the magic for yourselves.

The Medicine Show delves into many forms of the blues; from traditional spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and ballads. Yet still producing a unique sound that can only be described as dirty.

The band's unique style originated through a melting pot of influences from Tom Waits, Nick Cave, John Lee Hooker and many other great artists, who when brewed together give you the jambalaya of swampy tones that can only be described as The Medicine Show. The imagery of their songs is enough to inspire the thoughts of the screech a winch makes when rust has taken hold, sledgehammers on a rail, prison death songs or that feeling you get in your belly when you've drunk too much whiskey and eaten not enough food.

With a large catalogue of original and rewritten traditional songs, The Medicine Show can play to almost any mood and occasion.

The Medicine Show have just released their second EP, “Dig Deep” . Always putting punters and fans first for shows and tours have the band mobilized for festivals and national tours in the coming months.

Also in line with the punter pleasing policy The Medicine Show is touring Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and the ACT over the coming year and a half.

Thanks for having us in your state

“The Medicine Show peddle Australia’s most potent magic potion! - Peddling an elixir to transform even the stubbornest of bastards!”
- Odyssey Productions

“Totally live and totally authentic”
- Arthur Terrace E-zine

“Their music has the space to bounce and shimmy around. Move yourself forward toward the stage. Have a lesson in soulful sounds.”
- 102.1 4ZzZ FM

Feel free to check us out online at these locations:

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