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The Fujiyama Mamas

The Fujiyama Mamas

Country / Rockabilly / Blues Melbourne, VIC, AU  AU


  • 2014

    Jan 25

    Brunswick, VIC, AU | 8:00pm

    Follow raconteurs The Fujiyama Mamas, to The Cornish Arms, Saturday evening January 25 for their first gig of 2014! The Fujiyama Mamas, including Cate de Carteret, Paul Spurling, Sonja van den Berg, Joel Stibbard and Michael Meeking promise to bring you a night of tunes featuring the lyrical scribblings of one AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson, as well as a bevy of well-scribed Melbourne alt country and rockabilly songs. This is a show not to be missed!

  • 2013

    Sep 13

    Melbourne, VIC, AU | 8:30pm

    Celebrating the release of their album "Ride on" in the U.K. and Europe by "At The Helm Records". The Lost Souls do one last show before Meeks departs on his U.K. tour. Very special guests are The Fujiyama Mamas

  • 2013

    Jul 19

    Elsternwick, VIC, AU | 8:00pm

    The Banjo Paterson Show celebrates the poetry, and traces the life of Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson through a range of diverse and original musical compositions by a fine selection of Aussie singer-songwriters in an exciting narrative concert. Come and join house band ‘The Fujiyama Mamas’ and orator extraordinaire Dobe Newton (The Bushwhackers) to enjoy Australia’s most loved word-smith in the guise of contemporary folk, rock, blues, jazz and even hip hop! The Flying Saucer Club serves as the perfect backdrop from which to move Paterson’s scribblings from bush folklore to contemporary ‘bushranger chic’. Australia’s beloved country rocker Damian Howard (The Ploughboys) leads the charge in breathing new life into thr works of Banjo Paterson. New Fujiyama Mamas lead guitarist, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Michael Meeking adds his own flavour of country rock to these century-old works. Meeking is joined by the Bowie-esque baritone of songsmith Mildsparrow (The Migrations); the soft croon of folkster poet Tristan Pierce (Black Cockatoo); ‘Frustrated ornithologist’ Joel Stibbard (The Gallant Trees); Wanda Jackson wannabe Cate de Carteret (The Fujiyama Mamas); Australia’s answer to Joni Mitchell – Leah Senior; the deep dulcet tones of Paul Spurling (The Migrations); the a capella jazz arrangements of Maryanne Smart, and the super fresh hip hop of Small Man Syndrome juxtaposed next to the delightfully ocker Jonathan Shaw of Aussie psych-rock group Summon The Birds. And electronic folk songstress Priestessa will melt the space between the stage and audience in the intimate surroundings of The Flying Saucer Club. All these wonderful artists re-discover the social commentary behind Paterson’s works, with themes such as love, death, war, art and of course, the bush. The show’s 2011 debut left audiences refreshed by Paterson the writer as opposed to the stereotypical ‘Waltzing Matilda’ legend. Damian Howard and the Ploughboys (the 2011 house band) have since released their version of Paterson’s When Dacey Rode The Mule, and have created a film clip to accompany its single release. Another successful example of the contemporizing of Paterson’s lyrics is the 2012 release of raspy rock chick Suzie Stapleton’s EP Obladi Diablo, featuring Song of The Artesian Water. Audiences are invited to join in throughout the show. They will be exposed to many surprises contrary to the ‘Australiana’ image: Paterson could be subtle, rich and compelling, while his descriptions of country are detailed, considered, romantic and powerful. This is a show for lovers of words and live music alike!

  • 2013

    Jun 16

    Melbourne, VIC, AU | 8:00pm

    They gathered like tumbleweed in the badlands of Thornbury. And now The Fujiyama Mamas have returned to their roots to bring you a night of rip roarin’ rockabilly fun at Tago Mago, Sunday arvo June 16! They will follow acclaimed singer-songwriter Michael Meeking who has recently joined forces with his ‘Ladies In Waiting’ with a set of his exciting brand of alt country/rock. Come along and you may hear a tune or two featuring the lyrical scribblings of one AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson, as well as a bevy of well-scribed Melbourne alt country and rockabilly songs. This is a show not to be missed!

  • 2013

    May 23

    Footscray, VIC, AU | 8:30pm

    The Migrations @ The Reverence Hotel


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  • Craig-Lee Smith (Artist)
    Craig-Lee Smith
    great acoustic rockabilly! Looking forward to the CD release.



Sounds Like: Wanda Jackson, Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch, ELVIS PRESLEY, Kitty Daisy & Lewis (official)

Manager: Cate de Carteret

Bio: They gathered like tumbleweed in the badlands of Melbourne's Northern suburbs.

Singer/songwriter Cate de Carteret was at the pointy end of a contemporary music course at NMIT when she decided to book six gigs over two months for a band called The Fujiyama Mamas. The fact that they’d never rehear...See Full Bio

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“The Fujiyama Mamas are a great old-school rockabilly band. Their foot-stompin tunes are good for the ears and great for the soul”

— Michael Ryan, The Melbourne Weekly Times

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