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The Bamboos are Australia’s masters of raw, old school funk breaks and super-heavy soul. Led by Guitarist Lance Ferguson (AKA Lanu), other members include Kylie Auldist (Vocals), Dustin Mclean (Hammond Organ), Danny Farrugia (Drums), Yuri Pavlinov (Bass), Anton Delecca (Tenor Saxophone/Flute), Phil Noy (Baritone Saxophone) & Ross Irwin (Trumpet). The Bamboos formed in 2001 and released the 7″ single “Eel Oil/Blackfoot”, earning them international acclaim from the likes of Snowboy, Mr Scruff, Jazzanova, Patrick Forge and Russ Dewbury. Their next release “Tighten Up/Voodoo Doll” was picked up by Kenny Dope (Masters At Work) and Keb Darge (Legendary Deep Funk) for their U.S-based imprint Kay-Dee Records.

Making their home at Tru Thoughts records in 2005, The Bamboos debut album “Step It Up” was released jointly by Tru Thoughts and Ubiquity Records (US).

In 2004 and 2005 The Bamboos toured Australia and New Zealand alongside Quantic and Alice Russell to universal acclaim. The following years The Bamboos toured Europe and the U.K, bringing their unmistakable sound to venues including The Jazz Café in London and countries including Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Belgium. The Bamboos live shows have evolved into non-stop mixtape-style throw-downs that draw the links between hip hop, soul, funk and old-school breaks.

The Bamboos have performed at events including Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, The West Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Golden Plains, Parklife, The Adelaide Festival, The St Kilda Festival, The Sydney Festival, Trop Fest and have appeared on the ABC TV Show “Sunday Arts”. The Bamboos music has been featured in high rating TV Shows such as “Greys Anatomy” (US) and “Ugly Betty” (US).

The last Bamboos album “Rawville” was described by IDJ magazine (UK) as “Arguably the best Funk album of the modern era …”

The Bamboos have performed as a backing band for international artists including: Eddie Bo (US), Joe Bataan (US), Eddie Floyd (US), Alice Russell & The Quantic Soul Orchestra (UK).

On their hotly anticipated third album, “Side-Stepper”, Australian kings of funk The Bamboos take the beat-laden deep party funk of their previous LPs “Step It Up” and “Rawville” and push the boundaries of their sound with an injection of Northern soul and ’60s Mod soul style. An amazing selection of guest vocalists – Kylie Auldist, MC Ty, Megan Washington and Swedish soul sensation Paul MacInnes – add their own unique flavours to the brew. Earlier this year The Bamboos backed Kylie Auldist on “Just Say”, her debut solo album, which was hailed as one of the best albums of the year by Mark Lamarr. “Side-Stepper” is available on CD; and double vinyl with the full CD inside. The vinyl release also includes an exclusive track, “Back At The Bamboo Shack”.


01. Nightsport
02. Tears Cried feat. Kylie Auldist
03. Now That You Are Mine feat. Kylie Auldist
04. King Of The Rodeo feat. Megan Washington
05. Funky Buttercup
06. Can’t Help Myself feat. TY
07. One Man Entourage
08. Make It Real feat. Kylie Auldist
09. Move On feat. Paul MacInnes
10. The Side Stepper
11. Amen Brother

The album BamboosSide-Stepper” (Tru Thoughts) is going to be released October 10, 2008.

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