The Leaping Lizards are cutting fresh edges around present day Australian Acoustic Revival Music. They are loyal to Australia's own "Heritage Roots" music. A leading ambassador band, multiple award holders and first stop for the Aussie cultural entertainment to greet thousands of overseas business GALA EVENTS continuously during 28 years of appearances. The Leaping Lizards are truly one of the most experinced Ambassador Bands of thier time.
Another successful festival in Tamworth! We had a number to appearances this year, both the Family Hotel and the Tamworth Southgate Inn gave us bookings......thank you Joan!
Here are some pics from this years Golden Fiddle Awards held annually in the Tamworth Town Hall. We were nominated for Best Composition with one of our original instrumentals but didn't get the gong this year. Congratulations to all the winners, it a great event and one of the highlights of our year.
Another year gone, last gig in the book done! We've worked hard and achieved many milestones this year.......our bucket list is getting shorter! A very sincere thank you to everyone out there who plays our music on the radio, listens to it , buys our CD's and comes to our gigs.....your support and interest sustains us on many levels. Thank you very much......... have a wonderful and safe Christmas.
ARH HARR! PIRATE BALLS!
( Mt Nimmel Pirates Ball)
HEY! WE MADE THE TOP 10 IN THE AIRIT CHARTS FOR MOST DOWNLOADED TRACK FOR AIRPLAY! Shedding My Skin our title track, is gaining traction since its release to radio, showing its new colours and radio are saying.....YES WE LIKE IT! Thanks to all the presenters for downloading it for airplay on your shows. Thank you very much!!
See the charts here: www.airit.org.au/
*** FINALISTS 2011 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS ***
The Queensland Music Awards were held a couple of weeks ago, we were finalists in the 'world music' category. The Voyager, which is our band vehicle, had broken down, and after last minute repair attempts failed, Ronnie's iconic old red Toyota van was called into service once more.....she is as old as the band - 27 years! The old girl was retired as a band vehicle a few years ago and designated to farm duties. We eventually found the back seats stuffed (carefully placed Ronnie tells me) behind the house under a pile of other horded junk (useful someday apparently) and a few snake skins and mud nests. We cleaned them up and scoured through jars of dusty bolts and washers to attach them to the floor with....then the search was on for the seatbelts! They were found hanging (in a 'safe place') several hours later. Oh & then the rush to feed the chooks & ducks then rug & feed the horses, get dressed, makeup. Oh for a casual cocktail preparation one imagines you might have before heading off to a State Awards night. It was a peak hour breeze travelling to Brisbane though, so breezy you could see the bitumen though the holes in the floor and we had to yell at each other to be heard over the motor (and only three of our seven 'guests' got gassed by the fumes being sucked up through perished seal in the back door). Our sound guy Tom Hawker and producer Michael Fix were all ready to roll, dressed in their best (we hadn't told them about 'the car') but I managed to lure them on board with my 'classy' 4L box of red wine while passing them a towel to sit on......in hind sight I probably should have also provided ear plugs and a gas mask....I'll be better prepared next time...! Well we were certainly a sight rocking up at the awards amongst the limos and stretch hummers - true Lizards style it was, you all would have been proud of us! We didn't have a win this time, but we sure did have a good time, AND the box came home with only a few drops to spare. I'm sure if everyone present had the choice they would all be more than happy to never do it like that again EVER! .
To see other the three other finalists in their category go here: www.qmusic.com.au/qldmusicawards/2011/index.cfm This is the third State Award this year the Lizards have qualified for, earlier this year the Lizards won 'Best National Band' at the Victorian Country Music Awards, followed by two finalist positions in the Queensland Country Music Awards. They are humbled and grateful to be recognised and included in these comprehensive all genre music awards, where the best music in Queensland is represented. Winners will be announced on Awards Night, Tuesday 16th of August at The Old Brisbane Museum. Come and support the band, get your tickets here : tickets.oztix.com.au/ You can hear Crawling From the Wreckage on the player below.
***************** LATEST SINGLE *** TITLE TRACK *** RELEASED TO RADIO Here is themuch awaited for release of the title track. This is the 4th radio single off the album, which has attracted a lot of airlay, a lot of awards and a lot of attention to this point.
This track, written by Donna Reynolds (Bass) and Ron Dimmick (Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin) just 3 days before their recording deadline, pretty much sums up how a little attitude adjustment can pull a lifetime band out of obscurity and plant them firmly back in the Australiana contemporary acoustic music spotight.
Shedding My Skin Album (comments from WJO Distribution)
"This album would have to be described as a definitive point in their career.
They playa mix of original acoustic music along with rootsy traditional heritage pieces.
They are passionate about keeping Australiana music alive, and presenting it in a way that has wide appeal for a whole new generation. After an already substantial career, they really did 'Shed Their Skin' to find their place in the modern music landscape"
"The masterful skill of fellow instrumentaist and award winning producer, Michael Fix, shines through.
In various combinations, they've all written or contributed to nine of the eleven tracks, and presented fresh arrangments to a couple of much loved heritage pieces. A beautiful ballad from acclaimed Australian songwriter Graeme Connors and Mike Kerin is also included, which the band has performed live for many years." www.wjodistribution.com/category.php
FRIDAY 1ST OF JULY THE LEAPING LIZARDS HOST
PETE DENAHY HOUSE CONCERT Please email for details
The Leaping Lizards at the Zamia Theatre Mt Tamborine Mar 2011
Photo by Lance
FINALISTS 2011 QUEENSLAND COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS 08/048/4/2011 Double finaists 2011 Qld Country Music Awards & Rebel Yelp Songwriting comp. After many years rolling with the punches, the Leaping Lizards are on a new roll & its not a bread one! They have made the finals in the Queensland Country Music Awards for Qld recording artists, in two sections, Best Group with their tital track Shedding My Skin writen by Donna & Ron, and Instrumental with Crawling From The Wreckage (also written by Donna & Ron). Both tracks are off their new album. Crawling From The Wreckage made the 10 ten in Dec 2010, at the Australian Songwriters Awards (non genre instrumental section) and another track off their album, Beauty & the Bush written by Donna, recently made the finalist list in the Rebel Yelp Songwriting comp for protest songs. Go Lizards!! The awards are hosted by the Charters Towers Country Music Festival and winners will be announced on Saturday the 30th of April. charterstowerscountrymusic.com/docs/documents/1332_The_QCMA_Finalist_for2011.pdf
THANK YOU VICTORIA! THE LEAPING LIZARDS HAVE JUST TAKEN OUT BEST GROUP IN THE VICTORIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS! 14/2/2011 Hosted by the Whittlesea Country Music Festival the Victorian Country Music Awards have honoured The Leaping Lizards with the Best Group of the Year Award. Their new album Shedding My Skin has recieved generous airplay in Victoria since its release in December and its success continues to snowball into what is turning out to be a great year for the Lizards! www.whittleseacountrymusicfestival.com.au/Awards.html
THE LEAPING LIZARDS WIN 2011 GOLDEN FIDDLE AWARD! 20/1/2011 The Leaping Lizards have just taken out the top award at the 2011 Golden Fiddle awards by being honoured for more than a quarter century of dedication to Australia's Heritage Roots Music and supporting the careers of numerous fiddle players who have passed through in their band, with the prestigious Golden Fiddle Lifetime Achievment Award. Full story :
TRIPLE FINALISTS GOLDEN FIDDLE AWARDS!
TAMWORTH JAN 2011 4/1/11It has just been announced that The Leaping Lizardshave been named finalists for their new CD
Shedding My Skin, in the following three categories:
Best Band, Best CD & Best Composition. The awards take place in the Tamworth Town Hall on the 20th of Jan 2011 9am www.goldenfiddleawards.org.au
******************* ALBUM LAUNCH 17TH DECEMBER 17/11/10 The Leaping Lizards have completed recording their brand new album "Shedding My Skin" produced in conjunction with Michael Fix at his studio in Brisbane www.michaelfix.com. The album contains a swag of originals written by the band. Daniel Fournier of CPARIS mastering www.cparis.org, has done a great job and the whole project is currently getting pressed and printed. For an invitation contact us or sign up to our newsletter.
FINALISTS - BLUE SHOE AWARDS
INSTRUMENTAL - LORELLEVEOUS 1/12/10 We're delighted to learn our latest single Lorelleveous has been nominated as an Instrumental Finalist in the inaugural "Blue Shoe Awards" to be held at the Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley on the 15th of Dec . Its the track you're listening to now or you can watch us perform it live (below) taken from a support gig we did with John Schumann (Redgum/Only 19) earlier this year. You get to vote for winners
here www.channelc.com.au/awards(....vote for us!! )
TOP 10 FINALISTS AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITING AWARDS 2010
INSTRUMENTAL - Crawling From The Wreckage
12/11/10 Double Finalists!! We attended the Australian Songwriting Awards last night in Sydney...........great night! Crawling From the Wreckage made the TOP TEN and Lorellevous made the top 25, we are very pleased with that result! www.asai.org.au/contests
Leaping Lizards - Live - Instrumental - LorelleveiousLast year we did a support for legendary iconic Australian, John Schumann (Redgum/I Was Only 19), here is some footage form one of those shows. Liam does a great job on the fiddle here, Hugh took over from him in 20118.13 MB
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