Jimmy Hornet – China
Ballsy Ballads and Raucous Renditions
Anthea Palmer (Jimmy Hornet Founder) was worried!
Mike Elrington had just finished his sound check. This was quickly followed by a heated conversation between Anthea and the sound engineer.
One man, one acoustic guitar, and a WALL of sound. Jimmy Hornet is essentially an acoustic venue and with a “Dinner and Show” format, the volume is kept at a comfortable level.
Anthea decided to take-it-up with Mike. He responded positively by saying “don’t worry, I’ll play my ballads first and ease into the ballsier tunes.”
Ballads did he say? The first song of the first set was……raucous!
Anthea’s concern was unfounded. Although the volume was lusty, engineer (Graham Rowlands) did a tremendous job of keeping it “Jimmy,” and the audience LOVED Mike. Really…..they were in raptures!
Huge and Hard Working
Mike Elrington is a gifted singer-songwriter with incredible guitar skills. Standing at almost two meters tall, delivering his signature, gut-wrenching vocals like an instrument all on its own, very few people forget a performance from this man. The commitment to his live shows and the well-earned reputation for leaving nothing behind but sweat has seen him invited to perform at some of Australia’s finest festivals, including the iconic Byron Bay Bluesfest, Bendigo, Sydney Blues and Roots Festivals & Blues on Broadbeach to name but a few.
Elrington has proven himself as one the hardest-working artists currently on the Australian scene, and over the last 17 years since the inception of his career as an 18-year old in Adelaide, has released 9 albums & toured excessively throughout Australia, the United Kingdom & New Zealand.
Mike Elrington performed at Jimmy Hornet, Zhongshan China on 8 September 2017.
Doobie Doobie Doo
In April 2017 he was fortunate enough to open up for American rock icons The Doobie Brothers in front of a sold-out room at The Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane, and much to his surprise, the band even asked him up to sing with them on their hit “Listen To The Music” at the end of their set, most definitely a career highlight. Elrington’s surprise was fuelled even further when told after that he was the first ever Australian artist to get to sing that song with the Doobies.