Picture yourself as the star of a technicolour movie surrounded by Hellzapoppin’ dancers swinging a Charleston two step, a 1920’s speakeasy in a fantasy setting where all your wildest dreams come true. You find yourself dancing a loose waltz, being thrust into dangerous spins by laughing friends and as your troubles wash away, a tall dark stranger takes you in their embrace and moves you gracefully, elegantly through a passionate tango. Without warning, a Dixieland street party erupts, you link arms for a circle dance, you clap, you shout, you feel alive. You are transported by The Woohoo Revue and you will love them for it.
Recorded at Sing Sing Studios with Adam Rhodes of Cat Empire fame, The Woohoo Revue’s second album Moreland’s Ball is an album of instrumental tunes inspired by the dance-floors of the world.
Imagine if you will, a well worn and wildly decadent ballroom scene, plush velvet curtains and ornate fixtures carved in beautiful hard woods. The thick red carpet on the imperial staircase is soft under foot as you make your way up to the viewing platforms and theatre boxes. The room is filled with people in elaborate costumes becoming enchantingly transformed with animal-like qualities, wings and tails, hoofs and scales. Some of guests invited by Moreland to his party include “Van Boldrin”, “R’ambo”, “The Goose, The Moose & The Boose” and “Espaneasca”, who are losing motor function in every conceivable direction to the unmistakeable sounds of The Woohoo Revue.
Three years on the band has barely stopped touring, performing in excess of 100 shows per year at venues and festivals throughout the country, including recent performances at WOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Australasian World Music Expo, Melbourne International Gypsy Festival, and Falls Festival to name a few.
Like the band’s live show, their recordings are full, frantic and feature incredible musical feats, and Moreland’s Ball – a unique and inspired portfolio of original compositions – is set to establish the band on an international scale, to again share the stages with international luminaries the likes of Besh o droM and Lulo Reinhardt.