Louey Hesterman's Whimsy Band consists of:
Louey Hesterman (vocals, guitar, piano)
Cora Browne (vocals, bodhran)
Christy Cooney (vocals, banjo)
Cyril Moran (vocals, guitar)
Ben Rogers (guitar, mandolin)
At Humph Hall they will present a range of material highlighting the varied talents of band members Christy Cooney (Cobbers, Cooney’s Brew), Cyril Moran (Lawson Patterson songwriters award Port Fairy), multi-instrumentalist Ben Rogers and singer/songwriter Cora Browne.
They will be launching the band's new CD 'Louey Hesterman’s Whimsy' which is an autobiographical tale beginning in Echuca by the Murray River and travelling via Melbourne, Mildura and Vietnam to come to rest comfortably in Apollo Bay.
The story begins with Louey’s classical piano lessons during childhood, later expanded with blues, pop and Celtic influences which are reflected in his compositions. The Whimsy flights of fancy include a voyage to the South Seas and a seemingly impossible mash-up of surf music and Celtic reels.
The whimsical genie is well and truly out of the bottle and the band’s Heart and Soul shines through in their live performances.
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"A renowned guitarist from the land down under, Australian fretboard ace Ben Rogers turned mwe3.com on to Heart and Soul, an album he played on as a member of the band called Louey Hesterman’s Whimsy. Ben has been talking up Louey's new Whimsy album on his social media pages and—with the music covering an impressive range of music—Whimsy's Heart and Soul album takes you on a remarkable sonic journey. Imagine the deep folk-rock songs of Fairport Convention with Richard Thompson, with the occasional surf rock instrumental and picturesque, old English folk instrumental.
A relatively unknown singer and songwriter outside of Australia, Louey Hesterman is a most entertaining artist and band leader. On Heart And Soul, Louey shares the Whimsy vocal spotlight with female vocalist Cora Browne with other contributions from Christy Cooney and Cyril Moran and of course, guitarist Ben Rogers. Whimsy plays up a storm and the classic, folk-rock flavored lead off track “The Murray River Song” is a splendid choice for a single. Ever the reluctant guitar hero, Rogers gets an excellent center stage spotlight on a rock instro written by Louey called “Waves Of Apollo”. Cover art and imaginative album graphics are by Nikki Scarlett, who is the bass player in Ben Rogers’ bands. Track 12, “Home” is another memorable song masterpiece and gives a good indication as to the depth of Hesterman’s masterful songwriting.
With several songs looking back at Hesterman’s ordeals when he served in the Vietnam War, the music of Whimsy merges toe-tapping, topical folk-rock with a shot of rock and roll heart." - Green South Records