The Black Sorrows at Castle Hill RSL

THE BLACK SORROWS: "Music is always evolving. You can’t resist change. I think we’re changing all the time, there’s no stopping it," Joe Camilleri of The Black Sorrows said.
THE BLACK SORROWS: "Music is always evolving. You can’t resist change. I think we’re changing all the time, there’s no stopping it," Joe Camilleri of The Black Sorrows said.

“For me, it’s always about the freedom,” Joe Camilleri, singer and songwriter of The Black Sorrows said.

“If I’m making music, I’m not thinking about anything else. I can actually get lost in it.”

Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows in 1984 following the demise of his seminal band Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons the year before.

As a member of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, Camilleri was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. 

He said as a young kid, listening to the jukebox was his salvation.

“It was the only thing that would get me into another space,” he said.

“Not only did I know every song on the radio, I knew every song my mother had in her record collection. My mother would sing; it made her happy.”

On November 25, The Black Sorrows will perform at Castle Hill RSL where Camilleri will steer the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel and country.

Spontaneous and emotionally driven, Camilleri ensures that no two performances are ever the same.

“To me, music is about people having fun,” Camilleri said. “We come to play and leave the audience feeling exhilarated.”

  • 8.30pm, November 25, Castle Hill RSL, 77 Castle St, Castle Hill. Tickets: $35. Bookings: 8858 4800 or castlehillrsl.com.au.
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