Leigh Marks | Aunty Jack’s | Slack-Off Sundays
LEIGH MARKS is an Australian singer-songwriter who is blending the musical styles of blues and folk with a unique organic sound, which is perfectly complemented by his soulful and gospel-inspired singing voice. In 2018 Marks released his self-titled debut album, bringing together a range of vocal influences that find their home in storytelling. Slide, percussive and electro elements create expanding moods where the eclectic rhythms of world music drive a compelling vocal.
The album, recorded by renowned Blues and Roots producer Syd Green (19 Twenty), was released through Audio Records, Norway. The album was performed in Germany, Denmark and Switzerland as part of an extensive club and festival tour of 32 shows over 3 months, drawing critical praise.
Marks shall be performing his record in 2019 to a fast-growing European and domestic audience playing select shows in the Blue Mountains with another European tour starting in August. Leura’s Matt Tonks will be featured on guitar during the Australian performances.
12/122 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780
The Winter Magic Festival is the highlight of the Katoomba calendar. As such, Aunty Jack’s is going to be very busy on Saturday, June 22nd, so reservations are recommended for anyone looking to enjoy a meal. Each seating on Saturday, June 22nd, will be for a maximum of 2 hours. There will be limited spaces available for anyone looking to just have a drink and this will be on a first come, first served basis. Please call the team on (02) 4760 8837 to reserve a table now.
What is Aunty Jacks?
The best-est and most kitschi-est slice of retro Australiana this side of Paul Hogan throwing a prawn on the barbie! Put on your best ‘thongs’ (those are flip-flops, or ‘flimsy sandals’ for our non ‘occa’ speaking friends) and head to Katoomba’s best ‘underground’ restaurant and bar (it’s not a secret, it’s literally under the ground in a basement – we’d keep it a secret but that’s bad for business). Forget small servings of deconstructed dishes that you saw last night on Masterchef (who wants a meal out that requires assembly anyway), think ‘chips, bits and gravy’, ‘chicken parma bites’, ‘meat & 3 veg’, or a ‘zucchini burger’ for those who choose to make friends with salad. Whilst the food might remind you of a time when your grandmother used to make you a spam sandwich before you went outside to run under a sprinkler (the smartest thing kids had to play with before iPhones), the bar is all about the best beer, wine and cider you can get your hands on today . . . but don’t worry – beer comes in ‘tinnies’ so you’ll feel right at home. If that doesn’t take the lamington, Aunty Jack’s is home to the best cocktails (and mocktails) in the Mountains. Long story short, the food is tasty, the bar is ‘fully stocked’ bro, and it’s family friendly . . . and your Aunty is welcome (even if she has a moustache).
Where is Aunty Jack’s?:
122 Katoomba street, Katoomba. If you’re driving and hit Echo Point, Skippy or the Milkybar kid – turn around and ask for directions . . . unless you’re a man, in which case you continue driving until you’re ready to admit you’re lost.
. . . Who is Aunty Jack?:
There’s an Aunty Jack in every family. She’s the one who never had kids of her own, but knew that family was more important than anything; who travelled far and wide but always called Australia home; who wasn’t afraid to break from tradition, making new ones of her own along the way; who was unconventional and unpredictable, but always loyal and dependable; who collected trinkets wherever she went, but knew memories were the best souvenirs; who was the keeper of all the family recipes and secret ingredients; There’s an Aunty Jack in every family.