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Glenn Cardier - Vocals, Guitars
Rex Goh - Guitars

Phil Grove - Piano and Piano Accordion

Mick Malouf - Basses, Vocals

Dave Fester - Drums, Percussion, Vocals.

Band Bio

In early 2000, Glenn Cardier began work on Rattle The Cage, his first album of original songs in 25 years. The critical acclaim for Rattle saw the Australian singer-songwriter, once again armed with his battle-scarred Martin guitar, performing solo at major blues, roots and folk festivals as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Ray Davies, Bob Geldof, Rodriguez and Judy Collins.

Since his early recording days at Festival Records, Cardier had grown to appreciate the power of a well-arranged song performed by talented musicians. His long, self-imposed exile had led to a loss of contact with the Australian musical community. His friends came to help. Rock guru Glenn A Baker and the late bluesman Earlwood Greg put him in touch with a number of Sydney musicians. 

The Sideshow was born. The name drawn from the Cardier song Sideshow Alley from his first CD.

Cardier always imagined the Sideshow to be something of an evolving line-up with guest players often sitting in on sessions and gigs. He has often coloured the lyrical, rock'n'blues Sideshow sound with trombone, cello, harmonica and piano accordion.

The current core Sideshow line-up has been together now for some years and this fully fledged, crack band has been enthralling audiences at Byron's Bluesfest, the Gympie Muster as well as Cardier's old stomping grounds, Sydney's Basement and the Eastern Lounge, Roseville.

The Sideshow.

Rex Goh - Australia's most in-demand lead guitarist. Rex has featured in numerous bands and recordings.

Davo Fester - Drums, percussion, vocals

Phil Grove - Piano, organ, piano accordion

Mick Malouf - Upright and electric bass, vocals

As Rhythms Magazine's Keith Glass has insisted, Glenn should be trumpeted as one of our finest, an original and a craftsman of the first order. An assertion well evidenced below by this intimate and atmospheric performance, recorded LIVE with the Sideshow, one unforgettable night at Lizotte's on the Central Coast of NSW...



- One of the delights of a festival will always be the great bands you find on outside stages. Yesterday one of those was Australian songwriting veteran Glenn Cardier with his supertight band in a packed Juke Joint tent...
Noel Mengel, Courier Mail/Herald Sun April 18 2014

- Australian songwriter Glenn Cardier delivered a brilliant performance at the Juke Joint with his band the Sideshow. If you are at Bluesfest today don't miss his 3pm set.
Noel Mengel, Courier Mail Friday 19th April 2014

- With regard to Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow....
In my regard Glenn has always been a rock-solid staple of the Australian music community, producing rich tapestries of music on each and every album he has released.
It was fabulous to see him at Bluesfest and pleased to hear that you all had a wonderful ‘Bluesfest Experience.
Rusty Thorpe – Artist Liaison, Bluesfest 7-5-14

- There was a buzz on the ground all right!
I should have said hello before your show but I always feel a bit wrong about that. Being a player myself I know people are in another zone trying to get on, especially at a festival.

- Out on the floor, the sound was perfect.

- You know this but you have really hit on something special, the Beefhearty blues and the melodic stuff to contrast with that, the strong lyrics, the wry humour, the great players.

- My son, who writes great lyrics himself, was most impressed. That’s got to be a good sign getting through to someone who is 21...'

- Hi Glenn
You were the outstanding performer of Bluesfest 2014. It was your combination of audience connection, anecdotes and segues, THE MUSIC, the lyrics, the songs, the humour, the tightness of the band etc. (I was one of the dancers stage-right) Congratulations.
I'd love to know if ever you're performing around the Central Coast as I'd bring my friends. Thanks

- There was a particular energy about the bandages!!!...the joint was jimsonweeds hoot!!!! Bravo to alia love the Juke Joint - a hidden gem away from all the massiveness...

- Hi Glenn,
Loved your music back in the day and loved your set at blues fest. Cookin' band too!

- Well Done!!
You smashed through that ceiling at your last show on Saturday @ the Juke Joint and have grabbed a Huge bunch of new fans along the way @2014 Blues Fest
(The Sideshow) is one smoking band you have put together!! They really do justice to your songs!
Have been wanting to see you play since your Brisbane gig in the 1980’s supporting Spike + spoke to you backstage then! Glenn Lap it up man ,
would love to grab a coffee when next you play Brisbane

- As global Chairman of the PLAYING FOR CHANGE MOVEMENT I want to thank Glenn Cardier for joining us at the PFC Sydney Benefit Concert together with Jimmy Barnes.

Glenn's performance's with us ranks with the best Blues Bands we have played with, around the world. We have recently recorded with Keith Richards, Manu Chao, Sarah Bareilles and many more. Your Band would sit proudly with any of our acts.

Peter Noble mentioned to me after the Bluesfest that he received incredible feedback about Glenn. Your new lineup won many new fans, young and old.

We look forward to working together at the next opportunity. Best Regards,


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