The Bamboos are Australia's masters of Deep Funk and Super-Heavy Soul.
Led by Guitarist Lance Ferguson (AKA Lanu), other members include Kylie Auldist (Vocals), Dustin Mclean (Hammond Organ), Danny Farrugia (Drums), Yuri Pavlinov (Bass), Anton Delecca (Tenor Saxophone/Flute), Phil Noy (Baritone Saxophone) & Ross Irwin (Trumpet).
The Bamboos formed in 2001 and released the 7" single 'Eel Oil/Blackfoot', earning them international acclaim from the likes of Mr Scruff, Patrick Forge and Jazzanova. Their next release 'Tighten Up/Voodoo Doll' was signed by Kenny Dope (Masters At Work) and Keb Darge (Legendary Deep Funk) for their U.S-based imprint Kay-Dee Records.
Making their home at U.K's Tru Thoughts records in 2005, The Bamboos debut album ‘Step it Up’ was released jointly by Tru Thoughts and Ubiquity Records (US) in 2006. The second Bamboos long-player "Rawville' was released in 2007 and was described by
IDJ Magazine (U.K) as " ...arguably the finest Funk album of the modern era"
In 2006 and 2007 The Bamboos toured Europe and the U.K, bringing their unmistakable sound to venues including The Jazz Café in London and countries including Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Belgium. The Bamboos live shows have evolved into non-stop mixtape-style throw-downs that draw the links between Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and old-school Breaks.
The Bamboos have performed at events including Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, The West Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Golden Plains, Parklife, The Adelaide Festival, The St Kilda Festival, The Caloundra Music Festival, The Sydney Festival, Trop Fest and have appeared on the ABC TV Show ‘Sunday Arts’
The Bamboos music has been featured in high-rating TV Shows such as ‘Greys Anatomy’ (US),‘Ugly Betty’ (US) & 'Underbelly' (AUS)
The Bamboos have performed as a backing band for international artists including: Eddie Bo (US), Syl Johnson (US), Joe Bataan (US), Eddie Floyd (US), Betty Harris (US), Alice Russell & The Quantic Soul Orchestra (UK)
In 2008 The Bamboos recorded music for the multi-platinum million selling Nintendo Wii video game: ‘de Blob’.
The latest Bamboos album ‘Side-Stepper’ featuring the single 'King Of The Rodeo' has received unanimous acclaim including airplay on JJJ, Mark Lamarr and Craig Charle's BBC radio shows, and was 3RRR's ‘album of the week’ upon release in Oct 2008.
The album peaked at the #1 position on the iTunes Plus R&B/Soul 'Top Albums' Australian chart
The Bamboos were included in the Melbourne Age’s prestigious ‘Top 100’ list of influential people in Melbourne city for 2008.
Here's what people are saying about the new album '4' & The Bamboos: by No doubt in my mind this is the best thing they've done! There's a big challenge facing a lot of Funk bands this year, and that is having explored most avenues of the late 60's sound where do they...
Here's what people are saying about the new album '4' & The Bamboos: by No doubt in my mind this is the best thing they've done! There's a big challenge facing a lot of Funk bands this year, and that is having explored most avenues of the late 60's sound where do they go from there? This album in a lot of ways shows them the way to go" - CRAIG CHARLES 'THE FUNK & SOUL SHOW' BBC6 (U.K)
They are the tightest Funk act in the world...I would have stopped giving them the album of the week spot if they didn't keep pushing the bar higher than anyone on the scene." - TIM RITCHIE ABC RADIO NATIONAL (AUST) Album Of The Week 6th April 2010
Love the new Bamboos..." - HARRY SHEARER (KCRW, NPR Worldwide, The Simpsons, Spinal Tap)
The eleven dancefloor gems easily compete with James Brown - The Godfather of Funk and turn every club into a Finnish sauna within minutes" - PLAYBOY MAGAZINE (GERMANY)
They are about as good as it gets.. " - MARK LAMARR BBC RADIO 2 (U.K)
A first class gem...A classic is born!" - BLUES & SOUL MAGAZINE (U.K)
The new Bamboos is Huge!" - LAURENT GARNIER (FRANCE)
Beautiful examples of killer modern Funk!" - ASHLEY BEEDLE (U.K)
The Bamboos greatest attribute is the way they combine the deepest, truest love for the full range of old school funk & soul styles...yet still sound themselves very much of the here & now. You can't really overstate the value of doing the first wave innovators proudly while moving so comfortably in the post millennium." - DUSTYGROOVE (U.S)