Fallen Saints

Rick Melick & The Fallen Saints, Rod Paine & the Full Time Lovers

Rod Paine and The Full Time Lovers

Rick Melick & The Fallen Saints, Rod Paine & the Full Time Lovers

Out front on vocals and harmonica, the charismatic Rod Paine is a stylish showman with one of the most soulful and inspiring voices in this land. Charming audiences for 30 years, he has walked the stages around the country delivering a sound somewhere between Muscle Shoals and mid-sixties electric Blues. Add the broken-up harp sound emanating from his little 40-year-old amp, and he is hard to draw a comparison with.

Ray “TT Slim” Tully (drums) and Tony Harwood (bass) form a dynamic rhythm section that is the backbone of the act. Performing together for over 35 years, this tight unit has graced line-ups such as The Sensational Rocket 88s, The Redliners, The Detonators and The Straight 8s, to name just a few.

In 2014, the Fulltime Lovers welcomed the extraordinary Co Tipping to take over guitar duties, wielding the Fender Stratocaster in a way very few can. This important inclusion signalled a shift in the band’s sound and an extension of its broad appeal. The addition in 2020 of Michael J Shannon on Hammond organ has added colour and depth to the repertoire, where his incredible musical knowledge shows through.

In 2013, Rod Paine & The Fulltime Lovers won the prestigious MBAS (Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society) Blues Performer of the Year Award. They subsequently represented the MBAS in 2014 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA, where they competed with the world’s best to impress an international audience.

Most recently, the band was awarded the MBAS Band of the Year for 2023.

Rick Melick

Multi-Award Winning Keyboardist Rick Melick, who has played every major festival in the world from The North Sea Jazz and Montreux Jazz Festivals, WOMAD and The East Coast Blues and Roots, in addition to the world’s great and historic theatres and arena stages, will be performing for the very first time at this year’s Port Noarlunga Blues Festival.

Rick will be performing twice at this year’s festival. On Friday 29th of November he will be performing his solo vocal/piano show “Tracing the Roots of the Blues” which he premiered at the Thredbo Blues Festival in 2022. The show traces the history of the blues from the 1920’s forward in both music and script. His second performance will be held on Saturday the 3oth November with the legendary South Australian band ‘ The Fallen Saints’ who together, will trat the audience to a fabulous evening of Blues and Roots music.

The Fallen Saints

Carl Pink..Ron Kosmider.. Nick Panousakis and Mark Meyer.. over the last 40 years they have been responsible for around 400 Australian and American albums as individual players.. numerous number one albums and singles.. both here and in the US.. and toured as members of bands such as Richard Clapton Band.. Marcia Hines.. Moving Pictures.. Stylus.. Divinyls.. Wendy Mathews.. Ross Wilson.. Jenny Morris.. Dave Dobbyn.. and more.. Collectively.. they are.. The Fallen Saints.. The chemistry between these 4 musicians is undeniable, it’s like they second guess each other all through their gigs, there is a special kind of magic when these men play together, a kind not often found. Come and experience the point of difference that is the creative force of THE FALLEN SAINTS.