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Bobby Alu Releases 'Take It Slow' & Announces National Tour Dates

Bobby Alu

Out Friday Sep 13th through Vitamin, Take It Slow is the second album from Bobby Alu. In many ways for Bobby though, it feels like the first.

In his own words: “My first album was completely solo and an experiment. Now Bobby Alu is a team and a family. The balance, line up and groove of the band has taken shape over two years of touring the country, playing festivals, support slots, writing together and of course - recording this album.

It’s all about lifestyle choice for all of us. We choose the lives we lead and remain grateful for the good fortune that comes our way. Success doesn’t come without hard work but we find salvation in keeping the balance. Chilling out as well as working hard but first and foremost enjoying the journey. Take it Slow is an album delivering this philosophy.”

Between the four of them — Paulie B (guitar), Stewart Barry (bass), Grant Gerathy (drums) and of course Bobby himself — the band has compiled these songs to offer up some down time and counter a fast-moving and at times careless, irresponsible world. Again, in Bobby’s words; “I have travelled a lot since the debut album and have drawn inspiration from the tussle to find balance and patience. Slip Take It Slow on and for 48 minutes take some time out to chill.”

Indeed, it’s been a massive two years for Charles Wall, Bobby Alu’s creator and alter ego. A highly-respected, sought-after musician in his own right, when Bobby Alu is taking time out from the spotlight it’s usually because Charles Wall himself is touring Australia, or the world. Most recently it’s been the USA with Xavier Rudd but for years now Charles has been a regular co-conspirator with the likes of Nicky Bomba, Kooii, Mista Savona, Oka and many more. Even the Take It Slow album launch tour dates have been slotted in amongst shows with Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter & Nahko And Medicine for ‘The People’s National Tour’.

But, from an almost accidental start, it’s the enduring and ever rising reception for Bobby Alu that now takes up most of Charles’ time. And rightly so: there’s been two Queensland Music Award nominations, a semi-finalist berth in the International Song Writing Competition, support slots for The Beautiful Girls, Katchafire, Watussi and Blue King Brown and festival performances everywhere from Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Reggaetown Festival, Village Festival, Eclipse Festival, Wide Open Space in the Northern Territory, Folk Rhythm & Life Festival, the Australasian World Music Expo and Nannup Festival, to Island Vibe and Deep Roots. All this collaborating, living and learning within the project, meant this was the perfect time for Bobby Alu to record and release this collection of songs.

At the helm of the recording was the unflappable PaulieB, [the band’s full time guitarist, also contributing bass, vocals, percussion], who produced, engineered and mixed Take It Slow in hisTanuki Lounge studio. Clocking up an ARIA award and 300 000+ album sales with his old band George, international touring work with The Beautiful Girls, and production for bands such as Kooii, Kingfisha and Dubmarine has PaulieB at the forefront of the Australian roots scene.

A great friend and collaborator of Charles’ they’ve become a formidable bass and drums team for many artists over the years, though PaulieB’s relationship with Bobby Alu bassist Stewart Barry goes even further back. Meeting Charles when first they formed a rhythm section [for Melbourne artist Saritah] Stu’s years of experience in both the Melbourne and Brisbane Jazz scenes have seen him work with many top musicians over the past decade. Bringing up the rear, sits drummer Grant ‘Ding Dong’ Gerathy [Ray Mann 3, Jon Clearly] driving home the point that for this group — comprising two bassists and drummers — rhythm is the crucial element. It goes without saying that serious groove is essential to Bobby Alu, and its members’ inspiration.

Take it Slow embodies smooth with little stress. Paulie B, Stu and Ding Dong enhance Charles’ songs with the perfect experience and energy, creating music that soundtracks a complete lifestyle choice. Written completely on ukulele by Charles’ before the full Bobby Alu team developed bass lines, beats and licks, it was nonetheless a team effort also featuring Darky Roots frontman Josh ‘Hua’ Hillman on backing vocals, extra beats by African Percussionist Elliott Orr, and mastering by Grammy winner William Bowden [Gotye, The Living End, Hermitude, Eskimo Joe] at King Willie Sound.

Take It Slow Tour Dates

Fri 13 Sep - Woombye Pub


3/5-7 Blackall St, Woombye QLD

$15 pre sale | $20 on Door | 8pm

Sat 14Sep - Swell Sculpture Festival, Gold Coast QLD

Pacific Parade, Currumbin, QLD

Free | 1pm

Fri 20 Sep - Soundlounge

w/Sue –Anne

Currumbin RSL (Upstairs)

165 Duringan St, Currumbin, QLD

$13 pre sale | $15 on Door | 8pm

Sat 21 Sep - Sunset Brisbane River Cruise

Pick Up Points: Brett’s Wharf Hamilton 4.45pm OR Mowbray Park East Brisbane 5.00pm

$42.50 pre sale tickets | 5pm – 8pm Cruise

Includes: New Album, 3hr Cruise, Finger Food

Tickets available @

Sun 22 Sep - Hotel Brunswick


4 Mullumbimbi St, Brunswick Heads, NSW

FREE 4pm

Sun 6 Oct - Caloundra Festival

w/ Xavier Rudd, Boy & Bear, Earth Wind & Fire, & more

King’s Beach Park, Caloundra, QLD


Fri 11Oct - Clancy’s Fremantle

Support: Grace Barbe’ Acoustic

51 Cantonment St Fremantle WA

Tickets on the door | 9pm

Sat 12 Oct - Indi Bar

w/ special guests

23-27 Hastings St, Scarborough WA

Tickets on the door | 8pm

Sun 13 Oct - Clancy’s Dunsborough

1710 Caves Rd, Dunsborough WA

Free Entry | 3.30pm

Thu 17 Oct - Mojos

Support: Simon Kelly Acoustic, Mister

237 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle WA

Tickets on the door | 8pm

Fri 18 Oct – Prince Of Wales

41 Stephens St, Bunbury WA

Free Entry | 9pm

Sat 19 Oct - Settlers Tavern

114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA

Free Entry | 9.30pm

Sun 20Oct - Settlers Tavern

114 Bussell Hwy Margaret River WA

Acoustic Sunday Arvo Session

Free Entry

25-27 Oct - Island Vibe Festival

North Stradbroke Island, Brisbane QLD

Sun 17Nov - Bondi Yoga Festival

Seagull Studio, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW


Sun 24 Nov - Mullumfest

Mullumbimby, NSW


Wed 27Nov - The Basement

World Music Wednesdays

29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW

$5 | 8.30pm

Fri 29Nov - Heritage Hotel w/ The Strides

240 Princes Hwy Bulli NSW

$20 | 9pm

Sat 30 Nov - 505, w/The Strides

280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW

$20 | 9pm 

Sun 1 Dec - Moonshine Bar

The Manly Steyne

The Corso Manly

7pm, 2 sets

*VIC Dates TBC


During the Bobby Alu Take It Slow tour Charles will be slotting in drumming dates with Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter & Nahko And Medicine For The People’s National Tour


Wed 25 Sep - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Sat 28 Sep - 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River WA

Sun 29 Sep - Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA

Thu 3 Oct - The Forum, Melbourne VIC

Fri 4 Oct - Big Top, Luna Park Sydney NSW

Sun 6 Oct - Caloundra Festival, Sunshine Coast QLD

Mon 7 Oct - YAC Amphitheatre, Byron Bay NSW

Tues 8 Oct - The Tivoli Brisbane QLD

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