Three Quarters Hazel is a three piece band that delivers a unique sound in the genre of folk reggae with the power of percussion and tantalising tribal rhythms. Once the band starts playing, people rise to their feet and connect with the sounds that fill their ears.
Cherie’s contagious smiling, her high energy performance and incredibly engaging voice must be seen to be believed. Funky dance moves, bells on ankles…… This girls got a whole lotta soul!!! Josh, who plays bass, djembe, percussion and vocals brings so much life to the stage, together with Cherie they work off each other, taking songs to great heights but always so connected on stage. If you haven't seen this man rip it up on the bass and then switch back to djembe all in a funky solo, then you haven't seen everything.
And Grant, he is the man with the beats, His smooth and precise drumming give Three Quarters Hazel that final dash of spice that make people rise to their feet and always ask for more...... For the past two years, Three Quarters Hazel have been performing all over Australia. A successful tour up the East Coast from Sydney, via Byron Bay to 1770 in Queensland, saw Cherie playing solo at Woodford Folk Festival. The tour to Melbourne for a full 10 days captivated audiences at every show.
They also perform at Private functions such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, 40ths, 60ths, and anything in between. Three Quarters Hazel also prides themselves in offering their music to charity events. “We all can make a difference in this world and one way we do that is through our music. We are blessed with our lives and we want to share our music with everyone”, said Cherie. It has been a massive year for Three Quarters Hazel. Here are just a few of the memorable stories from this ongoing journey.
• Cherie won a singing competition on the national radio station Triple J and won four tickets to meet James Brown backstage before one of his shows. One of the band member comments were “He has such nice shoes.”
• Three Quarters Hazel were invited to play for the Sierra Leone Commonwealth Games Team at their welcome lunch for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. “We began to play some African rhythms and the entire team just began dancing and joining in on the music. It was incredible” Josh Oshlack
• Played a Charity show to help raise money for people who are homeless with mental health issues. Unknown to the band, Jimmy Barnes and Johnny Diesel, two Aussie legends, made a guest appearance to help out on the night and play a song for the cause. Three Quarters Hazel were honoured to share the stage with two great musicians.
• Invited to play at the Sydney Opera House for a world Sports event with MC Reason, a well respected, Aussie Hip Hop artist from Melbourne. Josh was heard to say “That place has a huuuuuge ceiling”. A much anticipated Live Album was released in December 2006.
This band is about live performance, about transforming the audience into a state of happiness, engulfing them with heart felt lyrics, well rounded songs that take you on a memorable adventure. The album ‘Three Quarters Hazel – Live at The Basement’ is unique, in that it hasn’t followed the standard path of a safe, studio album. After the Album launch, Three Quarters Hazel played at Peat’s Ridge Music Festival, just outside of Sydney over the New Year 06/07, with rave reviews. Three Quarters Hazel is also available as an acoustic, two piece band, bringing an intimate vibe to any occasion.