Fruit returns to Nevada City for one show
In what has turned into at least a semiannual show, Australian roots pop band Fruit plays a Nevada City gig tonight.
Since 1995, Fruit has been active in the worldwide festival circuit, including WOMAD (World of Music, Art and Dance), the Harrison Festival in British Columbia, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather in Mariposa and Nevada County’s own California Worldfest.
From folk festivals to venues throughout the United States, Fruit has developed a loyal following. In Nevada County, for instance, Fruit plays to standing-room-only crowds.
Fruit is just as popular in its own country. In 2001, Fruit was designated “Best Up and Coming Live Act in Australia” and “Best Emerging Act in South Australia” at the Australian Live Music Awards. Last September, Fruit picked up four awards in the South Australian Music Awards: most popular band, best release for “Live at the Basement,” most outstanding instrumentalist (Mel Watson) and most outstanding drummer (Yanya Boston).
Fruit incorporates funk, blues, rock and groove sounds into its folk rock originals written by lead singer/songwriters Susie Keynes, Watson and Sam Lohs. Brian Ruiz on bass and vocals and Boston on drums and vocals round out the group.
Currently recording its fourth studio album, Fruit is temporarily headquartered in Philadelphia, where members are working with Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer David Ivory (Erykah Badu/Patti LaBelle/The Roots).
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