Inspired by his Polynesian heritage & following a strong family lineage of performers he writes songs of love, life & travel.
As one of Australia’s top drummers performing around the world for the past 6 years most recently for Xavier Rudd, it was a swift progression stepping out from behind the drumkit to take the mic. Making a name for himself Bobby Alu & his band have enjoyed repeat invitations to Bluesfest (2011/12), Woodford Folk Festival (2010/12), Nannup festival (2011/13) & Island Vibe (2010/11/13), boosting an already stellar CV for this increasingly in-demand performing artist.
Joined by highly respected QLD musicians Paulie B (The Beautiful Girls, George), Stewart Barry, Richie Seymour & Hua Hillman this band is the engine room facilitating a bed of style under Alu’s songs. Over the past four years they have been building popularity with successful tours & festival appearances in all states of Australia. Together they created the cruisy island music inspired album Take it Slow, which was launched (on a boat) to fans across the country in September 2013 receiving rave reviews.
Its’ the kind of album that makes you want to spend time with your friends.“ The Dwarf, 11 Dec 2013.
The 2010 debut self-titled album sparked immediate following after being listed in Triple J Roots N All ‘Top 10 albums of 2010’ also peaking at #2 in the iTunes Australian world music charts. Song ‘One to Wait’ won a QLD music award and more recently ‘Changes Changes’ included in the popular Putumayo ‘Australia’ compilation released worldwide May 2014.
The band’s latest venture ‘Bay Sessions’ is a live in-studio performance of fresh material available January 2015 with an accompanying national tour. It includes 3 solo performances & 3 band songs recorded & filmed in the lush Byron Bay. Bobby is also the drummer for Xavier Rudd’s latest project The United Nations. An 8-piece powerhouse band set to debut in 2015.
LIVE: Expect a fresh, simple sound with tastes of Polynesian ukulele, pacific beats, catchy songs, tasty harmony & powerful log drumming on a bed of slick style. Pass through moments like you’re in a hammock to becoming a slave to the beat. A band that grooves like Withers, moves like Marley, charms like Harper but smooth like Fat Freddys.