The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, Chase the Sun
Penny Hartgerink, Jedd Bradmore, Joe Winkler, Sam Hathaway
Chase the Sun, Angus and Julia Stone
Since forming in late 2008, Penny and The Mystics have established themselves as a favourite at South Coast live music venues, with their high energy blend of reggae, folk/rock and new age roots. The Kiama band has played to rave reviews at the Coast’s top venues, from the Bulli Heritage Hotel in the north to Milton Theatre in the south, as well as Sydney’s The Basement. The band is about to release its first album, PENNY AND THE MYSTICS. The album, due for release in late June 2010, is a great showcase for their collective song-writing ability and musical skills. The band is fronted by lead singer Penny Hartgerink, whose debut EP FOUR DAYS, went to No.1 on the Australian Independent Release chart for EPs and singles when it was released in 2008. Legendary rocker Clive Shakespeare produced FOUR DAYS, and was a consultant for the new album, produced by Martin Hailey. Penny opened the 2008 Union of Soul concert at Wollongong Botanic Gardens which was headlined by the John Butler Trio, Clare Bowditch, Lior and Gotye. In late 2008 she was joined by three talented young musicians – Joe Winkler, Sam Hathaway and Jedd Bradmore – to form Penny and the Mystics. They’ve been playing gigs constantly ever since. Penny looks after most of the singing and plays rhythm guitar, with Joe Winkler on drums, percussion and vocals, Sam Hathaway on lead guitar (electric and acoustic) and Jedd Bradmore on electric and upright bass. Joe, Sam and Jedd are all surfers, and they named the band in honour of one of their favourite surfing spots, Mystics at the mouth of the Minnamurra River.