Rawness and emotion are what strikes you when you hear what Ali Penney and The Money Makers play for you. Penney’s husky, soulful voice is matched perfectly by the smooth sounds of the Money Makers’ blues.
She may consider herself a pianist first and this shows in her skills on the keys, but the honest vulnerability in Ali Penney’s vocals has won her an award for her singing.
“This girl plays piano like an 80-year-old black guy – she’s gotta lotta soul,” said Freddy King’s right-hand-man, guitarist Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones.
She has played for and supported some of the best; Lynwood Slim, Johnnie Johnson, Kid Bangham, Lloyd Jones, Andrew Junior Boy Jones, Todd Sharpville, Chris Cain, Lucinda Williams, Cephas and Wiggins and The Tailgaitors. She was invited to sit in and play with Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and the Palm Court Orchestra in New Orleans. She has also played with Australian legends The Hippos, Supro, Fiona Boyes, Chris Wilson, LiL’ Fi, Bridie King, Marissa Quigley and many more. She is currently touring with The Cyril B. Bunter Band in their 41st Anniversary Tour.
More than anything else, Penney is a band leader and as lead singer of The Money Makers, she knows how to put on a show – a funny and entertaining show – and play songs which get the audience toe-tapping and dancing.
Carolyn ‘Pinecone’ Packer is without a doubt one of the most exciting piano players performing today, specialising in blues, boogie, jazz and swing. Carolyn is in big demand for live and session work for some of the best blues and jazz musicians in the country.
Pine came to notice in the blues circuit through Lonesome Boogie, where she quickly gained the reputation of being one of our finest keyboard players. She formed her own band Hipsister which saw her travelling the country supporting greats such as Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond.
We look forward to a rare sighting of both women of blues joining together on stage for a duelling, jamming organ stomp – something not to be missed.