Carrizma

Rock 'n' Roll/Country/Easy Listening Duo

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Our performing experience began by competing in the many music festivals around Nth Qld, both together & individually. We entered as many categories as we could, and were sometimes lucky enough to pick up awards, and in 1994 even made it as far as the Champion of Champions in Townsville.

We were encouraged enough to put together a 4-piece country band. We called it Carr's Country. Our other band members were Graham Presho on guitar & accordion & Brad's younger brother Darren on drums. We quickly discovered that the main club & hotel venues around the area didn't have a lot of room for a 4-piece band. They were mainly employing solo artists or duos. It was a dilemma. The decision to go it alone took some planning. We both had day jobs and at that time our dream of becoming a self-supporting music business was just that! A dream for our future. We made our first tentative step toward our dream by Brad leaving the daily grind to concentrate on compiling a good extensive repertoire, while I continued with my day job....which I loved!

Still using the Carr's Country name, we found regular work almost immediately. Soon we were confident enough to take the plunge and turn professional. At this time we were lucky to be offered regular work in an Australiana-style show at a local tourist venue. The experience was invaluable and we loved it so much that we stayed for 2 years!

After leaving this comfort zone and changing our name to CARRIZMA, we took any work that was offered. Carr's Country is still used as our business name. We didn't want to give the impression by our business name that we only performed country music. This change opened more doors for us. We were now free to explore different music styles.

Here in Cairns , we are lucky to have some great clubs to work in. We have even been so lucky to be able to be the supporting act for Gerry & The Pacemakers when they performed in Cairns …fantastic night!

We also perform for the passengers of the Cruise Liners that visit Cairns.

Over the past 24 years spent in this industry, our following has steadily grown. Some of these people are dedicated dancers (who add so much to the ambience of a club) and we gradually learnt some of their special songs for dances. This encouraged others to join in with them. Such a fun atmosphere! We call them fun dances. We now hold our own dances, making sure we hire a large venue with heaps of dance space, they are proving to be very popular and heaps of fun! We also use these dances to raise money for the Renal Unit at the Cairns Base Hospital.

In the beginning, some concerned people told us to forget our dream and stick to ‘real' jobs. This only made us more determined to succeed. It hasn't always been easy, but the hard times have been worth it for us to appreciate this wonderful life of music that we now have. Our love of performing, and the delight of making people happy, hasn't diminished with passing time

We don't know what the future will bring or what opportunities will come our way, but rest assured that if it has anything to do with music…we'll be there!

Upcoming events for this artist 'Carrizma'
Fri, 27th Apr 2018
Carrizma@Atherton International
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Atherton International Club
Sat, 28th Apr 2018
Carrizma@Innisfail Brothers
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
6:30PM Innisfail RSL
Wed, 2nd May 2018
Carrizma @ Cazalys
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:00PM Cazalys Cairns
Sat, 5th May 2018
Carrizma @Cairns Serbian Club
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Cairns Serbia Club
Fri, 11th May 2018
Carrizma @ Edge Hill Bowls Club
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
6:00PM Edge Hill Memorial Bowls Club
Sat, 12th May 2018
Carrizma@Innisfail Brothers
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Innisfail Leagues Club
Sat, 19th May 2018
Carrizma@Cairns Rock'n'Roll Club
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:30PM Edge Hill State School Hall
Fri, 25th May 2018
Carrizma@Atherton International
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Atherton International Club
Wed, 30th May 2018
Live Music
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:00PM Cazalys Cairns
Wed, 30th May 2018
Carrizma @ Cazalys
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:00PM Cazalys Cairns
Thu, 31st May 2018
Carrizma @ Mareeba RSL
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
6:30PM Mareeba RSL
Sat, 2nd Jun 2018
Carrizma @ Cairns Serbian Club
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Serbia Club
Sat, 9th Jun 2018
Carrizma @ Innisfail Brothers
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Innisfail Leagues Club
Sat, 16th Jun 2018
Carrizma @ Yungaburra Hotel
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Yungaburra Hotel
Thu, 21st Jun 2018
Carrizma @ Mareeba RSL
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
6:30PM Mareeba RSL
Fri, 22nd Jun 2018
Carrizma @ Atherton International
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:00PM Atherton International Club
Sat, 23rd Jun 2018
Carrizma @ Malanda Show Ball
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
7:30PM Malanda showgrounds
Fri, 20th Jul 2018
Carrizma @ Townsville RSL
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
8:00PM Townsville RSL
Sat, 21st Jul 2018
Carrizma @ Townsville RSL
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
8:00PM Townsville RSL
Tue, 24th Jul 2018
Carrizma @ Townsville RSL
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
10:00AM Townsville RSL
Wed, 1st Aug 2018
Live Music
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:00PM Cazalys Cairns
Wed, 5th Sep 2018
Live Music
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:00PM Cazalys Cairns
Wed, 26th Sep 2018
Live Music
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:00PM Cazalys Cairns
Wed, 3rd Oct 2018
Live Music
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:00PM Cazalys Cairns
Fri, 12th Oct 2018
Carrizma @ Townsville RSL
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
8:00PM Townsville RSL
Sat, 13th Oct 2018
Carrizma @ Townsville RSL
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
8:00PM Townsville RSL
Tue, 16th Oct 2018
Carrizma @ Townsville RSL
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
10:00AM Townsville RSL
Thu, 1st Nov 2018
Live Music
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
6:30PM Cazalys Cairns
Wed, 7th Nov 2018
Live Music
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:00PM Cazalys Cairns
Wed, 5th Dec 2018
Live Music
Carrizma (Rock 'n' Roll / Country / Easy Listening Duo)
12:30PM Cazalys Cairns
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Influences
Everly Brothers, The Eagles, Crosby/Stills & Nash, The Beatles
Gig Highlights
Supporting Gerry and The Pacemakers here in Cairns back in 2007.
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