In the spring of 2008, Fuzz and Carrie extended their family to include fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson completing their colorful vision. Since then, the four of them ran away from home and never looked back.
Within that first year, the Caravan of Thieves began to win immediate praise for their unique blend of gypsy swing and popular music, inspiring them to record and release the debut full- length album Bouquet (2009). To accompany this collection of dramatic and satirical tales, they built an interactive stage set of percussive junk and the ragtag quartet took their newly animated show on the road, sharing stages with world renowned artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, Glen Campbell, Nanci Griffith, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine, Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, John Hammond, John Jorgenson and many others. The Caravan successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse bills, proving their act to be understood and appreciated by folk, pop, rock and jazz audiences of all ages.
“The years spent making music as an acoustic duo, alongside street performers, forced us to create a style of music we can present anywhere, anyhow, plugged in or not, a little wild and raw,” adds Carrie addressing the palpable troubadorian nature of Caravan Of Thieves, “And this seemed to be a characteristic of popular artists and performers who have developed their persona and style that continue to span generations."
“...crisp and cleanly delivered and never overbearing, but at the same time [they] deliver the lyrics with an unmatched passion.”
Reaching to musical depths far beyond his years and a way with the guitar that can only be seen to be believed, Champagne often sounds closer to a three-piece band than the 21 year old singer songwriter guitarist now established as a renowned per- former on both the Australian and international stage.
A reputation on his instrument of choice firmly established, recent descriptions of the live show state 'A prodigy playing like no- one could possibly play unless they spent at least two lifetimes studying the art' and 'The best young guitarist in Australia' (IFC President). Daniel's playing runs from the instrument’s soul to way outside of its box. His signature explosion of 2-hand tap- ping, body percussion and fiery runs in a swag of different tunings can be expected. As can the jazzy finger picking and taste- ful improvisation of someone who first picked up the instrument at seven years old and, as it would seem, hasn’t put it down since.