It takes a special skill to keep a packed audience dancing for over an hour in a hot afternoon sun, but Bobby Alu rocked the crowd on day two of Port Fairy’s annual Folk Festival.
The five-man act entranced their Railway Stage audience with infectious rhythms, mellow harmonies and hypnotic drum pieces.
The hardest task was deciding the music’s influence, with its African, Polynesian and Jamaican tribal vibes backing up soul and blues sounds.
Either way, bobby Alu packed a crowd ranging from the elderly to the young folk, and there were plenty who hit the grass dancing.
Bobby Alu’s website say the band is the alter ego of lead member Charles Wall, an accomplished songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer with Polynesian heritage and an obsession with percussion and drums.
Bobby Alu took out the Unexpected Success award at the Woodford Folk Festival in 2013, just two years after a near maiden gig at the 2011 Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, where they played alongside the likes of Bob Dylan.
At Port Fairy’s railway stage Bobby Alu demonstrated why the band’s popularity continues to rise as they completed their act with a thumping rhythm and dance competition to an appreciative audience who literally danced up a dust cloud.