“Jo Jo Zep brought soul to Oz rock and The Black Sorrows did it again” Rolling Stone Australia Jan 2017

Formed in Melbourne in 1984, The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands earning the reputation as a dynamic live act and festival favourite. There is a level of accessibility to their music that will appeal to the newest of fan. With ARIA Music Hall of Fame inductee Joe Camilleri at the helm, the band deliver a glorious mix of  blues, soul, old school R&B with flashes of jazz, country and Brill Building pop.

 Recently awarded “living legend” status by Rolling Stone Australia, Joe Camilleri has kicked a staggering number of goals over his 50+ years in music as a singer, songwriter, musician, performer and producer at the top of his game. Forty-eight albums later, if anything he’s even more passionate than ever. Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows as a loose band of like-minded musicians.  The independently released album Dear Children, represented a turning point for The Sorrows once CBS/Sony stepped in with a world-wide deal. There have been hits not only in Australia but also in Europe. Touring there several times playing songs that have become radio staples like Chained to the Wheel, Harley & Rose and Hold On To Me. There have been multi-platinum albums and, collectively, sales of over two million records worldwide. The Black Sorrows, in one form or another, haven’t stopped recording or performing since Joe pulled the thing together. 

Joe Camilleri
is considered one of the most genuinely talented figures in Australian music.  As frontman of the seminal 70’s band, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Joe was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons made their mark on the Australian music landscape with their unique blend of rock ‘ n’ roll, soulful sax and reggae rhythms with hits Shape I’m In, So Young and Hit and Run. Over the years other greats have admired Camilleri’s songwriting including Elvis Costello recording So Young in 1987 and John Denver with Chained to the Wheel and Never Let Me Go in 1989. 

The newest version of The Black Sorrows is a formidable one – Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray (bass/vocals), John McCall (keyboards/vocals) and Angus Burchall (drums) Joe Camilleri (vocals/guitar/sax/harp)

Live Reviews

“Black Sorrows delight west London with music masterclass” Australian Times UK

“…the musicianship never let up. The smiles never stopped. Camilleri looked almost blissed-out with happiness. The pumping, attacking, energy never flagged. The audience could have stayed there all night. This was less a gig, and more a revivalist jubilation meeting ”  GlamAdelaide  Adelaide Fringe 2017

“Camilleri as anticipated is a force of nature, with one of Australian rock’s most distinctive voices. His expressive and enthusiastic growls and croons carried the band through frequent musical twists. His showmanship sets a precedent, commanding the stage with genuine conviction and ability, and his larrikin nature entertains between also. He’s a Louisiana bluesman trapped way, way down south.” Planet Arts Melbourne

“Performing all types of music genres from blues, rock to even gospel the group showed an enjoyment for the music they were playing and presented a genuine energy to the sold out crowd. Being one of Australia’s most successful touring bands over a span of an unbelievable 30 years, this experience shines through with a fun entertaining night for everyone.” Cargo Art Magazine 2014

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“Catching the Sorrows’ brand of raw, rootsy, hip-shaking rock ’n’ roll feels like discovering the best bar band in the world” The National AE Dubai Aug 2015

“Feeling all cultured out? What you need is a good, late-night dose of the Black Sorrows’  Jim Gilchrist The Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe Aug 2015

“You’ll be smiling, tapping your foot and bobbing your head to the beats in no time” Lydia Nowak Broadway Baby Edinburgh Fringe Aug 2015

“you know you’re in the presence of a real thumping, jangling, Mississippi-by-way-of-Melbourne rock n’ roll band”  Aiden Ryan The Skinny Edinburgh Aug 2015

‘Camilleri is joined onstage by such a wealth of talent ….Everything comes together in what makes a complete experience and it appears that the crowd feels the same. There’s less of the polite applause and more of the real appreciation, more open-mouthed wonder’ Review The Quarry Amphitheatre Perth

‘Joe never fails to deliver, and produces one of the most powerful shows in the country. Joe’s passion for music and his genuine love of his fans make him the best in the business. Up and coming artists wanting longevity should take a leaf out of Joe’s book.’ Duane McDonald Regional Touring

‘The music bounces out of the speakers and hits you with its freshness and vitality.’ Review Brian Wise Off The Record

‘Camilleri is an Aussie rock legend and one of this nation’s finest performers..the epitome of a hardworking entertainer who knows how to connect with his audience.‘ Camilleri Flies High story by Chris Johnson Sydney Morning Herald


“Joe Camilleri is still cool in black” Newcastle Herald

“Jo Jo Zep brought soul to Oz rock and The Black Sorrows did it again..” Rolling Stone Living Legend

“Faithful Satellite combines all of the qualities you would expect from the Sorrows – eclectic roots instrumentation…providing an organic warm sound that is so captivating…the songs are some of Joe and Nick Smith’s best…expect to see this on many critics best of the year list”  Steve Britt Rhythms Mag Sept/Oct

“Camilleri simply continues to do one thing: churn out quality music…thealbum showcases a stellar line-up…these guys can play anything, and Faithful Satellite traverses bluegrass, blues, rockabilly, reggae, rock, gospel and soul” Jeff JenkinsStack Magazine

“….a record that traverses the American canon with zestful joy instead of faithful appropriation… Faithful Satellite is a reminder that Camilleri and his bandmates were the gateway drug for roots music aficionados in this country  Craig MathiesonThe Age EG

After 50 years Joe Camilleri is still wide awake at the wheel” Newcastle Herald

It’s difficult to fault an album that is as diverse as this one… there is enough space within the tracks to allow them to be appreciated by new fans as well, both in terms of lyrical quality and superb musicianship… this classic Australian band are not through sharing their musical gifts with the world just yet.” Jackie Smith AMNPlify

International Press

EuroAmericana Chart Feb 2017

“….definitely an album positively out of the ordinary. I recommend it without any doubt” mescalina Italy
“…highlights an unconditional love for the soul, the country roots, the language of southern music and r & b”Roots Highway review Italy

“a seamless album, reinterpreting blues and soul without losing sight of the high-octane rock. They have little to do with the rest of musical proposals that relate to his native Australia. And that makes them a rara avis (rare bird)….full of personality…drunken freedom…luminously excelsos”. Ruta66 Magazine Spain

“….For the rest of us are Faithfull Satellite, a cream, sweet jukebox and band so much fun you can have with live music from a low stage. Bring’em back”. Popklikk Norway

” Faithful Satellite will undoubtedly generate effortless appreciation outside the circle of the Black Sorrows diehard fan” Written In Music Netherlands


Mescalina Italy review
RudolfsMusic review NL
review Endless Sleep XL
Johnny’s Garden
Netherlands review
EuroAmericana Chart June 2015



muie.com Norway
Christer Olsson, Ctrlaltcountry Sweden

Wasser-Prawda Germany

Blues News Norway
WIMP Magazine Norway
Nidaros Blues Festival review