Music

Alana Blackburn – Re-Growth?

Regrowth? is a solo multimedia performance by acclaimed recorder player Alana Blackburn. Through a performance of new, electroacoustic works it’s time to hear the recorder like you’ve never heard it before! Bringing an arsenal of different sized instruments, this visual and aural experience evokes thoughts and engagement between the audience, the natural world, and the creative sound world.

Obviously a fine exponent of music for any recorder, she proved herself as a capable experimenter in contemporary wind technique. In four diverse works she produced an atmospheric collaboration with electronic media.ArtsHub

CATEGORY: Music and Experimental Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Australian Ukulele Orchestra

The Australian Ukulele Orchestra (AUO) is a small group of talented musicians from NSW. Based in Sydney but with members also from Newcastle and Port Macquarie, the group is unique to the Australian ukulele scene. They perform multi-part arrangements of compositions from Handel to Fleetwood Mac, Tchaikovsky to Michael Jackson. Formed in 2019 and just before COVID restrictions kicked in the Orchestra was previously known as The Outlaws and had performed for several years at ukulele festivals on the East Coast. During the two NSW COVID lockdowns the Orchestra produced entertaining videos of some of their repertoire available on You Tube and via their Facebook Page. In recent times the Orchestra has supplemented its pure ukulele line-up with vocals and percussionists. Demonstrating that music is for all people, the group sports members with careers in teaching, education administration, banking, retirement and health sciences.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Catherine Britt – Home Truths

The internationally successful, multi-award-winning singer/songwriter, Catherine Britt takes to her hometown stage to showcase her new album Home Truths and perform a whole swag of her biggest hits. It’s the singer and the song that makes for truly distinctive and enduring artists – lots of great songs and some mighty fine singing. Catherine Britt has a voice that instantly gets your attention … but unlike others, it is the craftsmanship of this singer/songwriter who unashamedly boasts a worthy story to tell that truly keeps her audience enthralled.

Supported by self-proclaimed gypsy Scotsman, singer/songwriter Colin Lillie whose latest EP was mixed by Shane Nicholson on Beverley Hillbilly Records and features a duet with Britt – this show promises to pack a punch and sell-out.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Failure to Launch

They perform funny songs and award-winning poetry but can they finally get their books off the ground? Robert Edmonds is a prize-winning poet and performer but Gravity Doesn’t Work is his first collection. Clark Gormley is a Writer/Singer/Comedian who’s written three albums worth of songs for Nerds & Music but his poetry collection Not What You Think deserves a bigger audience. See the show that won best comedy at 2021 Dubbo Fringe.

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CATEGORGY: Music, Comedy and Poetry

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Georgina Winchester – Piano from Gresford

Piano From Gresford is a cross multi-disciplinary performance incorporating symphonic music, story-telling and theatre. The piece of music was written and produced by 24 year old local musician and founder of Purple Top Records, Georgie Winchester, who has gathered only the most experienced and best young musicians in Newcastle to accompany her undulating piano composition. In collaboration with young writer Angus Sharpe who is studying creative writing at the University of Newcastle, some of the most unique and poetic tales have been written and are narrated throughout the show creating an interdisciplinary edge to the performance. To tie the performance together, two local dancers embellish the music and Sharpe’s stories onstage through use of costume, body movement, light and dance. Distinguished director, actor, writer and producer Michael Winchester has offered to assist in direction and production of the show.

Don’t miss this beautiful locally produced show on a magical night in March for the Newcastle Fringe Festival 2022.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: PG

The Heathens Choir

What do you call someone who sings and lives in Blackheath? A ‘Heathen of course! We are an inclusive and welcoming choir to all comers, with singers from Hazelbrook to Lithgow. If you love music but think you can’t sing, we don’t believe you. Our aim is to get the best possible musical result out of enjoyable rehearsals, being firm believers that the journey must be at least as much fun as the outcome. Current musical choices range from Eric Bogle and Eliza Gilkyson to the Flying Pickets, via Paul Simon and James Taylor.

The Heathens Choir is a valued community institution in the upper Blue Mountains. The role of a community choir is a many-layered thing, where singing is the glue that holds together something altogether more profound. Our music brings joy to other people, whether it be at Mt Victoria Great Train Weekend, Leura Gardens Festival, singing with the Sydney Street Choir or in concert with the Spooky Men’s Chorale.

One of the choir’s older members said this: “I adore the sound of human voices of all ages singing. I never thought I could sing but through the positive reinforcement and encouragement, I am beginning to find that I can sing. And it gives me tremendous joy”.

CATEGORY: Music and Choir

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Henry Wagons – Old Fashioned Nights

Henry Wagons (host of Double J’s Tower of Song and front man of the band Wagons) needs no introduction. The charismatic performer, raconteur, TV host and radio personality is synonymous with Melbourne’s culture of good music, good food and good times. Accompanied by special guest Lachlan Bryan on piano (of Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes), this special, Sunday 20 March-lunch-edition of Old Fashioned Nights, delivers up a unique afternoon of songs and stories with a culinary theme. It’s Henry at his informal, conversational best.

CATEGORY: Music and Spoken Word

CLASSIFICATION: M

Jacinta Gregory – My Intervention

You all waited far too long to do this, so Jacinta has taken matters into her own hands, and decided to throw her own intervention. Snacks, refreshments and a space to air grievances will be available for all to enjoy!

A blend of comedy and cabaret featuring original songs, ‘My Intervention’ is the story of a person so isolated and desperate for company that they make a space where people are forced to attend. Hilarious, raw, and gut-punchingly honest, My Intervention is a show you won’t want to miss.

CATEGORY: Cabaret, Music and Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Johnny Bakerlite and the Subterraneans – Thinking Out Loud

This is a jam packed hour of evocative poetic imagery, served up in a rich melodic sauce of textures and colours with a dollop of driven punchy one liner smoky blues for your listening pleasure.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: YA, PG

Kahibah Brass Kills the Radio Star

The eccentric, eclectic, electronic, ‘eargasmic‘, and visually spasmodic brass explosion that is Kahibah Brass brings a chaotic mix of old and new, known and unknown, twisted together and sent to you through cosmic beams of neuro experimentation. All served with a side of visual insanity, this is a show for the reminiscent, ‘disco-iscent‘ time travelling revellers that like the night life and to boogie on down blurred lines laid out by Israelites so we can be Happy Together. So Tether My Pony, shake that Green Tambourine, Get Smart & come on out to the extraordinary extravaganza that is Kahibah Electro Pop Brass Experience.

CATEGORY: Music and Experimental Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Li Laurent

Li Laurent is an enigmatic singer songwriter who writes songs about feeling very deeply and/or being incredibly sassy. She’s an acclaimed British Artist, known for her powerful vocals and unique writing style which have been regularly featured on radio, TV & festival stages. Her style transcends international waters, where her music is being received in England, America and Sweden most notably with her original songs “Little Black Soul” and “Broken Bird”. Her shows are always packed full of good vibes and great energy and she’s here good time – not a long time.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Luke Robinson & Friends – Songs of Country & Conscience

As folk music legend Pete Seeger once said, “A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for”. With carefully-crafted lyrics and a rich, powerful bass voice accompanied by acoustic guitar, Luke’s rousing anthems and contemplative ballads range from our First Peoples to refugees, fracking, climate change, military misadventures and drug addiction, balanced with comical reflections on Australian life and politics.

Originally hailing from country Victoria, Luke now lives in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Playing in a blend of folk, rock and country styles, he has performed at folk clubs, festivals and other public events across the country. In Songs of Country & Conscience, Luke and fellow musicians from Newcastle and Sydney will share with you their original songs calling for social and ecological justice – be sure not to miss these powerful voices for a better Australia.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFCATION: M

The Majishans present Nashville: a Rock Odyssey

Hold on to your seats folks – it’s going to be a wild ride! This is the story of an almost famous band whose manager offers them a breakthrough gig in Nashville. All they have to do is get on a private plane, taking off from a deserted airstrip at night, and fly to Tennessee…. What follows is an epic journey of survival, loss and transformation. Nashville is an amazing performance that fuses storytelling with original music. It’s a rock odyssey inspired by Middle Eastern riffs, swampy Delta blues, trance and the kind of smoky, guitar-fuelled journeys of the Deep South.

CATEGORY: Music and Spoken Word

CLASSIFICATION: M

Mitchell Elliott – Kurosawa Daydream

Mitchell Elliott will perform his 2021 collection Kurosawa Daydream for the first time before a live audience. Kurosawa Daydream is inspired by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s series of short films, Dreams (夢). The songs are, like their namesake, desolate, uncanny, and phantasmagorical; collages of electronic sounds that provoke the listener to find meaning within the cacophony of violent sounds, eerie melodies and disparate field recordings. Elliott invites his audience to endure a treacherous sonic journey through dream-like imagery and foreign worlds.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: YA, PG

Nerds & Music Do The Fringe

Nerds & Music consists of two word-nerds from the back sheds of Newcastle. A poetry-writing engineer and a font designer with misguided dreams of guitar stardom, their unique acoustic comedy is all about the words. Quirky and non-traditional, they provide philosophical insight into underrated song writing subjects such as British crime drama, recycling and the colour brown. Delivering satire coated in pleasing harmonies, audiences will be mildly bemused by their weirdness, witticisms, wordplay, alliteration, and use of the Oxford Comma. Warning: may contain traces of nerd.

CATEGORY: Music and Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Red Orchestra & Biggs Project

Red Orchestra electro pop. Biggs Project melodic rock. Two of Newcastle’s 1980’s post punk bands. Bursting with inspired originality, reaching into the depths of our souls, instantly connecting with the listener. To express our deeper thoughts and feelings through music. Red Orchestra, electro pop, broke into the mainstream supporting major acts in the 1980’s. Biggs Project, melodic rock, have continuously played and performed, since the 1980’s and perfected their smooth sound.

CATEGORY: Music

CLASSIFICATION: M

Spooky Men’s Chorale

MEN, SINGING SONGS. SOME OF THEM ARE FUNNY.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.

CATEGORY: Music, Choir and Comedy

CLASSIFICATION: M

Sydney The Folk Musical

This extravaganza, spanning 10,000 years and 658 suburbs, featuring a live folk band and a Greek chorus, will be performed by a cast full of Morris dancers (from Sydney of course) and filled with songs penned by Clark Gormley.

CATEGORY: Music, Poetry, Dance and Comedy

CLASSICIFATION: PG

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir is a non-auditioned choir which welcomes members regardless of their sexual identity or musical experience. The choir is open to all – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer and our straight allies. What unites us is a love of singing together and striving for performance excellence. A powerful symbol of diversity, inclusion and harmony, the choir has maintained a vital and visible presence in the history of Sydney’s LGBTQI community.

CATEGORY: Music and Choir

CLASSIFICATION: PG

WCB: Sigil

The return season of WCB: Sigil, ‘Artistic Merit’ nominee from Newcastle Fringe Festival 2021!

WCB: Sigil is an exploration of musical spell-casting. Walking through a surreal projected landscape, we go with WCB deep into his psyche to reveal sometimes uncomfortable truths but ultimately cathartic emotions.

WCB has been described internationally as neo-soul, R&B, electronica and trip-hop, “emotional and soulful”, “with a distinct moodiness”, but what draws listeners to his music is the exploration of the emotional complexities of the human experience.

WCB: Sigil combines his love for music, visual storytelling and movement, providing a glimpse inside the world in which his music exists; giving an authentic representation into the the struggles of being queer and an artist.

WCB has performed previously at Newcastle Fringe, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Auckland Arts Festival, NZ Pride Festival and NZ Music Month; and shared the stage with queer icon Lucy Lawless.

CATEGORY: Music and Experimental Theatre

CLASSIFICATION: M, YA

Zlatko’s Balkan Cabaret

Want to get your feet tapping? Want to free your inner Gypsy? Then come along to experience the unique music and song of Zlatko’s Balkan Cabaret, from moving love songs to passionate dance music. Fiery, powerful, gentle, romantic… Zlatko’s Balkan Cabaret brings you all the captivating music of the Romany gypsies and Balkan folk songs. Zlatko’s rich baritone voice, accompanied by instruments as diverse as guitar, violin, keyboard, clarinet and percussion, recreates the exhilarating and moving songs of his homeland. This ensemble of talented and vibrant musicians from the Illawarra entrances audiences with the spirit and mystery of this ancient culture, from poignant love songs to irresistible dance music. As they share their love of their Romany roots, the vibrant intensity of true gypsy blood flows through their music to transform audiences into a passionate gypsy troupe. So step out of life as you know it and free your inner gypsy with Zlatko’s Balkan Cabaret!

CATEGORY: Music and Cabaret

CLASSIFICATION: PG