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Songs of The Mid-North

On Sunday November 25th we are travelling up to Burra and Auburn to host two sessions with locals wanting to join with us to write songs about the mid north. The sessions are booked in for The Burra Town Hall 1:30pm and The Old Courthouse, Auburn at 4pm.

We are looking for people with stories and any songwriters interested in participating in the venture.  This is HATs project and you can find more details on their website.

Cruising with Adelaide Songs

While cruise ships are pulled up to the shore, they invite local artists to come on board to perform and this is exactly what the Adelaide Songs Team are doing November 27th. We will be presenting two short shows for the passengers as part of their stopover in wonderful South Australia. What better way to teach them about our city than telling the stories in song.

Pitching Battles

We took a presentation of the project to SAPA via Country Arts SA in Noarlunga at The Hopgood Theatre in June.

As a result we were invited to part of the Back To Back Short Show Festival at The Star Theatre in Hilton, October 20th.

We have also been asked to present for the History Trust, November 2 in the lead up to the 2019 History Festival.

Fringe Shows 2019
Adelaide Songs will be presenting a season of shows in the 2019 Festival Fringe. Details to be announced soon. The 2019 Season will feature some brand new songs…..
Song of the Mid North & History Festival 2019
The Adelaide Songs team has received funding to write a new collection of songs about the Mid-North of South Australia region. This is very exciting for us as a team. We will be meeting with interested people in the  Mid-North community from November this year and presenting our new set of songs in several Mid-North towns and in Adelaide as part of the History Festival in May 2019.

The all new Adelaide Songs Show 2018 Adelaide Fringe Season

After farewelling Matt and Elizabeth in 2017, we were tasked with finding a new team and writing new material. We welcomed Gem Phillips, Trish Drioli, Satomi Ohnishi and Ashley Turner to the line up and created a brand new show. 2018 Fringe Festival was witness to the new project title as Adelaide songs – Director’s Cut

We began the season March 2nd at The Old Courthouse in Auburn as part of the HATs program, followed closely with a show at The Jade in Adelaide, March 3. The  final two shows were both March 10th.

Read the first review from Barefoot by David Grybowski and a mention on Dr D’s blog! Man About Adelaide reviewed by Rowena Garcia. Liam McNally also gave us the thumbs up in Tulpa Magazine

Courtney Robb from Paperdoll Graphic Design has created this amazing new image for Adelaide Songs which we will be using well into the future.

Well it is official, Adelaide The Songs will continue with a brand new show in Adelaide Fringe 2018. We have sadly waved goodbye to Matt and Elizabeth who have been constrained by massively busy new jobs. Their contribution thus far has been invaluable and we have the unenviable task of trying to replace them. We plan to regroup and are currently working on new material.

Adelaide – The Songs 2017 Fringe season at The Jade, finished up with bumper crowds and with super feedback.

Adelaide – The Songs were invited by The Lord Mayor of Adelaide to play in the Adelaide City Gala event at The Adelaide Town Hall December 4th to celebrate Christmas and 150 years since the Hall was first opened. This spectacular event involvedstreet theatre in the foyer, bands, choirs, dance, mimes, elves and of course Father Christmas.  There were also re-enactments of the entertainment at the Opening Ball June 16 1866!

Unley Council  invited us to be part of their Libraries Festival November 5th to help celebrate their 50th birthday. The Gala event included a vintage fair, demonstrations, workshops, storytelling, exhibitions, live music, a book launch, family movie and an abundance of family entertainment.

We performed on the main Oxford Terrace Stage to a great crowd.

Clare Valley Council invited us to perform at the Clare Town Hall August 20, to celebrate the Hall’s 90th birthday.  Our first corporate gig!

Umbrella – Winter City Sounds –  July 30th found us back at The Grace Emily playing to another full house. The Lord Mayor was so wrapped with the show he has invited us to perform in the Adelaide Town Hall.  What an honour, keep watch for updates on this event.

SA History Festival 2016 –  Adelaide, The Songs returned to Ayre’s house for two shows.   Fun times were had by all at both the matinee and evening shows. We were able to spend time with patrons after both shows discussing the material and the relevant background.

Check The Advertiser’s May 30 issue for a great article by Carole Whitelock, written in response to the Ayre’s House Show.

Adelaide – The Songs Fringe show opened at The Grace Emily Hotel, to a full house on Sunday Feb 28th. Attracting great reviews from Clothesline and The Barefoot Review, the audience was at full capacity for the follow up shows.  Further accolades given by Rip It Up following the second show.

The streamlined version of the original show was successfully performed at The Fleurieu Folk Festival in October and The Clare Valley Music Carnival in November 2015, winning a great many fans. Performing alongside Keith, Matt Swayne and Dr Elizabeth Reid from Brillig, Alan Hartley, Paul Roberts and Ivone Kirkpatrick, we have incorporated a number of songs from the original show as well as working up new material. I have added a new song describing how the Destiny of Adelaide was changed from the intended Utopia to a typical city in a very short time.

Adelaide Song Tour Launch

The Adelaide Songs Project was launched during the SA History Festival 2014 with a concert tour.  Starting with a small concert at the City Library where the project began, 2:30pm May 9th.  The major concerts, two sold out shows were held in the historic Ayers House May 23rd.

I was joined by Emily A Smith for both my own songs and had the pleasure of playing another song, penned by Adrienne Lovelock, with the fab crew from Brillig.  St Cuthbert’s choir stepped in at the evening concert to add there voice to ‘Stormy Summer Blues’


Heritage Arts and Traditions  combined with Adelaide City council ran a series of songwriter workshops in the new City Library with local songwriters in 2014. The council were concerned about the lack of songs written about the city and challenged local composers to pen some tales specifically about Adelaide City.

I collaborated with Andy Armstrong to write a song about the single mothers that were confined to the Destitute Asylum (currently the Migration Museum in Kintore Avenue). I have also managed a small snippet of the tale of the magnanimous ‘Stormy Summers’, one of Adelaide’s most colourful identities associated with a famous bordello overlooking Light Square.

The project’s aim was to produce a collection of the songs for the City of Adelaide.


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