Songs of The Mid-North
In late November, we travelled to Burra and Auburn to host sessions with local writers and organisations. We invited anyone wanting to join with us to write songs about the mid north. The sessions were successful in drawing interest and were followed up in January. The shows will be held in 2019 SA History Festival.
May 18 Burra Town Hall 7:30pm
May 19 Peterborough Town Hall 3pm
May 25 Old Courthouse Auburn 7:30pm
May 26 Nexus Cabaret Adelaide 2pm
This is a HATs project for which they have received a grant through Country Arts SA and you can find more details on their website.
Adelaide Fringe Show
The Adelaide Songs crew presented another show during the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. Four great shows and four great audiences witnessed the debut performances of some new songs and a smattering of the old and loved tunes. We received two 4 Star reviews from InDaily and The Clothesline.
Big thanks to La Bohème for having us at their lovely venue. We hope people will continue to support them during what is a very tough period for them while they wait for the ongoing renovations of Her Majesty’s Theatre which has impacted their trade significantly.
Paul Roberts, Alan Hartley and myself presented a few songs from our impending Fringe Show at The Gov Variety Show Saturday 16th Feb. We shared the stage with a fab line up of great entertainers including Jimmy Marin (Music) | Nick Coutts (Music) | Kim Le (Comedy) | Rudes (Comedy) | Yorke Heath (Music) | NeverLight (Music) Thanks to Ross Voss for putting on this great show.
Recording at Wizard Tone Studios
Very exciting news, we finally stepped into the recording studio in November to begin an official Album. We laid down four songs and returned for two more sessions in January. An album launch is planned for The SA History Festival in May and as a bonus, Satomi Ohnishi, our hard working percussionist, is working on an official song book!
There may well be a couple of early releases pre Fringe, so keep you ears open. Hint: I urge you tune into your favourite community radio stations.
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 were also asked to present a short set for the History Trust, at their Making History Conference, November 2. This, an apt lead up to the 2019 SA History Festival.
The same pitch landed us a corporate gig in Gawler in October 2019 at the Gawler Institute.
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.
Courtney Robb from Paperdoll Graphic Design has created this amazing new image for Adelaide Songs which we will be using well into the future.
Adelaide – The Songs 2017 Fringe season at The Jade, finished up with bumper crowds and with super feedback.
As promised, 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 4. This is a traditional Christmas celebration but this year, also 150th anniversary of the Hall. This spectacular event involved street 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, book launch. Also showing a family movie for an abundance of family entertainment.
We performed on the Oxford Terrace Main 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 30 found us back at The Grace Emily playing to another full house. The Lord Mayor was so wrapped with the show, he invited us to perform in the Adelaide Town Hall. What an honour!
SA History Festival 2016 – Adelaide, The Songs returned to Ayres house for two shows. Fun times were had by all at both the matinee and evening shows. We spent time with patrons after the shows discussing the material and 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 28. Attracting great reviews from Clothesline and The Barefoot Review, the audience was at full capacity for the follow up shows. Further accolades were given by Rip It Up following the second show.
A 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 Preston, Matt Swayne, Elizabeth Reid, Alan Hartley, Paul Roberts and Ivone Kirkpatrick, we used songs from the original show as well as new material.
Adelaide Song Tour Launch
The Adelaide Songs Project was launched during the SA History Festival 2015 with a concert tour. Starting with a small concert at the City Library, May 9th, where the project began. The major concerts, [two sold out shows] were held in the historic Ayers House, May 23.
I was joined by Emily A Smith on lead guitar. St Cuthbert’s choir stepped in at the evening concert to add their voice to ‘Stormy Summer Blues’. I had the pleasure of playing a song, penned by Adrienne Lovelock, with the fab crew from Brillig.
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 on a song about single mothers confined to the Destitute Asylum (now the Migration Museum). I also told a small snippet of the tale of the magnanimous ‘Stormy Summers’. Stormy was 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. I would call producing 21 songs quite successful.