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Yoga for Artists

Lesley Goldacre



South Coast Writers Centre’s Poetry workshop with Susan Hampton

14 August 2010

Please bring with you 15 copies of 3 pages of your poems/writing. In this workshop we’ll explore working with imagery, and the concept of point of view in poetry. We’ll look at techniques for making your poems stronger and more memorable. We will workshop a few pages from each person. Presented by South Coast Writers Centre, ACT Writers Centre, NSW Writers Centre, Bega Valley Shire Council and the South East Arts Region. Supported by Arts NSW. Thanks to Writers of the Far South Coast for their assistance with this workshop program.

When: 10am-3.30pm, Saturday 14 August 2010

Where:  Batemans Bay Community Centre, Batemans Bay Community Centre, 2 Museum Place, Batemans Bay NSW

Bookings: or 02 4228 0151

Cost: $30 members of SCWC, NSW WC and ACT WC/$65 non-members


Booklaunch: Ron Pretty’s Postcards from the Centre

14 August 2010

Ron Pretty’s seventh book of poetry, Postcards from the Centre will be launched by SCWC Director Ali Smith. Free entry. All welcome. Presented in partnership with Wollongong Central Library and supported by Wollongong City Council.

“Here is a poet who knows about boxing, drinking cheap reds, the way music works on us, that it’s our doubts that bring us alive, and how hair might fall on pillow. Ron Pretty is one of Australian poetry’s most admired figures and his generous new book reminds us of all the reasons for this.” – Kevin Brophy

When: 2.00 for 2.30pm, Saturday 14 August 2010

Where: Theaterette, Wollongong Central Library, 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

RSVP: 02 4228 0151 or

Free event. All welcome.


South Coast Writers Centre’s A green thought in a green shade: celebrate National Science Week with Christine Paice

17 August 2010

As part of the Science Made Marvellous celebration of National Poetry Week, Kiama poet Christine Paice will be commissioned to write a poem in response to the Janet Cosh Herbarium at the University of Wollongong. To mark this initiative, Christine will give a lunch time reading at the University of Wollongong Library.

When: 12.30pm, Tuesday 17 August

Where: UOW Library

Free event. All welcome.


Ali Smith – Director

South Coast Writers Centre

Professional development, networks and resources for writers and readers on the South Coast of New South Wales. Supported by Arts NSW and Wollongong City Council.

PO Box 32 Wollongong East NSW 2520

Tel/Fax: 02 4228 0151




berni janssen’s chapbook is now out!  lake & vale is made of up two pieces performed on stage and for radio over a number of years – and much awaited by PressPress. I love this chapbook.

Chris Mansell’s chapbook, The View from a Beach,  set on Werri Beach is new out as well, as is Barbara Orlowska-Westwood’s Firing Neurons about her Polish family experiences during the Second World War and later under the communist regime.

Jeanine Leane’s new chapbook Dark Secrets: After Dreaming (AD) 1887-1961 is a hard-hitting uncompromising look at white inscription of black history and experience in Australia a not to be missed. Jeanine will read with Chris and Lizz Murphy (Six Hundred Dollars) in Canberra soon.

Coming up…publication of the Chapbook Award winner and, we hope, some of the shortlistees’ chapbooks as well.

Chapbook Award winner and shortlist.

The judging of the 2010 PressPress Chapbook Award has been finalised – wow what great work there was in this crop of manuscripts – and we are happy to announce the full shortlist (given here in alphabetical order):

B.R.Dionysius The negativity bin

Howard Firkin Semele

Stephen Lawrence Chemical Events

Vanessa Page Memory Bone

Vanessa Roberts Tram Scribbles

Tim Sinclair Re: reading the dictionary

The entries came from the UK and USA, New Zealand, India, Sweden and from all over Australia. All of the short-listed works are from Australia (we look forward to an international short-listee one day). You’ll see when they come out how different all the shortlist manuscripts are.

And the winner is…

After some tough decision-making the panel was pleased to choose B.R.Dionysius The negativity bin as the winner of the 2010 Award.

PressPress Blog

Visit the PressPress blog at for details of readings and launches that Press Press poets are doing. There’s also reviews and notices as well as all the info and tips transferred from the Blusterhead site.  Let me know if there’s something you’d like to see in the newsletter or on the blog.

Some readings coming up:

Lizz Murphy, Jeanine Leane and Chris Mansell will be reading at Daltons Books in Canberra (54 Marcus Clarke St) 2pm Saturday 7 August 2010 and Chris and Lizz will move on to Boorowa and read the next day as well. Thanks Lizz for organising these!

Chris is hoping to venture to Darwin to launch Sandra Thibodeaux’s Extinctions at the end of the month. Keep your eye on the blog or Facebook page for details if you’re up that way.


A series of introductory workshops beginning 29 July will run in Nowra. Register your interest at Tips on how to pick a good a good workshop are on the blog – have a look.

Small Manuscript assessment service
After a bit of feedback on the Manuscript Assessment Service, (Love to, but too expensive) I’ve split the service into two: a Full MS assessment service and a Small MS assessment service. The smaller one is for poets only and will give them a solid, practical critique of a smaller number of poem for a lot less money. There are brochures available for both. You can email PressPress at and we’ll send you a couple of pdfs with everything you need to know before starting.

Facebook page

If you’re on Facebook already, become a ‘Fan’ of PressPress and get ready to try for a free chapbook when on the first day of publication. Keen followers have snapped up a freebie within six minutes!


Press Release: Art Exhibition


THE OLD COURT HOUSE                    7 – 12 AUGUST 2010

Four Wollongong artists have recently returned from a three-week art program in Umbria and Tuscany. The results of this creative period can be seen in the exhibition ‘SEVEN’ at The Old Court House in Wollongong from 7th to 12th August. They will be joined by a printmaker from Bathurst, two photographers and a fine furniture maker.

Elizabeth Muntz, Elspeth Mc Combe, Mary Wingrave and Mary Louise Wyatt travelled with a small group of Australians, led by Wollongong artist and facilitator,  Lucia Parrella. They stayed in the ancient walled city of Citta Di Castello in northern Umbria, about halfway between Rome and Florence, experiencing the life and culture of Umbria and neighbouring Tuscany. They visited nearby cities and hill towns of special interest which inspired their own creative work – sketches, photographs and rubbings for artists’ books and monoprints. The program culminated in a three-day printmaking workshop in a centuries -old printery, where they created a variety of work based on their research drawings, photographs and memories.

Elizabeth Muntz explored the theme of feathers, birds and angels’ wings in her artist’s book and printmaking, influenced by the abundance of Biblical references to wings and flight in Italian art.  

Elspeth McCombe delighted in the view from her bedroom window and sketched the narrow cobbled streets and old buildings, with terracotta roof tiles and chimneypots, in and around Citta Di Castello.

Mary Wingrave developed rubbings and frottage from the metal plaques and textured surfaces of footpaths and walls. Ancient locks, doors and friezes also feature in her collagraphs and etchings.

Mary Louise Wyatt was intrigued by the iconography and symbolism in Medieval and Renaissance art, especially in frescoes, golden and glowing, or eroded over time, with peeling paint and crackled plaster.

The August exhibition will also showcase a range of fine woodwork by Warwick Powis, including side tables, slender mirrors and boxes, each uniquely designed and crafted from Australian timbers.

Barry Whitelaw, photographer, will display his most recent panoramic landscapes of the Illawarra and surrounding areas, some printed on canvas and others framed behind glass.

Judy Thatcher, who lives on a farm near Bathurst, will show a series of eye-catching linocuts inspired by nature and the graceful lines and colours of Japanese woodcuts.

Photographer Simone Baker, formerly of Wollongong, will exhibit several large black and white images that capture the stillness and beauty of the Pyrenees.

The Old Court House,

cnr Harbour St & Cliff Rd, Belmore Basin, Wollongong

7th – 12th August 2010

Saturday & Sunday: 8am-5pm    Monday: 9am-1pm    Wednesday & Thursday: 2pm-5pm

Opening: Saturday 7th August at 3pm

Contact: Mary Louise  0437 049 875

Wearable Art entry for

Dear Illawarra Artist,

BN hits the International Art Market in France – March 2010. Visits to leading arts institutions and accelerated learning for BN mob gained via experience and sharing knowledge as well as sorcing new contacts.

BN travels to France !! Presents at 16th International Symposium of Aromatherapy

Bonjour mes amies!

How excited and proud we were….off to France! This came about by a stroke of luck and serendipity. Mark Punakirri Willers an Associate BN Artist had been in contact with an art gallery in Nice, France regarding the possibility of showing his work. The gallery director of Princesse Di Kiev Gallery, Daniel Duhautbout in turn contacted our Director Kelli Ryan. He has a keen interest in Aboriginal art and already exhibits some in his space. He was interested in all aspects of the studio and asked if there would be anyone suitable – with an extensive knowledge of the use of Indigenous plants and their use in relation to healing treatments and also their relationship to `Dreaming’ stories, able to speak at the 16th International Symposium of Aromatherapy and Medical Plants to be held 26 – 28 March 2010 at the Palais Des Congress in Grasse. The Symposium featured Professors, Botanists, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Anthropologist and Biologists……an amazing representation of experts in their fields…..and our Julie!!!

Julie Freeman was the obvious choice with her wealth of knowledge and practical experience. Julie is a well known Aboriginal woman who was born at La Perouse. Her mother was a Gurawarl women from Southern Sydney and her father a Wandandian man. Julie now lives at Wreck Bay Aboriginal community as part off the Booderee National Park on the South Coast

Julies people the Wanandian people have never left their country (Traditional Land), and still maintain strong connections with the land, sea, seasons, plants and animals. Their cultural traditions customs and beliefs are continued through storytelling, fishing, harvesting and maintaining the bush for the use of its natural resources including its foods and medicines.

Julie’s background has been enhanced by growing up on her Community with her extended family. Her Father was a fisherman who saw the bush not only as an abundance of naturally occurring resources but also as an indicator for fishing seasons. Her Mother a story teller also saw the bush and flowers as a reminder of behavior and magic. Both Julie’s Mother and Father have a strong knowledge of plant uses and indicators in this particular region of Australia.

Julie is surrounded by her natural environment and its extensive biodiversity, she sees her piece of country through cultural eyes given to her by her Grandmothers and Grandfathers and their line to the beginning of the world.

Julie is an Indigenous advocate, fighting for recognition of Indigenous Natural resource use and management, and for over thirty years has been educating people on Indigenous plant use throughout Australian National Parks. This time she shared her abundance of knowledge and experience with the international audience in France

Our Director Kelli, was invited to speak and present information in Nice with Julie on Day 2 & 3 of the Symposium. They spoke about BN Studio and the artists looking at the relationship between connecting to country and making dynamic art. Their sessions were very well attended. The audience was spell bound by Julie’s stories and so impressed by the images of the weaving and art works. Many questions followed the sessions.

Julie was sponsored by the organisers of the Symposium and was featured as a special guest. It was an emotional moment when she took to the stage and opened her presentation with a map of Australia on the power point presentation depicting all the Aboriginal nations in our country. She then focused on her own area

Other key speakers at the conference were Professor John Pearn, a Paediatrician and Physician with the Royal Hospital for Children in Herston, Queensland and Isabelle Vahirua-Lechat from the Institute Louis Malarde from Papeete French Polynesia. The event was opened by a Dijeridoo performance from Francis Collie, a skill he learnt whilst travelling in Australia.

Julie was accompanied by members of her family, son Clive Freeman Assistant Arts Development Officer at BN with assistance from ACT Arts, daughter Markeeta Freeman (a tutor with BN) and Cheryl Foster who makes beautiful jewellery, hand painted with Aboriginal designs. Markeeta, Cheryl and Kelli Ryan were all self funded.

Overall, the Symposium was a great success. Our participation achieved increased professional skill development for the artists, showcased the International profile of artistic & cultural vibrancy in NSW, increased sales of artworks, investment in future economic growth, and has built capacity for the BN organisation and we hope spin offs for fellow NSW Aboriginal Artists.

Exhibition in Princess Di Kiev Gallery Nice France. March – October 2010


Another exciting aspect to the trip to France was the chance to exhibit artworks from BN. Many people pulled together to get the artworks ready for the journey in a huge wooden crate – to France. This wasn’t without drama….the crate left Gerringong in plenty of time – we thought – to arrive in time for the symposium and also the following exhibition in the gallery in Nice. Unfortunately, French Customs took a liking to the crate and decided to hold onto it for some reason, only to release it on the last day of the artist talks. Daniel worked frantically to get the works hung and the weaving displayed before the guests arrived!!

Artists represented include: Mark Punakirri Willers, Debbie Callaghan, Steven Russell, Phyllis Stewart, Craig Cruse, Joanne Davis, Mark Simpson, Lila Lawrence, Mabel Dungay, John Hilton Green, Suzanne Stewart, Kristine Stewart.

The Princess de Kiev Gallery is situated in Nice on the Mediterranean. The Directors, Daniel and Nathalie Duhautbout have a keen interest in Aboriginal Art and have quite a few pieces on display. The majority of the Aboriginal artworks represented are from Central Desert or Top end. The perception of Aboriginal art abroad is quite narrow their understanding & experience being based on the influx of Aboriginal artworks that was exported between the 1970’s till now.

Kelli and Julie addressed invited guests in the gallery space. They showed a power point and spoke at length about the unique art from the South Coast and opened the minds of the French people.

They were very warmly received. Many of the French commented on a desire to re-connect with their old ways and expressing an admiration for Aboriginal Culture, knowing that Aboriginal people are very closely connected to their ancestral heritage. The French arcing back and sharing old stories about their evolution with the BN artists. Celebrating in the top Gallery with Gallery Directors Daniel & Natalie Duhautbout and Francis Collie – French Dijeridoo Player.

Boolarng Nangamai would like to thank Department of State and Regional Development – Aboriginal Business Development – Enterprise and Regional Development Division for the support of freight costs making this exhibition opportunity possible.

A huge thank you for the hospitality of Daniel & Natalie and we hope the partnership strengthens with the Princess Di Kiev Gallery and builds capacity for Aboriginal Artists in NSW in the future.

Visit to Musee du quai Branly

Musee de quai Branly Paris

We set out on a cold Spring morning for a meeting with Anne-Christine Taylor, senior Curator and Researcher at the Musee de quai Branly. The building seems to encompass a new era in French history, set amongst the traditional French architecture is a modern living museum. The gardens were impressive – consisting of grasses combined with magnolias. Very beautiful. Great to see architectural design embracing more natural elements.

Christine explained the origins of the museum and it’s collections, particularly the Australian Aboriginal collection. We felt it was promising that the Museum is committed to continuing to collect additional Aboriginal works and hopefully a much more diverse collection representing all the unique Aboriginal nations will be bestowed there.

The design of the space itself was quite atmospheric leading the visitor on a cultural journey across the themed exhibition spaces of Indigenous art, cultures and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and Americas. Delicate, intricate objects in low light pulsing in cabinets intrigued us all and inspired our vision.

Of course, it wasn’t all work…there was time to explore the wonders of Paris. Notre Dame with its amazing architecture; The Louvre; Rodin’s House and Garden; The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe; take a trip down the Seine under the lovely bridges and to consume a few baguettes, amazing pastries and French onion soup!

A big thanks for the warm personal welcome at Musee du quai Branly.


We are a community group, and with any excess funds from Pics and Flicks we plan to sponsor two youth art scholarships and are investigating offering 20 free places in a 3 day filmmaking workshop which will culminate in a showing of these films at the Gerringong Town Hall on the Saturday night.
Let me know if you would like me to keep you up to date with these developments?
Kind Regards

Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.
Friday 6th August

On Friday 6th August Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “Welcome” [Rated M]

Review by Tollini atThe Internet Movie Data Base

“I am a judge for the Indianapolis-based Heartland Film Festival. This feature film is a Crystal Heart Award Winner and is eligible to be the Grand Prize Winner in October of 2009. The Heartland Film Festival is a non-profit that honors Truly Moving Pictures. A Truly Moving Picture “…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life.”

Bilal is a 17 year-old Kurdish boy from Iraq, who has just taken an arduous, three-month journey to Calais in France desperately trying to get to his girlfriend/fiancée in London. But in Calais he becomes stuck with many other clan-destines or illegal immigrants. These are people without a country. The French won’t send them back to the Mid-East because there is a war going on. But they are not welcomed in France because they are clearly illegals. Even the local French people will violate French law if they help these clan-destines.

With this backdrop, Bilal comes up with the idea that he can swim the English Channel to get to his girlfriend. There is only one problem. He can’t swim. He goes to a middle-aged French swim instructor, Simon, who not only teaches him how to swim, but also befriends him. Simon has his own problems. He is divorcing his wife and is terribly lonely. Bilal and Simon need each other and form a strangely beautiful symbiotic relationship.

This is a quiet and powerful statement on the individual courage and sacrifice of normal human beings. Bilal and Simon are single-minded in trying to do the right thing and will not be put off their objective. This is a very moving film that haunts you afterwords. It does not take a stand on legal or illegal immigration. It merely shows that these clan-destines are human like the rest of us and have their own stories.


Tickets go on sale at Gerringong Town Hall at 7.30pm with the film starting
at 8.00pm. After the film Gerringong Pics and Flicks world famous Tea,
Coffee and Cakes will be available, providing a great chance to discuss the
film or anything else you like in a relaxed social atmosphere.

We look forward to seeing you there.

And remember – yearly memberships available now for only $50. That’s 11 movies for just $50.

So come get your kicks at Pics & Flicks!!


Doing It Locally on Vox FM 106.9

… a couple of idiots & the best local music

Saturdays 6-8pm with Craig & Peter

Podcasts now on iTunes &

Megaband Meets Mucho Mambo

Thursday 5 August 2010 @ University of Wollongong, University Hall

This year Megaband will get into a Latin groove with some Sambas, Salsa, and Boogaloos featuring special guests Mucho Mambo! Mucho Mambo is Sydney’s hottest Sals a Band, and they will make a first time ever appearance in this Wollongong Show.  Members of the band will join the Mega Band for some choice Latin favourites by artists such as Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Carlos Santana.The Megaband is a combined 100-piece band made up of instrumentalists ranging in age from 10-18 years old.  The band started in 2007 with special guest James Morrison and continued in 2008 with another show with Morrison.  In 2009 Funky American Trombonist Fred Wesley played some of his James Brown hits with the Mega Band.

Click here to book tickets


7-7:30pm – Mega Band Perform with Mucho Mambo Members.

7:30-7:45pm – Intermission

7:45-9pm – Watch Mucho Mambo Perform!

The Illawarra Jazz Club will be hosting the first Australian concert of Lulo Reinhardt’s World Tour 2010, on Wednesday,1st September at the Wollongong Golf Club. From Germany, Lulo, grand nephew of Django Reinhardt, is considered to be one of Europe’s finest gypsy guitarists.

On tour with him is drummer Uli Kramer from Germany, bassist Harald Becher from Germany, violinist Daniel Weltlinger and keyboardist Sean Mackenzie, both from Sydney.
Details: ph 42851903 or  4262 7794  or visit


Hey there,
I’ve been running a band night in Wollongong for the past month called Midnight Kamikaze.
It’s not for profit – it’s all about getting local bands the exposure they deserve.29th Aug – Crash Tragic, Lower Coast Skies, Topnovil
5th Aug – Earth Mechanics, Arc Icarus
12th Aug – Lumiere, Kitten Death
19th Aug – metal fest: From These Hands, One Dark Day, All Eyes Dark
26th Aug – End Over End, supports TBA
Coming in September: The Pennys, Mad Polly, Cannon’s Mouth (Newcastle), Video Games, The Conspiracy Plan, Fires Were Started, Free Agent Crew, On Empty and more!Five bucks at the door gets you a free drink at the bar, as well as that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you’re supporting the local music scene. All door proceeds go to the bands.
Midnight Kamikaze is on every Thursday night from 9 at 270 Crown St – Hostage X Wollongong.
Check out the facebook for videos of the night, photos, and our world-famous* reviews (to be found in the ‘notes’ section).
Bring ya Nan, get her pissed.

*our claims of being ‘world-famous’ are both frequent and presumptuous.
Search for ‘MK Midnight Kamikaze’ on facebook, or click:

Jazz NightRaising funds for “Stepping Stones Nigeria”, an organisation working with children in Nigeria that have been branded as witches, and whose lives are in grave risk if no protection is offered to them.See for more information on the charity.The line up:

Spike Mason – Saxophone
Graham Kettlewell – Trumpet/Flugel Horn
Aris Kartsonas – Guitar
Sam Mudie – Guitar
Darren Buczma – Bass
Trevor Kettlewell – Drums

7:30pm 28th August
$5/head, $15/family
Light food and hot/cold drinks available for sale on the night

Illawarra Christian School, Tongarra Campus
Calderwood Road Albion Park

Contact Graham Kettlewell (email for more information

Wollongong Jazz

George Garzone

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music will host one of the great New York-based jazz saxophonists on Friday August 20. George Garzone has a wealth of experience playing with jazz greats such as The Woody Herman Band, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Michael and Randy Brecker, John Abercombrie, and the Gil Evans Orchestra. As legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker once said, “I’m not the master of the sax, George Garzone is.

Outside the world of jazz, Garzone has also worked with Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Engelberg Humperdink, Tom Jones, Liberace, and even Elvis Presley. He has recorded dozens of albums including seven of his own. Garzone is also a sought-after jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University and the Manhattan School of Music. Among his past students are some of the world’s leading young saxophonists including Australia’s Jamie Oehlers who has initiated this and previous visits to Australia for Garzone.

His Wollongong performance will include the great Mike Nock Trio, led by Australia’s most distinguished jazz pianist. The Mike Nock Trio has long been a favourite in Wollongong and around Australia, and it is not uncommon for visiting international artists to perform with this world-class, Sydney-based group.

Gig: George Garzone (New York) with the Mike Nock Trio
Venue: Wollongong Con
Date: Friday 20 August
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $25 (General) / $20 (Student / Concession)
Click here to buy tickets

Conservatorium families receive a $10 discount on any ticket (ie. $15 / $10)
For more info: (02) 4228 1122

Hi everyone,

Here’s an update from Penny and the Mystics:

FILM CLIP: We’re filming a clip of our song Welcome Here from our new album next Monday and Tuesday around Kiama, and we need your help. The film crew want to film us performing the song in front of a live audience of people of all ages (including families) at one of our favourite venues, Jamberoo Pub, on Monday night. So if you’re free on Monday night and want to be part of the audience, please come out to Jamberoo Hotel around 6.45pm. We’ll be filming from 7pm. And of course Jamberoo Pub has good food and a raging log fire on winter nights. I’d appreciate it if you could let me know if you are likely to able to come.

ALBUM RELEASE: Our master CD is with the distributors MGM, and we’re just waiting on a release date. We’ll let you know when we have the date! We’re planning launch parties on the South Coast and Sydney when the CD is released, so stand by for details. We’re really happy with the way it has turned out, so hope you like it! You can get a preview of the songs from the album on our website

EXCITING NEWS! We’ve been signed to play at the Great Southern Blues Festival at Batemans Bay on the October long weekend. The festival has moved from Narooma this year, and there is a great line-up of international and national acts. Naturally we are really excited to be included. For festival info visit



Friday, 6 August: Dunes at Wollongong City Beach 6.30-10.30pm.

Saturday, 14 August: Kembla Heights Bowling Club. 7.30-10.30pm.

Thanks for your support. We really appreciate it.

Penny Hartgerink xxx

The Song Company in collaboration with Drew Forsythe present

“Exquisite music meets Italian comedy”

L’amfiparnasso by Vecchi

The Song Company presents this Italian masterpiece of musical comedy in Wollongong. Hear the Song Company’s vocalists as they create the voices of familiar Commedia dell-arte characters in a storyline that is a rollercoaster of love triangles, trickery and treachery. Watch how Sydney Wharf Review’s much loved actor Drew Forsythe’s gift for mimicry and mime is put to the test as he assumes the roles of a mean-hearted old man, a verbose doctor, an over-amorous Spanish captain, a pair of young lovers and an assortment of scheming servants. All delivered with the backing of period instruments played by Tommie Andersson and Laura Vaughan.

It will be a night of ravishing Venetian sound that “still has the power to move audiences to laugh after more than 400 years”.

One night only –

Monday 9 August, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Wollongong City Gallery

Tickets $15 student, $32 under 30, $35 concession, $45 adult

Book now – or call (02) 8272 9500.

Illawarra Folk Club Concert –

‘David Rovics’ supported by Brent Parlane & the regular Mystery Muso

7.30pm, Saturday 14th August

City Diggers Wollongong

$15 Folk Club Members, $20 Non Members. or 1 300 887 034

David Rovics media release

Subject: Singer wanted


I am looking for a singer to join this concept show that I am launching (see below) My duo partner is going away on an extended trip around Australia so this will be a permanent position in the band.

In short, I need a singer and harmoniser with interest in middle-of the-road music who knows a lot of the standard music from the 70s onward and maybe a little bit of the sixties, so it would be helpful if it was an older woman. I especially need someone who has a good ear for fifth-below harmonising and someone who is confident on stage and knows how to use a microphone. No need to know about sound or promotions as that is taken care of.

Whoever joins the group will have plenty of time to learn the ropes and material as Dorothy isn’t leaving until next year. However, if I find the right singer, I will integrate her into the show as soon as she is ready.  I aim to get this show (below) into the Sydney clubs next year and we have ongoing bookings at The Lagoon restaurant amongst other gigs.

Below is some information about the first show to give applicants an idea of what this concept is about. The music in this show leans more towards folk, but the material that we play at the Lagoon and other gigs is more mainstream.

I hope you can circulate this email for me.


Claire Roberts

0414 860 080



On Friday 20th August I am launching a new show at City Diggers in Wollongong, showcasing the music of some of the best women singer/songwriters of the 20th century. This show will feature the music of such performers as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffiths, Mary Hopkins, Billie Holiday, Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Judith Durham, Mama Cass, and many others.

The Line-up:

The Scarlett O’Haras is an acoustic duo consisting of singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Claire Roberts and singer/percussionist Dorothy Ivery. The duo is based in Wollongong and wowing their audiences with their fine vocal harmonies and seemingly limitless repertoire.

Belinda Harkness is a three times Musicoz finalist, graduate of the acclaimed Australian College of Country Music and 2006 Toyota Starmaker grand-finalist (Top 10). Belinda is a singer/songwriter who is fast making her mark on the Australian music industry. Her new album Gypsy Girl, produced by Roger Corbett, compiles twelve new original songs and is receiving fantastic reviews.

Allan Vander Linden is the musical director behind the Acoustic Women show. He as a musician for over 40 years, performing in a variety of musical genres ranging from orchestral pit work to major musical festivals and live-to-air radio work.  He has backed other artists and played in successful rock (best rock band 1980 Australian Musicians Union), country, bush, bluegrass and blues bands.  In 2004  he co-wrote a winning song in the ABC national Fresh Air Competition for unsigned artists.  He was also placed in the Australian Songwriters Awards in 2005 and in top five of the  2005 Musicoz Awards in Blues and Roots category.

Quiet achiever and string bass player Paul Drewry has played music professionally most of his life. He has played in a wide variety of bands and is experienced in a variety of styles. Paul also studied music at the Sydney Conservatorium.

Jeannie Lewis is widely acknowledged as one of our most accomplished, versatile and passionate vocal artists, and a performer whose work crosses many musical boundaries. Her successful career spans over 30 years as a singer, recording artist, actor, writer and teacher. She has toured extensively in Australia and overseas. She has developed her own style of theatre – concert show, blending elements of dance, theatre, visual arts, spoken word and music.

Jeannie is joined on stage by Maurie Mulheron, multi-instrumentalist  and composer of 4 Strong Women amongst other songs. He is a writer/ producer of the successful and much travelled show One Word – We, and is dedicated to the life and songs of Pete Seeger. Maurie and Jeannie have been combining talents in various formats including as a duo over the last 10 years.

Jeannie and Maurie have joined The Scarlett O’Haras and Belinda Harkness for this special tribute to Acoustic Women.

Kind regards,

Claire Roberts.

KISS Events
Tel: 0414 860 080

Continuum Sax,

Match Percussion with guests Natsuko Yoshimoto

and Roland Peelman

Last Blues

The world premiere of Brian Howard’s Last Blues brings together an ensemble of Australia’s most influential and talented exponents of new music. Continuum Sax are joined by MATCH percussion, conductor Roland Peelman and violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto presenting a rare opportunity to hear the work of one of Australia’s most respected composers. Brian Howard’s Last Blues, borrowing its title from Cesare Pavese’s evocative poem, invokes memory and loss through a compelling and yet fragile dialogue between the violin and ensemble. This intriguing and innovative concert also features the exuberant Bagatelles by György Ligeti and new works by Margery Smith and Mary Finsterer. Supported by ABC Classic FM.

PERFORMERS: Natsuko Yoshimoto violin, Daryl Pratt and Alison Eddington percussion, Margery Smith, James Nightingale, Martin Kay, Jarrod Whitbourn saxophones and Roland Peelman conductor.

DATE Tuesday 24 August 2010
TIME 8pm
WHERE Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre Ultimo, SYDNEY
TICKETS Adult $30 / Conc and Under 30 $20
BOOK ONLINE by phone (02) 8256 2222 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (02) 8256 2222      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or tickets available at the door

Philippa Horn
NMN Manager
P: 0411 606 077


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