June 2012


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Chris Potter & Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra

In a major coup for the Con, we are incredibly excited to present American jazz saxophonist Chris Potter, accompanied by our good friends the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra.

Why are we so excited? Well, only because Chris Potter is the hottest jazz sax player in the world at the moment! Visiting Australia as the headline act for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Potter will only be playing at the festival, in Sydney and in Wollongong.


…and selling fast. So BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

What:  Chris Potter meets the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra
When:  7pm Tuesday 5 June
Venue:  IPAC
Tickets:  $35 (General) $30 (Concession) $25 (Con Student)



The three senior ensembles at the Con: the Con Jazz Orchestra, the Con Wind Ensemble and the BlueScope Steel Youth Orchestra; perform with special guest artists, Jodie Michael, Nick Russoniello and Anthony Grimm, in a once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate the past 40 years.

Jodie Michael will perform as guest soloist with the Jazz Orchestra. She has played the drums for nearly a decade, studied in New York with world-class, International drummers Michael Carvin, Eric Harland and Kenny Washington, and has played with many world-class Australian musicians including James Muller, James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Bobby Gebert, Carl Dewhurst, Craig Scott and Matt McMahon.

Nick Russoniello will perform as guest soloist with the Wind Ensemble. Nick, one of Australia’s most dynamic young artists, was named the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the year in 2011 and has performed at the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room and Concert Hall, Angel Place (Sydney), Iwaki Auditorium (Melbourne) Sala Verdi (Milan) and performed for live broadcast on ABC Classic FM and 2MBS radio Sydney.

Anthony Grimm will perform as guest soloist with the BlueScope Steel Youth Orchestra (BSYO). Anthony has performed with the best in Australia, from the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australia Ensemble.

What:  40th Anniversary Showcase
When:  Saturday 9 June
Time:  7pm
Venue:  Wollongong Town Hall
Tickets:  $10 (General) $5 (Concession) available online or through the box office (02) 4227 5088

Illawarra Folk Festival Artists Applications are now open.They will close 30 June 2012. Click here for more information.

  • JUNE 8-11 – Illawarra Folk Club tour to the 4th Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music Buy Accommodation / Coach Package
  • SUNDAY 25 JUNE – House Concert with Martin Pearson
  • SATURDAY 30 JUNE – The Popes (Ireland)

Click to view the full 15 page Illawarra Folk Club JUne newsletter online



Over the past 11 years the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club has presented an Italian Folk Dance as part of the Illawarra’s Italian Week celebrations. There will be live music with an acoustic band with accordion, violin, guitar, piano, whistle and of course plenty of percussion.

All dances will be called and walked through with no prior experience necessary.

Italian Day celebrates the forming of the Italian republic in 1946 and is celebrated around the world.

The aims of the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club are to enjoy socially music, song and dance from whatever culture.

We have a regular Bush / Folk Dance there every week, so that week we will do some Italian dances and some Australian dances with Italian music. The dances we will do include:

  • Tarantella Napoletana
  • Tarantella Siciliana
  • Bal Del Truc (from the north)
  • La Raspa
  • Quadriglia Di Aviano
  • Quadriglia Di Novi Velia (from Campania)
  • Mazurka
  • Pride of Italy – (the Pride of Erin with Italian waltz tunes)
  • Casa Dance (progressive barn dance with Italian tunes)

Instruction will be provided on all of these. The cost is $3 per adult and children are free and a light Italian flavoured supper with tea and coffee is also included. We can fit around 60 people in the Hall.

Acoustic musicians are welcome to join with the band with sheet music provided.

Any further details can be made with David De Santi, tel: 0409 57 1788

David’s parents migrated to Australia from Vallo Della Lucania, Campania region, in 1962. He plays the piano accordion in the Wongawilli Bush Band and also plays a number of Italian tunes.






For Immediate Release

Thursday May 17, 2012



On June 16, in response to the Wollongong CBD’s outcry for a middle-sized live music venue, Yours & Owls have teamed up with the Wollongong City Town Hall to launch just that. Situated right in the heart of Wollongong’s (not quite) thriving metropolis, the Town Hall will bring a new light & energy to the city’s cultural nightlife.

Presenting a 3, possible 4 band bill including Melbourne’s Graveyard Train & Wollongong’s very own royalty Mother & Son. Yours & Owls hope for this to be the first of many, whereby becoming the launch of Wollongong’s very next progression in it’s live music revival.

In keeping with the ethic of Yours & Owls, a visual element will be added to the show, commissioning local visual artists to install visual projections & light displays, perfectly complimenting the evenings music and making this a standout event in everybody’s calendar.



Graveyard Train are a six piece collective from Melbourne Australia. The initial idea was for six men to sing in baritone, like men, about Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts and the like over frenetic foot stomping country music. Six men playing men’s instruments just as men were born to do. It was a whacky idea, it worked, things moved quickly and the band now boasts a fan base right across the world.

Once described as “horror country drunken bearded stompy chain smashy madness … ghost stories, murder ballads and tales of redemption crooned through melodies plucked directly from the afterlife”, Graveyard Train use drums, upright bass and guitars around a swirling mix of instruments with a long history of storytelling such as washboard, steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, whiskey and blood. As well as their infamous chain and hammer, it’s a winning combination that has seen them take their notorious live show throughout the US, Canada, UK, Europe and of course all over Australia, earning them legions of diehard fans along the way.

They have sold out venues such as The Corner Hotel, The HI-FI and The Spiegeltent and been named festival highlights by organizers and punters alike everywhere from Golden Plains (VIC), Meredith Music Festival (VIC), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), The Vancouver Folk Festival, Hillside (CA), Port Fairy Folk Fest VIC), Boogie Fest (VIC), Blue Mountains Fest (NSW), Wave Rock (WA) through to the Edinburgh Fringe Fest – to name but a few. Instantly at home on any stage, from the neck tattooed rockabilly in Sydney to the farmer in Tamworth, the derelict punk in Belgium or the hippie in Toronto, everyone ends up singing along.

Watching them conjures the same kind of kick you might get from hearing ghost stories, but with added visceral grunt… masses have rightfully gone bananas for them.”   STEPH HUGHES, TRIPLE J





Needing no introduction to Wollongong, or question as to why they would be on this bill; here is what some others have had to say about our local musical royalty.

“Wollongong duo Mother and Son have created a frenetic, fast paced and suitably dirty mix of surf rock, blues and garage with the release of their self titled album. Vocalist/Guitarist Bodie shifts between anguished cries and a deep bluesy drawl, singing more like he’s come from a Mississippi swamp than the east coast of Australia. His guitar work is dark, distorted and well complemented by drummer Matman’s consistent and driving beats. The darkness and anguish is where this album’s success lies and believability is the key here. The raw sound of the vocals and instrumentation makes you feel like you’re front and centre watching these guys pour their heart and energy out live in some dodgy bar hidden off the highway.


In keeping with the ethic of Yours & Owls, a visual element will be added, commissioning local visual artists to install visual projections & light displays, perfectly complimenting the evening’s music and making this a standout event In anyone’s calendar.


Follow The Link: Train, Mother & Son and special guest

Or Contact Town Hall

Number – 4254 7600

Address – Corner of Crown and Kembla Streets Wollongong NSW 2500

Web –


m) 0412123989


Graveyard Town hall web link



Australian Chamber Orchestra

Danielle De Niese

Thursday 7th June 2012  7.30pm

Adult tickets from $49. Accessible seating must be pre-booked via Box Office.

MOZART Exsultate jubilate Maiden
MOZART Symphony K196/121, “La finta giardiniera”
SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) Death and the Maiden
SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet No.14, “Death and the Maiden”
VINE The Tree of Man (World Premiere)
MEALECantilena PacificaAfter leaving Australia at the age of 11 to conquer the world, Danielle de Niese returns a star, fêted in opera houses from New York to Glyndebourne. In her homecoming debut with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, de Niese sings Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.This concert also marks ACO Lead Violin Richard Tognetti’s return to the Wollongong Town Hall.“The joy of singing radiates from her.” The Times
“De Niese has a voice made for Mozart: bright, beautiful, agile and creamy.” NPR

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

40th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 9th June 2012  7.00pm

Adult: $10, Concession: $5. Accessible seating must be pre-booked via Box Office.

The next concert in the 2012 Con Concert Series is the 40th Anniversary Showcase. The three senior ensembles at the Con: the BlueScope Steel Youth Orchestra, the Con Wind Ensemble and the Con Jazz Orchestra; perform with special guest artists, including Nick Russoniello (2011 ABC Young Performer of the Year) and Tony Grimm, in a once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate the past 40 years.The concert will showcase the musicianship of the students and dedication of the staff, but will also pay homage to members of the local community who have been involved with making the Con a success over the past 40 years.

Yours & Owls Presents

Graveyard Train, Mother & Son and Rocking Horse & The Baby Dolls

Saturday 16th June 2012   8.00pm

Ages 18+ only. $20 presale, $25 doorsale.

Welcoming a new audience to Wollongong Town Hall, Yours & Owls Presents will be offering their first of what they hope to be many live band events marking a significant revival in Wollongong’s local live music scene. The launch of this exciting event will be a 4 band lineup including Melbourne’s Graveyard Train, Jackals, Wollongong’s very own royalty Mother & Son and upcoming locals Rocking Horse & The Baby Dolls.In keeping with the ethic of Yours & Owls, a visual element will be added to the show, commissioning local visual artists to install visual projections and light displays, perfectly complimenting the evenings music and making this a standout event in the local live band scene’s calendar.To listen go to: and

Mark Matthews and friends

A Redkite Winter’s Afternoon

Saturday 23rd June 2012   2.30pm

Admission by generous donation at the door.
(Tax deductible reciepts available).
Accessible seating must be pre-booked via Box Office.

‘A REDKITE Winters Afternoon’ on Sat June 23rd at 2:30 is a fundraising concert for ‘REDKITE – supporting children and their families through cancer’.Internationally acclaimed Ambre Hammond returns for this concert and The South Coast Big Band, lead by Des Cannings heads this great line up. The iconic Wollongong Town Hall, the treasured Illawarra Choral Society, accapela singing sensation Jan & Tonic, the stalwart Arcadian Lamplighters Male Choir and the dazzling Wollongong Flute Ensembleall lend a hand to this wonderful cause.Entry is by GENEROUS DONATION AT THE DOOR and a tax deductible receipt from REDKITE is available on entry.Mark Matthews will also be launching a brand new CD project entitled Rest for the Heart and Soul a cd of relaxing melodies, guaranteed to induce a good night’s sleep!

Wollongong Town Hall


Our central location is perfect with 4 beautiful rooms, the largest accommodating 850 guests. Enquire or request a quote for your next function or show.
(02) 4254 7601




– To be holistically healthy
– Apply myself when learning new things
– Work hard to save money
– Make a comfortable, welcoming home
– Do some volunteer work
– Find a partner and be in a healthy relationship
– Work towards and save for a trip abroad
– Buy a new car
– Go on a road trip
What about the people left behind?
What to do?
Commitments / changes?
Where is this leading?
What should stay, what should go?
I was half way through the greatest dream ever when you interrupted.

Can I be your angel?
Who am I to care if you stand to comply
What will you leave behind?

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Painting and Jewellery Artists for Red Cross

 Venue: Depot II Gallery, 2 Danks St, Waterloo NSW 2017

 Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 29th May – Saturday 9th June 2012

 Official opening:       on Thursday 31st May 6pm-7:30pm

                                by Terence Maloon, former Senior Curator,

Special Exhibitions, Art Gallery of NSW.

With Di Jay, Exec. Dir., NSW Red Cross


Contributing Artists:



Neil Evans, David Fairbairn, Christopher Hodges, Euan Mcleod, Angus Nivison, Jan Weir, Phil Aston Williams, Salwa Woodroffe                     

Jewellery Designers


Helena Bogucki, Danielle Butters, Melanie Ihnen, Bridget Kennedy, Saori Kita, Jessica McMullen, Shu-Lin Wu, Mel Young

Art for Humanity Information_1



Hi IllawarraartistsNEWS!
facet was awarded a Highly Commended at the UWS Sculpture Awards & Exhibition
@ University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown Campus, NSW.
The Exhibition features 27 works and is open until 4 June. For more information about the award visit the UWS web site.

facet, aluminium, powdercoating, steel cable, brass, 240 x 300 x 700 cm 2012

I have put together a set of 15 images of facet that show the work from nearly all angles, at different times of the day, as you take a 360 degree walk around it…
check them out HERE

Also currently showing:
descend a solo exhibiton of paintings @ The Hanging Space, Woonona, NSW (images coming soon)

Coming up:
Sculpture by the Sea 2012 @ Bondi, 18 October – 4 November 2012




Dear Members and Friends,
Please accept this e-Invitation to our current joint TOWERS exhibition.  We hope you and your friends will enjoy the creativity of our sculptors.

Further information is available from our website under Exhibitions> Gov. Phillip & Gov. Macquarie Towers & Chifley Towers> Gallery 2012.

Best wishes,

Eva Chant
The Sculptors Society
Ph: (02) 9481 9060
Mobile: 0418 250 456





–Platform is currently seeking exhibition proposals for 2013–

Please download the application pack for details about the application process:

The Platform floor plan can be accessed at the following link:

Proposals must be submitted via email by Monday 25th June.



Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces

Campbell Arcade, Degraves Street Subway, Melbourne

PO Box 117, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 8009






The Separation

Screening: Friday, 1st June, 2012, 8pm

Director : Asghar Farhadi

Producer : Asghar Farhadi

Screenwriter : Asghar Farhadi

Starring : Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi, Merila Zare’I, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi

This award-winning film from Iran is a stunning piece of work, beautifully telling a raw human story with expert writing, direction, photography, editing and acting. It’s so hugely involving that it’s impossible to get it out of your head afterwards.

This year’s wholly deserving winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a low-key, highly engrossing domestic drama from Iran.

A Separation’s bare-bones plot clues us in on the ever-deepening tensions pulling apart an educated family living in the Tehran.

The situation looks bleak from the get-go. In the opening scene, a husband and wife are squabbling before a local magistrate.

Simin (Leila Hatami), a woman who expresses herself bluntly and eloquently at all times, wants a divorce from the quiet, insular Nader (Peyman Maadi). Knowing full well her country’s legal system is bound to ignore her pleas is not about to stop Simin stating her case.

Nader had promised her they would emigrate to greener pastures elsewhere as soon as a visa came through. He thought it would never happen. But now it has. And Nader is not yet ready to leave behind his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Unable to get what she wants, Simin storms off until a resolution is reached. Nader is forced to reluctantly hire a servant, Razieh (Sareh Bayat).

A chain reaction of unhappy accidents follows, triggering further legal action and worse.

Precise direction and writing, along with intense performances, allows A Separation to hold the audience’s attention throughout. Even when often testing their patience to the limit.  HeraldSun film review





African in the snow at last year’s fest with Afro Mandinko

Well folks – there’s just 4 weeks to go till the festival and we’re definitely in countdown mode now.

There’s been more snow up at Perisher over the weekend, we have some fabulous new comps to announce and the full program has just been released. Click HERE to view the full festival program grid.

Haven’t booked your tickets or your accommodation? Well hurry up and get a move on as on-snow accommodation is fast booking out!

Book Tix Now HERE

Book On-Snow Accom Packages Now HERE

It is snowing, so if you want to board or ski at the festival, now’s the time to pick up some great prices at only $99 Adult/ $55 Children only until May 31 when purchasing a Festival Pass. Click HERE


Big Erle cranks it out at 2011 Fest

Calling all unsigned artists and bands!

This year the Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music is very excited to announce a new national competition – The Snowies Online Busking Competition – which could see your band cranking it out on the main stage at Australia’s only music festival in the snow. We are looking for a band with a professional sound and a wow factor – whether your flavour is blues, roots, world, acoustic, folk or fusion this is your opportunity to take your music to the next level.

All entries need to be submitted online by Monday 28th May and there will be 1 winner only. The winner not only wins a gig at the festival main stage, but also 2 nights of on-snow accommodation and festival long weekend passes for their band (limited to 4 people) AND free national publicity for your band. Find out more HERE


2011 Festival Blogger Winner Madison Phillips hangs out with The Go Set

If you’re aged between 18-30, live in south-eastern NSW and fancy yourself as a rock-star blogger, then this competition is for you!

The search is on again for the Official Festival Blogger to blog, interview artists and manage the festival’s Facebook and Twitter page live at the festival.

If you live in south-eastern NSW – in the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Bombala, Snowies, Cooma- Monaro, Palerang or Queanbeyan and are good at writing, know your way around Facebook & Twitter, love listening to live music and are aged between 18-30 then read on. Entries close by 28th May. More info HERE


Musician Sam Martin winner of 2011 Snowy Poetry Cup

Calling all poets! The festival’s Broken Ski Competition is now calling for entries. There is a junior and an open poetry competition and if you’re a closet poet, amateur or professional wordsmith we want to hear from you! Submit your original poem by 5th June to be in the running to win this coveted prize.

If you have the capacity to wax lyrical in front of an audience, then the festival’s Snowy Poetry Cup competition is for you. Perform an original or published poem at this live poetry comp at the festival and you could win the 2012 cup. More on poetry comps HERE


Thanks to the wonderful support of ABC South East, a Media Partner of this year’s festival, every volunteer at this year’s festival will recieve a fabulous ABC South East Thank You Pack which includes ABC DVD’s, music and magazines.

Volunteers are integral to the success of the Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music and we need over 60 to help make it a fun-filled and successful festival.

Be part of the adventure and join the team NOW. Click HERE.

Keep up with all the latest news on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Make sure this year’s festival is on your bucket list – it’s truly the only music festival in Australia in the snow. CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK PAGE


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