March 2012


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Dear All,

Please see below for the recently released Call for Entries for Hidden 2012.

Please pass on to anyone you think may be interested,

Thanks and kind regards,
Cassandra Hard Lawrie








The Anglican and General Cemetery Trusts are partnering with Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Auburn City Council and The GroundSwell Project to create the fourth annual Rookwood Sculpture Walk. The 2012 outdoor exhibition will once again be featured amongst the graves in one of the older sites of the cemetery and neighbouring areas. With views of the city on the horizon, this site offers artists a rare opportunity to showcase their work in an extremely thought provoking context.

Artists who would like to be considered to exhibit in this unique environment are invited to submit an expression of interest. The Trusts request artists address themes appropriate to the site, such as grief, loss, memory, death, mourning, spirituality, religion and heritage as well as the culture around memorial, eulogy, burial and ceremony. Artists can choose to approach these themes in a representational, symbolic or abstract way.

Applications close 23 April 2012


For more information call Cassandra Hard Lawrie on 0425 327 590 or visit

EOI Conditions 2012









Hi everybody,


Here is the first band update for 2012.


Hope you all had a good summer holiday. We’ve had a bit of a summer break ourselves, with Joe and Sam both doing some travelling.


I’ve also been doing more solo acoustic gigs while the boys have been away, and have a few more lined up.


Here are our public gigs for the next six weeks:


Penny and the Mystics


Friday March 2nd, Gerringong Bowling Club 9pm-12am

Sunday March 4th, Beaches Hotel Thirroul, BLUES EXPLOSION

5.30pm to 6.15pm – Bec Sandridge
6.30pm to 7.30pm – Claude Hay
8pm to 9pm – Penny and the Mystics

Sunday March 11th, Bomaderry Hotel 4:30pm-7:30pm

Saturday March 17th, St Patricks Day Celebration, The Blue Diamond Bar @ The Sebel Kiama 8pm-11pm

Sunday March 25th, Jamberoo Pub 2pm-5pm


Sunday March 18th, Beats and Bites @ Wollongong Harbour 4pm-5:30pm

Hope you can make it to one of them!

The London Klezmer Quartet’s national tour comes to Wollongong 28th & 29th March 2012  



For immediate release


Wollongong welcomes the London Klezmer Quartet, some of Europe’s finest klezmer talent.  They will be performing a heady mix of traditional and original melodies at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music on Thursday 29th March, and invite all musicians to a workshop at 4pm before the performance at 7pm.  They will also be calling dances and playing live at Wongawilli Hall’s Colonial Dance Club on Wednesday 28th March at 8pm.

Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls says, The London Klezmer Quartet brims with musicality and elicits every emotion possible in my soul… I want to laugh, I want to cry, but most importantly I want to dance!”


As innovators and emerging leaders in the international klezmer scene their deep understanding of this celebratory and soulful music is reflected in exuberant, passionate, and accomplished performances. Their recent recording is described as “a stylish debut from four highly accomplished and in-demand musicians creating moments of genuine storm” (Folk Roots Magazine).   

Join this band’s klezmer caravan taking you on a musical odyssey from pre-war Jewish eastern Europe to Australia via the Balkans, Turkey, the US and London. The band’s traditional sound evokes a fervour and joy reminiscent of the traveling minstrels who kept people dancing, crying and laughing in the ‘shtetls’ of eastern Europe for hundreds of years, where they were the essential ingredient at every wedding celebration.


This all-female band formed in 2009 as the much-anticipated collaboration of “Europe’s most talented klezmer musicians” (Frank London, Klezmatics).  They have been picked up by the UK’s foremost folk & world music promoters (Songlines Magazine, Continental Drifts, The Magpie’s Nest) playing venues great and small and swiftly becoming festival favourites. Band members are also in demand on other world music stages, recording & touring with The Indigo Girls (US), Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), She’Koyokh (UK), Abdel Ali Slimani (Algeria), and Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq), playing festivals around the world.


The band is “fabulous, professional and a joy to watch and listen to” (UK Jewish Music Institute), and their music is “exquisite” (radio Sefarad). Their debut album has won acclaim from klezmer musicians around the world. Stewart Curtis (K-Groove, UK) hailed it as “truly great authentic klezmer” and Stuart Brotman (Brave Old World & Veretski Pass, US) authenticated their “very intimate sound”, whilst Folk Roots Magazine says “it is a tremendous calling card for their increasingly acclaimed live performances.”


On their first Australian tour they will be performing in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and the central coast NSW finishing at the National Folk Festival in Canberra.

Much in demand also as educators Ilana’s definitive guide to playing klezmer commissioned by Oxford University press is the best exposition I’ve come across of Eastern European-style Jewish fiddle playing…Highly recommended.” Folk Roots Magazine.  Now it is your chance to learn from these talented musicians at the workshop at Wollongong’s Conservatorium of Music.  Contact the office there to secure your place on 02 4228 1122.

Come along to hear this “gorgeous traditional playing full of ‘groove’ with so many creative and joyful twists!” (Deborah Strauss), and hotfoot it Yiddish style to those upbeat bulgars, sorrowful doinas and frenetic freylekhs!



ILLAWARRA FOLK CLUB CONCERT with Jez Lowe (Durham), Alistair Brown (Cornwall)

Friday 2 March, 7.30pm CITY DIGGERS WOLLONGONG

$15 members / $20 non-members, tickets at door

The English Invasion of Wollongong Occurs on Friday March 2nd

For the second time in 225 years the English are invading Australia. This time they are not landing at Sydney Cove, but at the City Diggers Club in Wollongong. Unlike the first invasion the locals will be welcoming them with open arms.

Do away with your Friday night telly,

It’s a thing that you should eschew,

For at the Diggers on March 2nd,

There are far better things to do.

From Durham comes Jez Lowe and Kate Bramley who have been exploring the Illawarra for over 20 years and always attract big crowds to Illawarra Folk Club concerts.

Coming over the seas from Durham,

To put on their wonderful show.

Comes Kate Bramley who loves to fiddle,

With the maestro- the great Jez Lowe.

We’ve made him an honorary Ozzie,

He’s known to eat tripe and wear thongs,

He’s with us, in the Illawarra,

When he sings his working class songs.

The main reason we’ve made him an ‘Occa’,

Is his ancestors would have been brought,

In ships and in chains from ‘The Old Dart’,

If only they’d ever been caught.

Jez Lowe is an old favourite of the Illawarra. He has never missed a gig in the Illawarra when touring Australia.  He’s touring again with fiddle playing, Kate Bramley and will be special guest of the Illawarra Folk Club on Friday March 2nd at the City Diggers Club.

Supporting Jez will be the irascible, Alistair Brown one of Cornwall’s finest musicians and yarn spinners.

Jez Lowe, best known for his songs describing the mining culture, society and people of his native Northeast England, is a busy performer in high demand, with annual tours to the United States and Canada and frequent tours to Australia and New Zealand.

Born to a coal mining family with Irish roots, Jez was raised and still lives in an area close to the English/Scottish border where coal mining was the dominant occupation.

He is Durham’s Composer in Residence and has often been commissioned to write songs which chronicle important events in the local including the closing of the coal mines, the last Big Meeting Day (a gala fair in the mining community), the reclaiming of coastal land from pollution & mining residue, the beginning of the new millennium, the first passenger train voyage and the 150th anniversary of the Newcastle Train station.

He is a remarkable songsmith using wit, warmth, sensitivity, and keen perception, to paint colourful portraits of ordinary people with ordinary lives who may be specific to Northeast England, but through Jez’s eyes and verse become universal characters.  The Boston Globe has described him as “brilliant, witty & cultishly popular.”

While on tour, he plays the guitar, cittern and harmonica and his songs have been covered by The Fairport Convention, The Tanahill Weavers, The Black Family, The Dubliners, Gordon Bok, Cherish the Ladies, Bob Fox and a host of other acts in America, Canada, Australia and the UK.

As well

If you fancy a trip to Cornwall

Save your money, you can’t go wrong

Hear Alistair Brown at the Diggers,

For Cornwall has come to the Gong.

Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old. He began his career helping out in the folk clubs of his native Scotland during what Utah Phillips called the great folk scare of the 60s, opening bottles (and occasionally concerts) for many of the great names in folk music. Now, after 30 years in Canada where he is active in many aspects of folk song and dance, as a recording artist, radio broadcaster, columnist, festival director, dance teacher, university lecturer, and program director at folk music and dance camps , he has returned to the UK, to live in Cornwall, on England’s Mediterranean coast, where he calls dances and performs regularly in folk clubs, festivals, pub sessions and several ancient seasonal rituals that require the presence of accordions.

The usual, 7.30pm start with the Mystery performer. The restaurant is in full swing and available for concert goers and all the facilities of the club are availale. Costs are $15 for members, $20 for non, at which ridiculously cheap price you’ll be able to afford one of Jez’s and Alistairs CDs

Russell Hannah
02) 4297 1777


The Song Company presents 'Love in Venice'


Monday 5 March, 7.30pm

Wollongong Town Hall*

Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, The Song Company, teams up with guest artistsTommie Andersson (lute/theorbo/spanish guitar) and Laura Vaughan (lirone/gamba) to transport you down the canals of 16th Century Venice in this romantic and uproarious concert.

For this all-Italian extravaganza, Director Roland Peelman has selected nine sublime songs from Monteverdi’s famed erotic madrigals to complement Banchieri’s hilarious 1623 early musical comedy, A Boat from Venice bound for Padua.

Love in Venicesees The Song Company flit between a familiar cast of commedia dell’arte characters in a plot packed with innuendo and double-entendre. Prepare to laugh and fall in love in this entertaining concert celebrating the Golden Age of Venice.

Formed in 1984 and led by Roland Peelman since 1994, The Song Company presents music from around the world and across the ages. Over the years they have earned an international reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and flexible vocal ensembles.

Click here to purchase tickets to Love in Venice. Or purchase a Song Company subscription and save up to 20%. Adult tickets are only $38 per concert (additional fees may apply). Click here to purchase a subscription or you can also purchase by phone on (02) 4227 5088 or in person at the Wollongong Town Hall.

*Celebrated for innovative and intelligent programming,Roland Peelman invites you to join him in the foyer 30 minutes prior to the performance for a fascinating pre-concert talk.








What’s On March 2012WTH





What: SOL FY-AH Dance Party – Nautilus Sounds, Beatmeisters, Leisure Coasters, Soul Rebel, Prana

When: Friday March 2nd, 8pm-1am

Where: Illawarra Master Builders Club

SOL Gigs have a new venue host at the Illawarra Master Builders Club.

WE are really excited about the new venue down in the basement, and intimate venue with room to move.

SOL is launching the new space with an Afro Reggae Roots dance party of entirely local acts, “Local is Lekker” – Leisure Coasters.

Nautilus Sound – these spin doctors specialize in World music including Arabic, Gypsy, Indian, African, Latin and Indigenous music. We also love our Reggae, Ska Roots and Dub as well as a wide range of Funk, Jazz and Soul. Throw in some Old School Punk, Hip hop , Electronica, Exotica, Techno and Disco and you have the Nautilus Sound.

Beatmeisters are Wollongong’s premier world drumming outfit playing beats and grooves from West Africa, Brazil, Egypt and beyond. Time for ‘MOH fy-ah’.

The Leisure Coasters “Another treasure for your pleasure” – Reggae, Ska, African a 6 piece reggae band from Wollongong. They play a vibrant mix of reggae, African and indigenous riddims. A great party band. Formed around 2001 they band have been steadily refining their sound. Starting with ska , rocksteady and reggae classics, they have gradually created their own style of song and performance. They have also introduced some African music into the mix with a bit of South African style jive and some Hilife. They also like to dub it up, Mash it up, tighten up and loosen up. The band released their first album “Local is Lekker” in Feb 2009

Soul Rebel Island Reggae Roots, Illawarra stylin with the Rasta Brothers.

Prana fledging local collaboration of drum and sax with an Indian flayva.






March 2 – Andrew Dickeson Quintet

Warwick Alder – trumpet, Dave Panichi – trombone, Steve Barry – piano, Brendan Clarke – bass, Andrew Dickeson – drums.

Andrew Dickeson has elevated himself beyond his universally accepted perch as a stellar sideman and is now staking his claim as a distinguished bandleader. As a stalwart of the Australian jazz scene, and sideman to such international greats as Johnny Griffin, Junior Cook, Lee Konitz, Kirk Lightsey, Mark Murphy and many more, he has learned much of the art of being a leader, the essence of which, in his opinion, “is to communicate to the band the concept, sound and feeling you want, while encouraging the freedom to express themselves.”

He continues: “As my playing evolved over many years as a sideman, a role I still love and enjoy, I knew that it was time to make a musical statement of my own and to present music with my ‘fingerprint’ on it. My concept was to have a band that was creative, polished and swingin’, in which each tune would be a musical journey, for us and listeners. I chose musicians who could create the sound and feeling I aimed for, and they’ve responded beautifully.

Andrew has just released his debut cd as leader ‘Weaver Of Dreams” on Rufus Records.

For Wollongong Jazz Andrew has assembled a stellar line-up featuring some of Australia’s finest musicians. Warwick Alder – the country’s premier modern Jazz trumpeter – with a soulful, melodic style rich in wit and humour. Dave Panichi – a veteran of the bands of Buddy Rich and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dave is a swinging and sophisticated trombonist. Brendan Clarke on double bass provides a strong, swingin’ foundation to the band and shows a wonderful, melodic solo style. Steve Barry on piano is a rising star who plays with a strength, personality and maturity far beyond his years. The combination is a formidable one — full of excitement and energy.

Expect to hear great music that is energetic, exciting and, just as importantly, entertaining. My aim is always to include the listener in our experience – through SWING – the universal rhythmic feeling that allows people to share the joy of life through music.

Gig: Andrew Dickeson Quintet
Venue: Con Auditorium
Date: 02/03/12
Time: 7pm
Tickets: at the door or book here
$15 general/$12 parents w/student/$10 students
For More Info: (02) 4228 1122

 March 4 – Eric Dunan Quintet

Eric Dunan – trumpet, David Reglar – saxophone, Nick Southcott – piano, Lucy Clifford – bass, Jodie Michael – drums

If you’re stuck for something to do on Sunday, come and see some fantastic local musicians play whatever they feel like in a great family friendly environment. Led by Wollongong Jazz’s own Eric Dunan, the quintet plays the first Sunday of every month (until june) and no matter what they play, it’s always a great vibe. 

Gig: Eric Dunan Quintet 
Dates: 04/03/12, 01/04/12, 06/05/12, 03/06/12 
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Tickets: Free Event
For More Info: (02) 4228 1122

March 30 – James Morrison with The Megaband 

Join International jazz legend, James Morrison as he performs with the Megaband; 100 of the Illawarra’s best school musicians joining formidable forces to create one of the biggest sounds around for their annual music extravaganza. 

James will then take to the stage with the Con’s Jazz Orchestra, all set for their USA tour in April and will perform a selection of Orchestra’s program for this years’ Reno Jazz Festival.

Gig: James Morrison and the Megaband
Venue: Wollongong Town Hall
Date: 30/03/12
Time: 7pm
$10 general/$5 concession/students
For More Info: (02) 4228 1122




Hi Illawarraartists

My 2012 year has started with the installation of a work as part of the inaugural Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

The exhibition officially opens with all installed works on 16 February and continues until 11 March 2012 – many works though, are already installed…

The exhibition features a diverse public program – for more information visit

> distant time, galvasised wire, wool,
2 parts:180 x 90 x 90 cm &, 80 x 40 x 40 cm
more images and details HERE

Coming up:
Sculpture on the Edge

@ Bermagui, 3 – 11 March 2012

UWS Sculpture Awards and Exhibition
@ University of Western Sydney,
4 May – 4 June 2012




Hello my local arty friends!

This afternoon (February 9th) I was fortunate to be at the opening of Beginning -- the lovely Samira Khadivizand's first exhibition of her paintings.

What a wonderful painter she is! Someone bought a painting in the first few minutes of the exhibition being opened. If you’re around Wollongong, go to cafe Lee and Me on Crown Street, enjoy the food and or beverages (they even have organic ginger beer!), go upstairs and acquaint yourself with Samira’s paintings.

I sincerely hope this is the first of many successful exhibitions for Samira; she deserves it. Samira is a graduate in Theatre and Fine Arts, University of Teheran. The exhibition runs for about a month.








Propaganda Window (Melbourne) presents:

NORM/No-madic Lives 

pan-global narratives – multi-City travelling Exhibition: 2012 – 2014 first city – Melbourne at Propaganda Window (Melbourne)

Exhibition runs 28 February to 24 March 2012 | Opening Night 2 March 6-9pm (Projections begin at Sunset)

110 Franklin Street Melbourne Victoria Australia 3000

Featured Artists :

hargreaves + mack (uk)

lorna crane (australia)

ghayyan al amine (lebanon)


video without borders.

This project exhibtion is a reaction to the events of 2011 + draws inspiration from actions of people across the globe who feel they can enact social change.

It is a trans-global cultural exchange of ideas: similarities + disjunctions utilising actual gallery spaces, online promotion and visual interaction.

NORM/No-madic Lives is an self-funded project outside of the traditional modes of gallery representation or control, travelling to Melbourne, LA, Liverpool, Berlin, Beirut and beyond.

As project Curator + exhibiting artist I am proud that the first exhibtion is in collaboration with Propaganda Window (Melbourne).  NORM/NO-madic Lives will grow,
change + morph as the project travels electronically + materially across temporal, national + cultural boundaries.” – Simon Mack


Projecting every night at 110 Franklin Street from dusk till late at 110 Franklin Street Melbourne.


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