9 June 2017
Played at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra. I LOVE THIS PLACE. Just a great vibe. Fantastic decor – folk hip. Wonderful people, wonderful stage and sound system. Big thanks to Marisol for organising the gig!
7 May 2017
Darwin mini-tour: Last stop. Darwin Railway Club (more great pics from Binni Haydon).
6 May 2017
Darwin mini-tour: Third stop. The Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival. Wonderful community festival. Played on the foreshore to another beautiful sunset! (Great pics as usual by Binni Haydon!).
5 May 2017
Darwin mini-tour: Second stop. After playing for 3 hours at the Ski Club (and setting up and pulling down their PA, as you do!), I went straight to Happy Yess to do a set there. What a wonderful venue! In addition to it looking and feeling great (bit arty and alternative, but friendly) it is run by lovely people, and the sound guy Finn made it a beautiful experience to play there – I didn’t want to stop!
5 May 2017
My mini-tour of Darwin.
First stop, the Darwin Ski Club. Was surprised upon arrival to be informed that it was my job to set up their PA from scratch, including lugging all speakers and desk and cables etc from storage area to stage! They did not have a ‘sound person’! Of course it took nearly an hour for me to set up an unknown system in an unknown space. Management then later made a comment that I started my set late (you are kidding, no?!). Well, people did warn me things operated differently in the NT! Anyway, I eventually I enjoyed playing a nice long 3-hour (sun)set. (Pics by the wonderful Binni Haydon).
22 April 2017
Accepted into Darwin Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival on Saturday 6th May. Very happy!
Will add dates around it at the Darwin Ski Club (Fri 5th), Happy Yess (Fri 5th) and Railway Club Hotel (Sun 7th) – a wonderfully busy 3 days coming up!
21 April 2017
Did a lovely gig at Platform 3 in Carnegie.
20 April 2017
Went to the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter. Did my Percussion Experience thing with Binni.
Also drummed in the ‘All-Star’ folk band that performed their version of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Also did a number of singer/songwriter slots at the Off-Broadway venues.
5 April 2017
I am playing at CERES on Wednesday 5 April, 10.15am-12.15pm. Come down and check out some groovy loopy stuff, and buy excellent organic produce!
Had a ball at my gig at Farouk’s Olive – thanks to all who came, Farouks and Belinda Haydon for awesome photos.
25 March 2017
Played a lovely set at the Basin Music Festival on Saturday night.
24 Feb 2017
Lots of nice gigs coming up – playing Greek songs with Anthea’s Rubies this Saturday (25th), then a Janis Joplin rock gig the following Friday (3rd), then my Community Drummers are playing with the Oakleigh Brass Band on Sunday (5th), then Pt. Fairy Folk Festival, then Warrawee Festival, then my Farouk’s Olive gig, then a gig at Ceres, then the National Folk Festival….whew! Check out my Gig page for details. Hope to see you at one or more!
16 JAN 2017
Thanks to those who made it to the Farouk’s gig yesterday. Big thanks to Binni Haydon for the great pics.
9 JAN 17
I will be playing another gig this Saturday 14th January at Farouk’s Olive (5-7pm). Check the Upcoming Gigs page for details.
12 DEC 16
Just finished a wonderfully enjoyable recording weekend at Dog and Bear Studio (Trentham) with Nicky Bomba, Steve Vella, Carl Pannuzzo, Liz Frencham and Pete Fidler.
Working it at Farouk’s Olive this evening. Thanks Belinda Haydon for the great pics.
Announcing today that I am doing 2 sets at Farouk’s Olive in High St., Thornbury on Friday 2nd December, 5-7pm.
Fun times with Anthea Sidiropoulos, Nicholas Baltas and Dean Georgalas at The Greek Centre last Friday night – yassou!!
(Pics by Belinda Haydon).
6 NOV 2016
Playing some funky, bluesy, folksy songs and experimental instrumental at CERES, with Matt Radford (bass) and Irine Vela (guitar, mando etc). Much looking forward to it. Check my gig guide for details.
22 OCT 2016
A shot from last night’s ‘Marriage of Figaro vs. Oz Rock and Aussie Rules’.
Last show tomorrow evening (Sunday 23rd, 6pm).
Some pics from yesterday’s Marriage of Figaro show – only 2 shows left! (This Friday, this Sunday).
A shortened version of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro has been adapted to have a classic Aussie rock and footy finals theme. Weirdly, it works.
Herald Sun 10/10/2016
VIENNA 1786 — the year Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro premiered — is a far-flung irrelevant past in Emotionworks — Cut Opera’s latest foray into presenting opera with an edge.
Devised and directed by Artistic Director Julie Edwardson, Aussie rules meets Mozart in a you-beaut, zany and delightful adaptation in which the likes of John Paul Young’s Love Is In The Air (with more than 30 other Oz Rock hits) sits comfortably among Mozart’s golden hued score.
Kiss Count Almaviva’s palatial Seville estate goodbye. Edwardson has replaced it with the hierarchy of the football club and its yards of scandalous shenanigans, as the public now expect, to go with it. It could be any club but in this not so far-fetched version, let’s say it’s The Saints.
In Edwardson’s version, the four-act opera becomes a four-quarter match and a tussle between love and fidelity as much as a battle of the sexes.
There’s an uncanny believable appeal to the well-cast outfit. Richard Woods is the rugged, loutish and rough-edged team captain Figaro. The Count is a self-absorbed womanising coach played by Peter Hanway. Katy Turbitt is a sweet and lively Susanna, the coach’s personal assistant and Figaro’s fiance, and Katrina Waters swans as Rosina, the coach’s rather Brighton-bred wife.
Alison Lemoh is the frisky, testosterone-charged new recruit, Cherubino and Maryanne Bird wafts as a sassy Marcelllina, the club social secretary. Wayne Cuebas means business as the mullet hair styled club lawyer, Bartolo, Peter Vadiveloo plays the jockster (and streaks across the oval) as the veteran player Basilio and Natasha Jacoel-Kaminsky is maturing way too quickly as Antonio’s schoolgirl daughter Barberina.
All the way down to Bob Hall’s doddery Antonio, the ground curator, the ockerish transposition of roles is a winner with the plot maintained marvellously.
The depth of Figaro and Susanna’s love, the poignancy of Rosina’s lamest of love lost and the stirring act of forgiveness she bestows on a repentant husband remain luminous highlights. Accompanying them, Cold Chisel’s Working Class Man (Figaro), Skyhooks’s All My Friends Are Getting Married (Basilio), and Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman (Rosina and Susanna) come into the mix as artists cut between opera and rock, though some with more success than others.
As Susanna, Katy Turbitt shines through the two genres but a cogent team spirit and individual strengths leave an indelible impression. Even a little rusty recitative endears alongside the antics.
The first half is performed in the clubroom of the North Port Oval with fleet of foot momentum. Then, after half time, the audience moves to the oval’s grandstand for the second half without any wind lost in Edwardson’s deft, tongue in cheek direction as she whips it into priceless entertainment that sports impeccable sound balance.
Edwardson herself sits at the keyboard, keeping the tempo rolling with Nigel Sharp on bass guitar and harmonics with Bartolo and Basilio at home alternating on percussion. The coach’s whistle keeps the game on track.
Prepare for the thrill of the game. It’s a good one.
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO VS OZ ROCK AND AUSSIE RULES
Until 23rd October
North Port Oval clubroom and grandstand, Port Melbourne until October 23
Rating: three and a half stars9*