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Mon, 24 April 2017

Scotland The Brave @ Hamer Hall 30.6.2017

Filed under: world music, folk music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 3:02 pm

Scotland The Brave
Hamer Hall
Friday 30 June, 8pm
Sunday 2 July, 2pm
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes, includes 20 minute interval
Scotland The Brave is the smash hit celebration of the best of traditional Scottish music, song, and dance.
This spectacular production features over 100 singers, dancers, and musicians, performing popular works such as Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, The Gael, Ye Banks and Braes, Auld Lang Syne and many others. The thrilling line up of soloists includes the internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and popular tenor Gregory Moore.

Scotland The Brave, with its rousing anthems and dashing performances, has captivated audiences throughout Australia and New Zealand and in North America and is now a best-selling DVD for ABC Classics.

Wed, 8 June 2016

Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra

Filed under: acoustic music, world music — site admin @ 4:16 pm

Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra. Open to all guitarists of any ability (ability to read music not essential), the SCGO draws its repertoire from musical traditions from around the world: Spanish, Appalachian, Irish, Africa, Australian and more. Directed by Andrew Veivers, the SCGO is a People’s Orchestra project, a community orchestra model created by Andrew Veivers and performing arts company Red Chair. The SCGO is supported by The Events Centre.
Rehearsals - Caloundra & Noosaville
The Events Centre (Caloundra): st & 3rd Wednesday of every month
Central Qld University (Noosaville): 2nd Monday of every month
Times: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $12 - $15 per rehearsal

Bastille Day Gala

Filed under: jazz music, world music, Gigs — site admin @ 4:14 pm

Bastille Day GALA
Royal Queensland Golf Club
15 July 2016
A glamourous evening to celebrate Bastille Day at the Royal Queensland Golf Club! Fine French Food and Wine, Jazz Music, special guest speakers, in a magnificent venue… Make sure you book early for this not-to-be missed special celebration! During the night, you will tantalise your tastebuds with fine French product experiences and we will keep you entertained with French Jazz Music and more.
Time: from 5pm
Cost: $85 | $95

Vardos @ Speakeasy HQ 19th June 2016

Filed under: world music, contemporary music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 4:10 pm

VARDOS take the audience’s eyes and ears on an extraordinary musical journey around Eastern Europe.
Alana with dynamic gusto leads on violin, Kirri drives the bass-line while Sofia bounces from accordion, to song, to viola.
Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians during their Eastern European adventures. Since last century Vardos have serenaded audiences worlwide, supported incredible acts such as ‘Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’ and ‘Gipsy Kings’, appeared in films, ‘Spicks and Specks’, ‘Seachange’, released 4 CD’s and been nominees and finalists for the Golden Fiddle Award, Aria Awards and BBC Radio3 World Music Awards. They are joined by the stunning tribal fusion serpentine dancer Ronicka and the slithery Snakey.
Sun 19 June 6-8pm
Speakeasy HQ, 522 Flinders St, Melbourne,
presents some of the most exotic musical and dance performances drawn from along the Silk Road.
Live music by Vardos, accompanied by world renowned Serpent Dancer, Ronicka.
General admission $25, snacks, meals and deluxe packages also available.
All the best,
Vardos

Mon, 25 April 2016

Vardos back in Melbourne gigs

Filed under: world music, folk music, General — site admin @ 9:32 am

Sun 1 May 8pm
Eat Pierogi Make Love with Vardos and VULGARGRAD at the Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St Collingwood.International Workers Day! Pierogi Lovers Unite! In solidarity with the workers of the world Pierogi Pierogi return their highly successful Polish pop-up kitchen to The Gasometer to put a tasty dumpling shaped spanner into the machinations of an oppressive flavourless state. Home made lemon vodka will flow! Pierogi, classic polish soup, pickles and kanapka - traditional open sandwiches. Music by Russian criminal folk revolutionary bards Vulgargrad and their very special guests, gypsy apparatchiks Vardos Trio. Dinner from 5pm. Vardos play 8.30-9.15pm. 18+ event. $18 + booking fee. To book online click here.
http://gasometer.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=61692

Sat 7 May 10am-1pm
Coburg Shopping Centre, Sydney Rd Coburg. Vardos celebrate Mothers’ Day on the streets of Coburg.
Fri 13 May 6.30-8pm Speakeasy HQ, 522 Flinders St, Melbourne. Gypsy Jazz - Live Music from the Silk Road. Speakeasy HQ presents some of the most exotic musical and dance performances drawn from along the Silk Road. Produced by world renowned Serpent Dancer, Ronicka, Gypsy Jazz features The Ukelel Sounds of Beirut, Romania and Northern Middle East, including dance in performance by tribal fusion artists and belly dance performers. General admission $25, deluxe packages also available!
https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/EventBookingPage.aspx?eid=195587&sid=372371&did=578133&hs=www.facebook.com

Thu, 17 March 2016

The Woohoo Revue

Filed under: world music — site admin @ 12:00 pm

The Woohoo Revue
Estonian House
Saturday, 19th March @ 7:00PM
$22 + BF
A frenzied blur of Balkan, gypsy, swing and jazz

Playing their first headline show in Melbourne in over a year, The Woohoo Revue are back on Brunswick’s biggest stage with their unique brand of balkan jazz. This fiendishly talented collective has tirelessly toured their all-out instrumental party across Australia and Europe (including Glastonbury, Fusion and Colours of Ostrava).
Joined by the Turkish Gypsy stylings of Galata Express and The Willie Wagtails, expect electric performances, extravagant costumes and frenzied virtuosity. The historic Estonian House in West Brunswick will be transformed into a full scale concert venue by Shadow Electric for a series of unique shows as part of this years BMF.

Thu, 25 February 2016

Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

Filed under: jazz music, world music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:52 pm

Thursday March 10 2016
Thornbury Theatre

Based on traditional material – mainly from the Mediterranean Area and the Balkan – Savina Yannatou and the group Primavera en Salonico offer an open sound without borders or labels, from simple songs extending to contemporary music forms.
Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico have been giving concerts all over the world since 1996.
This includes the whole of Europe, the United States, Australia, Israel, South Korea, China and Taiwan, in venues like the Queen Elizabeth Hall (various times sold-out), the Barbican in London, UCLA in Los Angeles, the Melbourne Concert Hall, BELEN Cultural Centre in Lisbon and various WOMAD festivals in different parts of the world, as well as numerous other world music and jazz festivals – to name a few: Stern Grove in San Francisco, Taipeh World Music Festival, Fiesta des Suds in Marseille, Moers new Jazz Festival, Music Meeting in Holland, Etnosur Festival in Spain, Musicas do Mundo in Portugal, International Jazz festival Muenster, London Jazz Festival, New Directions Festival in Umea, Sweden, Oct-Loft Jazz Festival in Shenzhen and TCC Jazz Festival in Guanzhou, China, Ulsan World Music Festival in South Korea and many others.

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