“George Harrison’s phrase ‘while my guitar gently weeps’ makes perfect sense….for Hopper is a master guitarist both in interpretation and composition.” Andrew MacLean : music-culture.org.au. One of Australia’s most talented Guitarists and Composers of his generation, Aaron Hopper has performed throughout Japan, Germany, Austria, and Australia, and has received international and National acclaim for his writing and playing, with the great Australian duo, “stringmansassy”.
Alma de Tango (Hugo Fernández) brings to you the most acclaimed tango show in Australasia which truly reflects the Buenos Aires Tango. A real Tango Night is waiting for you! Tango Master Hugo Fernández’s show offers an elegant, professional, authentic and impeccable performance that will allow the audience to experience “live” the real and wonderful atmosphere of the Tango Shows in Buenos Aires. Alma de Tango is the most complete Tango Experience. You can go for an only tango show or if you prefer a more holistic experience you can choose a full program of tango show with tango lessons!
Following concert debuts to full houses and standing ovations at Brisbane City Hall and the Woodford and Cygnet Folk Festivals earlier this year, Alma Salero are taking their exploration of the rich history of Spanish music on tour throughout Australia and Europe in 2017/18. From gypsy inspired flamenco to arrangements of the music of Granados and De Falla through to contemporary Spanish music that incorporates hip hop and reggae, Alma Salero invites you into the mesmerising and captivating world of the music of España.
Composer / Director / Spanish Guitarist
One of Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists, Andrew Veivers draws on a wide range of musical influences to evoke the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises. At venues ranging from Blenheim Palace (UK) to The Dillington Classical Guitar Festival (UK) to chamber music series' in Amsterdam to concerts at many of Australia's leading festivals, Andrew has appeared as a soloist as well as with his various groups (Flamenco Fire, The Saruzu Quartet, Jaleos Flamenco) to great critical acclaim.
One of the purest voices on the Australian music scene – Ange Takats is able to coat with sugar, crush with sadness and cut through to the soul of a song. The former foreign correspondent turned folk singer’s second album Arva blends 30s jazz with 60s folk. It was recorded and produced by J. Walker (Machine Translations) in Gippsland and follows the successful release of her debut album Aniseed Tea (2009). Strangely enough, Ange began her music career in Bangkok where she was based for two years as a journalist. Her worldly adventures and natural gift for storytelling have allowed her to develop a unique performance style – weaving lighthearted travel tales between darkly emotive songs.
The mysterious calm of the ocean at dusk, kissing someone for the first time, New York, the mist that creeps in on a mountain side, the bush after rain: This duo casts an enchantment that's hard to define. Influenced by musical greats like Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Chet Baker, Erykah Badu, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, their music is elegant, sophisticated, and as innocent and welcoming as Spring. Swingin Jazz, Brazilian Melodies & rhythms, soulful R&B, and a handful of well crafted originals. They do it all well. Featuring pedigree musicians Angela Iimura (Guitar and Vocals), and Oj Newcomb (Double Bass & Guitar), this duo is a match made in heaven. Anyone who loves music and loves a heavenly experience will be kicking themselves if they miss Angie & OJ.
Ann Vriend has headlined at festivals as far away from her hometown of Edmonton as Berlin and Australia and sold over 13,000 albums off the stage, independently. “Easily one of Canada’s greatest unannounced singers.... Her strengths as a pianist and lyricist means Vriend is the complete package” (A n E Vibe Magazine). “Soulful, inspiring, brave and bluesy” (Rip It Up, Adelaide) with a “vocal range from vulnerable delicacy to blasts of soulful power” (Halifax Chronicle) Vriend's vocal sound has been described as an enchanting cross between Dolly Parton and a young Aretha Franklin and as “almost confronting” by The Sydney Morning Herald. Ann is available for festival, concert and private bookings. Her current CDs are available in the Red Chair Shop.
From the experimental music scene in New York to early music with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra guitarist and composer Anthony Garcia is a unique presence in the Australian guitar scene. With a passion for improvisation and a masterful classical technique Garcia fuses together a wide range of styles from the ancient to the contemporary from Latin folk to exploratory jazz, pulsating world rhythms and experimental soundscapes. Performing throughout Australia, Mexico, Japan and the United States both as a soloist and in collaboration with virtuoso artists from across many musical traditions Anthony's engaging presence transports his audiences through an ever evolving musical landscape.
Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia the Barleyshakes are a superb Celtic band who present both traditional Irish, original and world music in a modern format. Using fiddles, banjo, mandolin, bass, bodhran, drums, guitar and vocals the Barleyshakes new sound is hard hitting, lively and full of wild Irish dance energy.
“Barry Charles is a unique singer from a blues and rock background renowned for his exceptional vocal range and technique. He performs with spontaneity, emotion and originality to which he adds the magic ingredients of soulfulness, humour and a great repertoire . . .” Barry has recorded five albums of his original songs, and an album of songs of Tom Waits. His song writing touches the soul with observations of life, love, the environment, indigenous causes, fantasy, humor - darkness and light. Sometimes referred to as an ‘extreme vocalist’, his performances showcase his song-writing skills, incorporating some very innovative scatting that has its roots in the blues, soul and jazz idioms. Barry performs his original songs and selected album covers accompanied by “The Deeper Beat’, innovative guitarist Peter (awesome) Wells, saxophonist Ric Halstead, Andy Tainsh - delicious bass lines & Ms Ami Smith - inventive melodic drums.