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Big performances booked for Seachange
AS PROGRAM events are confirmed and de-
tails added to the Prom Coast Seachange Festi-
val website, so too ticketing and booking infor-
mation is made available.
With just a little over five weeks until the
first events kick-off, festival chair Deb Bray
says many in the community, and from further
afield, are busy with rehearsals and prepara-
“This is a key time for the festival committee
and for those organising and running events.
“All are working hard to ensure there is an
exciting program on offer that showcases our
local community and attracts both artists and
visitors to the region.”
The festival always provides a diverse range
of events and this year’s list of performances
offer a broad range of genres to choose from;
music and dance to monologues and a fairy-tale
World-renowned guitar duo Slava and Leon-
ard Grigoryan have confirmed the Prom Coast
Seachange Festival as part of their 2017 tour
schedule. Brought to you by Toora & Foster
Community Bank and Welshpool Agency, the
brother’s March 25 performance will present
works from their latest release and pieces that
take in classical, jazz and contemporary styles.
Waratah Hills Vineyard hosts Opera Austra-
lia’s Samantha Du Rennes on Friday, March 31.
Samantha is described as having “the mes-
merising voice of an angel” and will perform
pieces from well-loved shows, including opera
FAMDA is well into a busy rehearsal schedule
for its big production The Vagina Monologues.
Directed by Brad Beach, this spellbinding,
funny and incredibly moving play is designed
to be entertaining, informative and empower-
ing – but, above all, it sends a strong message
about violence against women.
The season is March 9 to 24 with the perfor-
mance suitable for people 18 years and over.
Singer-songwriter and poet Ian Bland of 3RRR
fame, returns to the Seachange Festival to enter-
tain audiences with his blend of insightful sto-
ries drawn from rural and urban Australia.
Covering a diverse range of topics including
the demise of suburban pubs, it seems fitting
that Ian’s March 24 performance is at the iconic
and Fish Creek Hotel.
Also at the Fish Creek Hotel is the legendary
Melbourne band The Clip Clop Club.
Expect to laugh your head off during this
hilarious and irreverent performance, and
sing along with some great old tunes – think
‘Ghostriders In The Sky’ and ‘Rawhide’. Book
in for Sunday, March 26.
Fancy being the performer yourself? Channel
your inner diva or muso and join in the fun at
the Foster Golf Club’s Open Mic on March 26.
Also playing will be the Ole Factory Band and
the McCrackens. No need to book.
Local schools have already been contacted
about a special performance offered by Region-
al Arts Victoria, The Fairytale Cookbook.
The audience chooses the heroes and villains,
helps cast the actors, and guides the hero safely
(or dangerously!) through the adventure they
Be there for the glittering Festival Ball with
the Pearly Shells Big Band performing at the
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on April 1.
Melbourne’s premier Jazz/Swing/RnB band,
the Pearly Shells have a classic style and a
look reminiscent of the golden age of Ellington,
Basie and Goodman.
Performing the Celia Rosser Gallery in Fish
Creek on April 1 is Stephen McIntyre.
One of Australia’s most distinguished pia-
nists, and highly regarded worldwide, Stephen
has performed as concerto soloist with all the
major ABC orchestras. Tickets go on sale soon.
This is just a taste of what is to come. Book-
ing information and ticketing will become pro-
gressively available on the festival website www.
The festival takes in two big weekends, March
24 to 26 March and March 31 to April 2, but
there are a number of events before, after and
in between those dates, so check the website
Renowned international acoustic chamber-folk trio, The String Contingent, are bringing
their passionate musicianship to Newhaven College for a one-off public performance on
Tuesday, February 28 that is not to be missed.
The String Contingent
NEWHAVEN College is hosting renowned
acoustic chamber-folk trio, The String Contin-
gent, for a series of student workshops followed
by a public performance on Tuesday, February
Year 4 violin and cello students, the Middle
School String Ensemble and selected individ-
ual string musicians will receive special tuition
from the group to broaden their perspective on
the opportunities that strings and music in gen-
eral have to offer.
The String Contingent have toured extensively
in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandi-
navia, with their unique sound that confidently
walks across the lines between folk, classical,
jazz and bluegrass.
Australians Chris Stone (violin) and Holly
Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham
McLeod (guitar) share a musical ethos that
showcases the individuality of each musician
and eclipses genre.
In the past six years and four albums they
have reached ‘the upper echelon of instrumen-
tal exploration, arrangement, composition and
performance’, and are in the process of launch-
ing their fifth album.
Up close, their camaraderie and passionate
musicianship shine through in a joyful combi-
nation of precision, refinement and beauty, bal-
anced with visceral energy and drive.
This one-off performance is not to be missed.
It’s on next Tuesday at 7pm at Newhaven Col-
lege Junior School.
Adults $20, concession $15 and Newhaven
College students free.
Tickets at the door. Visit www.newhavencol.
whavencollege, or www.thestringcontingent.
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