Music and Events at the Artists Shed
The Artists Shed is availableas a creative space for the arts, inlcuding workshops, exhibitions and performances. It is located at 14 Foster Street, Queanbeyan, NSW. Contact music@artistsshed.com for more information
Saturday 26 April - Amanda Kay supported by Hither and Yon
Saturday 26 April - Amanda Kay supported by Hither and Yon
An evening of being serenaded by the sweet and sultry ballads of Amanda Kay. An intimate and personal song writer who combines the intricacies of Smooth Jazz with the Bounce of Latin rhythms and the storytelling and poetry of Folk music. Catch her and her beautiful nylon string guitar before she heads off to the Americas.
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Tickets: $10 ($8 concessions)...

Amanda is bringing the vibrant sounds of Queensland's favourite songwriter to your door. Amanda's songs share both laughter and tears.
She has reached a stage in her journey where as her music reaches the audiences ears a quiet hush descends on the crowd. People are drawn in by her sultry tone, stimulating lyrics and the bounce she brings alive. She is a story teller and writes lyrics that everyone can feel.
Her touch on the nylon string makes it sing sweetly, then become sharp and bright suiting the ebb and flow of the lyrics. Her journey through the world has not been an easy road and the passion she holds inside is released in her compositions.
Her new music is receiving rave reviews and smiles from the listeners. She has spent the last year performing at festivals and writing and recording. Amanda performed at Mission Evolve Festival and the Tablelands Folk Festival in Yungaburra in 2013 and performed all over Qld during Summer, including Woodford, Wintermoon and Brisbane.
Tablelands Folk Festival will have Amanda Kay's music in their TV and radio promotion this year. She won an award performing at Palm Creek Folk Festival (for her social commentary tune, 'The Election Song') and is a regular performer at The Cairns Hilton, 12 Bar Blue, Burnie's Jazz Bar. She performs in and around Townsville and the Sunshine Coast with a fantastic audience response. Her music has unusual textures and flavours that keep audiences listening with a smile. She is skilful with her intricate chords, voicing and finger picking on her beautiful nylon string guitar. Her lyrics draw people into the stories and adventures of her songs.
Her sound is a blend of genres including some latin, reggae and funk influences...though it mostly gets called smooth jazz. Amanda defines herself as a folk jazz artist.She always tells an entertaining story and loves the complexities of making intricate chord progressions smooth, exciting and subtly simple.
She is currently creating a collection of new tunes from different studios and collaborations. A live track from the Artist Shed may be included so don't miss this performance before she heads to the Americas for a year of musical travels. The new album will include her latest popular songs like Bad Abbott, Just Outside my Window, I Don't Want to Fall in Love With You, A Song and many more.
Amanda works regularly with her own two bands, Amanda Kay and The Crew and Amanda Kay and The Guys from Newcastle. She also plays and supports The Tranformers Choir, The Reclaimers orchestra and has performed with The Rockwiz Orchestra, Deborah Conway, Rohan Marley, and Yothu Yindi (to name a few).
This year she performed at Woodford Folk Festival, Karanda Roots Festival, Palm Creek Festival and many venues in Qld. She was privileged to meet and play with Rohan Marley (Bob's son) on his brief visit to Australia. Rohan commented "She knows her chops" and joined her on the egg in an impromptu performance of 'The Election Song"
(from Administer The Medicine CD). Amanda was also interview on the George Negus show and has become a recognised visual artist, creating musical artworks. Some of her works have been used on CD covers including Peter Vance's latest Jazz release. One of her highlights was singing and playing guitar for the Dalai Lama at a private luncheon during the happiness conference, where he took time from his schedule to come and say hello. He said 'you and me, and me and you, and you and me,... we are the same'.
Saturday 26 April - Amanda Kay supported by Hither and Yon
Saturday 26 April - 7:30pm - Hither and Yon
Saturday 26 April - 7:30pm - Hither and Yon
Australian father daughter folk duo perform originals with guitar and harmonies - featuring the recently launched Nor'n Iron and launching a siongbook at the Shed.
Biography
Formed in 2011, father/daughter folk duo Hither and Yon hail from the Canberra region. Performing their own crowd pleasing compositions about lost love, current tragedies and the antics of the local fauna, they use vocal harmonies and accompany themselves on guitar. They also sing traditional Irish, Scottish and Australian folk songs ranging from rollicking Aussie shearer's songs to traditional celtic ballads. Occasionally performing with family member Lyndal, they weave musical stories with emotion and artistry. Tom has been re-incarnated from a formerly well-known, but now sadly defunct, Canberra bush band, while daughter Heather burst out of local music programs, stage musicals, choirs and choruses. They've performed locally and as far afield as the Innerleithen Music Festival in Scotland. With guitars in hand and voices at the ready will have you singing along to old favourites and humming their original tunes long after the show is over.
Saturday 26 April - 7:30pm - Hither and Yon
Saturday 17 May - 7:30pm - Lord Byron 5....
Saturday 17 May - 7:30pm - Lord Byron 5....
The Lord Byron 5 are a band who perform selected poetical works of the eccentric romantic poet Lord Byron in an energetic and compelling semi-musical stage act. Lady Carolyn Lamb, one of Byron's many lovers, once described him as "mad, bad and dangerous to know." The Lord Byron 5, in adhering closely to the connotations behind this description have put together a dynamic and original show not to be missed, consisting of: “Lord Frederick Wobblebottom of Twerk” (Fred Pilcher -vocals and bass), “Nicholas Nicholby of The Mang” (Nick Powell - keyboard), “Dr Polidori” (Paul Dugdale - drums and percussion), “Countessa De Cello” (Rita Woolhouse cello and vocals), “Fräulein du floute” (Simone Dawson - vocals and woodwind) and “The Third Earl of Cook” (Craig Dawson – vocals and guitar).
Saturday 17 May - 7:30pm - Lord Byron 5....
Friday 23 May - 7:30pm - CHAIKA CD Launch
Friday 23 May - 7:30pm - CHAIKA CD Launch
Based in Sydney, Chaika take their name from the Bulgarian word for ‘seagull’. They create a beguiling and original sound-world, blending 4 female voices with Clarinet, Violin, Piano, Accordion, Double-Bass, Guitar and Percussion.

Chaika are a group whose strength is the elusive nature of their style. At times flashes of Balkan, Jazz, Jewish, Celtic and Italian music emerge; these flashes are interspersed with fluid original compositions to weave a sensuous and unique sound.

Like their namesake, Chaika gently wander through foreign lands, through storms and through stories, emerging rich with experience and an enchanting tale to tell.
Friday 23 May - 7:30pm - CHAIKA CD Launch
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - The Faraway Eyes
The Faraway Eyes are 3 part harmony (sometimes 4), Buck on guitar, Nick adding colour with harmonica, dobro, banjo, and a repertoire of Americana tunes (Eagles, CSN, Gram Parsons) and original songs presented in that genre.
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - Rachel Hore and the Pop-up Choir
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - Rachel Hore and the Pop-up Choir
Rachel Hore and her PoP-uP Choir

The PoP uP Choir is a new choir venture in Canberra. We aim to sing in public spaces, changing the nature of vacant space through sound and song. You might find us popping up in tunnels, churches, foyers, markets, car parks, museums, street corners, restaurants, domes and amphitheatres, rotundas and parks, anywhere where there is a space that can be warmed by the human voice.
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - Rachel Hore and the Pop-up Choir
Friday 30 May - Neil Murray
Friday 30 May - Neil Murray
NEIL MURRAY first appeared in the early eighties as a founding member of the Warumpi Band, which over three albums (Big Name, No Blankets, Go Bush, Too Much Humbug) and twenty years of performing propelled contemporary indigenous music into mainstream Australia, yielding such classic songs as My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella, Fitzroy Crossing, Jailanguru Pakarnu, Stompin Ground, From the Bush and Waru.

Neil MurrayNeil Murray has since become one of Australia’s most respected and influential singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989. He has released twelve solo albums- "Calm & Crystal Clear", "These Hands", "Dust", "The Wondering Kind", "Going The Distance", "About Time" (a 2CD retrospective compilation) "Spoken", "2Songmen" (live with Shane Howard in Darwin) ,"Overnighter", "Witness", "Sing the Song- the essential Neil Murray", and his latest release "Bring Thunder & Rain".

Neil Murray’s song writing is diverse- from the rollicking "Good Light in Broome", to the environmental urgency of “Burning land” to the prayerful "Native Born", the roots groove of "Long Grass Band", the endurance of love in "Over the Moon", the journeyman monologues of "Lights of Hay" and "Where my people go", the reflection on mortality in High On a Hill, and the contemplation of place in Burrumbeep Hill and Tjapwurrung Country. His work collectively describes an inner landscape to the heart of the nation - a journey which has done much to deepen and strengthen Australia’s contemporary musical heritage.

Neil MurrayThose who have read his novel "Sing for me Countryman" (regarded as an Australian classic) or poetry book "One Man Tribe", or listened to his spoken word CD - "Spoken" or seen his play "King For This Place" or read his song lyrics in the published book "Native Born" would know of his affinity for the land and respect for indigenous culture.

Neil Murray and Christine AnuIn 1995, Neil Murray was awarded the APRA song of the year for "My Island Home" originally written for the Warumpi Band and re-recorded by Christine Anu. "My Island Home" has become something of an unofficial anthem and featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

In 2005 Neil Murray received an environmental achievement award by the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority in western Victoria for his efforts in instigating “Healing Walks” along watercourses in the region and for being the inspiration behind establishment of the annual Lake Bolac Eel festival.

In 2007, Jailanguru Pakarnu- (Out From Jail) a song he co-wrote in the indigenous Luritja language-with fellow Warumpi Band co-founder Sammy Butcher was honoured by the National Film And Sound archives- “Sounds Of Australia” series- as a significant recording in Australia’s musical heritage.

Black Fella White FellaIn 2010 his iconic song “My Island Home” was published as a children’s book and the equally landmark “Blackfella Whitefella” was published as a children's book in 2012 by One Day Hill.

Neil Murray's songs have been recorded by Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Amy Saunders, The Tiddas, Christine Anu, Ursula Yovich and the Warumpi Band.

Neil Murray performs regularly at festivals and live music venues in Australia and overseas. Neil Murray’s albums are out through ABC Music.
Friday 30 May - Neil Murray
Thursday June - 7.30pm - The Ballpoint Penguins supported bny The Shiny Bum Singers
Thursday June - 7.30pm - The Ballpoint Penguins supported bny The Shiny Bum Singers
This stylish musical package from
Perth, Western Australia conceals
subversive wit and wordcraft on
intel l igent design, Tupperware
obsession, the aphrodisiac power of
the common vacuum cleaner and
ridding your home of excess adult
offspring.
These original a cappella comedians
storm the intellectual barricades of right
-minded folk. Anticipate the
unexpected, plus classic musical
mischief from Python to Lehrer and
Flanders to Swann.
“The trio's witticisms are delivered with
stylish harmonies and an evident
enjoyment”– Ron Banks, The West
Australian
“Good comedy is hard to find, and you
really pull it off.” Steve Barnes,
artistic director, Fairbridge Festival
Thursday June - 7.30pm - The Ballpoint Penguins supported bny The Shiny Bum Singers