Music and Events at the Artists Shed
The Artists Shed has closed its doors at Foster Street - but the spirit will live on until we find a new permanent home..
We will continue to run music at Benedict House in Queanbeyan, other Queanbeyan venues, Festivals at Yass and Majors Creek, and also in Canberra over the coming months. Some memories of recent musical acts at the Shed can be enjoyed below...

Many of the artists have moved out to either Benedict House or other locations. More news soon through our Facebook pages.
AJ LEONARD HULA HEAVEN Friday 28 July - 7.30pm
AJ LEONARD HULA HEAVEN Friday 28 July - 7.30pm
IN A LITTLE HULA HEAVEN

A Tale Of The Ukulele: An Audio-Visual History

In 1995 when The Beatles Anthology documentary was first screened, the ukulele received an unusual amount of visibility. Paul McCartney referred to John Lennon’s mom, who played the uke, and offered, “to this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukuleles, I love ‘em.” Later on, George Harrison is shown playing “I Will” on a uke as well as a never-recorded tune. All this attention coming from a musical group who made every kid in the world want to play guitar. Could it be possible that, somehow, the ukulele was “cool” again?

For many of its fans, the ukulele has never been out of style. For players and collectors it is the subject of great passion. This audio-visual history brings together the remarkable and colourful story of the humble “jumping flea” that started in the isolated Hawaiian Islands and since then has spread to every corner of the globe.

Response
“A marvellous and informative presentation that gives the listener a whole new appreciation of the unassuming yet highly infectious ukulele. A very worthy and timely tale” Kim Lofts Co-ordinator Ukulele Retreat Australia
"I found myself captivated by this ripping yarn of fact and fantasy punctuated by moments of beauty and humour” Steve Barnes Artistic Director Folkworld Fairbridge Festival
AJ LEONARD HULA HEAVEN Friday 28 July - 7.30pm
Saturday 29th June - 8pm TAKADIMI
Saturday 29th June - 8pm TAKADIMI

http://www.takadimi.com.au/

Jazz, folk, Irish, gypsy, Latin and Afro vibes are all fused delicately but precisely to create an eclectic mix that somehow blend magnificently into a cohesive new sound.
The group will be promoting the recent debut album New Common Sense, which mingles a broad profusion of folk, jazz, Latin and African influences in a wildly vibrant blend that is all their own.

Takadimi will be supported by local guitar duo the Guitar Cases.
Saturday 29th June - 8pm TAKADIMI
Saturday 29th June - 8pm The Guitar Cases in support
Saturday 29th June - 8pm The Guitar Cases in support

Andy Daniels and Andrew Tatnell have come together to create a special blend of lively and inspiring folk, blues and rock roots music.

Biography
Okay, so they're folk blues 'guitar cases'. But if you think you'll only hear hypnotic guitar riffs, blues-tinged licks, solos, adept finger picking and strong rhythms, then you're going to be surprised - The Guitar Cases can write songs. Their compositions are often introspective and range from exploring love to social, spiritual and environmental themes. Also, Andy's vocal delivery is impressive, being intimate and sweet one moment, to raw and powerful the next. Tats' feel on the guitar has been compared to the great Peter Green. So get along to one of their gigs, and keep a look out for their debut CD.

Description
Sounds like Redgum meets Peter Green, JJ Cale and Johnny Cash.

Band Interests
well duh - playing guitar!
Saturday 29th June - 8pm The Guitar Cases in support
Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th July - Katilga Arts Exhibition
Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th July - Katilga Arts Exhibition
Exhibition opening on Sunday 7th July from 6-9pm with music, dance and other entertainment...
Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th July - Katilga Arts Exhibition
Saturday 13 July - 7pm - Kristabelle and the Southern Bellringers - and friends
Saturday 13 July - 7pm - Kristabelle and the Southern Bellringers - and friends
KRISTABELLE AND THE SOUTHERN JUBILEE RINGERS have a passion for all sorts of old Americana from Western swing to Appalachian ‘old-time’ and authentic cowboy songs. They know you’ve been too long in the saddle, out on that lone prairie – so bring along your bed-roll, tie up your horse and settle down as they serenade you with some sweet harmonies to set you back on the trail.
Join Krista and some of her friends for a winter song, dance, knees-up and good time round the open fire...
Saturday 13 July - 7pm - Kristabelle and the Southern Bellringers - and friends
Sunday 4th August from 2pm - Bruce Watson and The Shiny Bum Singers..
Sunday 4th August from 2pm - Bruce Watson and The Shiny Bum Singers..
Bruce is a major Australian songwriter and performer in the folk tradition. Based in Melbourne, he performs around Australia at festivals, clubs and a range of other venues.

Bruce is a hilarious humorist and a writer and performer with the power to move audiences to tears. His performances are joyful and thoroughly engaging, with witty lyrics and energetic presentation. He is a masterful craftsman of songs, be they evocative and heart wrenching, or side-splittingly funny.
The Shiny Bum Singers will be supporting Bruce - expect some commentary on the recent top job changes.
Sunday 4th August from 2pm - Bruce Watson and The Shiny Bum Singers..
Sunday Shed Sessions - 18th August from 2pm - Tinker's Cuss and Friends
Sunday Shed Sessions - 18th August from 2pm - Tinker's Cuss and Friends
Andrew, Maynard and Tim have set off on their musical journey, carrying with them three part harmony, finger-picking, a dash of humour, Irish pipes and more
Sunday Shed Sessions - 18th August from 2pm - Tinker's Cuss and Friends
Friday 6th September - The City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums
Friday 6th September - The City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums
Friday 6th September - The City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums plus some special guests take over the Shed for an evening of revelry, haggis, 20 year old scotch whisky... what fun!
Friday 6th September - The City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums
Saturday 14 September - 7:30pm Counterfeit Cash Live at San QBN Prison
Saturday 14 September - 7:30pm Counterfeit Cash Live at San QBN Prison
Johnny Cash died 10 years ago...and to celebrate his life and legacy Counterfeit Cash will be locking the doors - this time with the audience inside. The Shed becomes San QBN Prison for an evening of Johnny Cash - Counterfeit Cash style.
Saturday 14 September - 7:30pm Counterfeit Cash Live at San QBN Prison
The Shed Truck at the Yass Festival Markets - 20-22 September
The Shed Truck at the Yass Festival Markets - 20-22 September
The Shed will be at the Yass Markets during daylight hours on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival with two days of Canberra music to complement the huge variety of entertainment at the Turning Wave Festival. It will be a blackboard affair. Musician - contact music@artistsshed.com for a spot. Festival goer - check out the markets and the free music venue in the park.
The Shed Truck at the Yass Festival Markets - 20-22 September
Thursday October 24th - 7:30pm - Totally Gourdgeous
Thursday October 24th - 7:30pm - Totally Gourdgeous
"Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch via The Muppets!".
All are playing Gourd instruments luthiered by Penelope Swales - Legendary since young (Gourd Guitar, Gourdalin, Stomp, Aslatuas, Chinese Hulusi Gourd Flute), Mal Webb - from Lano & Woodley to Glastonbury Solo (Gourd Bass, Mbira, Gournet, Voice-box), Carl Pannuzzo - Smallest Stadium Band in the world to Woodford Fire Event Choir master(Gourd Djemba, Percussion, Guitar), Andrew Clermont - a nutso player from Dya Singh to Tom T Hall (Gourdiddle, Gourdalin, Guitar) and all with Gourdatious Vocals to produce a manic, organic musical experience, punning pathos, heartfelt hilarity & messages of love, fellowship and environmental sanity.
$15 with concessions - bookings at music@artistsshed.com or www.totallygourdgeous.com
Thursday October 24th - 7:30pm - Totally Gourdgeous
Saturday 16 November - 7:30pm - Support - Little Mac and the Monster Men
Saturday 16 November - 7:30pm - Support - Little Mac and the Monster Men
Little Mac & The Monster Men (LMMM) first stomped the stage in November 2011 and have been non-stop since. Performing at car shows, swing and rockabilly dance nights, burlesque shows, kustom kulture events and festivals including Garterbelts and Gasoline, Dolls n Shine, Newcastle Rockabilly Festival, The Psychobilly Freakout and Punk and Beyond.
The band have been on the airwaves with ‘Local and Live’ on 2XXFM, ‘Liqoured Up and Lacquered Down’ on 2NSB and ‘The Rock n Roll Show’ on 4ZZZ. They have also featured in print for the ‘BMA’ and ‘Cruzin’ magazines and recieved great reviews “there was the impression these guys and gal were true believers. Lead singer Susan ‘Little Mac’ Mackell had great stage presence”.
With a mutual interest in rockabilly music and various other musical styles such as surf, punk, garage, blues, psychobilly and jazz crossing paths between band members, there’s been no shortage of inspiration. LMMM are focusing on original material but also enjoy playing covers with their own monster twist.

www.facebook.com/littlemacandthemonstermen
littlemacmonstermen@hotmail.
Saturday 16 November - 7:30pm - Support - Little Mac and the Monster Men
Saturday 30 November - 7:30pm - Rough Red Supported by Trev Dunham Tickets $15/12 0412 463388
Saturday 30 November - 7:30pm - Rough Red Supported by Trev Dunham Tickets $15/12 0412 463388
One of Australia’s most travelled bands, Rough Red has taken its original brand of folk-rock to Europe six times, performing at some of the world’s great folk and roots music festivals, including Bardentreffen in Nuremburg, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Brosella Folk Festival in Belgium, the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland, the Vikedal Roots Music Festival in Norway, and the Skagen Festival in Denmark. The Reds have released six albums over an 18 year career, with songs that reflect the band’s Australian heritage and extensive travels.

Following a short hiatus during which the band members released solo albums and toured in other entities, The Reds reformed a few years ago and set about writing and recording their long-overdue 7th album.

The result is a new record entitled “NOT HERE FOR A HAIRCUT”, and it includes all the Rough Red trademarks of fun, pathos, and fine musicianship.
Plaintive tales of love and war, homages to national treasures, and manic mandolin and accordion-infused stories of pirates and the sea, all delivered live by a band still having the time of their lives. The Reds return to Europe for a short tour in mid 2013 to perform the album at festivals in Norway and Denmark, and are excited about playing the new songs to Australian audiences.
Saturday 30 November - 7:30pm - Rough Red Supported by Trev Dunham Tickets $15/12 0412 463388
Saturday December 7th - 7:30pm The Date Brothers
Saturday December 7th - 7:30pm The Date Brothers
The Date Brothers play Gypsy Jazz Guitar. Although these talented siblings live in different countries to each other, they are performing in Australia this
November and December bringing their combined talents to Queanbeyan on Saturday December 7th...

We spoke to Ian Date and asked a few questions.
When did you first pick up the guitar?
When I was 7 my mother took me into a shop and bought me a ukulele. She
said “this will calm you down”. I played it for a year and then I asked her for a banjo.
she said “A banjo is $70 a guitar is $30....you can have a guitar”.
I got right into it and started earning money with the guitar when I was 14.
Nigel is 7 years younger than me and I had left home by the time he started. He was
around 13 or 14.
Describe your music history.
I have performed and recorded with many of Australia’s jazz greats.
I have also written music for television and film and appeared on more than 70
albums.
I have performed all over Australia and 37 other countries at various festivals and
events. I am equally at home on the acoustic and electric guitar. My guitar playing is
firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. I have my own crafty style and I like to bring
humour to all my projects. Critics have described my playing and performances as
lyrical, endlessly inventive, masterful and my live performances as thoroughly
entertaining.
Describe the music that you will be playing on the tour.
When we get together we mostly play gypsy jazz. This was a style of jazz guitar
pioneered by the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. This is generally our
starting point. We like to play all kinds of music and we bring a lot of other elements
into the style. On our latest album “Bach to Bud” We are playing music from Johann
Sebastien Bach to American bebop pianist Bud Powell. We include music from
Scotland, Norway, France, North and South America. Our music is rhythmic and has
a strong element of improvisation. We have a jazz sensibility running through
everything. We like to play the hell out of those guitars. I also play some trumpet and
sing some early jazz and blues pieces to keep things fun and interesting.
What have been your finest moments in music?
There have been many fine moments. Meeting and playing with some very fine jazz
musicians over the years that I learned so much from. How to really play, how to
make a sound, how to put the music across. These were all fine moments.
And I will say also that the finest moments are always when the music is flowing out
of you and it is a all very joyful and sparkling with energy and sounding like you can
do no wrong! We work hard to make that happen at every show.
How popular is gypsy jazz?
Gypsy jazz has enjoyed a huge wave of popularity amongst audiences and players
worldwide in recent years.
The technical challenges presented by the idiom, the harmonic foundations and the
melodies that are used as a basis for the improvisations demands a high degree of
knowledge and skill. This makes for an exciting and highly engaging experience for
the listener. It is a rare opportunity to hear guitar played at this level.
Who is in the trio?
Ian Date - acoustic guitar, trumpet, vocal
Nigel Date - acoustic guitar
Howard Cairns - double bass
For more information and tour dates visit http://datebrothers.com
Saturday December 7th - 7:30pm The Date Brothers
Monsters in our Heads Exhibition - private viewings by arrangement... music@artistsshed.com
Monsters in our Heads Exhibition - private viewings by arrangement... music@artistsshed.com
Georgia Goodnow - aka Goodie has created Monsters in our Heads - a unique roomscape... Viewing by arrangement...preview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI1UMvrMKAk
Monsters in our Heads Exhibition - private viewings by arrangement... music@artistsshed.com
Tuesday 7 January - Formidable Vegetable Sound System and Mal Webb - 7.30pm
Tuesday 7 January - Formidable Vegetable Sound System and Mal Webb - 7.30pm
Experimental ‘ecological edutainment’ about the principles of permaculture (a way to fix the world) mashing together ukulele with some electroswing-style wonk, climate-change reggae, post-apocalypso and a decent serving of 'Radish Beets'.
Tuesday 7 January - Formidable Vegetable Sound System and Mal Webb - 7.30pm
Sunday 2 February 2014 - Doors Open 6pm Concert 7pm The BEEZ are back at the Shed - In Concert
Sunday 2 February 2014 - Doors Open 6pm Concert 7pm The BEEZ are back at the Shed - In Concert
The Beez In Concert $15 - $12 concessions

The Beez have furnished their house with musical bric-a-brac from around the world – a potpourri of moving, silly, deep and sometimes meaningless pop and rock songs. These songs are, however, anything but common or garden variety. The four tonal interior decorators from the Beez rearrange and craft a song until a certain stylistically unmistakable Beez Feng Shui emerges.The Beez are at home on any stage and travel light-four voices, two acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass and an accordion and, it has to be said, more than a few costumes…The Beez are renowned as excellent hosts, serving lavish lashings of humour and musicality guaranteed to charm every audience. Their programme ‘’In the House” is (with or without electricity) like a luxury penthouse on the roof of pop and rock history in which everyone finds a sunny room with a view.
Sunday 2 February 2014 - Doors Open 6pm Concert 7pm The BEEZ are back at the Shed - In Concert
Friday 7 February - Jasmine Beth, Lighthouse, Night Potion and a few friends... 7.30pm til late by donation
Friday 7 February - Jasmine Beth, Lighthouse, Night Potion and a few friends... 7.30pm til late by donation
A party night at the Shed - with special guests Jasmine Beth (pictured), Night Potion, Lighthouse and Gracenotes... Cover charge $10 - $7 concessions....
Friday 7 February - Jasmine Beth, Lighthouse, Night Potion and a few friends... 7.30pm til late by donation
Friday 14 February - The Artists Shed and The Merry Muse presents George Mann 8pm
Friday 14 February - The Artists Shed and The Merry Muse presents George Mann 8pm
The Merry Muse presents: George Mann sings songs from the last century of labor and social activism, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. His concerts are part sing-along, part history lesson, and he can make you shout for joy, send chills down your spine or bring tears to your eyes in the same set.
George created and produced the “Hail to the Thief!” anti-Bush CD series, which featured such folk legends as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Billy Bragg and Magpie, and his work with veterans, unions and anti-war groups has kept him on the front lines for 20 years.
Friday 14 February - The Artists Shed and The Merry Muse presents George Mann 8pm
Saturday March 1 - Jo Cresswell, Rita Woolhouse - PLUS- Craig and Simone
Saturday March 1 - Jo Cresswell, Rita Woolhouse - PLUS- Craig and Simone
Dance was her first love. She recalls it felt as natural as breathing.

Introduced to bushdances at the local woolshed it was a short step to learning the instrument that leads the dancers. With a concertina in her hands . . . or as often in her bike pannier . . . she travelled the world gathering to her the dance tunes of England, Ireland, the US and Scotland.

She is an accomplished melody player, accompanist and composer as well as a teacher of Celtic music and traditional and improvised dance.

She has performed as a member of various dance and concert bands including The Hudson Bay Company (USA) and The Perfect Cure, Kilkenny and Halliracket in Australia. Her concert repertoire on piano and concertina has come to the fore in duos with guitarist Dave O’Neill (Eric Bogle Band & The Bushwackers); American flautist Kris Willits; instrumentalist Ben Stephenson (Trouble in the Kitchen) & fiddler Sarah Davies (Spoot O Skerry).

As an arts administrator she has managed numerous festivals, events, conferences, workshops and residential retreats. Jo was for 6 years the Assistant Director of the Australian National Folk Festival, and is a founding member of Folk Alliance Australia, Australia’s peak folk organisation.

Jo performs regularly and teaches Celtic music, step dance, piano, concertina and musicianship. Her business, the Celtic Arts Agency, fosters these and other activities.
Saturday March 1 - Jo Cresswell, Rita Woolhouse - PLUS- Craig and Simone
Saturday 8 March - 7:30pm - Jacqueline Feilich - She is the King!
Saturday 8 March - 7:30pm - Jacqueline Feilich - She is the King!
Mystery Train Music Presents
"She is The King" - A Tribute to Elvis' Stax Sessions

LIVE from the Artists Shed - Shed Sessions and Concerts

PLUS 'Ruby as Tina

'"VISUALLY AND MUSICALLY "SHE is THE KING" IS IMBUED WITH A NUMBER OF ICONIC ELVIS QUALITIES."(Piers Beagley - The Elvis Information Network) WHO IS THIS WOMAN IN BLACK LEATHER AND SUNGLASSES?The lady in question is Jacqueline Feilich - An accomplished singer/songwriter who has won international acclaim. She is the only woman ever to be selected by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc to enter the worldwide search for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist in its inaugural Contest in 2007, in Elvis' birthplace - Tupelo, Mississippi. She was also the first Female Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) to have performed 'LIVE' at Graceland Crossing, Memphis, Tennessee during Elvis Week 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.Australian by nurture and Elvis by nature, Jacqueline was born in Perth, Western Australia. She grew up listening to her fathers' music collection which included legends like Nat King-Cole, Roger Whittaker and Elvis Presley; But it was Elvis who made an ever-lasting impression on her.
Saturday 8 March - 7:30pm - Jacqueline Feilich - She is the King!
Saturday 8 March - 7:30pm - Jacqueline Feilich -Tribute to Elvis' STAX Sessions - She is the King!
Saturday 8 March - 7:30pm - Jacqueline Feilich -Tribute to Elvis' STAX Sessions - She is the King!
Mystery Train Music Presents
"She is The King" - A Tribute to Elvis' Stax Sessions

LIVE from the Artists Shed - Shed Sessions and Concerts

PLUS 'Ruby as Tina

'"VISUALLY AND MUSICALLY "SHE is THE KING" IS IMBUED WITH A NUMBER OF ICONIC ELVIS QUALITIES."(Piers Beagley - The Elvis Information Network) WHO IS THIS WOMAN IN BLACK LEATHER AND SUNGLASSES?The lady in question is Jacqueline Feilich - An accomplished singer/songwriter who has won international acclaim. She is the only woman ever to be selected by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc to enter the worldwide search for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist in its inaugural Contest in 2007, in Elvis' birthplace - Tupelo, Mississippi. She was also the first Female Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) to have performed 'LIVE' at Graceland Crossing, Memphis, Tennessee during Elvis Week 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.Australian by nurture and Elvis by nature, Jacqueline was born in Perth, Western Australia. She grew up listening to her fathers' music collection which included legends like Nat King-Cole, Roger Whittaker and Elvis Presley; But it was Elvis who made an ever-lasting impression on her.
Saturday 8 March - 7:30pm - Jacqueline Feilich -Tribute to Elvis' STAX Sessions - She is the King!
Wednesday March 12 - Seven Harp Ensemble recital
Wednesday March 12 - Seven Harp Ensemble recital
Seven Harp Ensemble – Queanbeyan
This event is on 12 March 2014 7:00pm
DOOR SALES AVAILABLE

Adults: $15, Concession $12

or purchase online from hca.iwannaticket.com.au



SHE is an exciting and enchanting ensemble with a diverse repertoire including many newly commissioned Australian works. The group brings together graduates of the Australian National University under the direction of world renowned harpist, Alice Giles. The harp is the most captivating and irresistible of instruments. Imagine then, seven harps playing together in heavenly consort! The beauty of the harps’ visual form and the graceful gestures of the harpists combine with the enchanting sound of this most ancient of instruments to transport the listener away from the everyday.
Wednesday March 12 - Seven Harp Ensemble recital
Saturday 15 March - 7:30PM Nicki Gillis ... concert supported by Tinkers Cuss
Saturday 15 March - 7:30PM Nicki Gillis ... concert supported by Tinkers Cuss
Nicki Gillis is an extraordinary entertainer with a voice that captures her audiences’ attention and mesmerises them with every note.

Originally from Western Australia, Nicki relocated to Sydney in 2004 to develop her music career and quickly became well known as a quality independent (unsigned) Australian performer. Her professionalism and stage craft stood her apart from her contemporaries and she rapidly became the recipient of numerous awards across all different genres of music.

Her first album “On The Mountain” brought together Nicki’s first three EPs into one collection of mainly self-written adult contemporary tunes with an light acoustic feel. Her second album “Lucy’s Daughter” delivered a rockier collection of original adult songs that highlight the problems many women have when juggling a husband, children, a mortgage and a career. With the inclusion of some adult pop covers such as Annie Lennox’s “Thorn In My Side” and Cold Chisel’s Flame Trees, this album was well received by fans and reviewers across Australia, the UK and Europe. Including a #1 UK radio hit with her autobiographical song “Be A Star” and four other releases that made the top 10.

2009 saw a great year for Nicki which included winning the Frank Ifield International Spur Award, touring the UK for the first time and releasing an album of duets with Bob Howe called, “Collaboration”. This highly regarded album was a collection of songs both Nicki and Bob have enjoyed over the years and saw their version of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” reach number 3 on the UK country charts.

Her third solo album, “Woman of Substance” took a collection of songs made famous by strong and independent women from the 60s and 70s and presented them with a modern feel while keeping them true to the original versions. Such songs as “I Am Woman”, “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and “You’re So Vain” follow true to NIcki’s passion for the issues women face everyday.

Nicki’s fifth album (her fourth solo) was in response to many fan requests for an album of classic country hits. In 2012, Nicki recorded her performances at Canterbury Hurlestone Park RSL and then chose what she saw as the best songs from those recordings and released them on the “Nicki Gillis - Live In Hillbilly Heaven” album.

Nicki continues to write her own material and in 2013 had her song, “I’ll Go My Own Way” reach number 2 on the UK country charts and stay there for four weeks.

With international touring experience, Nicki’s live show has been developed and refined to ensure all audiences, no matter if in large or intimate venues, receive the best possible entertainment. Teamed with her three or four piece bands, Nicki exudes professionalism and class, and she has a star quality that engages audiences from many different demographics and musical genres.

Nicki has appeared at numerous festivals and music venues across Australia including appearances at Australia’s largest music events such as the Tamworth Festival, Deni Ute Muster, Mud Bulls and Music and the Gympie Muster. She has also had numerous television and radio appearances and even a celebrity appearance at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Nicki has completed many tours to the UK, the US, South Pacific, Middle East and South East Asia, and has had a number of international recording companies interested in working with her but none have yet attracted her signature, instead she has leveraged these relationships and built her own event management and production company in Australia that has an agreement with a Nashville label to record other independent artists out of Australia.

Nicki is a supporter of a number of charities including ones that support children’s issues and that support disabled and injured returned servicemen and women and widows and the families of disabled ex-service men and women in Australia and the UK.

Nicki is the recipient of numerous music awards including the 2006 Blue Mountains Blues/Jazz Music Award, the 2007 Coopers Golden Saddle Award, the 2009 Frank Ifield International Spur Award and, in 2011, the Australian Entertainment Industry ‘Mo’ Award for Best Performer or Band.
Saturday 15 March - 7:30PM Nicki Gillis ... concert supported by Tinkers Cuss
Tinker's Cuss - supporting Nicki Gillis
Tinker's Cuss - supporting Nicki Gillis
Andrew, Maynard and Tim of Tinker’s Cuss set off on their musical journey in 2012, carrying with them three part harmony, finger-picking, a dash of humour, Irish pipes and more.

Increasing their approach has been on their own songs and sounds, drawing on their own experiences and myriad musical influences that range from Bill Monroe to Pink Floyd, and an awful lot in between.
Tinker's Cuss - supporting Nicki Gillis
Saturday 29 March 7:30pm BluGuru in concert
Saturday 29 March 7:30pm BluGuru in concert
"Jeff Beck meets Ravi Shankar on the set of 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' while dancing in Rio"
A twisted tale of Indian, Blues, Celtic, Swing, Jazz, Bluegrass, and adventure. Fringe Award nominee Josh Bennett (Best Music) joins the genre-hopping antics of Andrew Clermont and the extraordinary vocals and dance of Parvyn (daughter of the renowned singer Dya Singh) to form BluGuru. All bets are off when it comes to what will happen at each show, with the genre and instrumentation changing from one song to the next, but you can expect soaring vocal harmonies, blistering guitar and fiddle, and then 'instrument guest appearances' by such as sitar, tabla, mandolin, banjo, didgeridoo, and of course, Parvyn's shaker.
Saturday 29 March 7:30pm BluGuru in concert
Saturday 29 March 7:30pm BluGuru in concert
Saturday 29 March 7:30pm BluGuru in concert
"Jeff Beck meets Ravi Shankar on the set of 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' while dancing in Rio"

A twisted tale of Indian, Blues, Celtic, Swing, Jazz, Bluegrass, and adventure. Fringe Award nominee Josh Bennett (Best Music) joins the genre-hopping antics of Andrew Clermont and the extraordinary vocals and dance of Parvyn (daughter of the renowned singer Dya Singh) to form BluGuru. All bets are off when it comes to what will happen at each show, with the genre and instrumentation changing from one song to the next, but you can expect soaring vocal harmonies, blistering guitar and fiddle, and then 'instrument guest appearances' by such as sitar, tabla, mandolin, banjo, didgeridoo, and of course, Parvyn's shaker.

Tickets $15 ($12 concessions)

Enquiries and bookings: music@artistsshed.com
http://www.bluguru.net/bio.html
Saturday 29 March 7:30pm BluGuru in concert
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.
kmusic.com.au

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 - Harmony Heaven - The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - Harmony Heaven - The Faraway Eyes
The Faraway Eyes is proud to share the bill with Rachel's Pop up Choir who pop up and sing any place that can be warmed by the human voice.
The Faraway Eyes are in the midst of a series of concerts spreading their country, bluesy, folksy twang throughout the land . This is their first outing in the Nation's Capital region
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - Harmony Heaven - 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 recent choir venture in Canberra, with the early rehearsals taking place at the Artists Shed. They aim to sing in public spaces, changing the nature of vacant space through sound and song. You might find them 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. They appeared several times at the National Folk Festival over easter this year in fine voice!
Sunday 25 May - 2pm - Rachel Hore and the Pop-up Choir
Friday 30 May - 7.30pm - Mikelangelo - new songs
Friday 30 May - 7.30pm - Mikelangelo - new songs
Mikelangelo takes a break from his rock and roll shows, and from his excellent and respectful tributes to Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen - returning to his own work - songs that he is currently recording for a new album.
This is a rare chance to see and hear this fine artists in an intimate setting sharing songs and stories that you won't have heard before.

Tickets $20 ($15 concessions)
Contact music@artistsshed.com to reserve your seats...
Friday 30 May - 7.30pm - Mikelangelo - new songs
Saturday 31 May - 7.30pm - Chris O'Connor - finger pickin' blues
Saturday 31 May - 7.30pm - Chris O'Connor - finger pickin' blues
Chris O’Connor returns to the Shed for a night of the blues...

Chris has returned fresh from Memphis where he represented at the 2014 International Blues Challenge, inspired to sing songs about trains, snakes, kookaburras, soup and ponies. He uses a small-bodied 6 string and a well worn National steel resonator guitar to accompany originals and classics from 1920s masters such as Tommy Johnson, Lemon Jefferson and the ragtime wizard Blind Blake.

“When you hear vintage music being played this way you really appreciate
the substance of the material. The blues legacy will remain subtle and fresh
in the hands of dedicated artists like O’Connor” Al Hensley, Rhythms
Saturday 31 May - 7.30pm - Chris O'Connor - finger pickin' blues
Thursday June 5th - 7.30pm - The Ballpoint Penguins
Thursday June 5th - 7.30pm - The Ballpoint Penguins
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 5th - 7.30pm - The Ballpoint Penguins
Thursday June 5th - 7.30pm Supporting the Ballpoint Penguins are The Shiny Bum Singers
Thursday June 5th - 7.30pm Supporting the Ballpoint Penguins are The Shiny Bum Singers
The Shiny Bum Singers
No subject is safe from the group’s talented writers, nor is any song immune to their unique style of parody. They are visually and vocally entertaining with inspired lyrics, whacky humour and shambolic choreography. This Canberra-based a cappella group has over 200 self-penned parodies that focus on the life of the public servant, and at times stray into political satire and other everyday topics.
Audience participation is very much encouraged!
Thursday June 5th - 7.30pm Supporting the Ballpoint Penguins are The Shiny Bum Singers
Saturday June 14 - 7:30pm - Soursob Bob with support
Saturday June 14 - 7:30pm - Soursob Bob with support
Soursob Bob brings his fringe brilliance to the Artists Shed.

Soursob Bob is an amalgam of big and unusual words. He’s more of a conglomerate, really. His name is from a ubiquitous weed (Oxalis pes-caprae) in his home of Adelaide. It is a pretty yellow flowering perennial.

Soursob is a songwriter and performer of mythic storytelling and observation from his own perspective. This leaves the audience totally excluded from the song writing process, but strangely able to relate to the songs. These are anthems of Australia inspired by travelling through ranges and out in to deserts, suburban ballads and disturbed personal insights, possibly cathartic and humorous.

Bob will be suppoerted by local Queanbeyan singer Juliet Ward, who was the singer from 80s band The Lighthouse Keepers - a band who delivered a tasteful, jangly brand of country-tinged folk rock.

Local comedian and clown Jasper Burfoot will open proceedings with a short set of new work...
Saturday June 14 - 7:30pm - Soursob Bob with support