Song Lounge – Mon 22nd October

Our second-last Song Lounge for 2012 features our youngest artist ever kicking off the night with Trent Jean. He is joined by the remarkable talents of Rachel Dillon, Jacob Diamond (Spoonful of Sugar) and Minky G & Rosco. With such great artists gracing the stage, you’ll be sad there’s only one further show in November to come…

Trent Jean

At 16 years old, Trent Jean Michel is relatively new to the music industry.   Trent Jean’s original fresh talent and passion for song writing and singing, was noticed by an interested music producer after hearing him through the Triple J Unearthed High Competition.   Since then, Trent Jean has performed live for local community radio stations and describes his music as alternative acoustic pop.    Some would say Trent Jean’s style is likened to John Mayer, Matt Corby and Ed Sheeran.

Rachel Dillon

Rachel Dillon is an authoritative story teller tendering hand woven songs about change. She rummages through themes of finite love, infinite friendship and the resilience of the human spirit. The music draws from a range of shared traditions and sounds that include american and irish folk, americana country and bluegrass. In February of 2012 Rachel was a finalist for Best New Talent at Boyup Brook Country Music Festival and in May was a runner up finalist in the ‘Song of the Year’ competition with her song, Hell for Leather.

Jacob Diamond

Hailed as ‘One of Perth’s most promising young talents…’ (Youth Music Festival Exposure), Jacob writes groovy little tunes with a rare focus on melody. Fitting somewhere into the category of folk/alt/pop/singer-songwriter/jazz/polka,

the tunes try to make sense of a complex world.

Minky G & Rosco

It’s been a busy couple of months for Perth’s jazzy pop duo Minky G and Rosco. They’ve been recording a 5 track EP, and touring throughout the UK (including a gig at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations on the Thames in London). Now, they’re back in Perth and spreading their brand of chilled acoustic music across the city, coupling Minky G’s soulful and melodic voice, with Rosco’s iconic guitar playing.

Their sets are a mix of catchy originals and a few well chosen covers, a combination that makes for a fun and cruisy live show. Both Minky G and Rosco have strong musical resumes: they’re WAAPA trained jazz musicians; and between them, they’ve played with Sharon Jones; James Morrison; The Bamboos; Bliss and Esso; John Butler and The Waifs.

Chamber Jam gets saxxy: Monday 24th September

Get stringy, get saxxy  – September’s Chamber Jam @ The Ellington promises to be a night of chamber music in Perth like no other.  Join some of Australia’s leading musicians in three outstanding ensembles performing in one of Perth’s most intimate live music venues. To book tickets, visit the Ellington Jazz Club website show schedule. September’s show features…

Caprioska Quartet

Adeline Fong (violin), Maxine Fong (violin), Amelia Peachment (viola), Catherine Tabi (cello)

“CAPRIOSKA QUARTET” is an exciting new string quartet comprising of four of Perth’s top female string players. A love of the string quartet repertoire and cocktails led to the formation of the group. They will be performing music from their top 10 favourites, from classical through to the slightly unusual. Watch this space! With collectively vast amounts of experience in both the chamber music and orchestral scene, locally, nationally and internationally, the girls have fun performing for any occasion (including the opening of a door!) They were inspired by the Caprioska cocktail, a refreshing concoction of 4 ingredients. And so the four ladies will present a sparkling blend of refreshing music for your enjoyment.

Black Diamond Trio

Tashana Tweddle (Violin) Grace Ah-Quee (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double-Bass) Sarah Kenworthy (Piano, Piano Accordion)

Be dazzled by the Black Diamond Trio as they present a fun filled eclectic mix of tangos ranging from fiery Piazzolla to quirky bite sized tasters.  There’s never a dull moment as the girls explore the luscious and sensual textures of the tango through many varied instrumental combinations. Featuring arrangements of the famed Argentinian tango pianist/composer, Andres Linetzky, not to mention a world premiere of Australian composer Kelly Curran’s piece written especially for the Black Diamond Trio. With a glass of wine in hand, immerse yourself in the intertwining melodies and addictive rhythm of the Black Diamond Tango Queens!

Basement Saxx

Matt Styles: Director

Mike Bednall (Soprano sax), Alisa Curkoska (Soprano Sax), Lachlin Brooks-Crew (Alto Sax), Zoe Kilbourn (Alto sax), Caitlin Burke (Alto sax), Bridget Cleary (alto sax), Sascha Martineau (Alto sax), Kieran Toye (tenor sax), Kiara Wild (tenor sax), Amy Salter (tenor sax), David Morgan (tenor sax), Kailee Marshall (baritone sax), Grace Traeger (baritone sax), Maddi Wheeler (baritone sax).

The Superlative versatility of the saxophone is demonstrated in the hands of student saxophonists from WAAPA and UWA, where classical meets world, jazz and cotemporary music.  From delicate sonorities to a ferocious roar, this concert, which features the saxophone band Basement Saxx, will be sure to surprise.

Song Lounge – Mon 17th September

With only three shows remaining for Song Lounge for 2012, time is running out to experience this unique singer songwriter showcase held at The Ellington Jazz Club in Perth. Every show features a diverse line-up including some brand new talent alongside seasoned professionals and  September’s line-up promises to be hugely memorable. Already tickets at tables are SOLD OUT! So hurry to get your bar tickets HERE.

Nyanda J

Nyanda J (Jessica Moyle) has only just started her musical career but has already made waves in local musical ponds. After being spotted at an open mic in 2011, Jess has signed to local management and bookings company JumpClimb and most recently completely silenced the room at a late night session at Fat Shan Records supporting Cam Avery (The Growl). Don’t let Nyanda’s petite frame fool you, her voice is a force to be reckoned with! She makes her Song Lounge debut this September and will be the perfect start to a star-filled evening.

Kate Gilbertson

Kate has been sharing her intimate acoustic sound with the folk, indi audiences for over two years now, circulating Perth’s original hotpots including Mojos, The Bird, Velvet Lounge, Xwray, Yaya’s and her debut supporting UK Star Passenger this year in April at the Fly By Night, Fremantle. Her warm, fresh folk sound likens her to artists like Laura Marling, Bob Dylan and Regina Spektor with her lyrical mind and nature. And with fresh recordings and an EP under her belt she is set to take the Australian music by storm in 2012.

Kenji Kitahara

Kenji Kitahara is a versatile musician performing as a solo artist, and as a sideman guitarist/bassist/vocalist. His inspirations range from The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Neil Young, Jeff Buckley to name a few… He has toured through Europe and recorded as a bass player with local blues/rock band VDELLI, opened for Jeff Martin, and The Stems, and has performed at the Bridgetown Blues Festival, Perth Blues Club, Fly By Night Club, and various venues.


Toby does not stop touring the world. She also doesn’t seem to stop bringing out fantastic albums! This evening launches her brand new live acoustic album “Coming Home”. Some of the songs were recorded live at The Ellington earlier this year. Coming Home means a great deal to Toby – and he she is coming home again after yet again another huge Canadian tour – consisting of 20 shows in Alberta and BC. Headlining her own shows and playing at several festivals, Toby is happy and ready to be back in Perth… don’t miss this show. Its intimate, its real, its raw, its special!

Chamber Jam – Mon 27 August

An utterly unique and diverse program for Chamber Jam this month – it could not be more eclectic! In the true spirit of Chamber Jam, three ensembles come together for an evening of outstanding talent and entertainment.

Get your tickets HERE.

Compositions by Kathy Corecig

Sartory String Quartet: Paul Wright (violin), Pascale Whiting (violin), Kathy Corecig (viola) & Sophie Curtis (cello). Plus Susannah Williams (violin), Phil Waldron (bass) and Anthony Maydwell (harp). Plus some surprise guests!

You may know Kathy Corecig as a freelance violist around town. But did you also know that she composes music? No? Then come along to hear a selection of her compositions, including Passacaglia for strings and two harps, a companion piece for Kirsten Lepore’s (US) acclaimed stop-motion film ‘Bottle’ (pictured), an excerpt from her recent commission for the Mandurah Stretch Festival’s Sound may be the last sense to leave us, a dance work directed by Helen Duncan and Sketches of Twisted River for String Quartet, inspired by John Irving’s novel ‘Last Night in Twisted River’. This showcase of Kathy’s pieces will feature her fellow Sartory String Quartet members Paul Wright, Pascale Whiting and Sophie Curtis and a host of special guests.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture the Arts.

Krzysztof Piotrowicz

Russian Guitar

Krzysztof Piotrowicz is Australia’s sole performer of the traditional Russian guitar repetoire. A 2011 Australian Music Counsel Freedman Fellowship nominee,  Piotrowicz will be perform a selection of Russian and Russian Romani guitar pieces including romanses and dances.


Pro Arte Collective

Diane Riddell (Flute), Stephanie Nicholls (Oboe), Lisa Gerritsen (Clarinet), Joanne Littley (Bassoon), Dorée Dixon (Horn)


Pro Arte Collective was established in 2005 by five dynamic women who all enjoy the challenges of playing a diverse range of chamber music and performing to a broad audience base.

The members of Pro Arte Collective, who are busy freelance musicians in their own right, have come together to form a group dedicated to exploring music for wind instruments from many genres including contemporary, jazz and world music in addition to the stellar pieces of repertoire for wind quintet.

Online / Phone Bookings now closed. Tickets on the door @ The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort Street, Perth. Doors 6.30pm, show commences 7.30pm

Perth Symphony performs for Pecan Summer

Perth Symphony Orchestra members will perform for the WA Season of Pecan Summer, the remarkable history-making opera created and sung by Indigenous Opera Star, Deborah Cheetham, this coming September at the WA State Theatre Centre.

Twenty four of Perth Symphony’s leading musicians will come together for the Season with rehearsals at Scotch College, the home of the Perth Symphony orchestra and performances on September 6, 7 and 8 taking place in the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre. The Perth Symphony Orchestra will be the first symphony orchestra to perform in the pit of the Heath Ledger Theatre.

“We had to physically set out all the chairs and reconfigure the Orchestra Pit several times to ensure we could fit all 24 musicians in comfortably, including timpani, marimba, harp and double bass”, said Perth Symphony Director, Bourby Webster. “It will be very cosy, but all the musicians are extremely excited to be part of this first-ever production of Pecan Summer in Western Australia. The music is beautiful and the story compelling. It’s a very exciting project for the orchestra.”

For the full article, visit the Perth Symphony Orchestra’s website.

For tickets call BOCS ticketing on +61 8 9484 1133 or visit

Song Lounge – Mon 20th August

After July’s Song Lounge Unearthed featuring up and coming stars, we revert to four more experienced artists for August’s Song Lounge. Vive was part of Unearthed in 2011 and has been focused on her music for the past 12 months. Daisy Clover is also a relative newcomer but to hear her you’d never believe it. Kris and Rose are both seasoned performers who are favourites at Song Lounge, ensuring that August will be a memorable line-up of talent!

Vive Oldham

Vive Oldham is a relative new comer on the local singer-songwriter circuit. A few standout open mic appearances around town and a chilling take on Kylie Minogue’s part in Where The Wild Roses Grow at the Rosemount Hotel’s Nick Cave tribute night last year, have seen her invited back to the Song Lounge for a second time. Inspired by fiercely creative and intelligent women like St Vincent, Bat For Lashes and Florence Welsh, the simple stories of songwriters like Paul Kelly also lie close to her heart. Vive will be joined on stage by a revolving cast of musicians including award winning songwriter Harvey Rae and guitarist Lawrence Lee.

Daisy Clover

Originating from the Southwest corner of WA, Daisy Clover takes her 60s folk inspired pop sounds to the people, setting them free with her sweet vocal melodies and empowering them with driving guitar riffs and emotive build-ups. As a true flower child, Daisy takes her songwriting inspiration from experience of travel and love, the beauty of nature and world injustices. Influences include Melanie Safka, Rodriguez and Led Zeppelin.”

Kris Kingwell

Kris began her musical journey right here in Perth – a child of the folk and acoustic music scenes, she has performed with numerous high profile artists in these arenas. Her honest, melodic and distinct songwriting style has earned her two WAM Song of the Year nominations, and her passion for harmony and expression though voice led her first through the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and then into a number of roles directing Perth based adult choirs. Kris’ music reflects her love for people and community, and displays strong influences from the folk era, combined with a unique sound that has grown from a childhood spent outdoors and appreciating life’s simple pleasures.

Rose Parker

Rose Parker is one of Perth’s best-known female singer/songwriters. In 2009 she completed her first solo album, after co-producing four albums alongside Martine Locke – her long-time musical partner from the Velvet Janes.  The subsequent launch was a complete sell-out and Rose’s popularity as a solo artist was assured.  Her songs are a wonderful mix of folk, alt country, blues and gospel. She performs at Song Lounge alongside some of Perth’s leading musicians, and her show is always utterly captivating.


Chamber Jam – Mon 30th July Review

The monthly presentation of Chamber Jam at the Ellington Jazz Club in Northbridge is always a highlight and this month’s was no exception. The evening appeared at first to be jinxed – slated for a 7pm start, it didn’t actually get going until just before 8pm, due to the preview of another show running hopelessly over time. Many customers, understandably, were displeased, but Chamber Jam patrons are, by and large, a forgiving lot, and once the show got going the gripes were soon forgotten.

Performers in the opening act, however, were understandably a bit rattled. This was the Skittle Alley trio, comprising Deborah Lehmann (piano), Matthew Kidd (clarinet) and Bourby Webster (viola). The first number, a pleasing arrangement of the Celine Dion song ‘The Prayer’, settled the audience nicely with its soothing sostenuto opening, with the viola carrying the vocal line. In the middle section, we had some velvety teamwork as Pitt and Webster engaged in a seamless musical conversation, phrase by phrase.

The second item, Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio (K. 498), also referred to as the Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat, was also skilfully handled for the most part. This trio gave the group its name, for Kegelstatt translates as Skittle Alley (skittles was a hobby of Mozart’s!) and indeed with a bit of imagination it is not hard to hear rolling balls and falling ninepins in the opening Andante. The Menuetto fared less well. Tiredness, I think, was catching up with the players due to a long day in the recording studio followed by the delay in starting the show, and they were at times just a tiny bit unsure of the tempo and a tad out of sync with each other. But with the final Rondo, with its sometimes complex harmonies underlying a flowing melody line, the trio rallied and brought the set to a rousing close.

The second act for the evening was a classical guitar duo, composed of WAAPA lecturer Jonathan Paget, arguably one of this country’s most successful guitarists, and Craig Lake, who also teaches at WAAPA in between his performance engagements alongside some of this country’s leading concert artists. The duo is currently preparing a CD of Latin and Spanish items, and this preoccupation was reflected in their choice of program. They began with Albeniz’s much hackneyed but ever-popular ‘Granada’, to which they imparted considerable freshness and originality of arrangement. Their second item was a suite by Brazilian composer Marco Pereira, characterised by strong melody lines and strongly percussive sections. At times suggestive of a Flamenco/Jazz fusion, the work was frequently atonal, with complex rhythms which made considerable demands on the listeners as well as the performers. The more melodic segments were more to my admittedly conservative taste, but there is no denying the musicianship and great technical competence of this pair of fine players.

John Lennon’s ‘Fool on the Hill’ provided a lyrical change from the Latin flavour, with a fascinating counterpoint underlying the fluid melody, and Bellinati’s Jongo, another number characterised by difficult counterpoint passages, concluded the duo’s performance.

The final act for the evening was something really different – six cellists from the Perth Symphony Orchestra have formed a group, aptly called Spicks and Spikes! Like the first group, they were under the disadvantage of having spent all day at the ABC recording studios, laying down tracks for the PSO. Quite honestly, when they took to the stage my first thought was that they should have taken those dark circles home and put them to bed, but by the time they’d completed their first number – a lovely arrangement of Lennon’s ‘Yesterday’ – they looked a lot more cheerful and a lot less tired. They continued with the Prelude to Act I of La Traviata and Albeniz’s ‘Tango’, neither of which showed the group to best advantage, perhaps because the arrangements didn’t really come to grips with the difficulty of scoring original-sounding work for an ensemble of six of the same instrument.

The next item, the Metallica song, ‘Nothing Else Matters’, was arranged as a flowing melody over a pizzicato obligato. Good depth in the harmonic passages added interest. Then we had a medley of British folk songs – ‘Loch Lomond’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Cockles and Mussels’ and ‘The Ash Grove’ – which were likewise well-arranged and expressively performed.

The Rossini-Offenbach opus, ‘Pas de Six’, was, surprisingly, actually originally written for six cellos! This was, as we might expect from Offenbach, an original arrangement with lots of variety. Then finally Spicks and Spikes gave us the perennial Strauss item, ‘Pizzicato Polka’. Bourby Webster joined them on viola for this one, and it struck me how much more varied the group’s work could be with the addition of a viola or two and maybe a double bass. Six cellos all in a row are always going to have a bit of problem creating a sufficiently wide repertoire, I fear. But it’s early days for this group and no doubt they will reach out in many directions as they experiment with possibilities.

All-in-all, another fine presentation from Chamber Jam. I am already looking forward to August’s offering.

July Chamber Jam
Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge
June 30

Skittle Alley Trio

Deborah Lehmann (piano), Matthew Kidd (clarinet), Bourby Webster (viola)

Skittle Alley Trio is thus named cryptically for a reason… with three players, it could be three strikes, or perhaps it is simply because the music they play will bowl the audience over? Either way, these three musicians, Deborah Lehmann, Matthew Kidd and Bourby Webster, have as much fun rehearsing as they would spending a night at the bowling alley! Bringing together the beauty of the piano with the vocal timbres of the clarinet and viola, the Skittle Alley Trio perform core works from the classical repertoire for piano, clarinet and viola. For this, their début appearance together, they will perform the famous Kegelstadt Trio in its entirety, along with a couple of numbers (One and Six) of the Bruch Trios – eight stunning short pieces full of lyrical beauty.

Jonathan Paget & Craig Lake

Leading Australian guitarists Jonathan Paget and Craig Lake showcase the passion, and adaptability of the Spanish guitar, with works from Spain, Latin America, and beyond. Paget runs the thriving classical guitar program at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. A seasoned musician, recording artist, and academic, his CD “Midsummer’s Night’ has received extensive radio play on ABC Classic FM and was described by Classical Guitar, UK as “up there with some of the best.” The winner of numerous international competitions, he has appeared at such festivals as the Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. Likewise, Craig Lake is a leading Perth guitar pedagogue, teaching extensively at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He was described by Slava Grigoryan as “a very mature and refined musician” having “great technique and tone,” and by Timothy Kain as having “an unusual degree of musicality and commitment.” He has performed with some of Australia’s leading baroque musicians such as Sara MacLiver, Fiona Campbell, Stewart Smith and Paul Wright.

PSO Cello section presents “Spicks and Spikes”

Sophie Curtis, Catherine Tabi, Anna Sarcich, Clare Tunney, Emma McCoy and Amber Day.

This talented group of ladies that make up the Perth Symphony Orchestra Cello section come together for one night only as they celebrate all things cello. Spicks and Spikes will perform cello-sextets and quartets, featuring works in the classical and popular styles. Prepare to be swept away with the lyrical romance of this beautiful instrument and stunned at its versatility.


Chamber Jam – Mon 25th June

June’s Chamber Jam at Perth’s Ellington Jazz Club is a wonderful mix of brass, guitar and saxophones in what could be our best-ever line-up. Featuring some of Australia’s leading players, the programme will be exciting, diverse, unmissable… Continue reading “Chamber Jam – Mon 25th June”

Song Lounge UNEARTHED – hear it first on July 23rd



Song Lounge Unearthed is a hugely exciting showcase with many new singers bursting onto the scene. With some singers never having played a ‘show’ before other than the odd open mic night, this selection is a pick of the talent in WA that North Street Music believes could be the ones to watch over the next few years.  Come along and discover a new star being born.


Her voice is unique and her songs are edgy, Bernardine lives and breathes music and is one artist to look out for. Learning the piano from a young age, before taking to the guitar, this talented singer/songwriter is a rising star in the Perth live music scene with weekly solo shows at many of Perth’s iconic bars and venues. She is completing a specialist music degree at UWA School of Music and aspires to devote her musical career to teaching music as well as performing.


Brendan Gaspari

Brendan Gaspari is an emerging solo artist from Perth.. Exploring the craft of songwritng and performance from an early age has resulted in a large number of accessible Acoustic/folk/pop songs. Brendan is currently recording a solo album, which is a collection of songs written between playing in various bands over the last 10 years.



Cléo is a young singer/songwriter who grew up in the English countryside, where she spent her days dreaming away and teaching herself to sing and play guitar. Her songs, some penned in her younger years and some more recent, are an insight into the trials and tribulations of growing up, first loves and smouldering heartbreaks – all tinted with an English accent and a whimsical undertone.


Emily J

Emily J is an Australian pop/folk singer song writer from country Western Australia. Her debut single, “Ghost” was recently described by Phil Brooks of Independent Music News (UK) as “breathy vocals and gently strummed guitar and some vibes that leads into an anthemic chorus that gently tugs at the heart. She sounds a fragile thing, young Emily, her voice layered over the slightly restrained percussion and guitars.” Emily has recently released her first EP, “Dedications” (recorded in London, UK and Fremantle, AU), following the positive reception of her single and music video “Ghost”, which was released in December 2011. Emily continues to receive very positive reviews and feedback for her work and she has been steadily growing a loyal fan base across the United Kingdom and Australia. Characterised by her down to earth enthusiasm, Emily provides a fresh approach to independent music in Western Australia.


Owen & The Voices

Keeping the same passion and intensity he had as The Bullet Holes’ front man, Owen Hopwood has shed the fuzzed out sounds of the three-piece for something simpler. His new stripped back approach draws attention to what has always been at the heart of it: honest, uncompromising songwriting.


Sarina Cooper

Born and bred in Perth WA, Sarina has been passionate about music her whole life. Starting off tinkering with the keyboard in her childhood, she turned to the drums in her 20s before falling in love with the guitar just over a year ago. Inspired by the multitude of amazing local musicians around her, Sarina commenced writing her own music and is now playing regularly at a variety of venues around the Perth metropolitan area. Her passion and dedication to music and her determination to be successful make it certain that big things are on the horizon.


Tickets are available via The Ellington website HERE. Doors open 6.30pm with the first artist on stage at 7.30 prompt.