SECOND ARTISTS ANNOUNCEMENT + SONG OF SONGS LINE-UP
If you thought our first artists announcement was impressive, then in the immortal words of Al Jolson (with assistance from Bachman Turner Overdrive) “B-b-b-baby, you ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet!”
Take a look at our incredible Song of Songs line-up and 7 more amazing acts just announced …
STARS OF SONG OF SONGS
This year the star performers in the popular ‘Song of Songs’ concert include the cream of Australia’s musical community singing one of their favourite songs by a Jewish composer: Glenn Shorrock (former lead singer of Little River Band), Dami Im (winner of The X Factor and runner up in Eurovision Song Contest), Richard Clapton, Josh Pyke, Emma Pask, Nadav Kahn & Hannah Joy (Middle Kids) will play the climactic set of the night, with theBand of Bandsled by Jonathan Zwartz (bass) and including Ben Haputmann (guitar), Bill Risby (piano) and Hamish Stuart (drums).
ALMA ZYGIER QUARTET (MELB)
Alma Zygier has been fascinated by the pre-war era of Jazz: the singers (Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Memphis Minnie) and the mainly Jewish Broadway composers who largely provided the repertoire (Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers).
Following in the footsteps of her famous parents, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, Alma has a voice from another era and brings an emotional maturity to her performance that belies her years. Performing with a similarly minded group of hot young players she up-dates the American Songbook repertoire for the 21st century.
HELLO TUT TUT (MELB)
Hello Tut Tut are fun, dynamic and daring when it comes to creating original music. Tapping into their European roots, the band has a fresh take on Klezmer, Balkan and Gypsy musical traditions. By blending these styles with the pulse of contemporary dance music culture, this seven-piece outfit brings high energy shows that gets you up and dancing.
Hello Tut Tut have made a speedy ascent on the World Music scene, winning over local and international crowds with their performances at Falls Festival (Byron Bay), Bello Winter Music Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival and a collection of Australia's most recognised venues.
LEONIE COHEN & NICKY CRAYSON QUARTET
Leonie Cohen and Nicky Crayson are two of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. Together with Hugh Fraser on double bass and drummer Nic Cecire, the quartet will present a sublime mix of jazz standards and originals and delve into material from Cohen’s recently released classical album “Pages Suite (Anne Frank Remembered)”.
Leonie Cohen has released two albums commissioned by the ABC, performed extensively with cabaret diva Christa Hughes and toured with David Campbell. She has composed several Opera House commissioned scores and played in the sell-out 2014 Opera House season of Club Swizzle (La Soirée).
At sixteen, Nicky Crayson become lead singer with the band ""Galapagos Duck”, recording on their platinum-selling album, “Endangered Species”, as well as performing regularly at The Basement. Crayson has continuously toured throughout Australia in the last 3 decades and played support for international acts including Tony Bennett and Mark Murphy.
“A live-looping frenzy", classically-trained singer-songwriter Sophia Exiner, also known as Phia, makes music that abounds with luscious layers of harmonies, vocal percussion and vivid pop sensibilities.
Phia has honed her remarkable live show over hundreds of performances across Europe and Australia, including Grampians Music Festival, St Kilda Fest, Berlin Festival and Fusion Festival Germany. She has also performed on national television in Australia (Spicks & Specks) and Germany (TV Noir).
Her newest release, ‘The Woman Who Counted the Stars’ EP (2017), which Rolling Stone Magazine (Australia) declared a top 5 pick is a rapid fire follow up to her debut album ‘The Ocean of Everything’, which was recorded in her then-home of Berlin and hailed by Double J as “bright, catchy as hell pop”.
ON THE STOOP
Mariachi, Balkan, New-Orleans swing, Spaghetti-Western, Cabaret, Film Score, Cumbia, Punk-Rock are all represented in this ensemble of fine musicians. Their music is fast, raucous, furious, beguiling, enjoyable and bewildering. This could be eight bands from eight different corners of the world except it’s more like one fevered collective musical brain firing off ideas like skyrockets.
With a second album just released, this 6-piece horn driven ensemble is fresh from a bunch of festivals and a slot at The Sydney Opera House. Recent highlights include packing the dance tent at Majors Creek Festival and supporting international band Dubioza Kolektiv to a sold-out crowd at The Factory Theatre, Sydney.
Formed in late 2016, FOXMAN has been performing regularly around Sydney clubs and pubs, building a strong live following.
Philip Foxman (Supernaut, Atomic the Musical), Dom White (When Saturday Comes), Clayton Frick (Dave Stringer) and Colin Sevitt (Big Marino) all share a love of guitar-infused songs with big beats and driving rock grooves.
The band’s gritty musicality and catchy hooks conjure up artists like Oasis, Johnny Marr, Spoon, The Replacements, Lou Reed, Neil Young and Tom Petty.
Dafka is a fun, vibrant ukulele and vocal duo, comprising David and Rebecca Krycer, who play klezmer, Gypsy, blues, jazz, French chanson and more.
David charms and enchants his audiences with his performances. He is a dynamic multi-instrumentalist, a member of the bands Klezmania and Belle Musette and a widely travelled professional performing musician, composer/arranger and musical educator.
Rebecca combines her lifelong love of music with a strong and vital rhythmic approach to the ukulele, leading the audience along a magical journey through Dafka’s diverse musical styles.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW
When: 11:00am to 10:00pm Sunday 7 October 2018 Where: Emanuel Synagogue, Ocean Street, Woollahra
General Admission:$75 + booking fee ($85 on the day)
Discount: A further 10% discount available to Emanuel Synagogue members. If you are a member (names will be checked against membership records) on the Enter Details screen simply enter the discount code: emanuel member
Last, but not least, we would like to wish all our loyal readers and festival attendees Shana Tova and a great year ahead filled with joy, good times and great music!
FREE ENTRY FOR VOLUNTEERS!!!
As a volunteer not only will you get free entry to the festival, but you will also receive a T-Shirt featuring this year’s uber cool Shir Madness design. There are lots of jobs available for volunteers to perform either before or on the day of the festival. To volunteer please complete our online application form: https://shirmadness.com/volunteer/
Become a Volunteer and make new friends! Photo courtesy Dave Mane