Queensland Musical Talent in Spring

From Brisbane comes the results of the Q Song Music Awards 2010 in a vast variety of musical categories that are proof that musical talent is alive and well, especially in Queensland in Spring.

From Keith Urban to Powderfinger,  from Jeffrey Black to Lisa Gasteen, Andre Rieu’s favourite, the lovely Mirusia, and up and comers like 2009 4MBS National Young Performers’ Award, Milica Ilic and Flamenco guitarist Gerard Mapstone, Queensland is a state that seems to produce a plethora of talented people.

It produces some of the finest songwriters in this country, many of whom have stood tall on the world stage, including more recently Brisbane’s Francesca de Valence, who won L.A. International Songwriter of the Year in 2008. Just back from touring in America she is performing in a ‘Brisbane Backyard’ for the Brisbane Festival so be quick for tickets. www.brisbanefestival.com.au

I have always put it down to the climate, which for 10 months of the year allows you to believe you are living in paradise. Azure blue skies, clear clean air and an explosive joie de vivre that is entirely infectious. Certainly worth writing or singing a song about.

Brisbane Jazz Queen Cate Shaw is starring in a “Peggy Lee Tribute Show” on 7th September for Brisbane City Council.

As part of the Brisbane Festival Bella Diva are also presenting a Backyard Event…’ holding court over the crickets, cane toads, cockatoos and canapés’, sounds like a lot of fun. Purchase tickets: www.brisbanefestival.com.au

Events at the Powerhouse for the Festival will also include Rhiannon Hart & The Umm-Ahhs w/ The Paper and The Plane on Sunday, 29 August 2010 at 16:30.

In Brisbane Christopher Wrench will play Sunday Baroque this Sunday, the 29th August at 4pm at St Mary’s on Kangaroo Point. Bookings 4MBS Ticketing Enquiries: (07) 3847 1717

Musicians are always generously giving their help to others. On the 30th October at St Johns Cathedral the 139 Club has an event to raise funds to support the homeless. Contact Rod Kelly Manager 139 Club Inc Ph: (07) 3254 1144 Mob: 0413015665

Queensland organist Chris Cook reports he is playing a FREE concert at St Michael’s Church, Collins Street Melbourne on September 2nd at 1pm for 30 minutes. If you are in that city and fancy unwinding to Handel, Liszt and Langlais then this will be one not to be missed.

Happy listening.

Carolyn McDowall August 2010

PS   Brisbanites: Don’t forget White Balloon Day

07 September · 09:00 – 17:30

Location: Reddacliff Place (near Treasury Casino) Brisbane City

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Details: Come along to Reddacliff Place and get dressed in white, or even your own wedding dress for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Join the Brisbane Broncos players in wearing white to show your solidarity in protecting Australia’s children.

Brisbane Bronco cheerleaders will be dressing up in wedding dresses for the occasion

Speeches by Deputy Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Bravehearts’ Executive Director Hetty Johnston will take place in the early afternoon followed by raffles, autographs with the Broncos, and more!

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