March music feast as folk, blues and classics come to Tuggeranong

Michael Weaver 4 March 2020
The Turner Brown Band

The Turner Brown Band is an Australian-US musical collaboration between Dom Turner and Ohio-based lap-slide guitar and vocal sensation Nikki D Brown. Photo: The Swamp House.

Folk, blues and classical artists will add an international flavour to the Tuggeranong Arts Centre this month in a musical journey that spans Ireland, the US and even Canberra, with folk music from Eleanor McEvoy, blues by the Turner Brown Band, and classical music from the Vivian and Lorenz trio.

The journey begins on Thursday (5 March) when legendary Australian blues guitarist and vocalist Dom Turner returns to the Tuggeranong Theatre with his southern-US-African-American outfit, the Turner Brown Band.

Dom Turner is best known as the founder and key songwriter of the iconic Australian blues group, Backsliders. He has toured the Australian festival circuit since the 1980s and regularly appears at most major blues music festivals, including Bluesfest, the Woodford Folk Festival and Blues on Broadbeach.

Back by popular demand, the Turner Brown Band’s Tuggeranong gig is part of the band’s seventh Australian tour and their first tour for 2020. According to Dom Turner, this is your chance to experience what happens when southern US church-based music crashes head-on with Australian blues-based sounds.

The Turner Brown Band is musical collaboration between Turner (hailed as Australia’s darling of slide guitar) with Ohio-based lap-slide guitar and vocal sensation Nikki D Brown. Nikki’s southern-style US gospel vocals and ‘sacred steel’ guitar have been billed as a marriage made in musical heaven with Dom’s blues-based duelling slide guitar.

Highlights will include bluesy versions of Amazing Grace and an interpretation of the Sam Cooke classic A Change Is Gonna Come.

Joining Dom and Nikki to create their uplifting southern American gospel/blues sound are Gloria Brown on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Tomika Webb on drums and vocals.

In support will be the 13-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter from Tumut, Rory Phillips.

Eleanor McEvoy

Eleanor McEvoy brings songs from her new album, Forgotten Dreams. Photo: Supplied

On Thursday, 19 March, Ireland’s internationally acclaimed contemporary composer and performer Eleanor McEvoy returns to Australia with songs from her new album Forgotten Dreams.

The album features 10 songs including The Spanish Word for Heart is Corazon, a song about cross-cultural kindness; Fragile Wishes, an homage about parenting dedicated to her daughter; and Slow Hand, her interpretation of the Pointer Sisters’ 1980s classic.

McEvoy is best known for her 1992 song Only A Woman’s Heart, which is still one of the most successful Irish albums of all time, selling more than 750,000 copies in Ireland alone.

McEvoy returns to our shores after a sellout season of ‘A Woman’s Heart Orchestrated’ at The National Concert Hall in Dublin. It’s McEvoy’s eighth Australian tour and her solid fan base eagerly await her return.

McEvoy switches freely from acoustic to electric guitar, piano and fiddle, while delightfully engaging her audience with stories of her self-penned songs and experiences on the road. Her 2020 tour includes over a dozen concerts and two festivals in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

To finish a month of great music, Beethoven’s First Plus celebrates the 250th birthday of the great composer in a Sunday afternoon concert at the Tuggeranong Theatre on 29 March.

Alan Vivian on clarinet, Andrew Lorenz on violin/viola and Wendy Lorenz

Alan Vivian on clarinet, Andrew Lorenz on violin/viola and Wendy Lorenz on piano will play a program of old and new classics. Photo: Supplied

The concert features Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D major Op 12, plus a range of exciting clarinet trios from Mozart, Bruch and Ewazen that will be performed by three of Australia’s most distinguished instrumentalists, Alan Vivian on clarinet, Andrew Lorenz on violin/viola and Wendy Lorenz on piano.

All now based in Canberra, Andrew, Alan and Wendy will present a delightful program of old and new, including Mozart’s perennial favourite, the Kegelstatt Trio, plus a work it has inspired more than 200 years later by popular American composer Eric Ewazen.

Adding a touch of romanticism will be the delightful Pieces for the three instruments by Max Bruch.

You can find tickets and information on these events on the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s shows and entertainment page on their website, or via their social media channels.


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