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News for Members and Friends
New venue for next Concert

As was announced at Friday night's concert, the Club is testing a new venue for our next concert, on 27 November. We are conducting our next concert at The Old Church on the Hill, the community venue on the corner of Russell and Harkness Streets, in Gravel Hill.

Most will be aware that we have had to cancel two concerts at the last moment in the past two years, due other events being scheduled over the top of our bookings at the QEO. There have been others that have gone close to cancellation but for a whole lot of scrambling behind the scenes.

Our immediate hosts, the Sandhurst Football Netball Club have worked with us to help guarantee our bookings but they like us, have limited power to prevent other bookings.

Please come along to the Old Church on the Hill on the 27th, enjoy the venue and provide us with your feedback.

Friday 27 November 2015
Beth Patterson (USA), supported by Janette Geri

Beth Patterson was born in a swamp. Okay, more accurately, she was born in a hospital near a swamp, but that’s close enough to romanticise the origin of this Lafayette, Louisiana native. Described by audiences as “a cross between a cobra and a puppy,” multi-instrumentalist Beth Patterson is foremost a player of the eight and ten stringed Irish bouzoukis (adaptations of a traditional Greek instrument). Known for her razor wit and musical versatility, her performances are chock-full of drive, savage energy, and passion, laced with humour and rapport with her listeners, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her quirky, progressive sound with Celtic music and other ethnic styles, resulting in her own sound she dubs “SWAP” (Songwriter/World/Acoustic/Progressive).

This musical mongrel began her career in her early teens as a classical oboist and a Cajun bass player (with the required teenage heavy metal stint on the side), but not truly belonging to any of these, set out to create her own niche when she was adopted by a stray bouzouki. After moving to New Orleans, she began to play the circuit, initially intending to do the folky thing, but accepted gigs of all types left and right because no one told her that they shouldn’t be played on the bouzouki. So she tried on genres as though playing dress-up, snatching up influences like a crazy cat lady with felines…she couldn’t bear to reject a thing.

Beth Patterson Beth later fled to Ireland, studying ethnomusicology at University College Cork, where she explored the music of Ireland, West Africa, India, Indonesia, and the Caribbean, and began to experiment with fusions of these world gems with her musical old flames. This finally rendered her with the mind of a prog rocker, the heart of a world music-lover…and let’s just skip the part about her soul.

So, what has this hussy actually done? Well, Ms. Patterson has released seven solo CDs and has received airplay in the every continent (Antarctica notwithstanding). She has appeared on over a hundred and twenty recordings (including the nationally-charting Change of Habit by her former band The Poor Clares). Soundtrack appearances include the motion picture The One-Eyed King (starring William Baldwin and Armand Assante), and Mike Judge's Mirimax release Extract. She’s performed in over a dozen countries across the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Various artists have recorded over a hundred of her compositions and co-writes across the US, France, Ireland, and New Zealand. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University, New Orleans. But she claims that her work will not be finished until the word "bouzouki" is no longer flagged by spell-checkers worldwide.

Beth's website.

A sample Youtube clip from Beth.

Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.

At The Old Church on the Hill
Cnr Russell and Harkness Street, Quarry Hill
8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.