Canadian singer-songwriter Meiwa (a.k.a. Kristie McCracken) has earned international praise with her maturely thoughtful lyricism and subtly sophisticated, genre-melding creativity that reflects an artist who is adroitly expanding her musical horizons. She is a WCMA 2016 ‘Urban Artist of the Year’ nominee for her debut solo album ‘Let Go & Grow’.
Ellen James is a Benalla based songstress with a BIG voice who gathers inspiration from memories, dreams, stories, creatures & you! Ellen speaks about her music and plays live in the studio in a recent Killer Pigs 'Suck it Up' podcast - Episode 5: Ellen James.
On Saturday 19 January 2019 at 6:30pm
North East Artisans
Gallery 2, 122-124 Bridge St East, Benalla, VIC 3672
Tickets - TRY BOOKING or NEA
The musicality and virtuousity of Jaron Freeman Fox and Simon Nyberg at the final Gallery Gig for 2018 was spell binding! Thank you for playing a gig in Benalla, Jaron and Simon - and thank you Michaela Alexander for organizing such a memorable program of 'Gallery Gigs' in 2018!
"He plays violin like a knowing child: playfully, impulsively and hyperactively, and yet with an improbable, idiosyncratic virtuosity that has been set alight by his wide-ranging listening and studying. … while his singing is infused with the same knowingness, whether whispered, loud, crooned or seething with humour."
---– John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald
Jaron Freeman-Fox (fiddle, viola d’amore) and Simon Nyberg (Swedish twelve-string guitar) (Check out some video clips of Jaron and Simon below)
Scandinavian explorations, Siberian extrapolations, Balkan exacerbations, and Indian interpolations!
Souls bared, secrets shared, and ways fared.
Details at ww.Jaronfreemanfox.com
Jaron Freeman Fox
Jaron Freeman Fox - back in 2012...
Jaron Freeman Fox.... a recent improvisation...
Simon Nyberg ... guitarist
Simon playing in the group 'Six String Yada'... more clips on You Tube...
"Jaron Freeman-Fox is a live looping violinist. Bred in the mountains of Canada’s northwest, and steeped in study under the great traditional musicians of India, Scandinavia, and Siberia, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what his instrument is capable of, and gives the listener no choice but to take his unique refraction of world music on it’s own terms.
Jaron’s singular style was encouraged from an early age as an apprentice of Canada’s renowned fiddle pioneer, the late Oliver Shroer, who’s violin Jaron still plays. Jaron went on to study Carnatic classical music in South India under Dr. M Narmadha, hardanger fiddle in Norway under Jan Beitohaugen Granli, Swedish fiddle in Skåne under Mats Edén, Morin Khuur in Mongolia under Batzorig Vaanchig, and throat singing in Tuva under Igor Koshkendey.
Joined by guitarist Simon Nyberg (Sweden) for their Australian tour,
Jaron enjoys long stumbles in the woods, early-morning bedtimes, and unrehearsed fire juggling."
Killer Pig Productions - newly released video clips - Jenni Mitchell and Nigel Wearne at 'The Gallery Gigs', North East Artisans, 5 July 2018
Jenni Mitchell, 'The Old Oak' The Gallery Gigs, North East Artisans, Benalla, 5 July 2018
Nigel Wearne, 'Drawing Circles' 'The Gallery Gigs' North East Artisans, Benalla, 5 July 2018
Thanks to Sam, Lauren and Jake at Killer Pig for not only making and releasing these video clips from a particularly memorable Gallery Gig, but making them available on You Tube.
Post Script - Another recent release documenting the Benalla music scene from Killer Pig Productions. This Way North performing "Head Above Water" Live at the Benalla Musical Garden, hosted by One Wild Apple. Event organised by Ellen James.
An occasional BLog.
Friday 27th July 2018
North East Artisans present...
An intimate evening celebrating his album launch 'Where Were You?'
Featuring Benalla based Adam Toms.
7:30 pm - Adults $10 entry, Children $5.
Adam Toms launches his long awaited album ‘Where Were You?’ in a special up close and personal event. Hear the songs the way they were written and the stories behind them along with a selection of songs from his previous albums.
It’s been 5 years since Adam Toms released his last album. A lot has gone on for the Benalla based singer/songwriter in that time and his new album ‘Where Were You?’ helps fill in the blanks.
The first two previously released singles ‘Where Were You When’ and ‘Too Young To Know Better’ have had an amazing response from his loyal and new fans alike with the 1st single peaking at number 6 on the Australian iTunes country chart and show Adams versatility as a vocalist and songwriter, whist the forthcoming climatic power ballad ‘Say You Love Me’ leaves the listener breathless.
Adam has been focusing on his young special needs family and is a Youth Worker by day whilst still continuing to entertain audiences from a more local level where he is based in North East Victoria. He is now looking forward to taking his new music further up and down the road.
With a style combining country, rock, blues and singer/songwriter Adam feels now the time is right to return and is eager to show people his new songs.
Adam is known for his big voice in his live shows as well as his mixed banter and sense of humour. “I think it’s a good gig if I’ve made the audience laugh, cry and everything in between”
Thursday 5th July 2018
i hear django + North East Artisans present...
An intimate evening of storytelling through song
Featuring Jenny Mitchell (NZ) + Nigel Wearne (VIC)
6pm - $10 entry*
Jenny Mitchell is New Zealand's brightest rising star, blending country, folk and Americana into her own captivating style. Influenced by Gillian Welch, The Lumineers and Miranda Lambert, Jenny’s love for storytelling is at the core of her craft. With a New Zealand Gold Guitar under her hat in 2017, Jenny also placed 3rd on New Zealand's Got Talent years earlier at the tender age of 14. After her success on the show, she went on to release 'The Old Oak' that debuted at #1 on the NZ Country iTunes Charts and #3 on the Official NZ Music Charts. A seasoned performer, who's already played to audiences in Sweden, Ireland, Australia and her homeland of New Zealand. "An artist who knows exactly who she is and feels no need to give way." - Southland Times NZ.
Jenny Mitchell performing "So Far" at Sofar Dunedin on November 5th 2017
Nigel Wearne is a folk/country singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Nigel’s current album ‘Drawing Circles’ is a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone. www.nigelwearne.com
*Free for U18's if accompanied by parent/guardian. Drinks at bar prices.
A Gallery Gig with a bit of a twist!
It's time to get up and boogie and wash those winter blues away!
Introducing Intensity Duo from Wangaratta who play a rainbow of tunes, from rock to pop to country, playing a mix of originals and covers.
Doors open at 6.00pm, music from 6.30pm.
Drinks at bar prices and no BYO.
Tickets are $10 at....
Or at the door on the night if still available
Our next Gallery Gigs are in June and July featuring
Fri 8th June: 'Intensity' from Wangaratta playing rock, pop, covers and originals.
Thurs 5th July: Jenny Mitchell (N.Z) and Nigel Wearne (Vic) as part of their tour.
Both nights will be the usual $10 charge
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and our NEA Website.
Full details published in our June Newsletter
Here's what Benalla musician Adam Toms had to say about Scott and Corin -
Last night I attended a little gig in my own town Benalla arranged by Michaela Alexander which was at North East Artisans. It featured two Canadian singer songwriters Scott Cook and Corin Raymond who have been touring around Australia for the last 6 weeks and are considered folk music artists. To be honest, I don’t know much about ‘folk’ music, but I know when I’m moved, I know when I’m listening and watching something special, I know when I’m being taught musical, songwriting, storytelling and entertainer lessons. Last night was one of those gigs. For me it wasn’t about a genre it was about entertainment and ear candy.
These guys captivated every single person in the room with their show including me. Each played a 45 min or so set and joined each other for a song or two. They had people singing laughing, relating, reminiscing and sometimes even singing their songs without ever having heard them. They told stories that made you think you were there and created lyrical cleverness like it was a walk in the park and could be mistaken as something that come easy to all songwriters. (Myth)
To add to the coolness of this show they did not use a microphone for their voices and only one of them plugged his acoustic into the PA as it was a quiet guitar. Normally with 50 odd people in a room this isn’t possible but the silence, respect and appreciation for the artist doing their thing was nothing short of amazing. (I wish all singer/songwriter gigs were like this) when I looked around the room I saw everyone just digging what was in front of them. I wanted to take a photo or video during the night but I felt bad as I barely saw a phone out - nobody checking Facebook or snap chatting......just people in the musical moment. What a beautiful thing.
Huge props Michaela for creating these gigs and a culture of what ‘should be’ for gigs like this. I hope to play there soon and whilst my songs, style and ‘show’ will be different from last night I hope for the same vibe as what I was a part of last night. It’s a truly special thing as an artist to feel that intense buzz of appreciation bouncing back at you when you sing. I realise not all gigs are or can be like this but once in a while is really nice.
Adam John Toms
(Adam posted this on North East Artisan's Facebook site)
A Gallery Gig at NEA on 19 th April at 6 pm is part of an extensive Australian tour by Canadian musicians Corin Raymond and Scott Cook. We feel so privileged to be able to offer this Gallery Gig!
Both Corin Raymond and Scott Cook can be found on YouTube...
The next clip features Scott Cook singing 'Fella's Get Out The Way'...
Like the lyrics? Check out this webpage...https://scottcook.bandcamp.com/track/fellas-get-out-the-way
See you at 6 pm at NEA on the 18th April! $10 - bookings at NEA.
Great to see this article in the Ensign and music events coordinator Michaela's response. The Gallery Gigs have been such a success, have engaged many young musicians and music lovers and clearly have a growing following. Thanks to all involved, and to Michaela for inspiration, energy and follow through!
As part of The Benalla Festival, North East Artisans are ending The Gallery Gigs for 2017 with a bang! Get your disco boots and mirror ball earrings out because The Sugar Fed Leopards are coming to town!
This year's theme for the festival is 'Good Vibrations,' a celebration of music and dance, and The Leopards shall deliver just that, with the added bonus of shiny costumes, sparkly hair, sequinned shoes and the hottest dance moves you'll find this side of the Moon.
Grandma and toddler friendly - and everyone else in between!
Be there or be beige.
Tickets $10 to feed the leopards.
Carla from Broken River Writers and Michaela from Gallery Gigs have put together a festive creative program for the Benalla Festival featuring the Sugar Fed Leopards.
"Come and learn how to craft words into songs with the absolutely brilliant Sugar Fed Leopards on Friday, 10th November, 4-6pm. Don't forget $5 for supper.
And then, stick around for their Gallery Gig, 7-10 pm, $10 tix, which is an incredibly low price for an amazing musical experience"
*Special announcement* Put this date in your diary folks - On Saturday the 9th of September, North East Artisans will be holding its first official 'Gallery Gig.' This is not a test run! Repeat, this is not a test run. The Gallery Gigs aim to promote local and guest musicians of a high calibre, in a unique space where you will be surrounded by local artwork. There will be drinks at bar prices and a modest door charge of $10.
Who's playing you ask....?
Music Events Coordinator
Benalla Street Art Wall to Wall Festival
Benalla Street Art Map
Benalla Youth Action Committee
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Table Top Games at NEA