Entertainment

An entertainment stage brimming with local talent!

Saturdays entertainment starts with Brett Ireland. After spending 15 yrs on the road, clocking up over a thousand performances Brett ended up with a truly “Raw or ROAR ” if you like, sound. Brett is NT’s best harmonica player, accompanying very deep, very male vocals, he will entertain and amaze you.

Kate Oliver and Gleny Rea will be playing original country including songs from Kate’s “Big News In A Small Town” debut album. Kate is a Katherine NT local. Producer Gleny Rae has mentored Kate to great heights with a mix of beautifully written originals and choice covers that honour, but don’t mimic, early rock and roll, swing, torch, country and blues. Kate’s voice slides across it all with great depth and panache.

Modern Australian Singer/Song-writer Melanie Gray and her band, the Dirty Jeans, will be performing originals, co-written by Gina Jeffreys and Max Jackson, and country covers. Gray’s music is inspired by a life of adventures around Australia, singing about its landscapes, histories and cross-cultures, heralding a return to “true blue” country. That style is distinctly Territorian; her second single Nature’s Lullaby, released this month, featuring green tree frogs echoing after the monsoon rains. Her debut single “Calling Me Home” is about everything from Kakadu to Mindil Beach sunsets and the heat.

Our children’s entertainment is none other than internationally renowned Australian artist, Chantal the Fairy. She has been Darwin’s most popular children’s entertainer for nearly 20 years. Born with an innate sense of humour, imagination and empathy this has translated into the development and growth of the children’s entertainment industry in Darwin. Chantal has a diverse array of skills, including magic, juggling, uni-cycling, trick-bike riding, plate spinning, singing, story-telling, balloon modelling, and world class face painting.

A passionate musician and songwriter, Kim Koole realised a dream in getting a scholarship to the Academy of Country Music in Tamworth and jamming with Kasey Chambers, Nash Chambers and Ashleigh Dallas . In translating that dream into reality, Kim is releasing her debut album “Blue Skies” at the Freds Pass Show. With a full band, Kim will play all the songs from her album.

David Garnham & the Reasons to Live craft songs about booze and women, fueled by isolation and self-loathing. DG&TRTL debut album ‘Love inside a jar’, produced by Charles Jenkins and Justin Rudge, has been described as “the start of a substantial career” by the Courier Mail, and took out NT song of the year and the Americana category in the International Songwriting Competition. “Garnham weaves love, loss, heartbreak and humour into his own particular brand of whisky-soaked nostalgia, awash with alt-country contradictions that are all his own; sweet and hard, buoyant and punchy, redemptive and sad.”   

Our headline act Carter/Cash aspires to bring the songs of Johnny Cash and June Carter to life with a unique Territory flavour. Johnny Cash was one of the world’s most influential musicians with his music being an innovative mixture of country, rock, blues and gospel influences. Johnny was married to June Carter Cash, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. The show features a band of local talent including Beau Dusk (2009 Telstra Road to Tamworth finalist) as Johnny Cash, Kim Koole (2014 CMAA Academy of Country Music) as June Carter, Ambrose Nicholls-Skene, Crank Williams and Dan Davis. This is a quality tribute to the songs of Johnny Cash and June Carter, not to be missed!

MOTHERS DAY – JAZZ IN THE PADDOCK 

Sunday is Mother’s Day and is “Jazz in the Paddock” with Dr Martini Jazz. Dr Martini’s Jazz is a Darwin based jazz ensemble consisting of Martin Fisher (Keys), Ambrose Nicholls-Skene (Vocals), Greg Jansen (Drums), Anissa Hogbin (Trumpet/Vocals), Michael Henshaw (Bass Guitar) and Michael Totham (Electric Guitar) and Matthew Holt (Saxophone). Dr Martini’s Jazz is driven by strong bass lines from Mr Henshaw, accompanied on drums by Mr Jansen supplying the band with a tight and dynamic rhythm section. Mr Fisher and Mr Totham lay down the flowing chord structures to let the melody free from Mr O’Callaghan and Ms Hogbin.