We have asked 15 of our favourite & most treasured Melbourne singers to pick a song by their favourite Jewish composer that might have moved them, excited them, had personal meaning for them & perform them for you. Jewish composers have been pivotal in Twentieth Century popular music. Come & hear our finest interpreters have their say. Backed by the Band of Bands led by Melbourne bass legend Jonathan Zion this is an event not to be missed.
Clare Bowditch is an ARIA Award-winning songwriter, sometime actor (as Rosanna Harding on the hit Channel 10 show “Offspring”), speaker, writer, creative-business mentor and is the afternoon host on ABC Melbourne radio. She’s had Top Ten albums, been named Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), Yen Young Woman of the Year (Music), co-written with Gotye, toured with Leonard Cohen, written for Harper’s Bazaar and the Drum, and played in every venue, festival and truck stop in Australia at least two hundred times each.
In 2013, Clare launched Big Hearted Business, a new enterprise designed to teach creative people about business, and business people about creativity, in ways that make sense. Check out www.bigheartedbusiness.com.au for some truly inspiring interviews with Australia’s artistic and business greats.
Currently Clare is writing and recording her sixth solo album, trying to whittle down the 150 songs she has written since 2012’s “The Winter I Chose Happiness”.
The past five years have been an incredible musical journey for Russell Morris.
He released Sharkmouth, a record about the urban back blocks during the depression years and the characters that inhabited them. Sharkmouth went on to be the highest selling Australian album of 2013, picking up an ARIA Award for best Blues and Roots, reaching number 1 in the charts and surpassing Platinum sales.
The following album was Van Diemen’s Land which had a focus on larger events rather than individuals, from the prison ships that began Australia as a penal settlement to the union strikes, the First and Second World Wars, as well as paddle steamers on the Murray River. Van Diemen’s Land was nominated for Best Blues and Roots at the 2014 ARIA Awards, certified Gold sales and was the highest charting album of Russell’s 50 year career debuting at No.4 on the ARIA Charts.
Russell has now arrived at the third and final album in his series of Australian stories. Red Dirt – Red Heart. Stories of our great indigenous heroes , of bushrangers, a song about a beautiful town, a song about a loner, a recluse, and an escape artist (Gaol that is), a snake and the spectacular Nullarbor.
Kram is best known as the drummer & singer of Spiderbait, who in 1996 became the first Australian act to win the Triple J Hottest 100 with Buy Me a Pony.
In 2004 their number 1 hit Black Betty sold half a million copies, spending 5 weeks at the top of the charts.
In 2008 he released the solo album Mix Tape & since has appeared in multiple television and radio programs such as The Project , Spicks ‘n Specs , Rockwiz & been Double J’s artist in residence.
In 2013 he performed as part of the cast of Triple J’s live tribute to Nick Cave & in 2014 he composed his first soundtrack score for the Australian feature film Love Is Now.
This year Spiderbait celebrated a sellout national tour of their landmark album Ivy & the Big Apples including 6 sold out shows in Melbourne.
And he’s stoked to be playing at Shir Madness this year!
Emily Lubitz is the lead singer and principal songwriter for the critically acclaimed indie-folk band Tinpan Orange. The band has spent the past years touring extensively both nationally and overseas. She is also one half of We Two Thieves, a collaboration between herself and Mama Kin. Emily was the voice of the viral train commercial, Dumb Ways to Die, a YouTube video that has had over 150 million views. She lives in Brunswick Heads NSW with her two sons and husband.
David Bridie has enjoyed a remarkably versatile career as one of Australia’s most prolific and innovative contemporary musicians, soundtrack composers and artistic directors. David rose to prominence in 1983 as a uniquely Australian pianist, vocalist and songwriter in the critically acclaimed band Not Drowning, Waving. A decade and nine albums later, David formed the ARIA award-winning musical outfit, My Friend the Chocolate Cake. David has also enjoyed a venerable solo career. Not one to be categorised, David has firmly established himself over the last thirty years as a producer, musical theatre director and composer; having scored the soundtracks for over 100 international and Australian films, television series and documentaries. His score for the feature film In a Savage Land won ‘Best Original Score’ at the AFI Awards, ‘Best Original Soundtrack’ at the Film Critics Circle of Australia and ‘Best Soundtrack Album’ at the 2000 ARIA Awards. The soundtrack to the film Proof gained David the 1992 ARIA Award for Best Independent Release. David’s stylistic versatility has enabled him to work across genres, ranging from feature films about New York Basketball (Wolves, 2015) to Australian Indigenous documentaries.
Using song, soundscapes, texture and visuals David brings the ‘art’ into music in a unique and all-encompassing way that forces you to listen, to feel and to experience.
Piano master, singer-songwriter-extraordinaire Pugsley Buzzard continues to delight audiences far and wide with his unique blend of cure-all-ills snakeoil musical elixir. Playing powerhouse stride, boogie & blues inflected funky piano Pugsley makes lovers sigh and hard folk cry with his mesmerising voice. Mr.Buzzard can be found performing around the world in an array of musical venues from intimate shows in jazz clubs and bars, to the concert stage at festivals.
Originally from the tropics of North Queensland, Jessie Lloyd is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician who performs a broad collection of Australian Indigenous songs. A vocalist, guitarist, bassist and ukulele player, Jessie earned her formal qualifications at Abmusic in Perth, WA in 2002.
An award winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie is a cultural practitioner of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music. Dedicated to the continuation of cultural traditions through the presentation of both contemporary and traditional Indigenous music.
Glenn Richards is the songwriter and singer for one of Australia’s most accomplished and well regarded bands, Augie March. Glenn has written and released six full length albums with Augie and solo, as well as numerous EPs, scored three feature films, and several shorts, as well as a recent comedy series for the ABC. He produced Augie March’s last album as well as engineering a significant portion of it, and prepared the digital performance component of the album for the band’s road show. He has won several awards for songwriting and is currently composing for another feature film and a mystery project of his own, as well as putting the finishing touches on a sixth Augie March album to be released this year. He works out of his own studio, Dark Satanic Mills Studio in Hobart, Tasmania.
Alma Zygier is inspired by the great Jazz vocalists of the Pre-War era, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith & Memphis Minnie as well as the composers who provided their repertoire. At her young age she has already done impressive things, winning the Bravo Award, the Generations In Jazz Most Promising Vocalist Award and the Fern Gully Jazz Vocal Prize at Monash University.
Paul Dempsey is an Australian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist known to most as the front man of revered Australian band, Something for Kate. In 2016 Paul released his 2nd solo album, ‘Strange Loop’. Recorded at Wilco’s Loft Studios in Chicago with producer Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainright, Sonic Youth) Paul also played all instruments on the album. ‘Strange Loop’ was released in May of 2016 and debuted at No. 5 on the ARIA chart. It’s an eclectic yet incisive collection that encloses surreptitious dry wit, the irregularity of the everyday, and the pathos of longing in a mix of magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals. ‘Strange Loop’ contains compelling pocket universes, at once uniquely identifiable as one of our great artists at work, but also indicative of fresh forms. It’s a dazzlingly intimate record, alive to the very pleasure of being alive.
Angie Hart is a writer and musician. A founding member of ARIA award winning, indie-pop band, Frente, a solo artist and member of the bands Holidays On Ice, Ladychoir and Four Hours Sleep. She has appeared on television cult-classic, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly. She has two solo albums, numerous releases through various musical side-projects and written works published in the Women Of Letters collections, A Song For The Road, Going Down Swinging, Lifted Brow, Writers Victoria and Ampersand magazine.
Dave Graney is a guitar player, songwriter, singer, performer, author and broadcaster who was born in country South Australia and resides in the hills of Melbourne. He performs regularly nationwide. Workshy is his third book, and will be released on Affirm Press in October 2017. He’s won ARIA awards, been celebrated in Melbourne as a LIVING LEGEND and was adjudged “brother from another scene” in TRACKS magazine 1993.
LETS GET TIGHT, recorded , mixed and produced with partner Clare Moore , is out now through their label, COCKAIGNE. Dave also plays bass in Harry Howard and the NDE.
Jess has been described as super funny, off kilter, and very peculiar. She is an award winning singer songwriter who has drawn on a life filled with poignant and ridiculous experiences. Inspired by artists as diverse as The Velvet Underground to Dusty Springfield. She has been compared to the likes of Karen Dalton and Cat Power and supported and performed with artists including Nick Cave, Steve Earle and Tim Rogers.