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It’s nearly 37 years ago since John Lennon was tragically murdered in New York. From the late 60’s till he died in 1980, Lennon wrote a score of sweet and angry songs.
In acknowledging his penetrating social observations, Liberty Victoria is holding a Sunday afternoon event featuring his best songs.
Bruce Haymes, pianist virtuoso (Paul Kelly, Bachelors of Prague) will be performing with the rich and soulful voice of Liz Stringer, and backing band, Matt Walker, Steve Hadley and Roger Bergodaz.
Shouters: Casey Bennetto, Alicia Sometimes, Paul Stewart, Stuart Grant.
Slam poets: Waffle Irongirl, Sukhjit Khalsa, Sharifa A Tartoussi, Soreti Kadir and Tariro Mavondo.
Fearless Voices will be hosted by RRR’s inimitable Johnny Topper.
It promises to be fun-filled and delightfully angry afternoon.
Drinks and food available.
Book now https://www.trybooking.com/RODU
Table seating: Liberty Members / RRR Subscribers: $50, Individuals: $55, Table of ten: $500
859 High Street Thornbury Vic 3071
Sunday October 1. Doors open at 2 pm. Remember daylight saving time!
Fearless Voices is presented by Liberty Victoria email@example.com and produced by Reece Lamshed and Johnny Topp.
The Thornbury Theatre is located at 859 High St Thornbury, south of the intersection of High St and Plenty Rd. Tram Route 86 at stop 41 High St/Collins St. Train by South Morang line, stepping off at Thornbury. http://www.thethornburytheatre.com/location-access/
Thank you to Blue Vapours Creative Studios for Fearless Voices poster design.
Sharifa is a dental student, poet and performer. Her work focuses mainly on ideas of race identity, feminism in the arts and what it means to be a young Middle Eastern Muslim woman living in a world that is constantly debating her right to exist. She has performed in a variety of spaces ranging from traditional stages to the backs of café’s and dimly lit parking lots with her first slam win in November of 2016. Read More about Sharifa A Tartoussi.
Waffle Irongirl found her heart-home among poets, story-tellers and other recalcitrants at the Grubstreet creative writing centre in Boston. Her encounter with spoken word at a Melbourne bar picked her up by the scruff of the neck, rattled her certainties and declared, “Speak!” She has featured at spoken word events across Melbourne including Mother Tongue, Griffinspeak, Owl & Cat, Passionate Tongues and La Mama Poetica. Read More about Waffle Irongirl.
Sukhjit is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer and human rights reformer based in Melbourne. Sukhjit has performed at the Opera House for the 2014 Australian Poetry Slam Competition and on national television’s Australia’s Got Talent, and most recently, she was a speaker at TedxUWA. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Missy Higgins and L-FRESH the Lion, and her performances and workshops have led her to tour USA, Canada, UK and South East Asia. Read More about Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa.
Soreti is an Oromo poet, musician and community organiser currently based on Kulin Nations land. What she speaks on evolves with her but is rooted in a focus on identity, justice, equity and freedom. She has performed her work all across Kulin Nation lands and in numerous other places across Australia. Read More about Soreti Kadir.
Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to tell stories. Tariro sees art as a conversation and a dialogue, and her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of social change. Tariro works as an actor with companies such as MTC (Jumpy), STC (Jumpy), Belvoir (Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe), Bell Shakespeare (Players) and Red Stitch (Belleville). Read More about Tariro Mavondo.
Casey Bennetto is an award-winning writer, musician and radio broadcaster. He wrote the musical KEATING!, hosts the program Superfluity on Melbourne’s 3RRR, and has appeared in places as diverse as ABCTV’s Spicks and Specks, the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House.
During the last few years, Casey has also served as dramaturge on Eddie Perfect’s Shane Warne: The Musical as well as making contributions to Company B’s The Adventures Of Snugglepot And Cuddlepie and Die Roten Punkte’s Super Musikant (and upcoming Kunst Rock). Read More about Casey Bennetto.
Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet and broadcaster. She is a regular guest on 774, Radio National and is one sixth of The Outer Sanctum Podcast. Alicia was editor of the national literary journal Going Down Swinging for seven years. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world including World Science Festival Brisbane, Quantum Words Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Story of Light, Goa and many more. Read More about Alicia Sometimes.
Dr Stuart Grant is the singer/guitarist with noisepunk legends The Primitive Calculators (Pumping Ugly Muscle, Do That Dance).
Stuart is a senior lecturer in the Centre For Theatre and Performance at Monash University. He teaches and researches across an eclectic range of genres and practices. His main theoretical research interest is performance philosophy, particularly phenomenology. Read More about Dr Stuart Grant.
Paul Stewart is best known as the flamboyant frontman of the rock band Painters and Dockers, but a near-death experience inspired him to dedicate his life to helping young people at risk.
Stewart's older brother Tony was a 21-year-old sound recordist on assignment in East Timor when he was gunned down by Indonesian forces, along with four other newsmen in 1975 – the Balibo Five.
Paul now works for Jesuit Social Services and dedicates his life to helping young people at risk as well as disabled children and refugees. Read More about Paul Stewart.
Bruce Haymes is a Aria award winning, keyboardist, producer & arranger who kicked off his professional musical career with Russell Morris’ The Rubes and is now one of Australia’s leading keyboard players. Read More about Bruce Haymes.
Liz Stringer is one of Australia’s most respected singer-songwriters, always simmering, always producing something, whether it be an intimate solo record or a rollicking band album, sometimes recalling a Chrissie Hynde-like balance of unsettling lyrical directness and pop composure. Her voice is soulful and feisty, her novella-like lyrics visceral, yet poetic. Read More about Liz Stringer.
Matt Walker is one of the most respected musicians on the Australian scene. His work as a songwriter, producer, session guitarist and composer is credited on dozens of albums, films and documentary scores, and among his peers down under he enjoys the status of a true cult legend. Read More about Matt Walker.
Steve Hadley has masterfully played electric and double bass with just about everybody in the Australian music scene, eg Tex Perkins, Don & Charlie, Paul Kelly, Christine Anu, Renee Geyer, Kate Ceberano, Renee Geyer, Vince Jones, Joe Camilleri & The Seekers.
‘Gentleman ' Roger Bergodaz is a vastly experienced drummer & studio engineer who has performed with a vast array of local artists including Matt Walker, Sime Nugent & The Forefathers, Carl Panuzzo, the Lost Ragas, and produced & engineered recordings for Suzanah Espie, Raised By Eagles, Tex Perkins, Wolfgramm Sisters, Joel Silbersher, The Dark Horses and more.