Parties, Tassie & Money raised for charity

unnamedWe’ve had a wonderful few weeks and we’re pretty thrilled about the weeks to come. We write a lot asking for support, but we were thrilled to be able to support LGBTQI charity, The Aurora Group, by performing at their Annual Ball at Sydney Town Hall and offering private performances as auction prizes. Two attendees were sufficiently wooed by our Disney/Sondheim medley (the theme was Once Upon a Time) that they purchased the private gigs, raising more than $5000 for Aurora, an organisation that supports LGBTQI community groups including Twenty10 and the Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service. The whole evening raised more than $70,000!

Libby, Hayden and MaeveFor photos of the Aurora Ball make sure you check out the Star Observer and SX albums. Luckily they didn’t capture Maeve’s drunk Snow White arguing with a bouncer at an unnamed Newtown Hotel, but they DID get some snaps of Hayden’s army of handsome fans who trailed him throughout the night.

We realise we’ve launched our Patreon crowdfunding site and promised all sorts of new projects but haven’t told you what they are so a few are outlined below. We are up to $609 per month but we need to hit $1000 per month in order to finish our EP. If enough people pledge $1 (or more if you can), we’ll get there and send some of our favourite tunes to your earholes! Other projects include:

Mother’s Ruin
Maeve & Libby are working hard with Musical Director, Jeremy Brennan to write a history about the cabaret of gin. That doesn’t sound right…but you get the picture! It’ll be a departure from Lady Sings it Better, equal parts historical and hysterical, complete with a gin tasting experience with The Ginstress, Elly Clough.
Costs we need to cover: We need to pay a dramaturg and director, we need to get costumes made and photos taken.
What you get if you donate: Downloads of some of our songs, discount tickets to shows once they’re announced, warm glow of giving! Donate here.
Pushy Women
We’re bringing Catherine Deveny’s wonderful Melbourne comedy+women+cycling event to Sydney! One afternoon only for the Sydney Fringe, you can catch Tracey Spicer, Wendy Harmer, Dee Madigan, Mariam Veiszadeh, Nakkiah Lui and Zoe Norton-Lodge telling tales of their life on two wheels.
Costs we need to cover: Regular event costs like marketing, tech equipment and artist fees.
What you get if you donate: Discount codes for the show! Anyone who pledges over $8US (ie $10AUS) per month gets discount codes to our shows, including this one! We’ll offer reserved seating to all Patreon donors.
Supported by The Squeaky Wheel in Melbourne!
Late Night Library
We’re curating a season of Late Night Library in Kings Cross for the City of Sydney. We’re got 6 amazing shows including Queerstories (a killer line up of local LGBTQI leaders), Library Love Songs with Maxine Kauter, Archer: In Conversation, a Mother’s Ruin work-in-progress showing and more. Feat. Matthew Mitcham, Zoe Coombs Marr, Georgia Rose Cranko, Annaliese Constable, Jeeves Verma, Penny Greenhalgh, Jekyll X James, Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Liz Duck-Chong, the list goes on…
Costs we need the cover: City of Sydney have actually contracted us to do this! Amazing! But Patreon support helps with our company’s ongoing costs.
What you get if you donate: The shows are already free for the audience, but City of Sydney have agreed to let us reserve premium seating for our Patreon supporters.Please consider pledging to support our growing work. If everyone who subscribed to this enews pledged $1 per month, we would reach our next target! Click here

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

unnamed (3)We got the old gang back together to sing a few tunes for Maeve’s mum, Teresa’s 60th birthday party, themed Mods vs. Rockers! The night was a crazy queer celebration with far too many amusing tales to fit here, so read Maeve’s Happy Birthday blog!

Lord knows if any of you are still reading! This Saturday we’re road tripping to Canberra to play a sold out show at Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, then next week we’re off to freezing, wonderful TASMANIA for our Festival of Voices debut. We can’t wait! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for silly photos and tales from the road.

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What are your 5 favourite songs and why?

The Daily Review regularly asks artists to list 5 song that are important to them and state why. I got to do it this week to promote our shows at Hayes Theatre Co. I themed them around Lady Sings it Better (mostly) and I think I offered a pretty excellent mix… Click here to read (and listen) to the list.

What are your 5 favourite songs and why? Or rather, what songs are most important to you?

Here’s a taster of my selections:

Melbourne Food, Bar and Fringe Recommendations

We can’t wait to get to Melbourne next week, not because we are touring our (totally amazing) cabaret to Victoria for the first time ever, but because of all the eating, drinking and Fringe-show-watching we’ll be able to do. So, we’re coming to you – people of Melbourne – for your recommendations!

Maeve and Phoebe drinking gin

Maeve and Phoebe drinking gin

Our fearless leader, Phoebe, is after great locations for gin & tonic and chicken schnitzel, and she tells me she likes shows that are “good,” so really honing in on a specific genre there…

Maeve (me!) likes restaurants with good vegetarian dishes on the menu, amazing cocktails with gin in them and attractive lesbian comedians (it’s a niche market).

A be-tutu-ed Anna eats gelato in Adelaide

A be-tutu-ed Anna eats gelato in Adelaide

Drummer, Lauren, is a fan of Asian/Australian fusion, oysters and cocktails, and she wants to see puppetry, stand up and funk music!

Anna was really specific in her request. She likes Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Lebanese, Vietnamese and Japanese. Also ice cream.

Our dapper soundy, Liam, like single malt whiskey, dumplings and good stand up.

Libby’s first response was MacDonald’s and Jean Claude Van Damme films. Then she remembered she is performing at the Fringe with Serious Artists so she said Mexican food, cider and musicals.

Here is a picture of Libby eating wedges with chopsticks:

Libby Wood

So, good people of Melbourne, hit us up with your bar, food and Fringe recommendations.

Oh, and once you’ve done that, book tickets to our season at the Fringe Hub, Sept 28 – Oct 5. See what I did there?

Want discount tickets to Hannah James Group?

Our lovely bassist, Hannah James, is offering discount tickets to her gig this weekend for SIMA. Simply enter HANNAH13 when you book tickets and you’ll get $13 tix (nearly half price!).

Hannah’s on August 24th at 8.30pm at the Sound Lounge (Seymour Centre). Book here or call. 9351 7940

Recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award 2011 for up and coming young female jazz musicians, Hannah’s career has gone from strength to strength with performances at The Brisbane Powerhouse, Kinetic Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Melbourne and more, plus studio performances and interviews for the ABC as well as recording her soon to be released debut album for this same band. These are outstanding achievements for such a young artist and she is certainly a committed musician and composer who is one to watch.

Recently relocating to Sydney after graduating from the ANU School of Music, Hannah has already played with some of the icons of Australian Jazz including Don Burrows, Dale barlow and John Morrison as well as outside the jazz genre with pop musician Jessica Mauboy and others.

Influenced by the sounds of today’s best contemporary musicians from America and Scandinavia including Aaron Parks, Ari Hoenig, Gilad Hexselmen, Will Vinson, Aaron Goldberg, Tord Gustavson, Atomic and Illmiliekki Quartet, Hannah’s talent, enjoyable repertoire and infectious energy will make for a brilliant start to an exceptional evening of jazz.

Save the Red Rattler

Lady Sings it Better at the Red Rattler

The first Lady Sings it Better gig EVER!

In August 2009, we gave birth to Lady Sings it Better in a little not-for-profit arts space in Marrickville. Since then, we’ve performed at other gigs there, we’ve held fundraiser events there, we ran a wonderful sold out panel discussion for 55Upitty there this Mardi Gras, and we’ve danced the night away at countless other events.

The Red Rattler is, quite simply, one of the best spaces for artists to work in Sydney. They are accommodating, open, flexible and without a doubt, the most cost effective. More than that, in a sea of venues decked out like RSLs, the Rattler looks GOOD. They have designed a beautiful, accessible space that does half the work of putting on a great gig for you.

SONY DSCSo, why am I ranting about the Red Rattler and how awesome it is? Because they need our help in order to keep doing what they do. They need to raise at least $40K in order to buy a share in the building it lives in and become a sustainable community-owned space and they are running a crowdfuning campaign on pozible to do so.

They are a quarter of the way there. Knowing how amazingly generous Lady Sings it Better supporters are, we think we can push that to halfway! Check out the pozible campaign and video and please donate to save the Red Rattler!