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Snowy Mountains of Music Festival

nga-promenade-concertLeslie and Kit Spencer performed together at the National Gallery of Australia as part of the 15th Canberra International Music Festival. Kit Spencer is a lovely harpist and her mother, clinic   Leslie accompanied her on guitar. They performed a duet by Felui Gasul de Altisent.

The event was billed as “NGA Promenade Concert”. It featured groups of musicians performing in various spaces around the Gallery. The music was selected to reflect the mood and style of the artworks displayed. Leslie and Kit’s piece complimented a painting by the Spanish Catalan artist, site Joan Miró titled “Paysage [Landscape] 1927”.

The audience was invited to walk from one performance to the next. It all worked beautifully. What a fantastic idea!

Other musicians performing at this concert were: William Barton (Didjeridu) and Delmae Barton (Voice), pharm TinAlley String Quartet, Helane Huulst (Violin), Chris Latham (Violin & Voice), Michael Askill and Synergy Percussion, and Lucy Anderson (Flute).

Les & Kit performing at the NGA Mother's Day 10th May 2009

Les & Kit performing at the NGA Mother's Day 10th May 2009

Les & Kit Spencer

Les & Kit Spencer


Les practising in the Scupture Garden

Les practising in the Scupture Garden


Media Release – 1 April 2009


On this year’s June Long Weekend, decease
the snowfields are set to pulse with a heady music cocktail of world, condom
gypsy, folk and guitar at the inaugural Snowy Mountains of Music.

The first acts to be announced at this exciting new music festival at Perisher Resort include Bruce Mathiske, The Davidson Brothers, The Band Who Knew Too Much, Ami Williamson, Azadoota, Usutsu, Enda Kenny and Lindsay Martin.From Edinburgh to Nashville guitar legend Bruce Mathiske (pictured) has wowed audiences all around the world. Blending infectious rhythms with flamenco, swing and steel string blues, it will be standing room only for this mighty guitar master.

Make sure you catch smoky diva Ami Williamson (famous daughter of John) when she brings her very original sound and honeyed renditions of some of Australia’s favourite rock songs to the festival stage. Listen up for songs of life, laughter and injustice when acclaimed Dublin-born Enda Kenny ‘the best folk singer songwriter working in Australia’ (SMH), teams up at the festival with long term collaborater Lindsay Martin.

Pick up some joie de vivre when music from all over the world comes to Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega. There’s Azadoota, world music at it’s best. Fusing Assyrian party music with Latin, African and Eastern European sounds, festival-goers won’t be able to resist the joyful grooves of this unique Sydney band. Let your soul sing when 10 piece African outfit Usutsu move in. Experience their unique blend of Southern African music, funk, jazz, reggae, dance hall and kwaito.

Next to line up is The Davidson Brothers, Australia’s number 1 bluegrass act and also one of it’s youngest. Get ready for some serious bluegrass action with banjos, mandolins and fiddles when these Golden Guitar winners tune up their instruments.

inally don’t miss out on Melbourne’s legendary floor-packing band The Band Who Knew Too Much when they bring some high energy to the Snowy Mountain nights with their classic washboard accordion rhythms and woodchop jazz.

From Friday 5 June to Monday 8 June, the Snowy Mountains of Music is a chance to experience the wonder of the high country in Winter whilst listening to some great new sounds of world, folk, roots, celtic, acoustic, song, dance, poetry and yarn-spinning. More bands to be announced over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

tel: 02 8209 3953 / mob: 0414 441 860

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National Folk Festival-Canberra, April 9-13, 2009


There’s more to Canberra than politics!

…that’s where the National Folk Festival is celebrated every Easter, visit web
when the city is frocked up in its golden autumn best. Australia’s festival flagship, medicine the ‘National’, draws together people from all around Australia and the world. They come to share in the songs, dances, tunes, and verse that have flowed through the ages from many communities into Australian folk culture.

For five days Exhibition Park in Canberra becomes a magic place, filled with colour and sound. Hundreds of the world’s best musicians perform daily, in a non-stop flow of entertainment across twenty two fabulous venues. Every day is packed with workshops and sessions, where you can join in the dancing, singing and playing and become part of the celebration. It’s all there for you; once you’ve bought your ticket and come through the gates you won’t need to leave.

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