Performing at SongFest
A Cappella West – Sweet Adelines Australia 2018 National Champions
ACW is a vocal harmony chorus based in Perth, Western Australia; a 90+ voice chorus under the co-direction of Lindsey Dyer and Jo Oosterhoff. ACW was founded in 2008 as a brand-new chorus with practically no experience in barbershop singing. Within 2 years, they participated in their first National competition (2010), coming 4th place overall. They achieved 6th place in Canberra in 2012 in a tough contest, and were excited to be placed 2nd and achieve the Most Improved Chorus award in Perth in 2013. Also 2015 National Champions.
The award-winning Baden Street Singers are a dynamic vocal group with a passion for all things a cappella – from barbershop, to ballads, to beatboxing. Despite their relative youth, they’ve built a reputation on their strong vocal talent, undeniably charming stage presence, and bold artistic vision. But it’s their ensemble chemistry that makes them unique; they embrace diversity in their membership and in their repertoire. They can be found headlining choral concerts, festivals, competitions and community outreach programs around Perth – all under the inspiring musical leadership of founder and director Lionel Pierson. Don’t miss your opportunity to see these polished performers; they’re the hottest a cappella group in town!
One show 7:15pm Saturday Old Dunsborough Hall
Kate Rowe and Ryan Morrison present THE FILDENSTAR. Life on other planets and in other dimensions. Ghost butterfly ships, a place where night is illegal, gene-altering drugs, and professional dreamers.
Audience must be seated by 7:10pm. Lights out 7:15pm. You have been warned.
Nika Mo is the folk project of Perth composer Annika Moses, and for the Dunsborough Song Festival 2018 she brings a set of intricate a cappella arrangements of folk originals. Performing entirely solo, Annika uses a loop pedal to create weaving vocal harmonies, laying a bed for her honest lyrics that find poeticism in the Perth mundane. Her appearance at Fairbridge Festival earlier this year left the crowd ‘silent for the most part, totally enthralled by her storytelling abilities and sweet voice,’ (X-Press Magazine). Also a member of the a vocal group Darling, and the choir Eneksis, Annika’s unique voice is showcased in this one-off a cappella reimagining of her emotional folk originals.
Festival favourite Summerhouse is back with its trademark mix of mellow and rocking arrangements of original and adopted songs.
There may be rhythm.
There will be no flying in on a wire.
Ball Point Penguins
This stylish musical package conceals subversive wit and wordcraft on intelligent design, Tupperware obsession, the aphrodisiac power of the common vacuum cleaner and ridding your home of excess adult offspring. These original a cappella comedians storm the intellectual barricades of right-minded folk. Anticipate the unexpected, plus classic musical mischief from Python to Lehrer and Flanders to Swann.
Beverley Station Singers
The Beverley Station Singers all sing by ear. We use no music and all of the arrangements are done “in the moment “ by their musical director Kelly Newton-Wordsworth. This makes for very dynamic rehearsals and an original sound in performances. They sing an eklectic collection of songs which tend to be popular with audiences as they are usually well known to many. They have a lot of fun wherever they go and hope to bring happiness and lots of laughs to their audiences!
Born to Sing
Led by Martin Meader, the Born to Sing choirs rehearse in Joondalup, Guildford, Melville and Rockingham. The choirs welcome all non-singers, shower singers, park singers, car singers, air guitar singers and actual singers. Since its inception in 2008, Born to Sing has raised over $200,000 for various charitable causes. We aim to give our members cool experiences like performing each year at The Perth Fringe Festival, at the Guildford & Dunsborough Songfests and at Carols By Candlelight to an audience of over 20,000. In August 2018, we performed four sell out concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in 2020, we plan to perform at the Tokyo Olympics. On our journey, we want to uplift people, bring people together to create caring communities, take the loneliness out of living and change lives.
Cleanskins are from Dunsborough, Busselton and surrounding areas. They began singing (and sharing a red or two) about 15 years ago and continue to enjoy meeting on a Friday night to sing & have fun together. They mostly sing A Cappella but you might hear the occasional ukulele or guitar. Listen out for their famous “Cow Medley”! Yeehaw…
In 2017 a little group of women living in the South West found each other & became a happy sisterhood. They recognised each other by their wild fluffy hair, colourful garments, shiny faces & creative vibrations. They began meeting together regularly to study the art of thankfulness & other beautiful things women need to do life well. Then they began to have sing-a-longs around the piano… & Charis Ensemble was born! Comprised of luscious ladies hailing from Cowaramup, Yallingup, Manjimup, Dunsborough & Margaret River, Charis (meaning GRACE, kindness & life in Greek) Ensemble are just spreading their wings into musical experimentation with 4 part harmonies, acoustic instruments, body percussion & drumming.
Darling, A Capella Sass and Sweetness bringing joy and heartache in equal measure. One fateful night in 2014, in a cosy lounge room in the forest, a group of friends with a shared love of lush harmonies got together and `Darling’ was born, an all-girls a cappella vocal ensemble with Brooke Wilson, Ruby Wilson, Megan Tickner, Ini Ojo, Dayna Cullen, Shanay Cullen, Laura Igglesden, Annika Moses.
Avril, Lindsey, Jo and Kirsten.
Need we say more?
Trust us. Absolutely not to be missed.
Eneksis Vocal Ensemble from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) are a huge favourite at SongFest. The ensemble has gained a reputation as one of the finest choirs in Australia, under the direction of Micheál McCarthy.
Jones of ARK
Mel n Nik Jones are Jones of A.R.K. Music, Musings, Mayhem and Miscellany….now bigger and bolder if that is indeed metaphysically possible, with full ensemble. They’ll have you in the aisles.
Donnybrook Community Choir
I just want to sing !” said the ad in the local paper. 8 years later Donnybrook Community Choir still loves to sing anything from sixties pop and sea shanties to medieval carols and traditional folksongs. We sing for the joy of it rather than technical achievement ‘cos it’s all about having fun. La La !
Our Glyde-In Community choir meets in East Fremantle every Tuesday afternoon under the direction of Digby Hill. Digby likes to challenge us with an eclectic range of songs with many ‘crunchy harmonies’. Everyone is welcome and we all feel our spirits lift as we sing together.
In May we participated in the inaugural Merredin Songfest and we look forward to performing at Dunsborough Songfest under the direction of Mike Murray.
Koondarm grew from an event started at Perth City Farm called “Tunesday” – a Tuesday night gathering where musicians and linguists gathered to share original music, Nyoongar language and Aboriginal song. Following this event, with support and encouragement from Madjiltil Moorna, we decided to trial a 6 week youth choir in which we met many new friends and received much support.
In simple terms, No Rechoirments was started by a group of people who wanted to get together and sing. Founded about five years ago, we’re a non-auditioned choir with a repertoire ranging from Tallis to Paul Kelly. We’ll have a go at singing anything. They boast a lofty claim of having no requirements but this is in fact, a fallacy, for there are several requirements. For example: cake and tea is a must before rehearsal. Anyone is welcome. You must have fun. We hope that we get you to sing, whomever you may be, without requirement.
One Achord is a non audition community choir welcoming anyone who loves to sing, socialise and sup. We sing many styles of music including traditional, classical, rock, pop and gospel. One Achord performs within the community at local events such as the Heart Foundation Memorial Service and the RSL Anzac Service. We present an annual family concert to support selected charities and sing at other community events on request.
There are two options for rehearsal attendance, at St Stephens Church Hall Applecross.
Monday 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Or Wednesday 10:00am to 12:00pm
Peppermint sings an eclectic range of songs in 4 to 8-part harmony. We sing mostly a Capella, and sometimes call on the diverse musical skills of our choir members to bring extra sparkle to our songs with instruments and percussion. We love to sing together and share our minty-fresh musical joy with audiences under the guidance of our talented musical director Coralie Kan.
Rossmoyne Community Singers Rossmoyne Community Singers will next year celebrate their 20th anniversary and are today a ladies choir who sing in 3 and 4 part harmony. They started out as a mixed choir but by attrition became ladies only!! The only blokes allowed at their rehearsal each week are their Musical Director – the fabulous Harry Oliff and super talented accompanist Jackson Griggs!! So, unlike most choirs, they’re not looking for blokes to join them but would happily welcome any ladies who would like to come along and sing.
Strike a Chord
South African Gospel Choir
The South African Gospel Choir are a multi National Choir who sing mainly African Gospel Songs Our Drummer is Korean. We perform at various concerts around the State including schools Nursing Homes Joondalup Radio Station as well as major events organised by the various City Councils
We recently celebrated Nelson Mandelas 100th birthday memorial singing freedom songs with the PUCS Choir from UWA at Grace Church
SSB Come and sample some exquisite “vintage local produce”. The ever flexible SSB, this year in quartet form, have been interweaving their close harmonies for over a decade. They love to cover a huge variety of musical genres and artists, and are guaranteed to mesmerise with some new surprises and some old favourites.
Kojonup’s Southern Singers have been active for 20 years. They sing a variety of popular songs in two, three or four-part harmonies. They regularly perform for community events and look forward to the opportunity of singing to a wider audience. We welcome them to Dunsborough for the first time!
The Real Sing
TRS is an a capella choir who sing in four to eight part harmony. Their repertoire is varied and includes current pop music, jazz standards, gospel, doo wop and Motown. Under musical director extraordinaire Coralie Kan, TRS have established themselves as a musically strong choir who love to entertain and have fun!
Voices of the Vasse Chorus ‘We are a group of women with a passion for singing a cappella 4 part harmony, barbershop style!’ Voices of the Vasse have never missed a SongFest and are a wonderful part of the history of this festival. This year they will perform in the BIG Saturday night concert at the OLC. Dont miss it!
Voices in Sync
Voices in Sync is an acappella group that has been singing in Fremantle for over 20 years. They sing 4 part harmony with songs mainly from the 1960’s. Fun and Uplifting!
Feel free to boogie along .
Working Voices is a not-for-profit community choir of about 35 members. Raelene Bruisma PhD is the musical director. The repertoire of the choir is carefully chosen to reflect the choir’s commitment to social justice and working life issues. Their passionate singing style reflects their belief in the issues they sing about.