Performing at SongFest in 2017
A Cappella West is a female 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. Only 2 years later, just 7 years after forming, they competed in Hobart and WON the 2015 Australian Championship.
Baden Street Singers, a highly acclaimed vocal ensemble consisting of a diverse mix of students, musicians and friends from around Perth. Gold medallists in Barbershop Harmony Australia’s 2015 and 2016 National Conventions, this group of singers have enchanted audiences around Australia with their varied repertoire and engaging performance style. Performing a mix of barbershop, choral and contemporary A cappella, these young singers are an absolute must-see.
Born to Sing Choirs (no auditions) welcome all non-singers, shower singers, park singers, car singers, air guitar singers and actual singers. Born to Sing choirs sing songs from the heart that make you feel good, raise self-esteem and help you lose the blues. Singing helps you leave work behind and add quality to your week! Since its inception in 2008, Born to Sing has raised over $173,000 to donate to various charitable causes such as survivors of bushfires, Cancer Council Relay For Life, Red Cross Blood Bank, Mission Australia and Variety – the Children’s Charity. The choir’s repertoire includes gospel, uplifting contemporary songs, short classical pieces and anything that moves the soul. Songs include: Ain’t Misbehavin’, All You Need is Love, Amazing Grace, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Chapel of Love, Delilah, Lean On Me, Mamma Mia, Summer Nights and Unchained Melody. Born to Sing performs each year in The Perth Fringe Festival, for the Australian Army Nurses, Guildford Songfest, Dunsborough Songfest and Carols By Candlelight with the Variety Youth Choir at Langley Park to an audience of over 20,000. In August 2018, the choirs will be performing at the Edinburgh Festival. The choirs are led by Martin Meader who was also the writer and Co-Executive Producer of the movie Paradise Road which starred Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett.
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…
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.
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.
Golden Fleece is a Melbourne based vocal ensemble which performs, collects, teaches and researches traditional Georgian music. They consist of Joseph Jordania, PhD (low voices and percussion) and Nino Tsitsishvili, MA (high voices and ‘chonguri’). Both are ethnomusicologists who arrived in Australia in 1995 from Georgia. The third member of the ensemble is David Robinson who has been singing with Golden Fleece for 10 years. David is active in other Georgian ensembles in Melbourne and has visited Georgia four times to learn and perform Georgian polyphony. Usually presenting as a trio, the group will also include bass Stewart Haines for this event. Golden Fleece was formed in January 1996 in Melbourne. Since then the trio has performed concerts and given workshops at many Australian music events including the Woodford Festival, the National Folk Festival and the Sydney A Capella Festival.
Spine-tingling rhymes designed to captivate and inspire. Kate Wilson is a spoken word poet currently based in Bunbury, Western Australia. Kate’s original poems are fast-paced to make your heart race. She writes on a range of themes such as social justice, the portrayal of women, the difference between page and performance poetry and her observations and reflections on society, technology and the media. Since winning her first poetry slam in 2008, Kate has been writing and performing her way around Western Australia at events and festivals, and her advocacy for women through poetry earned her a place in the WA Women’s Hall of Fame on International Women’s Day in 2011. Prepare from your scalp to your ankles for a banquet of language.
Madjitil Moorna is a unique community choir singing Aboriginal songs, led by award-winning Aboriginal performers. Rehearsing weekly in Forrestfield WA, people from all backgrounds explore Aboriginal culture and history through song and story. There are no auditions and all ages and voices are welcome! Since 2006 the choir has performed and conducted workshops throughout the Perth Metro area and in the East Kimberley and Great Southern. Songs are mostly contemporary, many including Noongar language. By singing and sharing thoughts in an open and safe environment, MM aims to build better understanding and challenge old stereotypes, as we live together on Noongar Country.
Men of The West. This mysterious male voice choir is a cultish, boofy, black-clad behemoth of blokes who love (and live) to sing. Inspired by the Georgian male voice tradition, the choir’s repertoire ranges from traditional Georgian songs to surprising covers. The choir performs original works by Stephen Taberner, along with works arranged (and disarranged) by Ryan Morrison, Digby Hill, Micheál McCarthy and others. The choir has refined certain aspects of their vocal ‘prowess’, and have made valiant attempts to scale the peaks of pointless grandeur, magnificent manhomerie and poignant pathos. The choir is directed by Ryan Morrison.
Ménagerie – One wintry day in 2013 a call went out to Perth’s indie pop lovers: let’s make a choir! Singers of all shapes, sizes, ages and skill came together to form Menagerie – presenting quirky, captivating choral arrangements of songs from artists Bright Eyes to Boy and Bear, the Shins to Supergrass, Fleet Foxes to Florence + the Machine, and everything in between. Menagerie are flying high after consecutive sold-out Fringe World seasons, headliner shows at the Bakery, Badlands and the Rosemount Hotel, alongside festivals and street parties. Shining with passion and animal emblems, we’re here to ignite your love of singing.
Mighty Camelot Chorale is a community choir based in Mosman Park that has been performing at local community events and concerts over the last two decades. The choir is non-auditioned and promotes an ethos of fun and fellowship through singing and performance. The repertoire covers a wide range of styles including gospel, folk, pop, rock and songs from non-western cultures. Currently, directing duties are shared by Jenny Simpson and Peter Smith.
Out of the Blue is a vocal group formed by Kelvin Reeves and Michelle Bracken-Perks, which focuses mainly on a cappella music. They enjoy singing a variety of styles. Singing for the Dunsborough Song Fest are Kelvin Reeves, Michelle Bracken-Perks, William Harbeck, Glen Perks and Gloria Rogerson.
We’ve sung for fringe, we’ve sung for friends, and now we want to sing for you! No Rechoirments is an acappella choir that tackles music from Tallis to (Michael) Jackson with relish, with a lot of laughs along the way. Come and share in our joy, as we sing gospel, R ‘n’ B and the odd Sea Shanty!
Peppermint is an A Capella group that sings all kinds of songs in 4-part harmony, under the musical direction of Coralie Kan. Their name reflects how singing is a wonderful way to refresh, soothe, energise, uplift and to spread joy.
Riversong In the deep, deep south of Western Australia (even deeper than Dunsborough, that is) along the dark, dank banks of the Margaret River, you may catch a rare glimpse of Riversong Choir. Steeped in legend, they have been rumoured to emerge from their misty clime but once a year, to sing at Dunsborough Songfest. They conduct their secret choir business each Wednesday night, and sing traditional songs for the good, honest folk. Let’s see what their much loved director Ruth Boyd, has in store for us this year!
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.
SSB are Dunsborough’s very own and much loved quintet. They sing a variety of “stuff”, from Jazz to Folk and anything else that takes their fancy, preferably in 5-part harmony with lots of crunchy chords. They love to arrange their own songs and enjoy dressing up and singing in weird locations – caves, grocery aisles, in the rain.
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!
Southwest Homeschool Mums and Kids are a group of home schooling families who love music, love to sing, and love to spend their time doing the things they love. Their children range in age from 3 to 12. They are new to the singing scene but thrilled to have a chance to perform for a supportive audience.
Strike a Chord are a ladies’ ensemble of 13 members, a smaller auditioned ensemble from within the Rossmoyne Community Singers, under the direction of Musical Director Harry Oliff and accompanist Jackson Griggs. They perform songs from many genres; contemporary, jazz, classical, songs from musicals and classic pop hits; songs from all decades from the 30’s thru to the current era. They sing in 3 and 4-part harmony and love to sing at a very high standard, particularly those tight jazz harmonies! Strike A Chord aim to present a concert of high quality exceptional singing, displaying vocal harmonies which will be enjoyed by an audience of all ages.
Take Note is a group of women with attitude who got together to try singing when their children were pupils at a local primary school. Sixteen years on, they are a close-knit group whose love of singing together comes a close second to having a laugh together.
We’re The Real Sing, and we love it! Singing, that is. We started in 1995, and we’ve warbled, crooned, caroled and caroused our way through quite a few songs since then. Sometimes it’s a musical with jokes and japes; sometimes it’s a concert with the warmth and wonder that singing in harmony brings. So under the legato lash of musical director extraordinaire Coralie Kan, TRS will bring new songs and old to our favourite festival. It will be fun!
Trilogy – Three ladies, three ukuleles, one harmony. Trilogy is a trio whose vocal harmonies have delighted audiences since the group formed a year ago. Their songs cover a surprising variety of eras and genres, including some punchy little numbers, with pleasing harmonies woven into one melodious sound.
Tuxedo Junction Vocal Ensemble are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary, having started as a men’s barbershop group in 1987 and evolving into the mixed group you see today. During this time, they have performed widely around Perth, developing a reputation for high quality performances. Their Musical Director is WAAPA-trained musician Simone Bishop, conducting Tuxedo Junction in both A Cappella and accompanied music. Tuxedo Junction comprises 20 singers, singing in 4-part close harmony. Musical styles include classical, folk, renaissance, jazz, pop, rock, Broadway, choral standards, and Christmas carols.
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.
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.