Myself and a few other local musicians recently got together to record a version of the John Lennon classic, Happy Christmas (War is Over). As a collective, we hope the release raises awareness and funds for the Vulnerable Children Fund charity.
I urge you all to dig deep. The Vulnerable Children Fund supports projects that help children who end up in awful situations due to extreme poverty.
Please watch and share the video below and then find out more and donate here.
If you’ve been following along at home, you’d have noticed I’ve been dabbling in performing arts of a different kind of late. We just wrapped up a whirlwind season of Michael Gow’s “Away” at Civic Playhouse, Newcastle, in which I got to play the role of grief-stricken mother, Coral. It was an honour to be part of this beautiful story and to share the stage with some very talented performers. The show was very warmly received. You can read a review here: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3493160/theatre-review-away/
I was also fortunate to have been asked to perform as part of “Take You Away”, a concert of the songs of acclaimed New York composer Elaine Pechacek (who shared the stage, accompanying the performers). This was a great opportunity and the connections being made between my humble hometown and Broadway that are resulting from this new partnership are very exciting. You can read more about it on the Broadway World website: http://www.broadwayworld.com/sydney/article/Newcastles-Pantseat-Academy-Welcomes-American-Composer-Elaine-Pechacek-for-Concert-and-World-Premiere-20151104
In other theatre news, I’m pleased to hear that “Peter Pan: A New Adventure”, a new Australian musical theatre work by my dear friends Christopher Harley and Callan Purcell and my first experience as Musical Director earlier this year, just picked up FIVE City of Newcastle Drama Award nominations, including Best Musical. I’ll be attending the awards on 28 November (and who knows, possibly making an onstage appearance. Limited tickets are still available here: http://www.westsnewcastle.com.au/entertainment/event/2015-37th-annual-conda-awards
I still have a number of Jon English shows to close out the year (see below). I’ve been loving the new acoustic style shows, playing guitar, violin and bass in some more intimate venues. Check it out if you get the chance.
Friday 20 November
Jon English Classic Acoustic
Old Manly Boatshed
The Corso, Manly NSW
Saturday 21 November
Jon English Classic Acoustic
cnr. Holmes Ave. & Main Rd, Toukley NSW
Thursday 31 December
Jon English with full band
NEW YEAR’S EVE RIVER PARTY
Bluewater Quay, Mackay QLD
Free entry 6pm-12am
I’m also VERY excited about what’s to come in 2016. So many great projects on the boil, including EVITA in March, a new Amy Vee release, and a new touring show with some very exciting peeps. Let the good times roll. Peace and love xo
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I will be a guest performer at the NSW Mental Health Commission’s community event: No Offence - a night of comedy and conversation about language and mental health.
“Hosted by the hilarious Nelly Thomas and featuring Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham, No Offence… promises to entertain, inspire and challenge with surprising and candid accounts of the power of everyday language in mental health and stigma.
Lynne Malcolm, host of ABC RN All in the Mind, will host a panel of luminaries from media and the arts featuring Chris Taylor (The Chaser), Bjorn Stewart (Black Comedy) and NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Fay Jackson discussing the portrayal of mental illness.
Also appearing are acclaimed songstress Amy Vee and comedians from the 2014 WISE Stand Up for Mental Health comedy gala.”
Tickets to No Offence… are free and limited so register online at www.no-offence.eventbrite.com.au
DATE: 18 June 2015
TIME: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
VENUE: Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010