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The Singing Gallery's Musicians' Market on The Fleurieu

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by Haydn Radford (subscribe)
Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events.
Published July 19th 2014
For anyone who loves music, poetry, storytelling & the arts
The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
Forte at The Singing Gallery. Photo courtesy of Zac.

"It's a market for selling, buying, exchanging, learning, singing, playing an instrument, networking, sharing ideas and experiences; in fact anything to do with music and culture," says, Dave Clark, co-owner, of The Singing Gallery.

The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
Dave, Forte & Kath performing some folk songs. Photo courtesy of Zac.

Many folk and blues music lovers will be familiar with the popular alfresco garden setting outside The Singing Gallery, known as The Groove Garden where local musicians provide family entertainment performing live blues and folk music on a Sunday afternoon in conjunction with Samara Teague.

The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
Live entertainment on a Sunday arvo in the Groove Garden alongside The Singing Gallery. Photo by Writer.

Dave said, "The Musicians' Market is an extension of the Singing Gallery, where musicians and people who share a love of music can come together and share in their knowledge and skills. The market is open to people who want to learn something, or people that want to teach something. You may be someone that works on instruments and could be interested in doing repairs. It is an opportunity to come together and network and share in our combined knowledge.

The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
Musicians have fun jamming together. Photo courtesy of Zac.

The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
A friendly space to learn some useful tips on playing a song. Photo by Zac.

As a musician you may be offering your services as a teacher or a live entertainer, a songwriter or performer. You might like to jam with other musicians on your guitar, harmonica, ukulele, violin, or whatever you fancy. If you play the piano there is one available. Perhaps you may wish to sing a few songs with friends, and learn some new chords for a song or two. The choice is yours; all are welcome.
Perhaps you may want to sell an instrument or sell your own recorded CD or promote your next gig, or just come and listen to someone else play a song. All of the music will be acoustic. Jam sessions and singing together is welcome. Getting together an playing and singing is a big part of what the Musicians' Market is all about."

The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
Gathered around the fireplace for a song. Photo by Zac..

The Singing Gallery is the ideal space, with its marvellous acoustics, where like-minded people can perform their music, recite poetry or even read something they have written, over a coffee and cake while gathered around a warm wood fire.

The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
A serve of Dave's tasty homemade casserole for only $5.00 ea. Photo by writer.

The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
Fresh strawberries with a dollop of cream on homemade pancakes, only $5 per serve. Photo by Writer.

The day I visited, there was homemade casserole available, followed with freshly made pancakes, fresh strawberries & a dollop or two of cream; it was just the thing for a winter's day as we sat around the fire. You can of course, choose whether you wish to set up a table or just find a place inside where you can do your own thing. Serves of pancakes and casserole were only $5.00 per serve, and were delicious.

The Singing Gallery's Musician's Market
Michael serenading Yani, The Security Dog. Photo by Zac.

The first couple of markets will be free, and we will see how things go. If you sell or learn something or enjoy listening to a song, you might like to make a donation of $5 to help with promotion and costs. There is no need to book, just turn up and see what happens," said Dave. "We will be here on the second Saturday of the month, from 10 am 2 pm."

For more info email Dave:
Tel. 0413 358 618
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Why? It's a market for selling, buying, exchanging, sharing, learning, singing, playing a musical instrument, networking, sharing ideas and experiences; in fact anything to do with music and culture.
When: Second Saturday of the month, from 10am 2pm.
Phone: Dave: 0413 358 618
Where: The Singing Gallery, in the old Congregational Church, 133 Main Road, McLaren Vale
Cost: FREE ENTRY. You may like to contribute a $5.00 donation towards costs.
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