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Songs of the Southern Skies

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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Beautiful music from beautiful duo
Songs southern skies
Iconic Australian Women combine for concert

Songstress Katie Noonan and guitarist Karin Schaupp are two of Australia's most loved female artists. Together they have explored music from their homeland and their hearts to put together an album "Songs of the Southern Skies" which was released in August last year. The music ranges from classical through to folk, jazz and pop and encompasses music from the Finn Brothers, Cold Chisel, Nick Cave and Gotye, as well as a piece especially written for them by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and music by Richard Charlton.

It is music from this album which will feature in a concert at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre on Friday 5 July at 8pm. Joined by children from the Vocal Manoeuvres Ensembles, the duo will present a program sure to have something for lovers of music of all styles.

Katie Noonan
Songstress Katie Noonan. Image from

Katie Noonan is the proud recipient of four ARIAS and six platinum albums. Her voice is described as being "like honey" and in addition to her solo career, she is a member of the band George. She has no set genre, performing jazz as equally as comfortably as classical music, as is evident from her stunning album of classical music performed with her mother, Maggie Noonan and her collaboration with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Her album Blackbird brings together a collection of some of the biggest names in Jazz including including Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Lewis Nash and John Scofield, and won her an ARIA in 2009.

Karin Schaupp
Classical Guitarist Karin Schaupp. Image from

Karin Schaupp is a Masters graduate of the University of Queensland, has gone on to release six albums and is arguably one of the world's finest classical guitarists. She has presented performances in Australia, Europe, Asia, the US, Mexico and Canada, bringing to the world her unique stage presence and magical, passionate playing. This playing has been the inspiration for composers to write works especially for her, as well as a play written by Australian playwright David Williamson. In this, Karin was able to combine her love of acting (she has also trained at NIDA) and her music to present eighty performances of Lotte's Gift. The work tours regularly in Australia, and has also had a four-week season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The two women first performed together at a music festival seven years ago. This impromptu performance of a few songs has led to a firm friendship and the musical collaboration of two talented Australian musicians with well-respected careers. This performance is a continuation of last year's highly successful Australian tour and album launch and they are in the Redlands for just one performance.

Tickets are available by visiting the RPAC box office at in person at 216 Middle Street, Cleveland, by phone on 3829 8131 or online (a $2 booking fee per ticket applies to online purchases). Tickets cost $42 for Adults, $39 for Seniors/Pensioners. This will be a beautiful concert for music lovers of all kinds.
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Why? An evening of beautiful music from talented Australian Women
When: 8pm
Phone: 07 3829 8131
Where: Concert Hall, Redlands Performing Arts Complex
Cost: $39-$42
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