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Artist Hijack: Shane Howard

Tuesday 10 April, 7.30pm
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The gentleman of the arts in Australia share their influences and inspirations as they each curate an evening of programs for STUDIO’s Artist Hijacks. Shane Howard is an Australian guitarist and singer songwriter best known as the lead singer of Goanna, the first Australian rock band to broach the subject of Aboriginal rights. 2012 marks…

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Sydney Festival TV: The Barefoot Divas

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Meet the women of The Barefoot Divas, six dazzling singers from Australia, NZ and Papua New Guinea. In Walk a Mile in My Shoes at Sydney Festival 2012, they perform and share hilarious stories of diva life on the road, with deep connections to their land and indigenous cultures. With Helpmann Award winner Ursula Yovich…

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Mavis Staples: Freedom Highway

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The closing night concert of Melbourne Festival 2011, notes from the hard road and beyond, brought together some of the world’s finest performers for a night of protest songs. Gospel icon Mavis Staples was joined onstage by members of The Black Arm Band to perform Freedom Highway, a Staples Singers hit that would become an…

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notes from the hard road and beyond from Melbourne Festival 2011

Friday 25 November, 8.30pm
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Direct from the closing night of Melbourne Festival 2011, soul singer Joss Stone, gospel legend Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, Something for Kate’s Paul Dempsey and hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal perform an uplifting evening of protest songs from throughout the ages. From abolition to the civil rights movement, women’s suffrage to the anti-war sentiments…

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