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IN THE NEWS

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015

IN THE NEWS

A HUGE congratulations to Fiona Joy – who has just won the Grammy Award for her song ‘Grace’ which is on the Award winning album ‘The Winds of Samsara’. Way to go Fiona!!

The Sydney Morning Herald : Entertainment, Feb 9, 2015

“Here are just some of the winners from the 57th Grammy Awards:

That’s a wrap folks. The Grammys are over for another year. It was Sam Smith’s night – he scooped FOUR Grammys, an amazing feat considering he was only favourite in one category (Best New Artist). He also won Best Pop Vocal, Record and Song of the Year for his spine-tingling soul-pop ballad Stay With Me.

On picking up the last award (Record of the Year), Smith said: “I want to thank the man this song is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you for breaking my heart ’cause you got me four Grammys.”

Beck ‘Loser’ Hansen won fewer awards but was probably an even bigger shock, sneaking Best Rock Album but positively shocking by beating Beyonce to Album of the Year. The album in question, Morning Phase, is sure to get a huge sales boost as a result.

Beyonce still won three Grammys though: Best R&B performance and Song, and Best Surround Sound Album. Nothing however for our Australian hopefuls, although Sia got to entertain with yet another oddball performance in which she sang her hit Chandelier to the wallpaper, i.e. not to the audience. If anyone else did that security would walk them out but it’s genius coming from her. AC/DC got to open the main ceremony which they did in a manner that got Lady Gaga headbanging.

Two Australians were important contributors to Grammy wins though: Fiona Joy Hawkins wrote Grace, a song on the Best New Age Album, Samsara, by Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej. The St Louis Symphony Orchestra won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for its recording of American composer John Adams’ City Noir conducted by David Robertson, who is also the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director.

Other major winners were Pharrell Williams (Best Pop Vocal, Video for Happy and Best Urban Contemporary Album), Jack White (Best Rock Performance for Lazaretto), Kendrick Lamar (Best Rap performance and Song for I), Eminem (Best Rap Album for The Marshall Mathers LP2).

Even though there were plenty of surprises, the ceremony format – lots and lots of performances (and more performances) robbed the evening of much dramatic tension, arguably because songs by popular artists are a better sell for television? But it did feel a little like the awards were secondary to the performances.

The best of those probably came from Beyonce, followed by Common with John Legend; Hozier and Annie Lennox, Miranda Lambert and Kanye.”

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IN THE NEWS

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015

IN THE NEWS

“TYALGUM will host the first performance of Australian composer and pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins later this month.

Tweed photographer Ken Ball met Hawkins in 2006, when he photographed her for his book Happening Women.

Soon after, the pair developed a creative partnership.

Within a year, they’d created Blue Dream, a boxed set of Hawkins’ music coupled with Mr Ball’s book of photographs to accompany each track.

The duo hoped to turn the project into a live performance, with projections of Mr Ball’s images accompanying Hawkins’ performance.

“But venues with grand pianos are as rare as hens’ teeth,” Mr Ball said.

“When I discovered that Flutterbies had been given one for The Little Shop Next Door, l suggested that they may like to have Fiona perform there.”

With Hawkins often performing overseas, Mr Ball said it became difficult to lock in a date.

“Time slipped by very quickly as Fiona now performs mostly in North America and we couldn’t establish a date that suited her and the venue,” he said.

“When Fiona knew she would be back home by the end of last year, we locked in January 31 as the concert date, so it has been a long dream realised.”

Hawkins will perform An Afternoon with Fiona Joy, including some tracks from Blue Dream, along with some of Hawkins’ more recent compositions, at Flutterbies Cafe’s Little Shop Next Door on Saturday, January 31.

Doors open at 2pm for a 2.30 start. Tickets $35 per person, $40 with afternoon tea included. Bookings essential, call 0488 713 241.”

Tweed Daily News, January 15, 2015

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Hayden Tee – Live in Tyalgum!

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014

Hayden Tee – Live in Tyalgum!

“One of the great male talents of the Australian musical stage…” – The Daily Telegraph.

Here are some photos of the Jambles Ramble Cabaret held here in Tyalgum. A fabulous Late night cabaret show in Flutterbies Little Supper Club.Jamblesramble

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The Jambles Ramble Cabaret

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014

The Jambles Ramble Cabaret

Hearts Aflame Productions brings late night cabaret to Tyalgum Village. Before it’s official premiere at Sydney’s famous Slide Bar as part of Sydney Festival next year you can be the first to see Sydney based actor/cabaret artist James Wright with musical director and co-host Jye Bryant. If you enjoyed the fine crooning sounds of Tim Draxl last year, you will love James Wright! To be performed in The Little Shop Next Door at Flutterbies Cafe.

Featuring live and interactive segments, special top line show business guests and hosted by the hot young theatre name fresh from his triumph in three major plays this year-JAMES WRIGHT and musically directed by one of the most exciting young composer/pianists in the business -JYE BRYANT. Full of satire,fun and utterly jambling rambling madness.

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