Festival Friday

Rising Voices


For the first time this year we are presenting Rising Voices, a showcase of young adult artists who are making waves.

Make way for ZĀN, a desi-queer singer, songwriter & producer whose musical routes lay in an eclectic mix of South Asian cinema, 90s R&B and electro-pop. Welcome to Queeristan! Travelling from Pakistan, Japan and migrating eventually to Perth, ZĀN’s sound evolved to encompass the falsetto of Prince; the cinema-scope of Hindi cinema (AR Rahman; Amit Trivedi); and sounds from the South Asian diaspora (MIA, Ben Khan). Both an ode and resistance to the Australian migrant parable, ZĀN’s artistry is a meditation on power, politics & freedom in the post-globalised world we live in.

WAM award winning neo-folk artist Carla Geneve who grew up in Albany is now exploding onto the national stage as a Triple J Unearthed feature artist. Carla is renowned for her clever and relatable songwriting and exceptional vocal abilities, with an Aussie twang.

Koondarm are a young adult choir who grew out of an event at City Farm Perth and now perform regularly under the direction of Noongar musician Koby Morrison, with the collective purpose to respectfully expose and encourage local Noongar language and come together to enjoy song.

Local singer/songwriter, musician and surfer Clay Western will perform with his band before heading to the East Coast for a tour in support of his brand new EP.

Civic Centre 8:30pm $20. (available at the door if not sold out). Go to tickets page to buy your ticket and see the best of tomorrow!


Concert in the Church


This year’s Friday night Concert in the Church will feature celebrated Australia Jazz Harpist Michelle Smith. Since returning from her studies in Boston, Michelle’s Harp playing has given her national success, including collaborating with international producers and given her own feature story in SBS world News. She has sold out concerts in Melbourne and Adelaide and performed at the prestigious World Harp Congress in Sydney. This is her only solo performance in the festival.

… and Praashekh Quartet, led by sarod maestro, Praashekh Borkar, who is considered one of India’s leading younger generation musicians. He is an outstanding sarod player, who has invented his own Esarod, a smaller amplified version, to compliment his playing on the revered traditional Hindustani instrument of Moghul origins. Praashekh hails from a sarod playing family of musicians (including his father, a disciple of the legendary Ali Akbar Khan and his younger brother). In this quartet Praashekh is joined by electrifying young tabla whizz, Sivakumar Balakrishnan, multi-reedman, Mark Cain, a leading figure in cross-cultural collaboration in Western Australia and player of multifarious conventional, ethnic and invented reed instruments and the prodigiously talented young Balinese bassist, Wayan Dana.

8pm St Leonard’s Anglican Church $25 (available at the door if not sold out)


Festival Club

Denmark’s own Messer’s Lore perform their own brand of raucous folk on retrofretted instruments, making music in harmonic temperament. Expect a unique and entertaining show with some dubbed out sonic highs, beltic hoedowns, driving odd time rhythms, three part vocal harmonies and a bit of piracy to boot.

Endeavourous are an emerging folk ensemble presenting original songs written by lead singer and guitarist, Kobi Morrison. Comprised of acoustic guitars, double bass, electric bass, drums, percussion and two part harmonies, the group aims to create a sound which encompasses a localised sense of folk and adventure inspired by the South West in which they grew up.

Local funlovers Myles Mitchell & The Hot Mama Band will deliver their high energy blend of hip shaking alternative blues for the revellers, the dancers, the lovers and the sinners… and its all in the name of a good time!

9pm-midnight $10 (or free entry with weekend pass)


Act-Belong-Commit Youngest Voices Concert

Our annual schools concert features the inspired and talented children of our district. The Golden Hill Steiner School and Spirit of Play Community School have collaborated this year to bring you yet another heart-warming display of Denmark’s youngest voices.

Fri 4pm Civic Centre/Free

Act-Belong-Commit Youth Concert

This concert is a celebration of all of the hard work and dedication of the Denmark Senior High School Music Program students. Throughout the year these students have been developing their skills as performing musicians and look forward to showcasing their work to festival-goers.

Fri 6pm Civic Centre/$10 tickets at door or on-line


Freehand Friday


Freehand Friday is a free sundown event featuring Woven Reeds, RaeleneB Trio and Mary Jayne Negus.

New Denmark duo Woven Reeds meander between worlds with acoustic originals by singer songwriters James Gentle and Ruth Maddren. Piano accordion evokes nostalgia with ukulele banjo, and the storyteller’s charm of gentle folk takes you down the winding path to the fireside within.

RaeleneB Trio perform Raeline’s sumptuous, soulful, and sometimes sassy originals enriched by the vocal and instrumental stylings of Neil Steward (Jane and the Rain/Summerhouse) and Bev Abela (Cat Among the Pigeons). The trio creates a feast of textures ranging from simple a capella to guitars, small percussion, bass, flute and vocal harmonies in music that traverses the subtle and soaring to rockin out bluesy. Raelene is the current musical director of Working Voices Choir and the newly formed Irish Choir of Perth.

Mary Jayne Negus is an enchanting contemporary songstress. Sharing musical tales enriched with looping and flute effects to create atmospheric and elemental songs described as “haunting” and “invoke the stillness of the night”. Using her distinctive and ethereal voice, her delicately crafted silver flute melodies and gentle guitar convey poetry of unique and tender topics and drawing on her celtic musical roots, and rocks and records of the sea.

5-8pm at Freehand Winery, Palm Court, Strickland St

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