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Sat 5 March 2011


Standard: $35

Great Southern Funding Partner

Playmakers Concert

Playmakers come together to feature their instruments and music in a night that never fails to inspire, surprise and sell out!

From solos to unique collaborations, jams to ingenuity and virtuosity, the concert reflects the spirit and themes of the weekend: spontaneity, improvisation and the camaraderie of joyous music making. Don't miss it.

Featured playmakers:

Joe Filisko (USA)

No one has influenced the modern harmonica like legend Joe Filisko. He builds, customises, repairs and plays at festivals all over the world, making the harmonica his full-time job.

Eric Noden (USA)
Deeply rooted in music of the '20s and '30s, Eric's percussive guitar work, timeless songwriting and well-travelled blues vocals have earned the respect of audiences, critics and musicians worldwide. This one-man band, songwriter, actor and educator continues to re-invent traditional blues and roots music for today's audiences.

Brendan Power (NZ/UK)
Acknowledged as one of the most creative, skilled and versatile harmonica players in the world today, Brendan's ability to seamlessly cross musical genres knows no bounds. He is equally adept at blues, jazz, Celtic, swing and country and is recognised by Suzuki Musical Instruments Co of Japan as their International Harmonica Specialist.

Neil Graham (AUS)
The 'ironman' of the Australian harmonica scene, boilermaker, welder, iron monger and blacksmith Neil is a pragmatic craftsman and talented innovator who just happened to pick up eighth place at the World Harmonica Championships in 2001. Not a single detail of the harmonica escapes the scrutiny of Neil Graham.

Scott Wise (AUS)
Not only does Scott have a passion and international reputation for making high-quality stringed instruments, he can blow a harp with the best of them! His classic authenticity of tone and expression conjures the juke joint and barrel house days of early American music.

Justin Brady (AUS)
Justin is well known to many Australian music fans as the electrifying harmonica player and multi-instrumentalist for Things of Stone and Wood, with whom he toured the world. In 2006 Justin won the prestigious Golden Harmonica Award at the Tamworth Music Festival. He runs Off the Lip Australian Harmonica School and is always in demand as a harmonica educator and workshop practitioner.

Dave Clarke (AUS)
Despite persistent rumours of their being five Dave Clarkes, there is in fact only one! A rare devotee of 'in the rack' playing, this master musician coined the now-global term 'Zimmerman frame' for the harmonica device employed by his equally famous contemporary, Bob Dylan. For a quirky and entertaining look at the scratch and rub approach to multiple-instrument playing, look for Dave anywhere and everywhere at Playmakers.

Filisko, Noden and Power are also performing at the Perth Blues Club's annual Harp Attack event - a celebration of the blues harp, on Tuesday 8 March. Click here for more information.

  • Sat 5 Mar, 8.00PM


Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany

Address: 2 Toll Place, Albany WA 6330
Box Office: (08) 9844 5005
Main Office: (08) 9844 5000
Website: http://www.albanyentertainment.com.au/

The Albany Entertainment Centre (AEC) is a defining architectural landmark on the foreshore of Albany with its breathtaking views of Princess Royal Harbour.

The centre piece of the Albany Entertainment Centre is the Princess Royal Theatre with a raked auditorium seating 620, a large stage, full fly tower, orchestra pit lift and equipped with cutting edge stage lighting and audio systems.

Also housed in the centre is The Kalyenup Studio, a flexible space accommodating 200 people. An ideal venue for intimate productions or a breakout space for conferences and more.

View, the centre's cafe also has unique sweeping harbour views and is a popular place to enjoy coffee and fine food in Albany.

Parking for 135 vehicles is available in the AEC car park on Toll Place, which can be accessed from Princess Royal Drive. Additional parking is available north of the railway line where people may utilise the footbridge to access the AEC.

The AEC endeavours to accommodate people with disabilities and special needs. Facilities include wheelchair access, a lift from the ground floor, wheelchair accessible toilets, special allocated seating and a hearing induction loop in the main auditorium. Two ACROD parking bays are located in the car park adjacent to the main foyer entrance.

There are currently no Entrées and Encores offers in this area.

Please see the Entrées and Encores homepage for a general listing of participating restaurants.