The Catholics – August 13th

SUNDAY SESSIONS at the Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood                  

Sunday arvo shows presented by Live at the Village & Blue Mountains Theatre

   TICKETS   $36 / $32 con.  A very warm welcome back to The catholics for a Live at the Village concert.  We are in for some very sunny jazz, with nods to reggae, Latin and eastern influences.  Music that gets the feet tapping, with wonderful ensemble playing and some very entertaining solos from musicians at the top of their game.

Joining bassist Lloyd Swanton are the legendary Sandy Evans, saxophone and James Greening on trombone, South American born Fabian Hevia playing a wide variety of percussion, Jonathan Pease whose electric guitar at times wouldn’t be lost on Santana fans, Nic Cecire will be nailing the groove on drums while Gary Daley‘s accordion brings some great textures to the band’s sound.


The catholics




Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet – May 4th

Tickets:  $35/$25 concession  – or Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood, 4751 5171

Live at the Village presents the Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet on Thursday, May 4 at 8pm in the Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood.

Led by celebrated New York drummer Joe Farnsworth, the quartet features some of the cream of Australian jazz with tenor saxophonist Dale Barlow, award winning bassist Brendan Carke, and swingin’ jazz pianist John Harkins.

Farnsworth is considered one of the top jazz drummers in the world today and has frequently shared the stage with such illustrious company as McCoy Tyner, Pharaoh Sanders, Diana Krall and Wynton Marsalis.  He appears at the iconic New York clubs the Blue Note, Village Vanguard and Birdland as well as the Lincoln Centre and major festivals such as Montreal, Red Sea and Umbria jazz festivals to name a few.

Drummer Joe Farnsworth (Small)

Joe Farnsworth is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming by the likes of Max Roach, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones.  He is described as being able to set all kinds of material in motion, minus fuss and clutter, drawing on tradition as a jazz musician while incorporating various percussion instruments from around the world.

This is the encore tour of the Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet.  They astounded Australian audiences with their high energy and world class performances last year, and more of the same is likely this time around.

Live at the Village are presenting the Prime Time Quartet at the Presbyterian Hall in central Springwood ahead of tour dates in the eastern state capitals and drum clinics at the Sydney Conservatorium and in Brisbane.  The band will also appear in Newcastle and northern NSW venues.


                                                            ACROSS THE TOP                                                                                                   Friday, November 25th, 8.00pm                                                                                  Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood      


“A neat collision of the jazz and classical worlds… It is a real treasure trove of musical impressions,  Steve Moffat,   Daily Telegraph                                                   The renowned clarinettist and saxophone player Paul Cutlan has joined forces with five of Australia’s finest improvising string players for two rare performances of his acclaimed music suite Across the Top, at Springwood and Paddington.   The Paul Cutlan String Project will play, in addition to Across the Top,  new material featuring special guest Gary Daley on piano.

Travelling through the Kimberley in northern WA on a tour with world music group MARA! Paul Cutlan’s experiences of wonder, beauty and joy of the lush gorges and rivers and ancient ranges inspired his three part composition.  


Across the Top draws together 20th century classical and jazz music with dance rhythms from the Balkans and South America.  “Cutlan’s solo bass clarinet intro to ‘Gibb River Road’ suddenly startles with didgeridoo squawks and rasps, before Hirst brings a Latin groove to the tune proper,”  Paul Cutlan’s wide musical palette is distilled into works embellished by the improvising musicians on the night.  

 Joining Paul’s clarinet and saxophone are Brett Hirst (bass), Oliver Miller (cello) Veronique Serret (violin), Liisa Pallandi (violin), and Inge Courtney-Haentjes (viola).  Brett, one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians has played with Mike Nock, Sandy Evans, Katie Noonan, Lior, and many great ensembles. Veronique and Liisa have played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Oliver with the NOISE and the Brandenburg Orchestra, to name just a few of the band members’ credits.

In recent times, most of the ensemble have played for Blue Mountains Audiences in Bungarribee, Mara!, Ambon, Sanctuary, the tango jazz outfit Alturas, at the Cultural Centre or Hotel Blue..

Veronique Serret and Oliver Miller

Veronique Serret and Oliver Miller

Paul Cutlan has performed with acts as varied as Lou Reed, Gurrumul and Geoffrey Rush (in Diary of a Madman) and appeared at major festivals, including Ruhrfestspiel Recklinghausen, Edinburgh Fringe Festival,LiteraturWERKstat festival (Berlin), WOMAD Festivals in Britain, Singapore, NZ and Adelaide, and the Sydney Festival.Paul Cutlan with sax (low res)

Undoubtedly one of Australia’s most talented and versatile musicians, Live at the Village are thrilled to be presenting Paul’s compositions which have not been played in public since the CD launch a couple of years ago.  

“Cutlan’s works are refreshingly original and exude vitality… the composing and improvising are of equal merit – some achievement for such an ambitious, genre defying project.”   John Shand Sydney Morning Herald

“…his sense of tonal colour and instrumental textures are indeed highly alluring… a tightly structured and rather ingenious approach to musical cross-fertilisation within contemporary composition of a uniquely Australian kind”  Limelight Magazine 

 Paddington concert details:  Sunday 4th December 3 pm,  Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street


Francois Rabbath – Sunday afternoon, September 11

The legendary Francois Rabbath is visiting Australia for the first time in over a decade and Live at the Village is presenting the only concert in the Sydney region! (He’s alsoappearing in Brisbane and Adelaide.)  Expect two 30 minute sets.  With his son Sylvain on piano they will cover jazz classics plus some solo work by Francois.  Extraordinary to be welcoming this duo from Paris.  Here’s a review of them two years ago in Kansas, to give you an idea.  (Cut and paste it into your browser.)

BOOKINGS or                                                                       the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood 4751 5171

Tickets at the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood or

Tickets at the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood or