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Music in the Park moves online with Music in the Backyard.

The Sutherland Shire's talented local performers will showcase their work in a Premier on Facebook every Thursday from 7pm. They will talk about their work, themselves, what they are up to and of course perform a few songs for us.

This is a great way to get to know, connect with and support our local performers during these unprecedented times.

Subscribe to keep up today and to see who will be featured in the coming week

Check in every Thursday to Sutherland Entertainment Centre Facebook page at 7pm.

 Featuring this week on Music in the Backyard

 MATT LISTER - Premiere Performance Thursday 25 June 7pm

Matt Lister

Originally a drummer who grew frustrated with lazy singers, Matt Lister has decided to turn his attention to songwriting. A multi instrumentalist singer/songwriter, Matt has been moulding his creations which has caught the attention of some of Australia's most notable songwriters and producers, earning collaborations all throughout 2019/20.

Matt blends pop melodies with intricate beats to create emotionally charged and layered sounds, for his unmistakable vocals to lay on. The combination allows him to sit in the middle of the pop singer/songwriter genre.

The second half of 2020 sees a rigorous release schedule to match his prolific songwriting. His upcoming releases feature collaborations with Dave Hammer and Joel Quartermain.

Connect with Matt

Past performances

JAZMAREE - Premiere Performance Thursday 18 June 7pm


Jazmaree and Kieran are a local acoustic duo playing a mixture of original songs and covers. Forming in 2018, the duo have played gigs all across some of Sydney's premier venues, including Music in the Park earlier this year pre-Covid.
We welcome them back to our digital stage. 

Connect with Jazmaree
Bookings : jazmareemusic@gmail.com

ND SESSIONS - Premiere Performance Thursday 11 June 7pm

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ND Sessions, with Nick Walker and Daniel Harrison from Heathcote, are an acoustic duo playing a diverse range of new and old covers. They have been playing together for over 3 years, starting out in local pubs around the Sutherland Shire including Heathcote, Gymea and Northies. Each show continued to attract larger crowds and they now play a mix of pub gigs and private functions such as engagements and weddings.

Both Nick and Daniel play in the band Bronson Missouri (with local bandmates Carlin Hannigan and Gavan Beatie) in which they play their own original music. Bronson Missouri has 3 singles released to date (available on all music platforms) with plans of releasing more in the near future. Once Covid-19 lockdowns pass, Bronson Missouri looks forward to getting back to playing live music gigs around Sydney.

Connect with ND Sessions
ND Session Facebook
Bronson Missouri Facebook

JESS SPAHR- Premiere Performance Thursday 4 June 7pm

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Jess Spahr isn’t your run of the mill musician. She picked up the violin at the age of 6, going on to train as a classical violinist. Young Jess started winning eisteddfods all around Sydney, receiving countless awards and high fives along the way.

Realising how much she loved the world of music, she delved into studying vocal and piano.

Her inspiration for writing started later in life after many heart breaks.
"There is such a paradox when you get your heart broken; Firstly, it is absolutely awful and heart wrenching. Secondly, it is the best fodder for music. I am a total Taylor Swift wannabe, haha," says Jess

After releasing her first EP Wilderness in 2018, she sat back and wrote some tunes that she says compliment her upbeat personality more. This lead to the release of her three singles Tensions, Bring Me Down To My Knee and her most recent Art of Leaving.

Tensions and Art of Leaving were released on Triple J Unearthed charts reaching No 1 and No 2 in the ratings.

Jess toured Europe last year and is set to return for another European tour in Summer 2021.

Connect with Jess 
Facebook - jessspahr12
Insta – @jess.spahr

SUNNY SMITH - Premier Performance Thursday 28 May 7pm


Sunny Smith is an Australian singer-songwriter from Sydney’s southern beaches. Musically Sunny has a folk sound, with his songs exploring relationships and the difficulties of growing up.

He creates a very intimate and honest picture for the listener.

Connect with Sunny

JACKSON CARROLL - Performance Thursday 21 May 7pm

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Jackson Carroll unveiled his new single, Happyman recently. It’s the perfect song to demonstrate Carroll’s versatility as a songwriter and performer. Known for injecting his music with an earthy richness that pulls from a blues-influenced emotional centre, Happyman puts Carroll in an up-tempo and shining songwriting space. Taken from his forthcoming EP Name It After Me, Happyman’ is a great entry point for newcomers to his sound, while a great progression for longtime fans to get around.

“It is more of a song about hope than happiness. It’s about trying to get to a happy place, to become a happy person. It’s more about desire and looking for desire in your immediate surroundings, looking for desire in other people.” - Jackson Carroll

Jackson’s growth as a songwriter is evident throughout the Name It After Me EP. Previous releases have seen him compared to the likes of Matt Corby and Jeff Buckley, while his collection of music shows that Jackson Carroll is embracing a creative identity all his own.

Connect with Jackson

ROCHELLE NATOLI - Performed Thursday 14 May 7pm

See her performance here>>

MITB Rochelle-Natoli

Rochelle Natoli is 17 years old, currently in year 12 at Kirrawee High school. Born and raised in South Sydney, but, when she can, spending a lot of time at her property down the south coast, writing chill folk/indie music.

Working with producer Luke Carra (Caravana Sun) & Co producer Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls, Kim Churchill) on her debut single 'Extraordinary Simple Life'

Connect with Rochelle