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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

JORDAN KENNY - Premiere Performance Thursday 6 August 7pm
MITB Jordan Kenny

With a beatnik’s flair; Sydney based artist Jordan Kenny crafts a contemporary yet nostalgic energy, reminiscent of the iconic 1960s. After releasing his debut EP back in 2018 to much acclaim and returning from an exclusive performance backed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, he continually reaffirms his natural place as a performer. Featuring hints of a folky quirkiness and a kindling poetic voice, Kenny’s eclectic writing style is artfully composed with forward-thinking kindness and complexity.

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Past performances

HANNAH WOOD - Premiere Performance Thursday 30 July 7pm
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Hannah Wood MITB

Hannah Wood is a 20 year old multi-instrumentalist from the Sutherland Shire, who grew up busking on the streets of Cronulla in the summer, progressing to playing at live venues across Sydney. Drawing influences from Joni Mitchell, The Paper Kites and Missy Higgins, Hannah self funded her Debut EP with Luke Cara (Caravana Sun, Jackson Carroll) and Ian Pritchett (Angus and Julia Stone, Beautiful Girls, Kim Churchill, Boo Seeka) which is due to be released this year. 

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ELYSAE - Premiere Performance Thursday 23 July 7pm
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Elise Boland MITB

Up and coming independent artist, Elysaé, is a singer/songwriter with a passion for storytelling and expression of the human experience through music.

’Blinded’, her debut single, is an edgy, indie pop number produced and engineered by Luke Carra (Caravãna Sun) and Ian Prichett (Angus & Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls, Kim Churchill) with an uplifting, anthemic feel. Having drawn from both personal and witnessed experience of low selfconfidence and external validation, it is a call to reclaim your personal power and embrace your uniqueness.

Elysaé developed her love for music and songwriting as a young child, initially beginning with learning piano at the age of 6. As time went on, she discovered the power of using music as a tool for healing and self-expression.

Most notably, Elysaé recently performed at Australian Music Week 2019 alongside Alysha Brilla, Boomchild and the Carbons, with the festival headlined by Aussie favourites, Alex Lahey and Ali Barter.

Having spent the last few years collaborating, songwriting and more recently, in production, she is excited to start sharing this new music.

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LUKE O’SHEA - Premiere Performance Thursday 16 July 7pm
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Luke OShea MITB

Laureate, Australian Singer-Songwriter, Luke O’Shea carries on the proud and ancient tradition of singing up country. Drawing inspiration from the humorous and heartbreaking, O’Shea crafts and delivers his celebrated songs to connect with his audiences on a surprising deeper level.

Throughout his twenty-five years of making music, Luke has been awarded a number of prestigious awards including 11 Golden Guitars, 2 APRA/AMCOS Country Song of the Year and twice named the Australian Independent Artist of the Year. With 8 albums and numerous chart successes, Luke’s songs and lyrics have also been included in the NSW and VIC Higher School Certificate (HSC) curriculum. However - it is his natural larrikin humour and powerful live shows that make Luke O’Shea – a festival favourite. 

Connect with Luke
Luke O'Shea website

MATT LISTER - Premiere Performance Thursday 25 June 7pm 
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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.

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JAZMAREE - Premiere Performance Thursday 18 June 7pm
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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
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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.

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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.

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ROCHELLE NATOLI - Performed Thursday 14 May 7pm
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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'

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