Country Music and Cabaret Jazz aren’t two styles of music often paired together, but there’s no denying something magical happens when the golden girl of country music, Beccy Cole and critically-acclaimed cabaret performer Libby O’Donovan take to the stage.
Whether it’s their love for each other offstage or their deep respect for each other’s musical talent in a genre far from their own, the unexpected onstage match has wowed audiences everywhere from Tamworth to the Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals and now it’s heading to regional South Australia. Swapping songs from their category of choice and sharing stories from their life together, Cole and O’Donovan put on one amazing night wherever their audience!
“Beccy Cole is set to impress in regional SA once again, but this time she’s bringing cabaret jazz artist Libby O’Donovan to share the stage which is the real treat for the audience!” said Paul Roberts, Stakeholder Relations Manager for Country Arts SA’s principal corporate partner, SA Power Networks.
If you’re not a country music fan, Beccy Cole’s the one who’ll convert you. Hailing from Adelaide, she’s developed into one of Australia’s most successful country music singer-songwriters, with nine Golden Guitars to her name (including four for Female Vocalist of the Year); multiple ARIA Top 10 Country and Top 40 Mainstream albums and more than a dozen number 1 Australian country singles. After 22 years of success, Cole’s well-known for her ability to keep things fresh, and she’s done just that by testing her cabaret chords onstage.
Beccy is looking forward to the tour saying; “I’m excited to hit the road in regional SA and introduce you to the unexpected in my new show, The Cowgirl and the Showgirl. You’ll get to hear some different tunes for me – it’ll be one wild ride!”
Her partner, Libby O’Donovan has entertained audiences’ right around the world with her extraordinary talent for jazz and cabaret. She’s performed at festivals from the Edinburgh Fringe and the International Jazz Educators Convention to the Perth International Arts Festival. On top of her many theatre credits, O’Donovan has featured in numerous jazz and cabaret records, including her own critically acclaimed debut album of original songs, The Complication. A highly regarded composer, arranger and musical director, she most recently wrote and recorded the theme song for both the Adelaide Feast Festival and Women Say Something for Mardi Gras 2013.
Libby is also excited about the tour; “We’re ready to make you laugh, cheer and maybe even sing along to some great cabaret and country tunes!” she said.
Individually, these talented women have been known to leave an audience breathless. Together, they trade both costume and genre with each other in a mash up of recognisable songs and styles, ensuring there’s something for not only their hard-core fans but for new audiences too.
So grab your feather boa or cowboy boots, leave your judgement at the door and prepare to be converted to country cabaret!
THE COWGIRL & THE SHOWGIRL
MOUNT GAMBIER Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Wednesday, 12 August at 7:30pm
NOARLUNGA Hopgood Theatre, Saturday, 15 August at 7:30pm
WHYALLA Middleback Arts Centre, Wednesday, 19 August at 7:30pm
PORT PIRIE Northern Festival Centre, Thursday 20 August at 7:30pm
Prices: Adult $55
Friends Club Member $50
Groups 6+ $50
Friends Club Member Concession $46
Under 17’s free with a paying adult, additional under 17’s $17
Also on at additional venues, check the website for details http://www.countryarts.org.au/show/thecowgirl-the-showgirl/