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Jeff Usher
Saturday 14 October, 4.15pm – 5.00pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Jeff Usher has been at the forefront of jazz and blues in Queensland and Australia since the early 1980s as a pianist, composer and music educator. He has been a tutor at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University since 1998, achieving a Master’s Degree in 2006, and will complete a PHD in composition from University of Queensland in 2017.

Jeff has several albums to his credit including his 2015 release, Bird Wings, recorded live in concert at Brisbane Jazz Club with his ten-piece group, A Love Supreme Super Band. Besides his own compositions, Jeff’s performances include tunes from early Jazz, Boogie-woogie, Swing, Bebop, Bossa Nova and other forms of popular music. Jeff will play and tell the stories behind some of the works which he composed as part of his current research.

Tickets: Festival pass
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David Truong and friends
Saturday 14 October, 6.00pm – 6.55pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Ambition Road is a music project showcasing the songwriting talents of Blind singer-songwriter, keyboard player David Truong and singer-songwriter, percussionist Yasmin Powell. With help from their musician friends, original songs are brought to life in a keyboard-driven, acoustic, reflective, Folk, Soft Rock style.

Ambition Road’s live music journey features songs from their debut album Happy Laughter released in 2016 and will also debut songs from their yet-to-be released second album. Their songs explore lost loves, broken hearts, what ifs and could have beens as well as sharing advice gained from many life experiences.

Tickets: Festival pass
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Steve Sparrow
Saturday 14 October, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Sparrow will take you through the history of Country Blues and Rock’n’Roll music. He will also impart a lot of interesting information about these musicians and talk about many of the people behind these artists. Learn and listen to the music of household legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty and Elvis Presley.

Keen to learn the tricks of the trade? Steve will demonstrate some of their varied guitar and vocal styles and perform many of the songs that are synonymous with this style of music.

You might even find yourself singing along at times!

Tickets: Festival pass
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Access Arts’ Unofficial Welcome
Friday 13 October, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Foyer, Courtyard and Greenroom

Blind Date features Janelly Melba (Janelle Colquhoun), accompanied by differently sighted pianist Blind Freddie (Donald Hall) performing re-worked classical hits and originals while uncovering the handicaps of going on a blind date when you’re blind yourself. Blind Date is a humorous, un-PC cabaret for the audience to laugh with Janelle about the absurdity of blind clichés and her everyday blind issues.

Up next, is our newly arrived tree loving, royal blue-blooded Petunia the Mud Princess who is free at last from the sedate, protocol-bound world of the palace. But who are these people watching her and what gardening delights will she discover? Produced by Marissa Ker (Lorikeet Players), directed by Peter Kraat. Petunia the Mud Princess is a comedy character on the border of fantasy and reality. She is genuine royalty but she would rather be gardening than listening to another military band.

The Mad Hatters’ Dinner Party is full of fantasy, part tragicomedy, part sophistication.

Have you got that special hat that’s just been waiting for the right opportunity to be worn?  Limited tickets only for the unofficial welcoming event at Undercover Artist Festival 2017.

Tickets: Festival pass (excluding dinner)

$20 with dinner (Limited spaces for catering purposes)
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