Five talented artists feature in inaugural Fringe program

FRINGE FEATURE: Cloudy Davey, Megan Isaacson, Vicki Blechynden, Sue Baker and Cara Boehm. Photo: Supplied
FRINGE FEATURE: Cloudy Davey, Megan Isaacson, Vicki Blechynden, Sue Baker and Cara Boehm. Photo: Supplied

Five talented artists come together to perform for the first time in the Barossa's inaugural Fringe program this February.

A conversation over a glass of wine at the weekly open mic night in Tanunda marked the inception of the show, aptly named 'Songbirds'.

Featuring Barossa's Sue Baker, Vicki Blechynden, Cloudy Davey, Cara Boehm and Megan Isaacson, the show will explore each chanteuse's early female musical influences.

'It was a great opportunity for us to come together and promote our homegrown talent as part of the festival' Sue shared.

"The divas boast an array of musical experience, performing regularly across the valley, though 'some of us barely knew each other," Cara explained.

The Songbirds have relished the opportunity to learn more about each other's styles.

"We wanted to pay homage to those amazing women who started us off on our musical journeys," Sue added.

The show will feature a full band, with each songstress performing work by her favoured artists.

"We have encouraged each other to include songs we revered greatly yet considered outside our regular scope," Cloudy said.

"Whittling down our long lists of influences has been challenging," Vicki laughed. "But we are very happy with the end result."

An original work by each of the women will be included in the night's program, chosen among the group.

"It was interesting hearing the other girls' thoughts on our original works; the ones which spoke to the group weren't necessarily the ones we would have chosen for ourselves," Megan said.

The women agree that working together has been extremely rewarding, punctuated by some unexpected learnings.

Asked what the best part of this experience has been, the Songbirds respond with comments of "sharing songs and stories over wine", "making beautiful harmonies together" and "the laughs".

So, which artists have made the cut?

"Well, you'll have to come see the show," the Songbirds chirped.

The Songbirds perform at the Harvest Centre on Saturday, February 15.

For further details check out Songbirds Barossa on Facebook, pick up the Barossa Fringe program from regional outlets, or visit www.adelaidefringe.com.au.