Avenue: "A Tribute to The Seekers"

Wednesday 30 November 7.00pm

A musical journey celebrating the top hits of The Seekers including favourites: “Georgy Girl” “Morningtown” “I’ll never find another you”  “A World of our own” “The Carnival is Over”  “I am Australian” “If I had a Hammer” and many more!
The Show
The Seekers formed in 1962 in Melbourne.  They wowed their audiences with a mix of folk and pop, with a sound that had never been heard before.  They had found a secret musical ingredient that worked, and The Seekers went on to find amazing success, not just in Australia but in the UK and America too.
Often presenting their music in four part harmony, the four piece band went on to sell 50 million records throughout the world.
In 1967 Judith Durham decided to pursue a solo career and the band disbanded, but not before leaving a legacy of music that was to stay in people’s hearts forever.
In their ultimate performance, which was very emotional, their final song was “The Carnival is Over”.  The show could not be complete without featuring this iconic song with lyrics that reached the listener’s soul.
Avenue will present their most favourite hits of The Seekers, while weaving their journey from ordinary Australians to extraordinary musical icons, throughout the show.
Singing in four part harmony, Avenue will showcase their musical talent and present a show that will have you drifting back to those heady days of the 60’s where music became part of your soul and your history.
The Band 
Joyce Mathers – lead vocalist – Born and raised in Scotland, Joyce loves nothing more than gracing the stages here in Perth.  Although very flexible with musical styles, her feet are planted firmly in the jazz genre and she is a regular at all the Jazz Clubs and Local Theatres here in WA.  Over the years Joyce has been part of many musical groups including “The Divine Miss M’s” featuring the music of the Andrews sisters, and various Big Bands covering songs from 20’s till present.    With her band “Avenue” she has created entertaining shows covering Dusty Springfield, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and the music of Cole Porter and the Gershwins.  She is known for her lighthearted stories and banter between numbers and always ensures a relaxing, informative and fun show.  She is looking forward to telling the story of The Seekers and sharing their popular music with the patrons of the Ellington where she has performed many times before.
Kim Anning 
Kim Anning has been part of the WA jazz scene for decades.  He has performed with many interstate and international artists during his career, as well as playing in varying local bands.  Kim is a multi-talented musician who plays guitar, bass, banjo and for this show he will also play the flute.  Kim is also an accomplished singer.  He teaches guitar at local private schools and freelances, leading his own ensembles for special projects at various jazz clubs.  Kim is influenced by many great guitarists including Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt to name but a few.   Kim is the musical director, and along with the other band member Matthew Bateman-Graham, has arranged the music for this show.  Kim and Joyce have played together in their band Avenue for close to a decade and have been very much a part of the musical jazz scene in Perth.
Matthew Bateman-Graham
Matthew played in a folk and blues band and toured his native South Australia before heading West in 1987.  He graduated in 1991 from WAAPA with an Associate Diploma.  Matthew has played Electric and Double Bass and sang with many Perth bands including “Douce Ambience”, “Five Guys Named Mo”, and “OTT Chicago Swing”.  He has written and played in theatre and stand-up comedy including co-writing a play for ABC Radio National.  With the “Oz Big Band” Matthew has played for the swing dance fraternity in Perth, Melbourne and Canberra.  He has helped write tribute shows for “Oz Big Band” celebrating the music of Count Basie, the Andrews Sisters and James Bond.  Their show on Quincy Jones won a 2020 Perth Fringe World Award.  He looks forward to singing and playing the music of “The Seekers’ as the group was a particular favourite of his mum!
Wayne Tallowin
Wayne is a Perth boy from his early school days.  He spent over forty years in the music industry as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  Having left Perth at the tender age of 23, he spent the next eight years surviving in Sydney seeking his fame and fortune as the guitarist, with many a fine east coast band.   For the next twenty-one years Wayne worked overseas while he qualified as an accountant while still plying his one true love as a guitarist in a number of rock and blues bands.  Returning to Perth in 2009 Wayne formed a trio called “The Remarkables” with his wife Chrissy, and another musical friend Mike Grant.  After Mike’s departure they then formed “Tallowin Music” along with Kim Anning, and can be seen around Perth in both private and public gigs.  Music is in Wayne’s blood and he continues to play, sing and write his own songs.

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