Chooks, not chicks

June 13, 2018

Dixie Chooks' Wendy Ealey and Moira Tyers will perform at Shepparton Theatre Art Group's Black Box Theatre on Friday.

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group is opening its Black Box Theatre again on Friday for a special pop-up performance of acoustic blues, folk and country music.

Melbourne-based duo Dixie Chooks is Wendy Ealey and Moira Tyers who harmonise and play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, piano accordion, ukulele and kazoo on original and well-known songs.

The duo is a regular feature on the Melbourne music circuit, performing at The Fox Hotel, Clifton Hill Hotel, The Chandelier Room, and at festivals such as Yackandandah, Wintermoon, Tamar Valley, Kangaroo Valley, Newstead, Maldon and Fleurieu.

Ms Ealey said they played an eclectic mix of songs from political anthems to jazz and blues standards and country ballads.

‘‘Think Joan Baez meets Grace Slick hitting their 50s and going like the clappers to get their songs and sounds just right.

‘‘And we’re chooks, not chicks. We’re Australian, not American,’’ Ms Ealey said.

‘‘We love blues, love jazz, love writing, adore folk, and we dip our lids to some very fine old standards and, best of all, we love sharing.’’

STAG president Fiona Kennan said the duo’s special one-off performance was a chance for Shepparton audiences to experience authentic Australian music performed in the intimate space of the company’s purpose-built theatrette.

‘‘We are really looking forward to opening the Black Box up for more smaller curated performances targeted at our music and theatre audiences here in Shepparton,’’ she said.

‘‘Wendy and Moira are wonderful performers with a rich musical history. I am sure audiences will be enthralled by these two.’’

The Dixie Chooks will be at The Bakehouse Black Box, 17 Wheeler St, Shepparton, on Friday from 7.30pm. Tickets are $30 from eventbrite. Seating is allocated and food is BYO, with drinks at bar prices with Eftpos facilities.

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