Four amazing acts, that we in South East NSW like to call our own, are dazzling The Famous Spiegeltent in Canberra in February and March. Each night, La Clique will be the feature show from 19 February to 14 March, supported by the cream of our crop.

Held in a European style theatre tent outside the Canberra Theatre in Civic Square every evening, shows of mystery and intrigue await inside the last remaining Belgian mirror tent from the 1920s, with burlesque, music, cabaret, acrobats, magic and more.

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Pete Wild & The Only Ones

4.00pm Sunday 21 February

Image of Pete Wild by Eryca Green

Pete Wild & The Only Ones present fresh, contemporary small-town Australian indi-folk-pop incorporating broadway comedy, rock, polka, romantic bluegrass, and heart-wrenching epic-dirty-melancholic-folk ballads.

His love of music encompasses many different genres. His original songs are honest, personal, humorous, cheeky and touching, with universal themes.

Combining his theatrical background and idiosyncratic honesty, Pete’s performance is deeply compelling as he moves from quirky theatrical absurdities to unexpected poignant and passionate expression. Info from Pete’s website.

 Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen

6.30pm Saturday 27 February
6.30pm Sunday 28 February

In post-war Eastern Europe, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen rose to be kings of the entertainment world. While Frank, Dean and the Rat Pack were serenading Vegas audiences at The Sands, Mikelangelo and his gentlemen were seducing Balkan audiences at the Hotel Transcontinental in communist Yugoslavia. The Transcontinental was a prime holiday destination for heads of state, military leaders and black marketeers, an exclusive clubhouse for the rich and infamous.

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen were the musical background to this debauchery. The group wore the mantle of ‘house band’ for the revolution, appearing in films, television commercials endorsing ‘State’ products and hosting their own weekly radio hour, Live at the Hotel Transcontinental.

In recent years, the group have toured to packed houses in major theatres, spiegeltents and festivals around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End to the Sziget Festival in Budapest, winning multiple awards and receiving great critical acclaim. They were also the men behind he music for SEA’s Ghosts in the Scheme. Now predominantly Far South Coast based, we don’t mind lending them out. Image: Andrew Watson Info from their website.

The Last of the Broken Hearts

6.30pm Sunday 6 March

lastofthebrokenheartsProlific songwriter and spellbinding vocalist, Melanie Horsnell, joins her talents with sublime cellist Gemma Clare and Philip Moriarty, clarinet player, singer / songwriter with The Gadflys and Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen, to form The Last Of The Broken Hearts.

Melanie and Phil are both residents of Candelo and met at a song writing club which Melanie had started. They describe their music as torch songs for the timid and anthems for the alienated. ‘We’re looking for a bit of mystery in the music.’ With a unique line-up of voices and instruments, they’re finding it too.

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Beautifully Mad

6.30pm Sunday 13 March

BM-promoTony King and Kris Ralph (AKA Nina Vox) are two of Australia’s finest Singer/Songwriters. ARIA winner, Tony King of Beautifully Mad, was voted Australian Songwriter of the Year 2009 and Best Lyrics at the 2014 International Songwriting Awards judged by Tom Waits.

He has a reputation for setting fire to a 12 string with his solos while Nina Vox melts hearts with her rich, mellifluous voice.

Original songs recalling the beauty of Sting, some honey from Melody Gardot a lyrical spice of Cohen washed down with some Waits-like humour. Throw in some New Orleans Grooves from their incredible band and you get an acoustic candle that flickers between Folk and the silhouette of Jazz. See their website.