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1 Sydney Leppers and
Crooks launch their Kiss
Her single at the Transit Bar
on Friday from 8pm. This five-
piece rock outfit will lure you
in with their impressive riffs
and cohesive vocal
harmonies. Check them out
while they are in town.
Presale tickets $15 at
2 Enjoy the hilarious
Horrible Histories live on
stage at the Canberra Theatre
Centre with a brand new
show, Barmy Britain. The
entree into British history is
like no other. This slapstick
stage spectacular runs for a
short season with shows on
Tuesday followed by two
Wednesday matinees at 10am
and 2pm. Tickets from $50 at
3 Northern Territory roots
dance group Super
Raelene Brothers will be
filling Smiths Alternative with
their catchy dance sounds
from their new album
Revolution Day. The group's
lyrics tackle everything from
the uranium industry to the
United Nations. Spend your
Sunday from 3pm doing
something different. Tickets
$10 and include a copy
4 Every city has its secrets;
follow the ''mistress of
mystery'' and author Nichole
Overall on Friday as she leads
a tour through Queanbeyan's
historic backroads. The
Mysterious Queanbeyan by
Moonlight Tour begins at
9pm, includes a light supper
and beverage, and wraps up
before midnight. Bookings
essential. Call Nichole on
0413 671 123.
5 Jam It launches on Tuesday
at the Ainslie Art Centre
and offers musicians the
chance to jam, learn and
prepare for performances.
The week-long workshop will
offer daily jam sessions and
the chance to showcase your
songs at a concert for family
and friends followed by gigs
at The Multicultural Festival
in January and Floriade in
October. The workshop costs
$350. Bookings can be made
Canberra singer-songwriter Liam Budge has returned home to get married and will hit the stage at Enlighten.
Budge makes a happy homecoming
Canberra's own Liam Budge returns
home to brighten up the stage at
Enlighten 2015 on March 6.
The singer-songwriter, known for
his searing hot jazz originals, has
found a new base in New York.
He is relishing being home
throughout the summer and will stick
around until April when he is due to
marry his Canberra-born fiancee
"We are in the throes of all the
wedding planning now,'' Budge said.
"After our wedding we're both
heading straight back to the States."
He took the plunge and moved
overseas shortly after he graduated
from the ACT School of Music in
2013--amovewhich he said had
enabled him to explore the rich
spectrum of jazz style.
"There are so many opportunities
there just purely because of the sheer
scale of musicians, venues and
festivals," he said.
"America has a big background and
appreciation for jazz.
People really specialise within the
jazz genre over there so it's been
brilliant to tap into that depth."
Budge said he had explored the
vibrant music scene in the New York
and put time into live recordings and
experimenting through collaborative
projects to hone his skills and develop
material for an upcoming album.
"I'm hopeful I'll be able to get
something out in the first half of this
year," he said.
"The Enlighten festival is great
platform for me to road-test a bunch of
my new originals."
Rather that adhering to a sound
that's "classically jazzy", Budge said
his priority was to create accessible
tracks that incorporated exciting
musical elements too.
"My main thing is to keep that sense
of improvisation in the music," he said.
"I am definitely going to be
incorporating guitar and synthesiser
more, and electronic beats and things
Along with brand new tracks by
Budge, Enlighten festival-goers can
tuck into US jazz indie band Lake
Street Dive and performances by Katie
Noonan, Alpine and Crystal Barreca at
the Electric Garden from February 27
until March 7.
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