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Posted Friday, December 5, 2014
As a former church, Humph Hall proved to be the ideal acoustic venue for the magic that is the virtuosic instrumental trio, The String Contingent when they first played here in 2011.
The String Contingent have been described as “the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance.” (Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine). Australians Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with special guest Catherine ‘BB’ Bowness (NZ/USA, banjo), compose music of sparkling beauty and originality and perform with virtuosity, finesse and a light-hearted twinkle. Their sound combines diverse musical backgrounds in celtic folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass into evocative, exciting and original music.
They have played all the major acoustic festivals in Australia and New Zealand, released three albums and a live EP, including their 2013 offering ‘Talk’, with a new album featuring Australia’s most unique and excellent musicians in a special collaborative project on its way.
“Beautiful playing, great musicianship, wonderful ideas. The String Contingent are going places, and quickly!” (Chris Duncan, ARIA award winning Scots fiddler.)Call or email Wayne (02) 9939 8802 to reserve your seat.
“Absolutely fantastic, the originality & beauty of your music cannot be underestimated. The quality of your playing is outstanding . . a truly enlivening, exciting experience.” (Nicola Black, Acoustic Village Programmer, Wickerman Festival UK)
“ . . . Extremely sophisticated instrumental music . . . the level of skill of this group is stunning as are the beauty and joy of their compositions.” (Steve Gadd, Artistic Director, Cygnet Folk Festival, Australia.)
85 Allambie Road
Formerly the Allambie Heights Uniting Church, Humph Hall is now the private home of Gial Leslie and Wayne Richmond.
As with all concerts in Humph Hall, The String Contingent will perform acoustically - no PA system!
(02) 9939 8802