Australian singer song-writer Loren Kate will be performing at the Chai House this weekend.
Australian singer song-writer Loren Kate will be performing at the Chai House this weekend. Contributed

Intimate show for friends

PRESENTING an opportunity for newbies to become familiar with the Wintermoon grounds and get an overall feel for the events that take place at Calen, the Wintermoon crew is opening the iconic Chai House for house style concerts from this weekend.

What is a house concert? They are billed as a unique opportunity to listen to quality live music in intimate surroundings far from noisy venues where the quality of the music is often lost.

The organisers of Wintermoon Festival are opening their recently restored Chai House venue for an inaugural 2019 house concert on Saturday, March 23.

The aim is to give Wintermoon fans and newcomers to the region a chance to chill out at Wintermoon's festival site near Calen, and get acquainted with the area ahead of the popular event in May.

This house concert will be one to remember, featuring Adelaide's Loren Kate, Mackay's Matt Tandy and the Tatty Faez Ablaze Fire Show.

Loren Kate, a singer/songwriter who is described as a captivating performer and a brilliant storyteller, has appeared at many of Australia's major festivals.

Matt Tandy is a local musician, actor and artist who was an inaugural member of well known band Ice City and who is now forging a successful solo career.

The Ablaze Fire Show will be a lively and unique addition to a great night of fine entertainment.

The event begins at 6pm with a shared dinner of pizza and salad, which is included in the concert price, and a chance to mingle with fellow music lovers before the concert begins at 7pm.

Overnight camping is available for a small fee at this lush creekside campground. Bookings are recommended through the Wintermoon website www.wintermoonfestival.com or by phoning Patrick on 0415 645 206 with numbers. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Wintermoon has planned another great house concert on Saturday, April 13, featuring Benji and the Saltwater Sound System, as a further lead-up to the Wintermoon Festival from May 3-6.

Cost:

$25 pp inc dinner

$35 inc dinner & camping

Q&A with

Loren Kate

Where are you from?

I'm currently living in Aldinga Beach, on the Fleurieu Peninsula an hour south of Adelaide, though I grew up in Narara on the Central Coast of NSW.

What type of music do you perform?

I guess you'd call it contemporary storytelling folk music.

How did you get started?

I finished school at 17 and went on schoolies week to Byron Bay. After a week there I called my mum and said I'm not coming home. I knew four chords on the guitar and spent every day learning more chords and songs from the street folk there.

Then I travelled around the country, busking and playing music wherever I could.

I was playing lots of cover gigs and open mic nights, and eventually started writing my own songs. I had a pretty colourful upbringing, so I had a lot to write about and it became a kind of therapy for me.

What is your favourite song?

That's a very hard question, I'm not sure anyone has one favourite song. I love anything by Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, the list is very, very long.

Do you have a most requested song?

I think its probably 'Henry' a song about an elderly man who has lost his wife.

What have you got planned for 2019?

I'm planning to spend a lot of time writing and hopefully record a new album this year.

What's your advice to Mackay musicians?

To always be true and authentic.

What do you think about Wintermoon?

I've played at Wintermoon Festival once, and it was incredible. All the musicians became a family, everyone was collaborating on stage. I was travelling alone with my one-year-old and everyone took it upon themselves to help me out while I performed. The festival itself is so warm and friendly. I love it.



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