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Bessie, Billie and Dinah


Sat 9 Jun 2018, 2:00pm–3:45pm
Sat 9 Jun 2018, 8:00pm–9:45pm

Where: The Goodwood Institute, 166a Goodwood Road, Unley, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $28.00
  • Concession: $23.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: bonnieleegalea

Songs & Stories of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday & Dinah Washington will be presented by Bonnie Lee Galea for Cabaret Fringe Festival in a 4pc Tribute Show. Empress, Lady & Queen of Blues.
Join Bonnie, Quinton, Richard & Josh in paying tribute to these three inspirational Musical Giants. Listen to stories of their short incredible lives, see images that will evoke the emotion of each song but mostly, feel the power & soul  of this incredible quartets’s interpretations of superb masterpieces like Ain’t Misbehavin’, Makin’ Whoopee! & St. Louis Blues!

Bessie, Billie & Dinah! Three pioneering black female vocalists of the early 20th Century, even with their lives cut so short, so early, made their mark in the Musical World leaving us unforgettable songs full of life, love & laughter. With Bonnie Lee Galea on voice, Quinton Dunne, from The Beggars, on Double Bass, Richard Coates on Keys & Josh Chenoweth on Trumpet you will find yourself immersed in their songs & maybe even singing along to songs like Send Me to The Electric Chair!

Photo: Kathleen Morris

Adelaide Fringe 2017 Review/Glamadelaide SA:

Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday and Dinah Washington are icons of jazz. Each of the eponymous singers is given half a dozen songs, with chat about their life. Bessie’s darkly funny Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair, which Galea got the audience singing along to. Moving onto Billie Holliday, we were treated to God Bless the Child, Gloomy Sunday and Loverman. Finally, Dinah Washington was presented with numbers such as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Teach Me Tonight and Makin’ Whoopee, finishing with her big hit What a Difference a Day Makes. Galea is a fine singer with beautiful tone and pitch.

Audience Testamonials, SA/Adelaide Fringe 2017:

“We all thoroughly enjoyed the show. The unknown back stories on Bessie, Billie and Dinah were particularly enlightening-sad, funny and tragic. Bonnie's voice is so well suited to the portrayal of these amazing women and backed so fabulously by Quinton Dunne and Richard Coates.” - Kathy Bergland, SA, March 2017

"Loved the show…Bonnie and her band’s tribute to these 3 blues legends was brilliant!" - Anne Mitchell, SA, March 2017

Adelaide Fringe 2016 Review/Clothesline Magazine SA:

“Bonnie is to be applauded for reminding us about this largely forgotten singer, Dinah Washington.”

“Meanwhile, sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy some of the great songs this show has to offer.”

Bar open 1hr prior. Doors open 1/2hr prior.