Katie Noonan and Avedeon at the Artbar

filed04 Nov 2014 from Carmen Jenner CategoriesCultural, Perth

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Katie Noonan and friends

Katie Noonan and friends

As Katie Noonan’s exquisite voice soars into the night with an Annie Lennox rendition of “There must be an angel,” I’m inclined to agree. The heavens concur with a light showering from above as a symphony of frogs joins in for the chorus.

Alongside her versatility and goose-bump inspiring renditions, is singer/songwriter Angie Har, poetic lyricist and vocalist Sam Buckingham, and Melody Pool, whose latest album The Hurting Scene is described as “These are songs that will break your heart. And soothe your soul.”

The Songs That Made Me unites the four band members as they share their artistic journeys and life experiences. There is a lovely and relaxed way in which they banter back and forth between themselves and it’s as though you’re invited to hang out with Katie’s girlfriends for a gossip and a sing-along.

This intimate musical storytelling session transcends with renditions from Prince, Renee Gayor, Chrissie Hynde’s Hymn to Her, Phil Collins’ Another day in paradise and a heart wrenching Tears on my pillow.

Set within tranquil wetlands, the Perth Cultural Centre’s amphitheatre curved seating arrangement appears to hug the performers; much like you’d embrace your girlfriends after a deep and meaningful.

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I love all the life lived in writer Dorothy Parker’s face

Included in the price of the ticket is entrance into photographer Richard Avedon’s exhibition. His breathtaking black and white portraits on silver gelatin clearly demonstrates his ability to install a sense of ease in his subjects. In amongst the familiar faces of celebrities like Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Malcolm X and the iconic image of Elizabeth Taylor adorned with cock feathers, are the endearing and at times shocking images of the working class and mental patients. The striking juxtaposition of the beautiful versus the tortured is the most poignant image of all. Check here for my full review of Avedon’s exhibit.

Songs That Made Me is touring throughout Australia until 23rd November. The album is available from www.katienoonan.com, JB hi-fi, Sanity and itunes. Avedon exhibits at the Art Gallery of Western Australia until 17th November.

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