Serving the Community

On the Rocks Musical Evening

Join us for a candle-lit evening of musical entertainment with virtuosic instrumental trio The String Contingent, and Indie-folk singer songwriter and pianist Rachel Collis. BYO alcohol. A light supper will be provided. North Rocks Community Church, 132 North Rocks Rd, North Rocks 7:30pm Friday April 17 $35 full/ $30 concession Tickets available at: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/the-string-contingent-on-the-rocks/75233
Virtuosic instrumental trio The String Contingent compose and perform music of sparkling beauty and originality that explores the full spectrum of musical expression. Australians Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass) with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) integrate disparate musical styles through their own refined acoustic sensibilities. Drawing from genres including celtic, classical, jazz and bluegrass, The String Contingent burnish their original compositions through the clarity and precision of a meticulous ‘chamber music’ ethos. Their multi-faceted approach results in highly accessible yet sophisticated music that captivates audiences from any genre, while retaining their own unique style
Rachel Collis is an indie folk singer/songwriter with cabaret influences. Her trademarks are finely-crafted, heartfelt lyrics, whirlwind virtuosic piano playing, and an unusual capacity for shifting between earnest storytelling and outrageous humour. Her exquisite song-crafting and unforgettable live performances have been met with hyperbolic acclaim from critics: Rachel’s highly-anticipated second album, Nightlight - produced by Rachel and Sean Carey (Thirsty Merc) – combines exquisite ballad, folk and pop sounds with breathtaking vocals and delicate piano to create a perfect storm of both beauty and dark sensitivity. It’s captivating from the very first listen and showcases Rachel’s poetic lyrical talent. As a live performer, Rachel is known for generating a mood that possesses the entire building. Rachel sings about kind words, the infinite value of the present moment, and inextinguishable hope. And sometimes she sings about gluten-intolerance. Or pet hell. Whether banging on the piano like Ben Folds, or recounting urban folk story like Joni Mitchell, whether bringing an audience to laughter, or to tears, the spell never really changes; it’s deep, tender, and bursting with energy. For more information visit www.rachelcollis.com