Sirens gig news


Sirens Big Band Album launch at the Basement

Sirens Big Band return to the Basement to launch their debut album, Kali and the Time of Change. Recorded at ABC studios in late 2012, the album brings together the band’s eclectic, grooving and infectious sounds onto one exciting CD.

With a host of some of Australia’s strongest and most exciting young female musicians and improvisers, the band perform engaging danceable big band music that mixes jazz with South Indian, afro-beat, Balkan, Ethiopian and reggae influences.

The Sirens drew a huge crowd at their Basement debut last year so book early to avoid disappointment!

When: 03.03.13. Doors open 6pm with music starting at 7.30pm
Where: The Basement - 7 Macquarie Place, Sydney, Australia 2000
Tickets: $15 presale, $20 on the door.
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Live at 505

Come along to 505 on Thursday, 13 December to see Sirens Big band performing live - not only to you, but also over the radio waves to listeners at home as part of Eastside Radio's Live at 505 series. Our entire show will be broadcast live to Sydney and its surrounds, and you'll get the chance for a sneaky listen of our up-coming debut album, Kali and the Time of Change, due for release in early 2013.

Where: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills
When: Thursday December 13, 2012, 7.30pm – 11.30pm
Cost: $15 at the door, $10 concessions/Eastsiders
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Sirens in the Gong

For all you Wollongong folk, come and see Sirens peform this Saturday along with the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra.

Where: IPAC Theatre - 32 Burelli St Wollongong
When: Saturday 27 October 2012 at 7pm
Tickets: Buy online


Sirens at the Basement

Sirens are bringing our blend of jazz, afro, gypsy, and reggae to The Basement on Saturday 20th October. The venue will be in 'dancefloor mode' which means we'll be playing all our greatest hits for you to dance the night away to. But fear not, there will be chairs for those with blisters on their heels.

We'll be announcing some special guests very soon so stay tuned.

Pre-sale tickets available for $15 at Moshtix. 
Tickets $20 on the door.

Doors open at 7:30pm and music kicks off at 9:00pm. 

We'd love to see you there! The Basement - 7 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay


Fundraiser concert coming up in May

The Sirens are off to be Artists in Residence at Bundanon Trust later this month and then we'll be hitting the studio to record our first full-length album. But first, we'd love to do one more show in Sydney town and hopefully raise some funds to help make this recording happen.

We're putting on a concert on Sunday 20th May at Newtown Public School. We encourage you to pack a picnic, your family and even your dogs.

There will be a BBQ and a even a raffle, and we'll be playing our latest tunes from Sandy Evans, Jeremy Rose, Ellen Kirkwood and Ruth Wells, with the always fabulous Milan Ring and Lozz Benson on vocals. The crowds astounded us at our Mac residency last month so please do come again!

And expect an extra special appearance by Newtown's raddest musical youngster's, Humungous Pony!

Tickets available on the day - $15 adult/$10 concession/$40 family.

Also check out our beautiful gig poster for this event, designed by the amazingly talented Monica Higgins from Green Peas for Breakfast.


Sirens at Sydney Festival First Night

When I told my Nan last year that Sirens was going to the house band for Sydney Festival's recreation of the famous Trocadero Dance Palace, she was beyond chuffed, and shared with me a slew of great memories of her time dancing there in the 1940s and 50s. The 2011 show was a great success, and enjoyed all the more because of my Nan's memories swirling around in my mind.

A similar thing happened this year when I told my Nan that we'd be doing the show again, but as a huge swinging street party on Elizabeth Street as part of Sydney Festival First Night. She instantly regaled me with stories of when WWII ended and recalled hundreds of people dancing through the city streets.

For those that missed the show at the last Sydney Festival in Sydney Town Hall, you can expect to relive the decadent glamour of the 1940s and 50s with a damn strong nod to the 21st Century. This is Sirens in big band swing mode – you'll hear some old favourites and some pop songs cleverly re-worked in a similar style.

Sirens have been working hard at rehearsals with a great cast of singers including Dan Barnett, the great MD Dave Theak, last year's dancers and this year's host, Trevor Ashley.

The show kicks off at 9:00pm and like all First Night shows it's FREE! For more info visit the Sydney Festival website.

This is the first of many word offerings from me, so please visit us again for more updates on what Sirens have planned for 2012! Thank you to everyone that came to our gigs, purchased a CD and offered support in any other way over the past year – we are very grateful.



Sirens Big Band to perform at Sydney Festival in January

In January, you’ll only be a lindy-hop, swing, and a cha cha away from the 1940s and 50s when Sirens Big Band rocks Sydney Festival.

Sydney’s original Trocadero was a swing-era dancehall where Sydneysiders danced the evening away in their nightclub finery. It was demolished in the 70s, but for four nights during Sydney Festival it’ll be re-imagined at Sydney Town Hall - with plenty of 21st Century edge.

The Trocadero Dance Palace features a huge dance floor, a fabulous floorshow and sizzling swing music played by the Sirens, just as it did in its halcyon days. An inexhaustible team of dancers will inspire and challenge you to burn up the floor. There’ll even be dance lessons so everyone can join in!

19 - 22 January, 2011, Sydney Town Hall

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Sirens Big Band perform at Brisbane Festival this month

Emerging from Brisbane City’s hidden cracks and disused pathways, Sirens will be popping out at various times and locations to create a unique and unexpected experience that appears, grows and disperses.

‘Sirens Song’ is a series of unexpected musical “reveals” in a city landscape. Through an exploration of space, the big band form will be dismantled and reconstructed to highlight the unnoticed spots and hidden beauties that remain covered by city distraction and our ever-growing disconnection with our environment.

Sirens Big Band, lead by double bassist Jessica Dunn and saxophonist Harriet Harding, collaborate with The Cad Factory’s Vic McEwan to create a roaming site-specific performance that takes place in Brisbane’s city streets.

Thursday 23rd Sept - Post Office Square -280 Queen St Brisbane - 1:30pm
Friday 24th Sept - Post Office Square - 280 Queens St Brisbane - 1:30 pm
Saturday 25th Sept - Eagle St Pier - 71 Eagle St Brisbane - 1:30pm
Saturday 25th Sept - Reddacliff Place - 266 George St, Brisbane - 7:30pm

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