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The Sheila Sessions

A celebration of women in music

The Sheila Sessions are returning to Newcastle for a special “pre Tamworth” Session at South Newcastle Leagues Club 8pm Sunday 10th January 2010.

Singer Beccy Cole has earned 3 gold records and won countless awards including 7 Golden Guitars, all for singing Country Music. Beccy’s passion for the genre began as a youngster listening to Dolly Parton but when you peruse Beccy’s list of influences, the edge with which she has delivered her Country is better explained.

Apart from the appeal of the music, Beccy says the attraction is also to “Strong women with something to say.”

The Sheila SessionsA close inspection of some of Beccy’s later recordings will reveal that she continues to hold these influences with versions of Carole King’s Natural Woman, 4 non Blonde’s What’s Up, Fleetwood Mac’s Say You Love Me and her haunting version of The Divinyls’ Pleasure and Pain which gained major radio airplay.

The success of these recordings have lead to The Sheila Sessions: A series of shows presenting Beccy with selected successful and talented women that feature new versions of some very memorable moments in female song history.

A very valuable addition to The Sheila Sessions is Beccy’s close friend and similarly influenced, Newcastle Sheila, Kate Ballantyne.

Kate’s accolades include Songwriters awards, two Golden Guitars, a MO award, an Independent Music Award, a major recording deal with Sony/BMG, numerous television performances, and collaboration with Jimmy Barnes and Troy Cassar-Daly. Alone and with beautiful vocal group, Bella, Kate deserves the amazing reputation that precedes her.

Also part of the Shelia Sessions is Chris E. Thomas. Although well known for her work as a session singer with a variety of artists including Wendy Matthews, Tina Arena, Brian Cadd and Adam Brand, it is Chris E’s trademark powerful voice and dynamic stage presence that sets her apart from her contemporaries. Chris E is also more than dab hand on guitar, mandolin and ukulele making her one of the most sought-after musicians for both live and studio gigs.

The likes of amazing female artists such as Pat Benetar, Chrissy Amphlett, Dolly Parton, Cher, Annie Lennox, The Indigo Girls, Stevie Nicks, Chrissy Hymde, Sheryl Crowe and many more have played a part in shaping these three amazing performers into the inspiring individual talents they are today. The Sheila Sessions pay tribute to these artists in their own unique (and sometimes comical) way.

In short, 3 women on stools with guitars playing some very cool versions of some very cool songs, telling stories of early influences and adding originals that complete the stories.

Both Beccy, Kate and Chris E are known for their high energy and razor sharp wit; this is not excluded from The Sheila Sessions.

So ask Beccy if The Sheila Sessions is a Country show and she’ll say … “Not really, but you can’t take the Country out of the girl …”

After a recent “sell-out” show at Lizottes (Newcastle), Chris E Thomas, Beccy Cole and Kate Ballantyne aka “The Sheila Sessions” want to thank their amazing fans and friends for their support (and fodder for on stage antics!!) by offering these rare “show only Sessions”.

Tickets are a bargain at $20.00 and available from the club or on the night.

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Posted on December 30th, 2009 in Events

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