Performers

Musical explorer and all-rounder Sue Carson sings the part of Jane Lashmar.SueCarson

Sue displays her versatility and musicianship in opera, contemporary pop, country, folk, rock and musical theatre.

Sue’s coloratura soprano performances include classical and modern opera. Her pop/Celtic/bluegrass/rock turn-outs are Sligo Maid (to 1999) and current bands The Sue and Mikey Show and Love That Hat.

As a member of the award-winning Bob Corbett and the Roo Grass, Sue plays fiddle and mandolin, and sings backing vocals. The band has four Golden Guitar nominations, tours nationally and has had extensive radio airplay on Country Music Channel and top ten songs on the CMC country charts. She is in demand as a session musician for recordings, most recently Steve Edmonds and Jess Holland, and performs her own original material.

Sue teaches singing at community and tertiary level at the Newcastle University Conservatorium. She has conducted workshops for school students, university students and at regional music camps, and has been nominated for several City of Newcastle Drama Awards.

Les Montanjees, composer and performer

The Coathangers (l-r) Scott McDonald, Les Montanjees and Doug Gray
The Coathangers (l-r) Scott McDonald, Les Montanjees and Doug Gray

Les Montanjees, composer and lyricist of original Jane’s Footprints music, leads a band of local musicians, The Coathangers.

His musical credentials extend from songwriting awards at Victor Harbor Folk Festival, Laura Folk Festival and SCALA (Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association), to being a long-term member and performer with Adelaide Chorus, to composition and performance for three memorable large-scale public music and art events on Kangaroo Island: Wizards and Lizards, Comet, and Viking Funeral.

Les composed and recorded music for the television documentary film Last Mail from Birdsville. He wrote and performed music for Walk Against Want concerts in South Australia.

He was a founding member of Songwriters’ Kitchen. As a multi-instrumentalist has been a member of various folk groups, a madrigal group, recorder and early music consort band, and a flamenco troupe.

Les, on guitar, mandolin and mandola along with guitarist Scott McDonald and fiddle player Doug Gray, form The Coathangers. Scott also wrote poems that are part of the script.

Michael Stove, guitarist

Michael has been a stalwart of the Newcastle music industry for more years than he cares to remember. He is a lead guitarist in every sense of the word, known for his ability to adapt to many styles: rock, Celtic, folk and pop. He’s played in numerous successful bands such as Swanee, The Curvettes, Hussy, Killkenny and Funbusters. He still plays with Sue in The Sue and Mikey Show, and with Sue and Dave Carter in Love that Hat.

 

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