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Fascinating Rhythm at Melba Fete!

Spent a great day yesterday with some muso friends who were performing at a local fete. Rhythm Syndicate is an auditioned Canberra based vocal group who sing four part harmony, with accompaniment by Canberra composer, songwriter and pianist Mike Dooley, and harmonicist and flautist, Paul Herbert.

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Rhythm Syndicate with conductor and musical director, Camilo Gonzalez

Revitalising their jazz roots, the program included many toe-tapping jazz standards such as Miss New Orleans, Java Jive, Fascinating Rhythm, and other classics from Cole Porter, and Gershwin – a great afternoon of cool musical entertainment.

Mike Melba Fete

Composer, songwriter, and pianist Mike Dooley

If you’re a jazz lover don’t miss their upcoming performances over the next couple of months.

5 December: Griffith Baptist Care Concert 11am

9 December: Queanbeyan Carols in the Park (55 Collett St) 7pm

10 December: Canberra High Court 1.30pm

10 December: National Portrait Gallery 3.30pm

17 December: Lerida Winery 12.30pm




You can also catch awesome pianist Mike Dooley, with singer Rachel Thorne, performing as In 2 Deep at Jazz in the House, University House, ANU on Friday 27 October at 8pm. Bookings essential through Uni House at events.unihouse@anu.edu.au or call them on 6125 5270.

Mike Dooley (keyboard) and singer Rachel Thorne – In 2 Deep

Wine, Women, and Song!

Plus men and truffles too …

Here’s a plug for some really great gigs coming up this weekend, and into next week, featuring a few of our friends—who just happen to be amazing musos and singers! Get to see them if you can.

Rachel Thorne image courtesy CAPO by Canberra Photographer

Saturday 15 July the gorgeous Rachel Thorne, from In2Deep band, will be singing with Smooth Ops at the Hellenic Club along with talented Nicole Taylor and Justin Hoffman. Get on your dancing shoes to great covers by Smooth Ops ranging from contemporary, dance, soul and Motown, classical 40s jazz, and even medleys from Queen, Toto, and Metallica! Gig starts around 9.30pm.



If you can’t get over to the Hellenic Club, pop into Mercure Canberra Olims Bar and Bistro on Saturday instead, and taste test a truffle, with matching wines, and kick back with some cool jazz from Tilt Trio. This is a free event courtesy Tarago Truffles.  Come to think of it, as this gig starts at 4.30pm you can still pop over to the Hellenic Club later on, and catch two great bands in one night!




And if that’s not enough … on Thursday 20 July you can catch local Canberra composer, pianist, and accomplished accompanist, Mike Dooley—who just happens to be the other half of In2Deep—performing with, and accompanying, stunning Irish soprano Carmel Conway in concert at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden at 8pm. Carmel will also be launching her latest EP, Erin and Beyond. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek.

Mike Dooley

Image courtesy Mike Dooley Music

Local Composer has World Premiere in Canberra!

Have you heard of Michael Dooley? Well you’re about to … Michael Dooley is a Canberra composer and pianist, and can usually be found with jazz duo In2Deep or conducting local choral group Rhythm Syndicate. But, on Saturday 20 May Michael will be the focus of Canberra when his Piano Concerto No.1 has its world premiere!


Michael Dooley – image courtesy City News

Sydney-based pianist Andrew Rumsey returns to Canberra with a collection of esteemed colleagues for an evening of unforgettable music. Joining him will be Mia Stanton (violin), James Larsen (cello), Tom Azoury (clarinet), Laura van Rijn (flute) and Matt Withers (guitar). Pieces will include works by Rachmaninov, Debussy, Williams, Kovacs, Piazzolla, Edwards, Clarke, Dooley and more. This concert will be Rumsey’s final engagement in the ACT before he begins his USA tour, starting with an appearance at Carnegie Hall on 3 June 2017.


Michael Dooley and Rachel Thorne – In2Deep

“I am delighted to be giving the world premiere performance of Michael Dooley’s Piano Concerto No.1,” says Andrew. “Michael has such a fresh and unique compositional style and I’m so excited to be sharing this amazing work with Canberra. It has all the right ingredients; lyricism, tenderness, subtlety, virtuosity, and power. Definitely a captivating piece to listen to, and perform!”.

Rumsey & Friends New Directions will premiere on Saturday 20 May at 7pm at the Wesley Music Centre, Forrest. Tickets available from Eventbrite.

Accommpanist and composer Mike Dooley

Pianist and composer Mike Dooley – image by LFW

You can also hear more of Michael Dooley on Sunday 21 May when ART Song Canberra presents The Voice of Heroic Love with well-known Canberra soprano Louise Page, Rachel Best Allen on clarinet, and Phillipa Candy on piano.

This work will also include a new song cycle composition by Michael Dooley.

The Voice of Heroic Love, Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, Sunday 21 May at 3pm. Tickets at the door from $15 (students), Art Song Members $25, Concessions $30, Full price $35. Tickets include program and light refreshments. For more information contact Art Song Canberra on 6286 7373.

You can follow Mike Dooley on his Facebook page.