MELBOURNE’S Shaking the Tree Choir will perform at a special free concert to mark the opening of a new political posters exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Got the message? 50 Years of Political Posters recognises the social protest movements that have taken on the heated issues of modern times to draw attention, influence public opinion and win political points.
The exhibition’s opening event will bring together speakers and the popular choir on the afternoon of Sunday March 3, with the performance at 2.30pm.
Since its foundation in 1998, Shaking the Tree has become one of Australia’s most vibrant choirs, releasing two highly regarded CDs and performing at festivals around Victoria.
Led by professional performer Bronwyn Calcutt, the choir sings unique arrangements of gypsy, gospel, funk, and world music with a strong commitment to themes of social justice and freedom.
With 30 singers, the group is accompanied by skilled musicians on percussion, guitar, whistle and ukulele.
Shaking the Tree also sings some of the songs of singer-songwriters including Leonard Cohen, Ricky Lee Jones, Richard Thompson, Gurrumul, Midnight Oil and The Cure.
The performance will feature soloists numbers by artists including Ms Calcutt, Annie Kennedy, Barb Scott, Marian Lees and Jonathan Liddelow.
Got the Message? is on show from March 2 until April 14.