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The Stowaways

Published On : Jan 20, 2021
The Stowaways
Bringing an optimistic and joyful start to Music By The Sea 2021, the Stowaways are an eclectic world music trio, steeped in the far-flung folk traditions of the British Isles, but with colourful influences from all over Eastern Europe, America and the Near East.

The line-up features Sebastian Flynn on fiddle, Martin Reese on mandolin, banjo, shruti box and melodeon, and Christian Rizzalli on bouzouki, accordion, percussion and vocals.

This crew delights with seamless musicianship, high-energy fiddling, heartfelt songs, and engaging stories.

The Stowaway’s signature sound includes a homage in word and music to renowned Irish poet Ciaran Carson, which they performed to great acclaim at the Woodford Folk Festival.

You may have caught one of their shows at the Woodford Folk Festival in 2018 and 2019 as well as at concerts throughout Queensland.  

Now the band is riding a wave of success to beautiful Sandgate. 

The Stowaways
Saturday, 6 February, 7.30pm
Sandgate Town Hall
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On 6 March, a clever double act presents evocative, uplifting music by Beier • Griffin • Pollak Trio and East of West.

The recently formed Beier • Griffin • Pollak Trio brings together three multi-talented musicians who have played together over many years in different groups. 

Some of their previous incarnations include Ross Daly’s Australian Labyrinth, Dva, dididumdum, Makedonski Bop, and the still active Balkanics.

Also taking the sea air is inspiring world music project East of West led by Bosnian-born composer Goran Gajić (double bass) with Philip Griffin on oud, and Malindi Morris on percussion.

The trio formed in 2018 in order to explore new compositions that spring from the rich musical influences of the Balkans and the Mediterranean. 

East of West’s intricate story-telling is spun over rich traditional rhythms and entwining elements of jazz, while allowing space for open solos and improvisation.

Stay out of the city. Book in for a real treat and enjoy the best in your own backyard. 

Music By The Sea believes that art is essential for the wellbeing of the community.