Who said the end of the year was about being worn out and jaded after slogging it out for the boss?
On Saturday 30th November, popular club musicians Body and Soul Trio featuring Sandra Beynon (vocals) Sean Mullen (guitar) and Phil J (percussion) will be pumping out the dance grooves in the Bravo Bar once again. This band has the best cross-genre and intergenerational repertoire of any band in SEQ, and you won’t be disappointed by what you hear.
Come on! Dust off your glad rags and welcome in the silly season at Diggers.
For the last 12 days we have been travelling up the coast from Perth to Exmouth, and have played at five venues along the way.
When you get to the far-flung corners of Australia you realise that simple things like music are a little harder to come by.
There are some amazing venues in remote Australia; committed to growing their business, maintaining enthusiasm, finding the right staff, serving the right food – all the ingredients required to make a successful business. And we all know success attracts success.
As musicians, we greatly value those venues that are committed to making live music a central part of their existence. By believing in the power of music and continuing to offer a range of bands, soloists, duos and trios to entertain their patrons, these venues are upholding the tradition of the connection between artists and the general public.
After all, being a musician is not never play to anyone? The jury is out on that but, personally, I believe what keeps you improving, keeps you striving to be the best you can be as an artist, is the opportunity to play to an audience.
Venues like Diggers Services Club are a central part of their community by offering great food, a community atmosphere and a place to kick up your heels on a Friday or Saturday night; with old friends or to find new ones.
We love playing to the RnB-loving community at Diggers and always look forward to adding new songs to our repertoire in the knowledge that they’ll be well-received by our fans.
So, if you live in Logan, make a bee-line for Diggers and check out some of the awesome artists they have every weekend, playing for free, while you enjoy a delicious dinner in the bistro.
The friendly team behind the bar will be ready to mix up your favourite cocktails or pour your favourite brew, so get your friends together and enjoy some good, old-fashioned entertainment right in your own neighbourhood.
We’re playing again on Friday 30th July so maybe we’ll see you there!
Sean and Sandra
Since moving to the south side of Brisbane in December 2018, Brisbane’s premier duo, Body and Soul, is enjoying more and more gigs at venues on this side of town.
This Friday 29th March, they’ll make their debut at Diggers Services Club from 9am playing through to 1am.
Their repertoire covers as wide range of music including Top 10 hits, blues, classic rock and RnB Hits
Diggers has long been a great supporter of live music in the Logan area and the duo is looking forward to entertaining music-lovers on the south-side since the Albert & Logan Hotel closed down last year, meaning they lost connection to their southside fan-base.
Diggers offers four dining and bar options and the the Bravo Bar is where you’ll find Sandra Beynon and Sean Mullen performing as their Body and Soul Duo.
Don’t be mistaken – this duo isn’t your average duo. In fact, most patrons who have had the pleasure of listening to this outfit always remark on how powerful their sound is. Given their state-of-the-art PA system and dedication to finding great-sounding backing tracks, no doubt this is the case.
For a kick-ass night of entertainment, get on down to Diggers this Friday, and check out the duo’s gig guide here for future dates at that venue.
If you’re looking for great entertainment for your next party or event, look no further than Body and Soul Duo – they specialise in functions and can ensure your event will be memorable and tailored to your needs. Give them a call on 0418 762 615 or email them
Next Thursday 7th March, 2019, the Greek Club’s stunning new balcony overlooking Musgrave Park and the city skyline will come alive with ladies doing High Tea as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.
The event costs $80 per person and features an indulgent high tea while helping fund lifesaving cancer research through Project Pink, a breast cancer initiative of the PA Research Foundation!
Indulge in a modern selection of sweet and savoury delights, cocktails on arrival and 3 hour beverage package. If the gastronomic delights on offer at the newly minted Nostimo Restaurant are anything to go by, no doubt the event guests will be in High Tea heaven on this auspicious occasion.
There will be raffle draws and of course live entertainment by yours truly, Sandra Beynon, accompanied by my son, Philip John, on guitar and vocals too.
Philip John is a young jazz fusion artists Brisbane-based, having returned from a gap year in Amsterdam collaborating with other young electronic musicians. He will soon launch his own EP and you can find out more about Philip’s work hhttps://youtu.be/N8VUoDIr9VEere.
To book for this wonderful event, please go to the Facebook event.
If you are looking to host an event, wedding, celebration, birthday or anything else, let the wonderful functions team at the Greek Club, led by the super-experienced Vasili, look after your every need. Contact them today on 3844 1166 for a site visit and quote for your next event.
Or for your next delightful dining experience, al fresco or inside the restaurant, consider Nostimo Bar & Restaurant, where nothing is too much trouble if it makes your visit memorable.
Body and Soul Duo are excited to have been invited to play for a wedding scheduled at Dayboro’s beautifully created event space at the old Butter Factory. Now run by Entangled Events , the space is gorgeous and oozes charm and beauty.
Weddings are always a mixed bag of stress and excitement, but the team at Entangled events are experts at taking all the drama out of the big day and instead filling it with beautiful moments in their beautiful space.
I remember as a child visiting the old butter factory on a school excursion and seeing a huge mountain of yellow butter! How wonderful to be back there many decades later to perform for someone’s special day.
To make it even more interesting, this is our very first same-sex wedding. Times are indeed changing and the ladies involved are thrilled to be able to celebrate their nuptials in such delightful surroundings.
From their website: The Old Butter Factory sits humbly off the main street of the quaint Queensland town of Dayboro. She is a grand old lady, full of charm and character. There is something almost reverent about the building with its beautiful pared back walls forming a raw and earthy backdrop, the stunning led light windows and honest industrial fittings. You will understand when you visit; it is mesmerizing.
By day, stunning windows flood the space with natural light, it’s softness a beautiful compliment to the subject matter. And by night the magic is palpable. Soft mood lighting captures the charm of an intimate and enchanted atmosphere. It is very special and begs to be shared.
Body and Soul Duo are highly experienced function entertainers with over 700 songs at their disposal. It’s too easy to tailor a set to the couple’s needs on the day. We offer everything from intimate acoustic pre-dinner cocktail music right through to floor-filling dance tunes of all genres.
If you’re planning a wedding (or function) drop us a line to see how we can help make it even more amazing! Or give us a call on 0418 762 615.
To contact Entangled Events and find out more about their superb venue, visit their website.
One of the nicest gigs in Brisbane is the Sunday Session at Mr & Mrs G’s Riverbar at Eagle Street Pier.
The relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere which looks out over the Brisbane River is one of the finest vantage points in our city.
Live music kicks off at 3pm and finishes at sunset around 6pm. The food on on offer is delightful and there is always a special cocktail for the ladies to enjoy.
This is a regular gig of ours and we are generally here once every month or two. If you’d like to know when we’re performing again, check out our Gig Guide.
It’s always great to play for their functions clients so if you’re thinking of celebrating something special, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s another year, and for many of us, we have to keep running on the wheel unless we want to drop off it.
Musicians live by the seat of their pants for a lot of their working life. It’s rare that they are handed gigs on a platter and everything has an “end date” because one day a new manager will come on board or a new club president and they want to put their “stamp” on a venue and they throw out all the old (even if it’s good) and herald in a new era (sometimes good sometimes bad).
Just when you have made some relationships with a venue, you bed things down and the audience always love you, then POOF, someone new comes along and everything’s changed.
How do you cope with such constant change that you have no control over and can be so frustrating?
I guess the key is always to be on the lookout for fertile pastures, because sometimes the other pastures have to lie fallow for a while. It’s a bit like not putting all your eggs in one basket!
But, as all musicians know, the hustle is tiring, frustrating, time-consuming and requires a never-ending amount of mental, spiritual and physical energy to keep knocking on doors, getting no answer, or getting a “no”, or having to kow-tow to demands which don’t sit well with your musical philosophy.
Musicians who are great at marketing their brand, are tireless networkers, have a flexible and adaptable attitude will more often than not succeed in getting a good stream of performance dates. I guess it’s what sets them apart from the crowd.
Sitting on one’s laurels when it comes to gigs is never a good idea, because change always comes and it’s how we deal with that change that really matters.
As a part-time, small booking agent I often see artists who have good potential but have become lazy, won’t sing scales, won’t practice, won’t learn new songs and don’t even have a current live video available to send to agents. Then I hear “oh that’s not really me at my best”. And I wonder why on earth you would want to send something that isn’t your best
So don’t get disheartened and wonder why you don’t have enough gigs. Get out there, sell yourself, believe in yourself, even improve yourself!
Playing for others requires guts, self-belief and a the ability to take some blows and get back up.
We are all brave. We are all warriors in an ever-changing musical world, the times are changing, yes it’s disheartening sometimes, but at the crux of it, we love what we do.
That is both a blessing and a curse in a commercial sense.
Take care everybody and keep smiling.
May you get lots of gigs, functions, weddings, parties, anything!!
It’s Queensland and the weather is warming up and the words on everyone’s lips are “is it going to be a hot Christmas Day”?
For as only northerners can appreciate, the difference between 33 and 40 degrees can be the difference between prawns and ham going off before they’ve even been eaten!
The hard work required to put together a Christmas lunch can become more like labouring in the gulag (except it’s a hot gulag) once the mercury rises above 33 degrees. Even with air-conditioning, having ovens on, and often eating al-fresco by the pool, can provide a challenge to those who aren’t into wearing bikinis or board-shorts around the festive dining table.
Similarly, for musicians who play between Christmas and the end of February, the experience can become one of sweaty regret.
We have sworn off playing any al fresco venues in February as the humidity and heat make it simply unbearable. Fingers slide around on fretboards, perspiration gathers in collars and make-up melts sadly off faces.
People in Queensland become strangely lethargic in January and February with their sole purpose becoming to move as little as possible to avoid raising the inevitable perspiration that comes from just moving.
Yes, some of us have swimming pools which make life so much more bearable at this time of the year, however, depending on the size and placement of the pool, even the water can become a soupy, chlorinated bath with water at about 33 degrees. This is the time that bacteria start to thrive and thoughts of urinary tract infections pop into one’s head, and vague hopes that there is enough chlorine in the pool to get through yet another hot day.
So, when planning an outdoor festive event where musicians are featuring, try to position them in a spot with at good breeze, total shade, provide plenty of cool iced water for them, and allow them a good break between sets.
We musicians love what we do, and we love it when our patrons appreciate us enough to think about our comfort as we carry on our work. After all, we are not waiters, we are not table-staff, we are not chefs or bar-staff. All these people do also endure the heat and humid conditions, but they don’t need to be creative or entertaining! Musicians and performers have to smile through all sorts of discomfort, and provide the same level of professionalism that is expected from them under any circumstance. So spare a thought for musicians in the tropics.
They are a special, brave kind of muso and we take off our hats to anyone who plays north of the Tropic of Capricorn!
Once upon a time, musicians could buy a home, raise a family and even plan for their old age by being a musician.
They could work seven nights a week, even perform more than one gig per day, and could apply for a home-loan based on their income as a musician.
These days, a musician is teetering on the edge of being a second-class citizen unless they work in an orchestra, a big-name band or are teaching music.
The skill and talent required to be a professional performer takes years to perfect, and in fact without consistent practice, such skills can quickly fall away to mediocrity.
Why is it that musicians so often feel that asking to be paid for a performance is difficult? That they feel they ought to be grateful for whatever crumbs are thrown their way? Why do they not feel they can charge, say $100 per hour, without having to justify it in some way. Social media metrics, a “following”, whether or not they have any albums to their name – these are things that an employer might take into consideration when deciding how much a band is “worth”.
Does an optometrist have to justify his fee? Does a doctor? Does a plumber? They all have a reasonable expectation of being paid a minimum fee. Why then are musicians in this strange “no man’s land” when it comes to pay?
Notoriously, we are our own worst enemy. We do not unionise. We are, by nature, non-conformists. We don’t want to band together and present a united front. Heck, we don’t even want to get out of bed before noon let alone think about political issues like unionism.
So, we go about deciding our own worth, every time we quote for a job. We have to play “russian roulette”wondering at what point our pay request gets shut down and we are out of a job.
With so few live music venues left that offer work for real bands (4 piece and up), the soloists now rule the roost. Walk past any pub on any night of the week and witness the sad reality of a soloist shoved in a corner of the bar, under a TV screen, being largely ignored. Duos are now even struggling to compete with soloists who can charge anything up to $600 a night if they are good.
But is a soloist really indicative of “live music”? I never wanted to be a soloist because I believed the art of music was best practised with others who could teach me, guide me, improve me, have fun with me. Sitting at a piano in a bar somewhere in the wee hours didn’t seem much fun to me.
With the advent of affordable digital equipment like loop machines, stomp boxes and the like, a soloist can quickly make himself sound like more than one person.
But there isn’t more than one person. He or she is all alone.
My son is a guitarist and he largely dislikes playing on his own. He really enjoys playing with his trio where he can bounce off people and truly feel what it’s like to be a working musician in a band.
Bands these days have to cross many genres in order to stay employable. Does this mean there are fewer bands who can specialise in a given genre? Do we all become “genre-crossers” and “all-rounders”. From my own experience, yes. I stopped calling myself a jazz singer a long time ago because this just pigeonholed me and closed a lot of musical opportunities off.
So, I am a vocalist. A singer. A musician.
I am one of many such people across Australia who struggle in this large continent with its tyrannical distances which make touring costly, time-consuming and, ultimately, profit-diminishing.
The constant hustle for work, the skills of relationship-building required to create new networks and opportunities – this is the life of the modern musician.
Oh yes, and we love what we do.