Susan Gai Dowling & Jim Pennell: Chasin’ The Bird | Pigeon Lane@ONE88
‘Music in the Mountains’ & ‘Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88’ have teamed up to bring you the Blue Mountain’s newest monthly jazz series – ‘Chasin’ the bird’. It’s home, Pigeon Lane, is one of Katoomba’s best-kept secrets – it’s not big, and you wouldn’t know where it was unless someone pointed it out to you, however, it’s got all the makings of a New York basement jazz club. The vibe is cool, it’s intimate (you won’t quite be knocking elbows . . . but it will be close) and you will be there to be absorbed by the music. Soak in the magic on the last Thursday of the month at Katoomba’s very own ‘Birdland’.
For this performance, jazz vocalist, Susan Gai Dowling, is trekking up the Mountains for an intimate performance with guitarist, Jim Pennell. There are few singers who are that special but Susan Gai Dowling is one of them – don’t miss the rare opportunity to catch one of Sydney’s greatest jazz vocalists!
Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Location: Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88 (186-188 Katoomba St)
Doors Open: 6:00 pm
First Set: 6:30-7:15 pm
Intermission & Dinner Break: 7:15-8:00pm
Second Set: 8:00-8:45 pm
Book online or call Chris on 0411 954 826
Susan Ga Dowling:
Susan Gai Dowling jumped back into music during the 1980’s and has been in constant work as a Jazz singer at major venues and festivals here in Australia and overseas ever since including, an appearance last year at New York’s Birdland. Soon after Susan Gai returned to the stage she realised a dream of promoting her passion for jazz by joining a community radio station as a presenter. She now presents a jazz programme in Sydney at Fine Music 102.5fm on Monday nights 10-12 pm (The Australian Jazz Scene).
Susan Gai has released five albums –“ Rent Party”, ” Where’s Love Gone”, ” Yellow Daze” a compilation “Live at the Reservoir” and more recently “In Summer”.
All feature the cream of Australian Jazz musicians including Bernie McGann, John Pochee, Carl Dewhurst, Lloyd Swanton, David Levy, Brett Hirst, James Hauptman, Greg Royal and Cameron Undy.
“No one pushes the beat or phrases more personally”
“Her delivery sends her superb band into overdrive.”
“This is very well sung indeed.”
John Clare Sydney Morning Herald – review of Rent Party
“The entire band cooks. Susan Gai Dowling is a soulful and buoyant singer.”
Cadence Music magazine Canada – review of Rent Party.
“Fine singers and drummers are as rare in Australia as driveable roads and drinkable pinot noir. Singer Susan Gai Dowling and John Pochee are both members of this elite club and here they are in one band ….. one left the performance glowing.”
John Shand Sydney Morning Herald – review of Where’s Love Gone.
“Sidestepping the mannerisms, childish desire to impress and look-at-me obsessions that best most singers, Susan Gai Dowling dances into the arms of truth.”
Info coming soon!
What else do I need to know . . .
How do I find Pigeon Lane?:
You don’t enter through Gallery ONE88 – every good journey starts with the unexpected. Take a stroll down Beverly Place in Katoomba, a.k.a. Art Street, and whilst you’re enjoying the everchanging street art, you will find the entrance behind Gallery ONE88.
Will there be food & drinks available?:
There is a full cafe just upstairs in Gallery ONE88, so dinner, coffee, cake & soft drinks will be available on the night. When you arrive, head upstairs to the cafe and put in an order for dinner, and your meal will be ready and waiting for you during the intermission. There will also be an opportunity for coffee and cake after the show.
What about a bar?:
Pigeon Lane does not yet have a liquor license, so alcohol is BYO. There is glassware however so no need to bring wine glasses with you.
Will there be seating?:
Everyone will be seated and there is no standing room. There is no reserved seating so seating is on a first-come, first-served basis – so get in early.
Is there parking nearby?:
You can park on Waratah & Lurline Streets and you’ll only be a few minutes walk away. If you would like to first drop off your family & friends at the door, you can drive down Beverly Place and drop all your guests at the door.
Accessibility @ Pigeon Lane?:
There is wheelchair access however call Chris on 0411 954 826 to make your booking as entrance and drop-off will be explained over the phone, and seating will need to be rearranged in Pigeon Lane to accommodate (which we are happy to do – we just need some advance notice).
186/188 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780