Stories in Song Artists 

Presenting at Perseverance Hall

The Hobsons

45 years ago Judy sang in front of her first audience. 40 years ago Gerard first strummed a guitar, upside down. 30 years ago Judy and Gerard met at a band audition. 20 years ago their daughter Georgia sang in front of her first audience. 10 years ago the Hobsons drifted into the world of creating their own original music. Along the way, they chanced upon meeting the most wonderful musicians, Mark Chalmers and Harry Schneider. We welcome you to join our journey that continues and evolves. Come and be part of our stories and our songs.

Listen on Spotify – The Hobsons

HAMPTON CORN

In Hampton, behind closed doors, HAMPTON CORN bring their instruments and their creativity together to make music. With their folk twang and country slang, Stories in Song proudly present Hampton’s hardest working band: Gray, Baz and Ryk – HAMPTON CORN.

James Ryle

James Ryle is a Toowoomba based singer & songwriter who enjoys performing a wide range of genres from slow jazz to alternative pop and rock. As a lyricist, James loves the storytelling power of music and the emotions, it can capture without us realising. How two people can hear the same song and one might smile and the other cry, is something that has always intrigued him. He is really looking forward to showing the Stories in Song audience some of his original songs as well as his interpretations when covering some well-known and some unexpected artists!

James Ryle Music | Facebook

Helen Pearson

Helen Pearson’s passion for music and art is truly inspiring. As a self-taught pianist and vocalist, she has honed her skills through dedication and hard work. Her love for the piano began in childhood and has only grown stronger over time, as she continues to develop her unique style of playing by ear. What sets Helen apart is her ability to seamlessly blend her two passions of music and art, using her creativity to compose beautiful pieces that are as visually stunning as they are musically captivating. It’s no wonder that she has been performing as a solo artist since 2012, delighting audiences with her diverse range of covers and leaving them spellbound with her artful renditions. 

Beef Cheeks and the Salty Beans

Beef Cheeks and the Salty Beans is a band that takes you on a musical journey back in time, drawing inspiration from the rich and soulful sounds of old-time blues, ragtime and traditional jazz. With a deep love for music that makes people feel good, they specialise in creating happy and upbeat tunes that will put a smile on your face and get your toes tapping. Their unique sound is influenced by the early jazz music of New Orleans, and their original compositions pay homage to this iconic genre while adding their own modern flair. If you’re looking for a band that’s all about good vibes, great music and a whole lot of fun, look no further than Beef Cheeks and the Salty Beans.

Beef Cheeks and the Salty Beans | Facebook

The Voll Sisters

The Voll Sisters, Charlotte 17, Gabrielle 15 and Isabelle 11, live in the Highfields area. These three very talented young musicians are individually confident singers, however, as a trio their voices blend to create a unique harmonic vocal balance.

The Voll Sisters have been entertaining audiences since 2018. They have been delighted to be the local support act for touring professionals such as Lyn Bowtell, Brendon Walmsley, Catherine Britt and Liam Brew. Although The Voll Sister’s repertoire is predominantly country, they enjoy all music genres and have recently added songs from Crowded House, The Beatles, John Farnham, Olivia Newton John and INXS to their set lists.

As sisters do, The Voll Sisters enjoy sharing their sibling love of performing with their audiences with songs such as “Take Me Home Country Roads”, “Let Me Be There” and “Imagine”. These three young ladies are a delight to listen to and will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

The Voll Sisters

Pepper Jane

Raised free range on a Darling Downs farm, this country farm girl has always had her art in her pocket, while driving tractors, wandering cotton fields and traversing highways here and overseas.

Pepper Jane was singing from a very young age: in churches, school choirs, musicals, and generally walking up the street. She has played in every state in Australia, two festivals in Norway, and at the famous Ruby Sessions in Dublin (as have Ed Sheeran, Vance Joy, James Blunt and more).  Audiences have described her as enchanting, lovable and hilarious. Usually, they can’t land on a genre, but having opened shows for Aussie legends in rock (Tex Perkins, Russell Morris), soul (Renée Geyer, Deni Hines) and folk (Darren Hanlon, Neil Murray), she charts her orbit somewhere in between those atmospheres.

The salty wit of her charming stage presence is peppered with tenderness and honesty. The songs she writes serve as delivery capsules for her smooth, strong and controlled voice. Pepper has written with one of Australia’s most published songwriters, Allan Caswell.  She challenged herself to venture into the blues by writing a project album in 2021. The resulting 6-track EP was recorded in two days – the title track of which is dedicated to a mate’s dog, Slim, and called ‘Low Down Brown Dog Blues’. The EP will be streaming sometime in 2023.  Last year she quietly released her Christmas song, ‘Rather Be Lonely For Christmas’, to apparently rave reviews by esteemed gas workers, muso colleagues and fans. 

Listen on Spotify – Pepper Jane

Randall Machejefski

Randall has been a singer from early childhood and was invited into choir in early primary school. He continued singing in choirs at high school when he was introduced to the guitar and with this accompaniment he began playing in bands.

He also began roles in musicals, choirs, singing groups and solo performances have continued into adult life, with these taking a backseat to a nursing career as clinician and educator.

Since retirement he has concentrated on solo performances to increase his repertoire and performance skills and until recently, providing support for a Parkinson’s Choir.

He sings songs that that tell stories and evoke emotion. Sometimes they are just for fun.

Project 62

Project 62 are 16 years into their music making journey. During this time, they have released 2 albums, 2 Eps and a single while clocking up achievements such as being nominated for a QMusic Award in 2020, winning the Darling Downs component of the ABC’s Exhumed competition in 2013 and holding the top spot on Triple J’s Unearthed for 2 weeks during 2010 with their song Pulse. The band’s self-recorded and produced 2nd EP, 2019’s ‘No Passing Thought, sees the band deep in thought about the truth of their place in Country, Community and Consciousness. During 2014 & 2015 the band held a monthly residency at the Irish Club Toowoomba where they performed an afternoon of stripped back, acoustic versions of their music. For their Stories in Song performance, they will reprise their Irish Club acoustic days all the while delivering the “No Passing Thought” EP in full for your enjoyment.

Website – Project 62

Autumn

6 May 2023

Hampton Corn
James Ryle
The Hobsons

Winter

5 Aug 2023

Helen Pearson
The Hobsons (duo)
Beef Cheeks & the Salty Beans

Spring

4 Nov 2023

The Voll Sisters
Pepper Jane
The Hobsons

Summer

3 Feb 2024

Randall Machejefski
The Voll Sisters
Project 62
The Hobsons

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