Church opens its doors to music gigs

d494800 The Tender Hearts musicians Greig Hitchcock and Andrew Shadburne. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
d494800 The Tender Hearts musicians Greig Hitchcock and Andrew Shadburne. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

FREMANTLE Church is opening its doors to regular music gigs, starting from this weekend.

Although the High Street church will host live music sessions, it is not looking to replace much-loved hangouts such as Mojos or Clancy’s.

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Fremantle Church music curator Andy Shadburne, who plays in local indi band The Tender Hearts, said they would host live music events about four times a year, featuring local original bands playing a more acoustic style of music.

“We trialled the venue as part of the Fringe Festival earlier this year and it went really well, with some of the shows selling out, so we have decided to continue with a weekend of shows each season,” he said.

“Our venue suits the music being stripped back and intimate, some of it fully acoustic or with the bands taking a different approach to their songs as they utilise the sonics of the space.

“The artists who have had the most success in our space tend to be more adventurous in taking a different approach to how they would normally perform at other regular venues.”

He said the church also hoped to host art exhibitions.

The first session at Fremantle Church on Friday, August 2, will be held from 6.30pm to 10pm, featuring jazz/hip-hop experimentalists Grievous Bodily Calm with Nika Mo, supported by classical Indian duo Praashekh Borkar and Sivakurmar Balakrishnan.

The session on Sunday, August 4, from 6.30pm to 10pm, will feature coastal blues singer-song-writer Kat Wilson, supported by Claybird. Tickets are available through Try Booking.

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