Beating a path to fame

Tetrafide Percussion are, from left, Joshua Webster (Rivervale), Catherine Hall (Tuart Hill), Iain Robbie (Rossmoyne) and Neville Talbot (Bassendean) [NAMES OK]
Tetrafide Percussion are, from left, Joshua Webster (Rivervale), Catherine Hall (Tuart Hill), Iain Robbie (Rossmoyne) and Neville Talbot (Bassendean) [NAMES OK]

Their skill in all manner of percussion instruments has led to a dream collaboration with Cirque Du Soleil and a slot headlining the international De Percussions festival in Quebec, Canada, from July 11-14.

Mrs Hall has been with the group for two years after completing her Master of Music, specialising in percussion, at UWA and she said she was lucky to land with Tetrafide in the first place.

‘There’s not that many gigs for percussion around, so to be in a band that is just percussion with such a range of percussion instruments is just amazing,’ she said.

‘I’ve had the opportunity to go to India, to the US and all around Australia doing something I love.’

Now 25-year-old Mrs Hall will have the opportunity to go to Montreal early next month to headline a festival which has what some would consider an unusual theme that is actually quite familiar to the group.

‘Every year the festival has a different theme, and this year it has an Australian theme, which is a little unusual for an international percussion festival in Montreal,’ she said.

‘We’re doing pieces that we’re pretty familiar with though, so we’re ramping up the practice at the moment to make sure we nail everything.’

The Cirque Du Soleil connection comes from Bassendean resident and bandleader Neville Talbot.

‘I was having a conversation with the festival director and he was so impressed with us that he put us up to the Cirque Du Soleil chief executive,’ Mr Talbot said.

‘There’s massive pressure on us to do the best we can to present what we do and present the best work.’