Past Projects & Events


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Saturday 26th of July – Butter Factory Studios

From across our community, artists representing a diverse array of performing arts and art-forms combine to present an evening to celebrate the Renaissance of the 15th and 16th century on Saturday 26th of July 2014.

The Renaissance Dancers have perfected their skills with grace and beauty bringing this period to life. The Butter Factory Program includes multiple dancers being accompanied by poetry, song and instrumental music. Creating an immersive evening reflecting performing art-forms of the period. This project elicited an enthusiastic response and commitment from all of the participants who have enjoyed the opportunity to illuminate and explore art-forms of the Renaissance.



The Renaissance Feste opens with the voices of the ‘Firedel Choir’ followed by a surprisingly fast and furious up-tempo dance piece. The evening continues with an exploration of the period including, instrumental music, a stirring love sonnet, the all-male quartet, ‘Eklektika Choir’ and a song written by 16th Century Composer John Dowland accompanied by guitar. The fruits and endeavours of the renaissance certainly reach into our modern lives and times with their quality of skill and refinement.

Tickets: $20.00 At the Door or Available Pre-sale at Denmark Arts until Thursday 24th July ’14.

Carnivale Masked Ballcarnivale masked ball

Easter Sunday 20 April 2014


Denmark Scout Hall

It’s not just a fancy dress swing, dub, fun party, but also a community celebration where everyone will create and contribute to the event.


The event includes funky side show acts, trapeze, circus, installations, cocktail lounge, hot food and awesome dance music with Ensemble Formidable and The Brow. The MC will be Charlie Mgee, front man for the Formidable Vegetable Sound System. Best costume prizes will be awarded on the night.


Fire twirlers , Blindman George, Krankin’ Kitchen, Photo Booth, Face Painting?

7pm Doors open

Side Show – Cocktail Lounge, Fortune Teller Demelza, Mermaid, Masked Sitar player, Strong Man, Trapeze, Contortionist, Mime and Music

MC Charlie MGee

7.37pm Rose Sing

7.45pm Ensemble Formidable

8.45 pm INTERVAL 15mins

Food Stalls – Krankin’ Kitchen

9.00pm Fancy Dress Parade & Prizes

9.15pm Lyra – Bonnie Blewitt

9.25pm Trapeze – Amy Hastie

9.35pm Vaudeville Danseurs – Madame Pinkie Divine, Mistress Inexplicable, Miss Sweet Cakes

9.40pm Formidable Vegetable Sound System

10pm The Brow

11pm bar closes – end show

Denmark Arts Markets 2014


Program of Entertainment
10am – 4pm
Berridge Park – entry $2

MC Gertrude Well-Ease
10.00am Endearing Y
10.30am Xave Brown
11.00am Rastratix
12.00pm Keely & Saskia
12.30pm Diva Dingo & a Boy named Zeus
01.00pm Formidable Vegetable Sound System
02.00pm Ensemble Formidable
03.00pm The Brow

Kids Fun Tent 10am – 2pm

MC Gertrude Wellease is back with a new attitude and some more blessings and bubbles

Special guest – Polly Petal will be roving

10.00am Endearing Y
The Endearing Y’s are a jazzy snazzy duo offering quirky interpretations of classic songs. The sultry vocals of Ruth Dennison combine with the crafty guitar work of Mark Tupman for a dynamic and spontaneous ride. Playful. Theatrical. Engaging. Sassy. Fun for all the family.

10.30am Xave Brown
WAMi Award winner Xave Brown is a contemporary singer/songwriter of subtle yet powerful music. Xave’s acoustic tunes are finely crafted lyrical journeys on which he invites the audience to join. An established performer in the south-west of WA, Xave has returned to the music scene after a two year absence.

11.00am Rastatrix Band

Rastatrix’ funky reggae band will get you dancing with their original and classic songs at the Easter Denmark
ArtsMarkets. Rastatrix play humorous and serious songs of the ‘reggaelution’, love and freedom – fusing funk, jazz, soul, world and even hard rock into their sound along with classic reggae styles such as ska, dub and roots.
South west based Rastatrix will feature David Rastrick – Trumpets & Vocals, Xander Rowden – Guitar & Vocals, Katie J White – Bass & Vocals, Mark Gretton – Drum-kit and special guest guitar maestro Kevin McDonald. Check the band out at 11am this Easter Saturday.

12.00pm Keely & Saskia

Local Denmark sisters – Keely Brittain 16yr (2013 X factor contestant) and Saskia her 14yr acoustic guitar playing sister,will delight you with the beautiful harmony’s that only sisters can deliver, singing songs that will appeal to all ages. The duo came about earlier than expected, when Keely needed sister Saskia to play guitar accompaniment for an online singing competition called the “SEARCH” for WA’s Top Voice, ran by a Perth based radio station Wafm / SpiritFm . Public votes were counted and Keely was the clear winner – thus securing a performance for both girls in the 2013 Telethon which started their career as a duo.
2014 has seen the girls recognized for their individual talents by some of the major players in the music industry. Keely and Sas were invited to Sydney during Jan and Feb, where they gained valuable experience on stage and behind the scenes in two up and coming TV programmes yet to be aired. These girls have huge potential so come and support young local home grown talent.

12.30pm Diva Dingo and a boy named Zeus 
It’s a mother and child act that is guaranteed to thrill and entertain. Zeus aged 5 is a hooping extraordinaire. He has an effortless style and charisma beyond his years. He has WOWed the crowds in Karnidale at the Circus Festival!! Where he won Junior Champion and Male champion in the knockout hoola Circus Olympics. His Mother a whip cracking Diva! Has performed with Circus and Freak Shows most her adult life. A clown at heart she will sing, play ukelele and whip up a wild time. They are delighted to share their World Premier performance  of “Diva Dingo and a boy named Zeus.”

01.00pm Formidable Vegetable Sound System
“So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still” – Sydney Morning Herald
From an unexpected debut on the main stage at the 2012 world solar eclipse festival in Australia, Formidable Vegetable Sound System (from Fremantle) has since chalked up an impressive backlog of shows including performances at Glastonbury Festival (UK), Shambhala (Canada), Symbiosis (USA), Rainbow Serpent (Australia) and Woodford Folk Festival (Australia).
By delivering live shows based around the principles of Permaculture (regenerative ecological design), Formidable Vegetable Sound System is paving the way for a new kind of musical activism basedaround simple, fun solutions to some of the largest problems on the planet.
Realising that music is one of the best tools for bringing about cultural change, globetrotting permaculture troubadour and the mind behind Formidable Vegetable Sound System, Charlie Mgee dedicated the last couple of years to composing a repertoire of swingin’ tunes on a ukulele addressing the principles of permaculture in various musical styles ranging from ‘energy-descent electroswing’ and ‘climate-change dubstep’ to ‘peak-oil polka’ and ‘post-apocalypso’, which make for an eccentrically entertaining and unforgettable dancefloor experience when pumped through the Formidable Beet-Box
In a world gone mad, there’s one thing you can do to improve the party: Lettuce Turnip the Rad-ish Beets and Rocket!
We just had an epic summer tour! Had one of our gigs at Woodford professionally filmed if you feel like checking it out:
Lettuce know what you reckon.

02.00pm Ensemble Formidable

“Ensemble Formidable don’t walk onto the stage, they invade it!” – Kulcha, WA
Their single, Industrial Chook, typifies their style: mellifluous and vigorously sung vocals, a social message delivered with oomph, violins and guitars swooping amid a damnably catchy horn hook.” – Trad & Now
Part Django Reinhardt, part jazz cabaret, part speakeasy rave, add some booty shaking and you are getting close to describing a Formidable event.
Ensemble Formidable are Australia’s premier live electro swing combo. The fully live 8-piece attack an arrayof instruments, including horns, strings, guitars, accordion, synth and samples, to play an infectiously fun blend of swing, manouche, dub step, klezmer and funk.

03.00pm The Brow
(formerly Brow Horn Orchestra) are a high-energy brass ní beats five-piece party band that play genre-defying, dance-demanding electronic/hip hop/pop music laced with an irrefutable energy and a heavy platter of global sounds.

Having shared stages with some of the world’s best acts and played some of the country’s best festivals (Peats Ridge, Pyramid Rock, Southbound, Fairbridge, Big Day Out, Queenscliff, Groovin’ the Moo and Future Music to name but a few), why wouldnít you want to join the infectious rhythms of these multi-award-winning party proliferators?
In the Brow swag to date: A bunch of WAMI’s and Perth Dance Music Awards (Best Live Act three years running / Best Hip Hop Act), three releases and a whole lot of national radio love.
we’ve recently done a 3 week tour down the East coast, playing Woodford and a bunch of gigs in QLD, NSW and VIC.

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Harpsichord Recital

Harpsichord Specialist Georg Corall

Easter Sunday April 20th, 4pm

St Leonard’s Anglican Church, Denmark.


Perth based Georg Corall, is a teacher of early music in Perth and at the University of Western Australia. Prior to living in Perth, Georg enjoyed a musically rich and interesting life in early music in Germany : we are extremely lucky to have a musician of this calibre come to Denmark.


Georg ‘s recital will cover glorious music from the 17th and 18th centuries. A time of reflection during Easter.


Concert tickets $30 on sale now at the Denmark Arts office – Tue & Thur 10-4 or at the Denmark Arts Markets, Easter Saturday 10am – 4pm Denmark Arts Stall


Monks of Tibet and Tenzin Choegyal Tour

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Tenzin Choegyal & the Monks of Tibet

The program is out!

Popular Tibetan singer-songwriter Tenzin Choegyal and three Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in India will visit Denmark in March to offer a program of traditional Tibetan arts and culture, open to all members of the community.

Included in the program will be the creation of a sand mandala, harmonic chanting, Tibetan singing, cultural workshops, guided meditations and a magical concert featuring performances by both Tenzin and the Monks.

While in Denmark, Tenzin and the Monks will take up residence in the Civic Centre. Throughout their five day program the Monks will create a stunning mandala, painstakingly made of millions of grains of brightly c

oloured sand. This is a rare opportunity to witness the sand mandala gradually taking shape day by day and take part in some hands-on workshops, suitable for all ages, led by Tenzin and the Monks.

Admission is free and people are welcome to come along each day, chat with Tenzin and the monks and learn more about this ancient and fascinating culture. In addition, each day will start with a morning meditation, open to everyone free of charge. On the final day (Saturday March 8th) the program will culminate in the emotionally charged dissolution ceremony, when the sand mandala will be swept away and taken in ritual procession to the nearest body of water.


Wed. 5th-Sat 8th 1.30-2.30 pm

Daily workshops on Sound Healing, Sand Painting and Namkha (Sky Weaving) will be offered by Tenzin and the Monks.

Wed: Sound healing with Tenzin Choegyal – SOLD OUT!

Thur: Creating a Sand Mandala

Fri : Namkha (Sky Weaving)

Sat: Sound healing with Tenzin Choegyal

For more information click here

Bookings essential for the workshops! $15 per workshop. Tickets on sale now at the Denmark Arts office – Tue & Thur 10-4 or buy online by bank transfer (Bank Details : Denmark Arts Council Inc. BSB 306 009 ACC# 415 929 3, please reference “MW_Date of the workshop (eg. 0603)_Your surname” and send us an email to let us know you made the deposit (

Tenzin Choegyal & the Monks of Tibet CONCERT

Friday 7th March – Denmark Civic Centre

Tenzin Choegyal and the Monks of Tibet will also present a wonderful concert of Tibetan music on Friday 7th March.

Tenzin, who has performed alongside Philip Glass, Taj Mahal and Angelique Kidjo, draws on his traditional Tibetan roots to create original compositions which uniquely express his cultural heritage. While his primary instrument is his voice, Tenzin is a master of Tibetan musical instruments such as the Dranyen (three-stringed long-necked lute), the Lingbu (transverse bamboo flute) and other ritual objects.

The Monks perform their unique form of monastic chants accompanied by traditional Tibetan instruments such as the 10-foot long dung-chen horn, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpet.


Concert tickets on sale now at the Denmark Arts office – Tue & Thur 10-4 or buy online by bank transfer (Bank Details : Denmark Arts Council Inc. BSB 306 009 ACC# 415 929 3, please reference “Monks_Your surname” and send us an email to let us know you made the deposit) – Door tickets availabe if the event is not already sold out.




Saturday 1 March 2014

Program of Entertainment

MC – Polly Petal
10.00am Denmark Fiddlers
10.30am Marmotte
11.30am Cathy Fotios – sitar
11.45pm Messer’s Lore Trio
12.30pm Belleville
01.30pm Shameem
02.30pm Soul Food

Kids Fun Tent 10am – 4pm

MC Polly Petal will peddle to the markets to take over the MC role. No relation to Gertrude Well-Ease, Polly is a new act, maybe a bit silly, but the kids will love her. I’m thinking of getting some yummy strawberries to hand out to kids and adult kids said Polly

Belleville Quartet
Belleville Quartet are an acoustic Gypsy Swing band carrying on the tradition of Gypsy Jazz inspired by the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. The quartet’s sound is a cross section of music from the Paris scene of the 1930’s combined with a selection of songs from the modern Gypsy Jazz repertoire.

With instrumentation similar to Django’s Hot Club, namely: twoacoustic guitars, upright bass, and violin, the ensemble also pulls influences from modern jazz, swing, Latin, gypsy folk, waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources.

Their energy on stage is infectious and their enthusiasm andenjoyment of raw musical pleasures shine through. This is not not chin-stroking jazz – this is foot tapping, handclapping, cheering swing at its best. Expect of a range of tunes from the “Hot Swing” repertoire, modern standards done in uniquely arranged styles plus some surprises…

(left to right): Charlie McCarthy (violin), Justin Kutylowski (guitar), Lachlan Gear (guitar), Pete Jeavons (doublebass) photographer Amber Scobie

Musician – vocalist, songwriter, bandleader
 “Some performers need the audience to listen long and carefully before anyone gets that there is something good going on. With Shameem you’d have to be locked in a lead-lined room to miss this lady’s sparkle. Her charisma and sheer energy on stage command attention and the listener is rewarded with a swinging, soulful sound – this is what jazz is all about.” – James Morrison, Australian jazz virtuoso

“… angelic yet powerful vocals… Shameem Taheri-Lee presents an album that will reach out and inspire her audience. With her naturally soulful voice and strong sense of spirituality, it will make you want to see a live performance to capture the full energy and charisma of this jazz artist.” – Drum Media

Local Albany, Reggae, Funk, Rhythm & Soul Band
Mainly Maori/NZ musicians and some flavours of Oz in the mix, Soulfood are a diverse group of musicians.

The band is made up of 7 members, who each have their flavour to give. Influences from the greats of Motown, Rhythm Blues and Soul Performers and a real passion for NZ Reggae & Pacific Vibes.
In 2012 with the support of Geoff Scott -Sound Engineer, a seed was planted and with roots firmly in place, is now known as one of the local favourites on the music circuit in the South West region.

Messer’s Lore
What do you get when you take singing pirates, strange instruments, ransacked folk styles from around the globe in weird time signatures and throw all the ingredients into a melting pot. The dubious raucous celtic, reggae, shanty hoedown that is Messer’s Lore


Denmark Fiddlers
A lively and colourful group of student violinists supported by their teachers Jude Iddison and Marie Limondin and a professional rhythm section of guitar and double bass.
The Denmark Fiddlers play an uplifting and sometimes unusual selection of traditional and original fiddle tunes and are regular favourites at The Denmark Markets and other community events and sound great!!!

Marmotte and Steve Scanlon
Marmotte (Jude Iddison and Marie Limondin) will be joined by dynamic Irish guitarist Steve Scanlon to play a selection of original and traditional fiddle tunes, combining rich harmonies, fiery rhythms and graceful melodies for 2 violins and guitar.

Cathy Fotios
Playing sitar is just one of her many talents. Also a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and performer with Mandala and De Nada