I Heart Songwriting Club

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I Heart Songwriting Club holds secret house concerts, showcases and concert events throughout the year around Australia to premier our new songs. To be sent an email about upcoming concerts join our mailing list here. For our workshops, click here.

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I Heart Songwriting Club Songwriter Showcases 2020

Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Fri 6 Nov, 2020

In partnership with City Sounds and Brisbane Marketing
Queen St Mall - Brisbane CBD
5pm - 7.30pm
Free Event
Featuring Tim Tainsh (PTyLTd), Francesca de Valence and Arthur Holmes-Brown
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Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Fri 14 Aug, 2020

In partnership with City Sounds and Brisbane Marketing
Queen St Mall - Brisbane CBD
5pm - 7.30pm
Free Event
Featuring Simon Shapiro, Brooke Austen and Paulina, and hosted by Francesca de Valence
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Fort Collins, CO, USA
Sat 8 Feb, 2020

In partnership with The Music District
The Colorado Room
6.30pm - 8pm
Free Event
Featuring songwriters and new songs from our workshop series at The Music District and hosted by Francesca de Valence

Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Fri 21 Feb, 2020

In partnership with City Sounds and Brisbane Marketing
Queen St Mall - Brisbane CBD
5pm - 7.30pm
Free Event
Featuring Saraima Navara, Mandy Hawkes, Dean Winchester and hosted by Natalie de Jager
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I Heart Songwriting Club Showcases 2019

Canberra, Australia
Feb 26, 2019

In Partnership with MusicACT, sponsored by ACT Government
Smith's Alternative - 76 Alinga St, Canberra ACT
7pm - 9pm
Free Event
Featuring 10 songwriters from the "200 Songs for Canberra" Project

Oct 26, 2019

Smith's Alternative - 76 Alinga St, Canberra ACT
12.30pm - 1.30pm
Free Event
Featuring Miss M, Kim Yang, Frank Zappia and Peter Elliott
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Hobart, Australia
Oct 20, 2019

Republic Bar and Café - 299 Elizabeth St , North Hobart, TAS
7pm - 10pm
Free Event
Showcase features P A R K E R, Runaway Belles, George Begbie, Toby Straton
A concert set from Francesca de Valence follows and a special Open Mic Original Music Set to conclude
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Brisbane, Australia
Feb 1, May 4, Aug 2 & Nov 1 2019

Queen St Mall Main Stage (near Myer Centre) in conjunction with City Sounds
Fridays Feb 1, Aug 2 and Nov 1 - 5pm - 7.30pm
Saturday 4 May - 12pm-2:30pm
Free All-Ages, Public Event
*All artist announcements will be made on our Facebook event page
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Sun 4 Nov, 2018
Songwriter Showcase - Perth (WA)
Featuring: Helen Shanahan (Perth), Tanya Ransom (Broome), Francesca de Valence (Brisbane)

Four5Nine at the Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
1pm-4pm, $10, All-Ages

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Fri 12 Oct, 2018
Songwriter Showcase - Queen St Mall (BRIS)
Featuring: Jackie Marshall, Gabby Gregory, Means of Release, Thursday James

Queen St Mall Main Stage
5pm - 7.30pm - Free All-Ages, Public Event

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Sun 29 July, 2018
IN THE ROUND - Brisbane Powerhouse (BRIS)
Featuring: Tash Parker (Vic), Sam Buckingham (NSW), Francesca de Valence (Qld)

Brisbane Powerhouse Turbine Platform
3:30-5:30pm - Free Public Event

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Fri 27 July, 2018
City Sounds Songwriter Showcase (BRIS)
Featuring: Karmel Jäger (Syd), Laudy (Kingaroy) and Brodie Lello (Bris)

Queen St Mall Wintergarden Stage
5-7:30pm - Free Public Event

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Fri 25 May, 2018
100% Brisbane: Songwriters in the Dome - Anywhere Theatre Festival

6:30-7.30pm; Museum of Brisbane, Dome Lounge, Brisbane City Hall, QLD
All Ages; Tickets $20, Free for kids 12yo and under. 
A global digital powerhouse for songwriting creatives, I Heart Songwriting Club was founded in Brisbane, Australia in 2014. With more than 5000 songs generated from over 12 countries around the world, the bounties of the club are starting to make waves in the music industry. With its headquarters based in Brisbane, I Heart Songwriting Club’s largest single thriving songwriting community is still here. 100% Brisbane – Songwriters in the Dome showcases songs from local songwriters including Natalie de Jager, Edward Buckridge, Hannah Ana and a surprise guest artist.

A celebration of song from the world's biggest songwriting club!

May 4-10, 2018
Mama Kin Spender with the I Heart Songwriting Club Choir

May 4-6, Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD
May 10, The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Sunday 22 April, 2018
The Shape of A Century - An Anzac Concert - BRIS

2-5pm; St. John's Anglican Church, Bulimba, QLD
All Ages; Tickets $10-$35.
A century on from the end of the First Great War, Australia is a very different country. We have blossomed through the camaraderie of our fellow citizens and the courage shown to us by our service people. For Anzac Day 2018, I Heart Songwriting Club and Toc H joined forces again to pay tribute to “The Shape of a Century”.

You forever delight us with your passion for your craft and compassion for your fellow human beings. As children and grandchildren of the major conflicts from the 20th century, your I Heart Songwriting Club really touched our emotions with the music and words performed. And that's exactly what great art is meant to do. - David and Chris

Sunday 29 October, 2017
SPELLBOUND - Synchronised Halloween House Concerts - BRIS + SYD

3-6pm at two secret house locations in BRISBANE (The Gap) and SYDNEY (Naremburn)
All Ages - General Admission $20, Kids under 10 - Free
It was a total sensory experience as magic was weaved through songwriting for our SPELLBOUND: Synchronised Halloween House Concerts in Brisbane (The Gap) and Sydney (Naremburn).

Featuring original songs and performances by members of I Heart Songwriting Club:
Brisbane concert - Francesca de Valence, Gabby Gregory, Bruce Colledge and Claudia Allard (Jabberwocky Down), and special guest performances by Hannah Athanasiadis, Laura Limb, Deanne Muir, David Turner and the I Heart Songwriting Club Choir who have recently performed at BIGSOUND with Mama Kin Spender.

Sydney concert - Helen Perris, Karmel Jäger, Freya Lindblom, Louise Charman-James, Selena Cheyne and Vanessa Forbes plus special Brisbane guest artist, Natalie de Jager

Thank you to our amazing audience who dressed up and shared in the festivities with us.

I love the way that I Heart Songwriting Club gives me the change to bring music into my house and to give me a chance to watch people connection in a profound way, and to then have a chance to connect with them. Life is all about your connections - Nicole (Brisbane House Host)

Thanks for another fabulous house concert. Music is so soothing for the soul - Linda

My I Heart Songwriting Club cherry has been popped. Such a fun, supportive, environment to be vulnerable in. Thank you - Franny

What a great show! I can't wait to join I Heart Songwriting Club! We were very blessed to have the song written about our eclipse wedding. Thank you everybody! - Liam and Elien

Sat 9 September, 2017
PARK JAM - An unofficial BIGSOUND 2017 Event - Brisbane, QLD

10am-12pm - A Free Event
New Farm Park
I Heart Songwriting Club presents PARK JAM, a series of free jam sessions for singer-songwriters in parks around Australia. PARK JAM is a fun and casual way to meet and get to know other singer-songwriters and test out brand new material.

Usually these events are open to members only, but this BIGSOUND 2017 unofficial event is the first public PARK JAM open to ALL SINGER-SONGWRITERS in one of Brisbane's most loved parks.

BYO original songs, guitars, voices, picnic rug, coffee and snacks. There is no power available so acoustic instruments only.

Wed 6 & Thurs 7 September, 2017
Mama Kin Spender feat. I Heart Songwriting Club Choir
BIGSOUND 2017, Brisbane, QLD

Wed 6th 9:10-9:40pm - BIGSOUND Showcase
Empire Theatre

Thurs 7th 8:50-9:20pm - Double J Showcase
Black Bear Lodge
Uh Yes! We have assembled our the I Heart Songwriting Club choir made up of Brisbane members and our friends. It came about as members Mama Kin Spender are showcasing at BIGSOUND 2017 with lots of songs written by both Danielle Caruana and Tommy Spender as part of I Heart Songwriting Club. These gigs will go down as some of the most fun, connected musical experiences of our lives. We are honoured to have shared the stage with such exciting, joyful Australian songwriters.

The spine-tingling vocals of Mama Kin Spender and the choir were a match made in heaven, an impressive showcase of Australian talent and tenacity... In a standout moment of the set the layered chanting of ‘sign my name on the dotted line’ by the choir was a showcase of skill; beautiful tight harmonies packed with energy on show...the depth and richness of sound was enormous.- Blank GC Media Review

Sunday 20 August, 2017
Xhibition - Sight and Sound, A House Concert - Brisbane, QLD

4-7pm at a secret house location in Hamilton
All Ages - General Admission $20, Kids under 10 - Free
As the showbags sold on the last night of the Ekka 2017, not far away in a gorgeous house in Hamilton was a showcase of a very different kind presented by I Heart Songwriting Club - “Xhibition: Sight and Sound”.

A combined exhibition of art and music featuring songs by Francesca de Valence, Boatkeeper, Louise Isackson and Hannah Athanasiadis, and recent art works by visual artists Louise Isackson and Kellie North will be on display.

Although there was no cattle show, wood chopping or apple pie competitions at this event, guests experienced a social night of cultural treats from home grown artists of both sight and sound. It was an event to remember. Pictures taken by Kellie North and Francesca de Valence.

Naked and brave! Such an intimate time - Anthony

Such talented everyday people - Deb

Up close and personal. Warts and all. Great variety of shared experience and song songs I expect to hear again.  - John

Magical inspiration and creative impressions. Beautiful results of one extra-ordinary woman with a vision to remember.  - Barbara

Saturday 12 August, 2017
Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival - Coolum, QLD

1pm at Coolum Civic Centre and 3:15pm at Jack Morgan Park
Individual Sessions $20
I Heart Songwriting Club presented "Songwriters in Conversation: Songwriters in the Round" featuring three established songwriters, including club founder Francesca de Valence, Emma Dean and Sarah Collyer performing and sharing the stories behind their songs. This performance also launched SCIRWF's Annual Songwriting Development Program in partnership with I Heart Songwriting Club, which features 3-monthly songwriting masterclasses on the Sunshine Coast - the first masterclass beginning in November and throughout the first half of 2018. Students' development will be through weekly songwriting tasks via I Heart Songwriting Club. The outcome is a performance opportunity at SCIRWF's 2018 "Songwriters in the Round".

3:15pm - Songwriting Workshop presented by I Heart Songwriting Club founder, Francesca de Valence

World class entertainment that blew us all away. We came out totally mesmerised by the different talents and our overall experience which included tears and gasps. - Maggie

It was stupendously fun! - Marita

Sunday 23 July, 2017
Things That Make You Go Hmm... - A House Concert, SYDNEY

3:30-6pm at a Secret House Location (Newtown, Sydney)
General Admission Tickets $20
After a hugely successful Brisbane show, I Heart Songwriting Club toured "Things That Make You Go Hmm" in a very special secret house concert Sydney edition featuring I Heart Songwriting Club members Francesca de Valence, Helen Perris, Colleen O'Connell and Mariamma, with Issabird.

These incredible women shared stories and songs on:
The dangerous powers of seduction
The sudden absence of love
The elusive nature of time
and… of course, being a stalker …. “Things That Make You Go Hmm..." 

What a knockout show in a small and intimate venue, as opposed to a noisy pub somewhere. The music was delivered with soul and warmth. It spoke to the heart on a Sunday afternoon in the intimate surroundings. - Ian Willis, Review published on "History Notes"

Sunday 28 May, 2017
Things That Make You Go Hmm... BRISBANE

3:30-5:30pm; Brisbane Powerhouse Turbine Platform for Mixtape Series
All Ages, though this concert may have more mature content. Free
I Heart Songwriting Club presented a very special Brisbane Powerhouse Mixtape edition, entitled “Things That Make You Go Hmm...” featuring an all-star Brisbane line up of I Heart Songwriting Club members Francesca de Valence, Emma Dean, Sarah Collyer and Natalie de Jager

Four incredible women shared stories and songs on:
The dangerous powers of seduction
The sudden absence of love
The elusive nature of time
and… of course, being a stalker …. “Things That Make You Go Hmm..."

Photos by KD Photography

Individually, these performances were spellbinding. When all performed together on the closing finale, the result was nothing short of astounding. - Bill Cauliflower, Baseq Groove Magazine

Truly amazing songs and talents- Glenn, Muddz Musical Odyssey

Sunday 30 April, 2017
Songs from the Trenches - ANZAC Concert

2-5pm; St. John's Anglican Church, Bulimba, QLD
All Ages; Tickets $15-35.
Only few of us experience life in the trenches, in the front line, the most dangerous place, where there is only the deep underground and “no man’s land” protecting you from your enemy. Anzac Day 2017, I Heart Songwriting Club and Toc H joined forces to honour the lives of our service people with a fundraising concert, “Songs from the Trenches”.

Featuring award-winning singer-songwriter Francesca de Valence, international singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham, and classical soprano Xenia Puskarz Thomas, along with the Sculthorpe String Quartet from St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls School,  it was an afternoon of songs that shared the spirit of Anzacs - courage, mateship, sacrifice, and community.

Toc H is a volunteer movement that was founded in World War I and continues today by building friendships and offering service throughout the community with work that is designed to break down the barriers that divide people from one another. This concert is a fundraiser for the Toc H Queensland arm.

I Heart Songwriting Club
is proud to have presented this concert. We thank all the wonderful communities who were involved in this event: Toc H, St. John's Parish, St. Margaret's Anglican Girls School and I Heart Songwriting Club.

Thank you for "Songs from the Trenches". Toc H is fortunate to have such talented supporters - Nick, longterm TocH supporter and volunteer

What a wonderful variety of beautiful music and talent. Looking forward to next year - Ray Geise, Chairman of TocH Northern Region

Please repeat this event next year. We will definitely be supporting it and the work of I Heart Songwriting Club  - Di Farmer MP, Member for Bulimba

A sensitively curated concert that honours so many different communities. Thank you for your work  - Anon.

Friday 27 January, 2017
Songs of Our Land and Home - An Australia Day Live Concert

7-9.30pm, The Henderson Art Gallery (South Brisbane, QLD) 
All tickets $15-20, All Ages

No doubt there is far more to celebrating our country than the traditional day off in January, a bash in the backyard, a few beers and a lamb chop. Many of us also experience a deep cultural and spiritual connection, although its significance is often not so easily expressed. 

Members from I Heart Songwriting Club wrote songs that speak of what the term, "our land and our home" means to them, and these songs were presented in a sold-out concert at The Henderson Art Gallery, South Brisbane on January 27. This exhibition space embraces the works of local artists, including First Nations artist Robert Henderson. Joining them was esteemed music critic and author, Noel Mengel, who shared some material from his upcoming book.

At this special Australia Day live event brand new original songs were premiered from I Heart Songwriting Club members Francesca de Valence (founder and director of the club), Edward Buckridge, Brooke Austen, as well as guest performers from within the club.

People gathering sharing narrative, expressing, sharing, supportive, fostering community. Peeling back division and revealing oneness...Nice - Anon.

Quote of the night 'the community of creativity'. Great concept, great night - Tim

As my first visit to an I Heart Songwriting Club event, it has been a brilliant, vibrant experience. It is wonderful having so many creatives in one room. Francesca, you've created a real community  - Morgan

The Arts are alive and well in Brisbane thanks to people like Francesca and the I Heart Songwriting Club. Please never stop! - Anon.

The Ripple Effect - A Secret House Concert Series 
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 - Hobart CBD (Concert and Workshop)
Sun 20 Nov, 2016 - Bulimba, Brisbane 
Fri 25 Nov, 2016 - Newtown, Sydney 

All tickets $15-20, All Ages

Water. Waves. Impact. Cleansing. The theme for the final I Heart Songwriting Club house concerts for 2016 was The Ripple Effect, which is symbolic of the real-life ripple effect that this unique global online songwriting club is creating. After operating as a private ‘pilot’ club for 2 years, the doors were opened to public membership in July 2016. A few months later there are 100 members from all over the world – each writing songs every single week.

We had the immense pleasure of hosting our first I Heart Songwriting Club house concerts series taking in not only our home town of Brisbane, but for the first time Hobart and Sydney, allowing us to feature even more I Heart Songwriting Club members from around Australia. I Heart Songwriting Club founder Francesca de Valence presented concerts with I Heart Songwriting Club members Helen Perris, Mariamma Mitchell, Colleen O’Connell, Freya Lindblom and Louise Charman-James in Sydney, and Toby Strays, Lasca Dry and Cassie O'Keefe in Hobart. The Brisbane concert was our 8th event in Brisbane and featured Johnny Pav, Heather Bertoli, The Viola Cloning Project, Laura Fanshawe, Mick Hartcher, award-winning writer Kirsten Fogg and a breath-taking photographic exhibition from Kellie North

We are so proud of our club - nurturing songwriting and community around the world. It was so amazing to see it all unfold in each city. Til 2017. Thank you for your support.  

I used to attend similar events in Brisbane such as “Roving Conspiracy” and "Sofar sound" featuring live music, art gallery and poems with open and appreciative audiences. Your Sunday concert was absolutely the best of its kind I have ever been to so far - Yidong

Thank you for a lovely afternoon of music, art and warmth - Jenny

You are doing terrific work here. I love it!  - Thomas

These evenings are always a highlight for me. You have a gift of gathering people and art and it makes my heart so warm - Katie

Thurs 24 November, 2016
Songwriting Workshop and Mini-Concert (Nowra, NSW)

6-8.30pm Sandra Basham School of Contemporary Singing 
Tickets Essential $25 - All Ages - Strictly Limited Tickets

Learn songwriting tips by founder and director of the online global songwriting club, I Heart Songwriting Club, and Los Angeles Music Award Winner, Francesca de Valence.

I enjoyed learning new skills and ideas. I also felt validated that what I have been feeling and thinking is leading me on the right path - John

This workshop inspired my creativity - Denise

I loved hearing you speak and love how you interacted with all members of the group on individual levels. Great positive vibe  - Sandy

It challenged me to think outside my comfort zone - Rebekah

Sat 13 August, 2016
The Fire In Us - A House Concert and Celebration

5-8pm at a Secret House Location (The Gap, Brisbane)
General Admission Tickets $20. Not Suitable for Children 

I Heart Songwriting Club celebrated its 2nd birthday with a collection of fiery and explosive songs at a secret house location in The Gap, Brisbane. Fire pits, ceremonial torches and songs to stoke the embers - this was the hot ticket event in town in August!

Members of I Heart Songwriting Club from all over the world met to celebrate this very special and momentous occasion in concert. Francesca de Valence (Brisbane), Helen Perris (Sydney), Emma Dean (Brisbane and New York), Sam Buckingham (Byron Bay and Central Americas), Sarah Collyer (Brisbane), Natalie de Jager (Brisbane), Jessie Ryan-Allen (Sunshine Coast) and Erin Jane (Brisbane and UK).  We also filmed a documentary at this concert. We look forward to sharing this with you before the end of 2016. 


Keep spreading your love and goodness! What a beautiful evening! - Aimee

Sharing this creative journeying is a privilege and a must. I heart the Songwriting Club. Gratitude and respect - Shannon

Oh man, what a great discovery! I love watching everyone get up and give it a crack, and I love that the I Heart Songwriting Club has created a space for folks to do that. Can't wait for the next show - Anna

Another I Heart Songwriting Club triumph!  - Andrea

Sun 29 May, 2016
Dreamweavers -  A House Concert

5-7pm at a Secret House location (Newmarket, Brisbane) 
General Admission $15, All Ages

A beautiful inspired audience joined I Heart Songwriting Club for a sunset concert fireside overlooking a canopy of trees in a secret location in Newmarket, Brisbane. Club members Francesca de ValenceSam Buckingham and Jessie Ryan-Allen were joined by poet and published author Boots Barry, newcomer Brooke Austen and the incredible The Viola Cloning Project and took the audience on a journey weaving in and out and throughout dreams, stories and songs.

Bloody Brilliant. Thank you all so much for sharing these parts of you. I took something away from each of your performances. - Reindert

For the short time I was here, I felt welcomed and inspired amongst these beautiful people. What a lovely setting - Dane

Absolutely fabulous! Love the personal touch and sharing of your thoughts - Wendy and Tony

Love hearing 'real' people making 'real' music  - Kaye

Sun 28 Feb, 2016
Celestial Songs - A House Concert

4-6pm at a Secret House location (The Gap, Brisbane) 
General Admission $15, All Ages

I Heart Songwriting Club kicked off 2016 with a big bang! Their first house concert for the year featured some new and old songs inspired by the heavens. "Celestial Songs" featured songs and performances from Francesca de Valence, Sarah Collyer, Bruce Colledge, Jessie Ryan-Allen and special guests.

This is truly inspiring. What you are doing is bringing life to the world. We need more of this - unrecognisable signature

Happiness is about feeling connected to people. This makes me feel very connected and puts me in touch with that soulful spirit that can go anywhere and do anything. You're all amazing - Nicole

Thank you all you creative people! Beautiful amazing female voices - you should rule the world! - Susan

A group of passionate artists learning and practicing what they love, with the help of an exceptional teacher - Will

Sun 1 Nov, 2015
Spring Fling -  A House Concert

3pm at a Secret House location (Brisbane) 
General Admission $15, All Ages

Spring - the season for sunshine, flowers, butterflies, songs of renewal and the final seasonal I Heart Songwriting Club house concert instalment for 2015 featuring members Audra McHugh, Natalie de Jager and Bruce Colledge plus our friends Shani Forrester and Eddie Petterson. 

Absolutely wonderful afternoon. Can't wait to attend all four next year - Donna

My first time and definitely not my last - Narrelle

Thank you all to all of the artists for sharing your gifts and talents. I especially enjoyed hearing a bit about where the songs came from. Your courage in sharing songs from your hearts is much appreciated and needed in our world. I look forward to the next concert - Anon.

Beautiful spring afternoon underneath the Jacaranda in bloom! loved ALL the singer songwriters - the Petterson family

Sat 29 Aug, 2015
Winter Warmers - Songs by the Fire

4:30pm at a Secret House location (Brisbane) 
General Admission $15, All Ages

Our third I Heart Songwriting Club house concert showcased the songwriting talents of members Francesca de Valence, Laura Driver and James Halloran and our friend Jake Bristow. Each artist performed their own winter inspired songs in an homage to one of Brisbane's most unpredictable winters.

What an amazing, inspiring afternoon/evening of music, joy, rain and friends! Thank you for hosting such a great event - I loved being an audience member.  - Kate

Wow Francesca, you and your friends are uber talented. Beautiful music, mood, feel. Keep doing what you do SO very well - Helen

Wonderful evening spent with very talented and creative people. Enjoyed all the music and poetry readings. - Robyn and Chris

Fun today. I love you  - from our adorable friend, Giorgia May

Sun 24 May, 2015
An Autumn Serenade - A House Concert

3:30-5:30pm at a Secret House location (The Gap, Brisbane) 
General Admission $15, All Ages

After the success of our ‘Ode of Summer’ House Concert, we were excited to present the next seasonal concert installment – ‘An Autumn Serenade’. A new secret location had been sourced for an afternoon of cool jazz, sparkly pop and acoustic folk. Guests brought along drinks, blankets & friends and were serenaded by I Heart Songwriting Club members Francesca de Valence, Robert Davidson, Natalie de Jager and Michael Blundell presenting new work inspired by the autumn season.

Sun 22 Feb, 2015
Ode to Summer - A House Concert

4-7pm at a Secret House location (The Gap, Brisbane) 
General Admission $10, All Ages

"Summertime, and the living is easy..." To celebrate the joy of the warmer months, five songwriters came together for a special show of original songs dedicated to summer. Tucked away in a secret location, the concert began in the cool of the afternoon featuring live performances from Francesca de Valence, Natalie de Jager, Tony Dean, Audra McHugh, and Erin Jane. This concert was the initial bringing together of I Heart Songwriting Club members and new friends and where new summer memories were born.