Midnight & The Moody Shoes

Event Description

WARNING! This little nightcap might give you mysterious dreams.

Tapping into her extensive body of work as a darling of the cabaret and jazz circuits both in Australia and abroad, Melissa Western draws from her shadow to deliver aching tales of heartbreak and femme fatale.

Step aboard the midnight express as it creeps through the misty Bayou and enter the dark, smoke-filled bar where Midnight & The Moody Shoes play murky and mysterious folk ballads about lovers, demons, drugs and salvation.

Drawing on the cryptic genius of songwriters Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Kirsty MacColl, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, acclaimed singer/actor Melissa Western reaches for the stormy depths, and then descends some more, emerging with a sensory exploration of a dark dreamworld of obsession, seduction and thrill.

So order a strong drink, slip into the smoky corner bar, and settle in for this offbeat overture to obsession.

“Western is a force of nature…Great storyteller, feisty, highly enjoyable…Warm, witty and supremely talented…captivating…fantastic instrumentalists” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby


“Western is absolutely brilliant…Her aptitude for music is vast and versatile…When the music stops, there is the longest silence. Then MelissaWestern’s voice reappears, snatching you away gain, inspiring a big grin on your face. You knew she was never gone for long, yet in that silence youstill missed her.” ★★★★★ Three Weeks


“Melissa Western is on fire… it’s mainly about the eyes, the face and the voice.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

“Western’s gorgeous singing voice serves her well” The Australian


Saturday March 26

9:00 pm to 10:10 pm

Judith Wright Arts Centre


Judith Wright Arts Centre

420 Brunswick Street (Cnr Berwick Street) Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

About the Artists

Tapping into her extensive body of work as a darling of the cabaret and jazz circuits both in Australia and abroad, Melissa Western draws from her shadow to deliver aching tales of heartbreak and femme fatale. Well known to cabaret audiences her shows have sold out performances at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Edinburgh Fringe and Brisbane Jazz Club and her credits include Women in Voice, Brisbane Festival, Qld Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane City Hall, The Tivoli, Bleach! HOTA, L’église – Avaux (France), Derry Jazz Festival (Ireland) and many more. 
Accompanying Melissa is the charismatic and engaging Jake Bristow on keys. Jake is well known on the jazz and live music circuit in Brisbane for being a high energy piano-bar-man as solo act where he makes people laugh, sing-along and encourages the audience to have a cracking time. His recent roles include Musical Director for A Very Naughty Christmas at the Brisbane Powerhouse, touring with ABC’s Jenny Woodward in her show ‘Weathering Well’, touring with the Ten Tenors as a pianist and also working as a theatre accompanist around Brisbane. 
Featuring in the Moody Shoes is also Jan van Dijk on violin. Van Dijk’s playing is heavily informed by his ‘home away from home’ performances and collaborations in New Orleans, as well as his cherished time recording and performing with Australia’s great exponent of Gypsy Jazz Ewan Mackenzie. He is the founder of Brisbane’s much loved Sunday hot Club and going back through the years has been Musical Director of Cabarets and Circuses such as The Limelight Review, Midnight Cabaret and Musée de Blasé. Jan was also a mainstay in the many seasons of the DOCH Gypsy Orchestra and performed 2 seasons with the wild and terrifying Cabaret sensation Meow Meow with Paul Grabovsky.
Rounding out the live band are Grace King (drums), Elliot Parker (bass) and Rory Dollard (guitar). 

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