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BY Festival of Voices | 10-Jun-2014
Ripping the Festival of Voices out of its Hobart city socket and sending it soaring up the East Coast of Tasmania! The Festival of Voices, in partnership with East Coast Tasmania, is proud to launch UNPLUGGED, combining scintillating, soulful music and everlasting experiences along Tasmania’s stunning east coastline over one thrilling weekend in July. Showcasing home-grown artists with the opportunity for the public to get up close and personal through entertaining workshops and sing-a-longs, UNPLUGGED presents a range of musical styles from jazz to a cappella to country, transforming the East Coast into a winter wonderland filled with local food, wine and of course, music.
Address: East Coast Tasmania
Date: Friday 18 July – Sunday 20 July 2014

"The beginning of a beautiful friendship, the Festival of Voices is thrilled to be working with East Coast Tasmania to deliver this unique series of events amidst world class scenery and hospitality. Nowhere else in Australia can locals and visitors enjoy a singing trail of this nature in such stunning locations. The best kept secret in the country, happening in our own East Coast backyard." – Paul Kooperman, CEO Festival of Voices

The multi talented array of artists include Fiona Stewart, who has been practicing her craft as an actor, singer, songwriter and teacher of expressive arts for 30 years, and brings a French flavour to the Unplugged Premiere event; rising star, Hannah May sharing her talents with the audience through a timeless, soulful style; Kim Sellers', performing cover songs written from the heart and sung from the heart; 18 year old, Jed Appleton delivering a relaxed, stripped back performance; the all female vocal ensemble CONCEOL led by prize-winning VCA vocalist and east coast dweller Susannah Coleman-Brown, performing a cappella repertoire in Irish, Hebrew, Latin and English; Ange Boxall performing original songs based from her album Writing Letters; Emma Anglesey focusing on beginnings and the untamed landscapes she connects with, and Rose Ottavi-Kokkoris, who although best known in Hobart as a comedic, physical and cabaret performer – can sure sing up a country storm.

"The East Coast is spectacular over the winter months and lends itself perfectly to the UNPLUGGED concept. We are very excited about this partnership and creating the opportunity for people to experience a truly uplifting series of events in stunning locations. It will be magical." – Ruth Dowty, CEO East Coast Tasmania UNPLUGGED is a highlight of the 2014 Festival of Voices, Australia's premier celebration of the human voice, uniting a diverse pool of extraordinary vocalists to create a festival experience like no other. In its tenth birthday year, the festival welcomes individual singers, choirs and music lovers from across Australia, as Hobart comes to life with the sound of music.


Fiona Stewart & Hannah May – Tasmanian Bushland Gardens, Buckland – Friday 18 July, 5pm
Kim Sellers & Hannah May - Piermont Retreat, Amphitheatre, Swansea - Saturday 19 July, 12pm
Conceol, Chocolate Shop Trio, Pete Cornelius + more – St Marys Community Hall, Main Street, St. Marys – Saturday 19 July, 4.30pm
Unplugged Showcase Featuring Ange Boxall & Conceol – White Sands Estate, Iron House Point – Saturday 19 July, 4pm
Rose Ottavi-Kokkoris & Jed Appleton – Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Hazards Vineyard, Apslawn – Sunday 20 July, 12pm
Emma Anglesey – Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay – Sunday 20 July, 3pm