Matthew Fagan – One Day in Nashville

In November 2011, Apollo Bay Arts Inc presented the launch of Matthew Fagan’s CD “One Day in Nashville” with flamenco dancer Laura Uhe.

Matthew is a well known guitarist and composer of over 25 years experience. He has toured internationally with Billy Connolly, The Buena Vista Social Club, Shirley Bassey, Michael Crawford and Natalie Cole. Matthew has studied Spanish classical, flamenco guitar styles internationally as well as in Australia. Matthew has performed and studied with John Williams, Paco Pena, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Bob Brosman. Matthew has explored plectrum-style guitar, especially in the style of John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Django Reinhardt and Albert Lee, developing a unique and versatile technique that crosses from Classical to Jazz, Latin to Flamenco, Country and Indian styles.

We thank Matthew for including Apollo Bay in his tour. For more on Matthew see his website

Deborah Conway in Concert

Apollo Bay Arts Inc, in collaboration with COPACC and Apollo Bay Community Youth Club, presented Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier in concert at Apollo Bay’s Mechanics Hall in September 2011.
The powerful voice of Deborah Conway and the rich acoustic strings of Willy Zygier were accompanied by Ben Hendry on percussion and Shannon Birchall on double-bass.
Conway and Zygier promoted their latest album Half Man Half Woman which chronicles love in the middle ages, life in the 21stCentury and gives equal weight to an eight minute rant called Take Pity on the Beast.
Special thanks goes to Deb at Galapagos Book Store for doing ticket sales.

Memoirs of a Scottish War Bride


In September 2010, Apollo Bay Arts Inc presented Memoirs of a Scottish War Bride, a collection of beautiful Scottish songs featuring Christine Middleton playing the Celtic harp, Matiss Schubert on Violin and Scottish Piper, Geoff Jones.
Christine Middleton wrote “Memoirs of a Scottish War Bride” as a tribute to her mother and the thousands of other brave young women who left their lands for a country, unknown and untried, post WW11 to become War Brides. Christine tells her mothers’ story through her eyes.

The reason she wrote the Play was to encourage people to get their family stories before they die because we are inevitably left with boxes of photographs and memorabilia that we don’t know anything about and don’t know what to do with

Photo courtesy of The Colac Herald

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