To the Deep South Festival. Minds out of the gutter people!
The Adelaidian was invited to the Media Launch Night hosted at The Gov, Hindmarsh on Thursday night for some wine sippin’ and art gazin’.
Thursday heralds the fourth year of the four-day Roots, Blues and Folk festival, having recently introducing several art exhibits to the traditionally music-based celebration. Most surprisingly, the artists of the works are in fact the musicians too! And who better to open the festival than well-known personality and ABC 891FM presenter Peter Goers.
Mr Goers praised the Tonkin family, who have owned the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel since 1993, on their support of musicians, art and social justice, as well as the venue for its absence of pokie machines. He then went a little off-track, commending lesbians for the invention of the comfortable footwear (Birkenstocks) he was sporting.
He ended his speech of support and honour of opening the event with some sound but slightly unrelated advice. “If you can’t be a good example, be a horrible warning” – (Peter Goers 2k15).
Now, to the artists.
Fiona Boyes had the greatest number of works on show, showcasing a total of 16 pieces. She is a deep blues artist and a distinctive finger-style guitarist. She has toured in 11 countries over the 18 months. Her art includes a range of nature and antique photography, as well as heavily textured prints, complete with bottle caps and poker chips.
Gini Hobson is a vocalist and one half of An Acoustic Scandal. Her three-piece set of colourful, abstract art was on show.
Brenton Manser is a prolific songwriter whose music charted number two on 3D Radio’s Top 100 for 2014. His exhibit features eight oil paint on canvas works that directly reflect life on the road as a musician.
Dennis Kipridis is the bass player in Adelaide-based collective The Dirty Roots Band. He is a performing musician, recording artist and producer of 15 albums. He has been the Deep South Festival event director since the beginning. His works, a four piece “Moondog Series” and three-piece photography set evoke modernism and texture.
Guests were refreshed with red and white wine, Coopers Pale Ale and a selection of antipasto platters.
Follow this link for the Deep South Festival gig and exhibition details over the next few days – http://www.thegov.com.au/index.php/gig_guide/gig/e55576.
With the weather cooling down this weekend after a sweltering week, The Gov is providing a perfect opportunity to listen to some great music, look at some impressive art and soak up the chilled vibes.