Lucy Kiely Archive

Magnificent Amalfi   Photo: Pam Walker

Amalfi: the coast with the most

Winter on Italy’s Amalfi Coast brings a vague melancholy: a hangover from too many proseccos the summer past. The tourists have dissipated back into their real lives and most businesses have closed up for Christmas. From the outside looking in, the coast …
Amy Dickson: A Summer Place

Amy Dickson: A Summer Place

If classical saxophonist Amy Dickson’s new album was a Hollywood movie it would be set in the 1960s on the Mediterranean and its leading lady would be lounging by the pool in a long gown with her hair done and a cocktail …
Nina Ferro comes Into the Light

Nina Ferro comes Into the Light

“There are only two kinds of people in this world,” Nina Ferro tells me. “There are men and there are women.” Taking to the stage alongside her exceptional band at Sydney’s 505 on Monday 13 January, songstress Nina Ferro launched her soulful …
Emma Pask: Season of My Heart

Emma Pask: Season of My Heart

To say Emma Pask has had a busy year is somewhat of an understatement: the 36-year-old scatted her way on to season 2 of The Voice Australia; made a very special friend in none other than Ricky Martin; was signed to Universal Music; …
Barney McAll solo at Trinity Cathedral

Conversations at Wangaratta

My six-hour journey to this year’s Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues is punctuated only by roadkill and the land itself, burnished and charred by bushfire. The trees lie out eerily by the roadside, black and skeletal, topped by amber leaves. After …
Australia's classical saxophonist Amy Dickson

Amy Dickson: The femme fatale of classical sax

From Tom Waites to Claude Debussy, 31-year-old Australian classical saxophonist Amy Dickson’s musical tendencies are as far reaching as dusk is from dawn. Dickson’s latest offering, titled Dusk and Dawn, is a stylish reworking of classical, jazz and popular tunes including Chopin’s “Nocturne”, Bellini’s …
Review: Calendar Girls

Review: Calendar Girls

I don’t generally spend my Saturday nights watching middle-aged women pose nude in front of strategically placed baked goods and floral displays, but when I do I make sure it’s for an excellent cause. Epicentre Theatre Company’s production of Calendar Girls at …
FAME: The Musical

FAME: The Musical

The 1980s. When dreams were big and hair was bigger. When we all thought we were gonna live forever. Chatswood Musical Society’s upcoming production of FAME: The Musical takes a look at the grit and glamour of New York’s High School of …