Local Music Loves: The Boswell Project

You know when you’re a teenager, and you see one of your school teachers out at the shops with their families/friends/each other (god forbid), and you have that feeling of the whole world being a bit off-kilter? Like the whole equilibrium of life is a bit outta whack? “WHAT? Teachers have lives?!” you (probably) exclaimed, as all your illusions of teacherly boringness start to crack. Well, imagine seeing your ex-music teachers performing in the Cabaret Festival, all sassy-like, in the same room that held your school formals. I know.

Luckily, I had the kind of music teachers that were just as sassy at school too, and who I knew could belt out a tune or fifty. Together, three of these jazz-loving lasses have formed an ace little group called The Boswell Project, which honours the largely unknown work of the pioneering Boswell Sisters. They’re backed up by a band of local jazz-loving lads too, including *fun fact alert* my old saxophone teacher^. The original Boswells were mates with Duke Ellington, inspired the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and The Andrews Sisters, and were incredibly talented multi-instrumentalists, yet they just aren’t given the credit they deserve these days. The Boswell Project aim to change this, to tell the amazing story of the soulful Boswell sisters and bring their glorious harmonies to audiences near and far.

Photo by Chloe Elizabeth, from The Boswell Project website

Photo by Chloe Elizabeth, from The Boswell Project website

I was lucky enough to be part of one of their audiences last night at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, as I was writing a review of the show for On Dit (you can read what I wrote here). The cheeky jokes shared amongst the women and their band, along with the enlightening insight they gave into the lives and times of ‘The Bozzies’ and their involvement in the New Orleans and New York jazz scenes, made for a super fun show. Short, sharp and shiny at just over an hour long, I was left hoping for a juuuust a lil more – a sign of a job well done by The Boswell Project team.

Unfortunately, there’s only one more show as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for The Boswell Project, but if you keep an eye on their website or Facebook page, you might just be able to catch a future performance. The website also has little clips of the ladies doin’ their thang, if you want a taster. Also, they’ve just been asked to go to New Orleans to perform at an exhibition about the Boswell sisters, which is kind of a big deal. You can help them make it there by donating to their Pozible project, right over here. As I (am pretty sure I) mentioned over in my post about Elli Belle (who, coincidentally, I also met at high school), supporting local lovelies is lovely, so get behind The Boswell Project and help them tell this amazing story.

 

^Devastatingly, my hopes of being a pro sax player were dashed with the news that I was to become the not-so-proud wearer of a set of clunky orthodontic braces. However, I still adore that soulful instrument and maintain that most songs could be vastly improved with a good brass solo.

 

The Market Shed on Holland

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I’m a big fan of markets. I love their friendly, buzzing atmosphere and I love supporting local businesses, especially producers. Turns out my Dad feels the same way. This morning we headed out for some father-daughter bonding foodie time at The Market Shed on Holland, the new kid on the Adelaide market block. The markets run every Sunday 9am-3pm in, funnily enough, a market shed on Holland Street (just behind the Gilbert Street IGA) and have a focus on wholefoods and organics. Some stallholders are permanent fixtures and some rotate through, keeping things fresh (pardon the pun) every week.

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Dad loved the quirky band and Mother and Sons bakery’s gorgeous display of crusty, delicious breads.

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I was a fan of the delish raw sweets and treats (my latest foodie obsession) offered by Bona Food, Raw Karma and Living Table.

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We came away with a bag full of deliciousness for our respective lunches that included a jar of olive tapenade, semi-sour baguette and custard tart (Dad) and a veggie Nori roll, drinking coconut, rosemary honey walnuts and a gluten and dairy-free chocolate slice (me).

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Ever the sweetheart, Dad grabbed a little jar of super sweet-smelling flowers and a custard tart to take home for Ma too.

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I’d probably recommend hitting up The Market Shed for brekkie or brunch and then buying stuff to take home too because there was so much Dad and I missed out on trying and too much to possibly limit to just one meal of the day! That’s my plan of action for next time, anyway!

Lxx

Getting glitzy with Pandora

About a fortnight ago a pretty little invitation dropped into my email inbox announcing a VIP event at Pandora Westfield Marion to launch the jewellery chain’s 2013 Christmas collection as well its new ‘Essence’ range. Swiftly hitting the ‘Reply’ button, I RSVPed and last Tuesday rounded up the girls for a night of freebies, bubbly and bling.

Upon arrival at the store we were welcomed with a glass of our choosing (champagne/rosé/orange juice for the teetotallers), a raffle ticket and a little goodie bag containing brochures, a Pandora cookie and a light-up lipgloss. We walked strutted up the red carpet and squeezed our way into the teeny store to have a peek at the new collections.

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Disappointingly, the Essence collection charms are gorgeous but don’t fit the classic-style Pandora bracelets, only the specific Essence ones so we ooh-ed and ahh-ed over them but they remained firmly on the shelves. The Christmas collection was predictable but pretty nonetheless; all snowflakes and presents and Christmas stockings.

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After a quick welcome from the store owner, the girls and I had our eyes on Pandora’s dainty stackable rings. We were a bit disappointed that there was no discount offered on the evening but as we were all in the market to start or add to our collections anyway, this didn’t stop us snapping up a few pretty bits and pieces.

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Unfortunately the store became a bit too claustrophobic for us to stick out the full two hour event so we headed out to San Churro (a fave dessert spot of ours) for hot chocs, a bit of gossip and to debrief on our purchases. A lovely night of pampering was had by all!

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