Pub Song

July 31st, 2019
Pub Song
Singing sessions of three-part harmonies for anyone looking to exercise their vocal chords in a social setting are coming to the Uraidla Hotel from next week with Hills songstress Jennifer De Grassi leading the chorus.
“It’s about providing a positive experience for anyone who wants to join in to transform and grow whilst having a good time,” Jennifer said.
“The harmonies are interesting but not complicated or demanding – even people who don’t consider themselves singers will find they can still join in and feel totally comfortable.
Jennifer has been running a similar event at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel for the past year and Virginia Leeuwenberg of Crafers was at the first session.
“There were only three of us at the beginning but it grew and grew until there would be anywhere from 50 to 100 coming along to sing,” said Virginia.
“Jennifer is encouraging, inclusive and energetic and great at helping people find the range that works for them.
“She sings us through the parts while her musical partner Alain Valodze accompanies on rhythm guitar.”
Virginia said that engaging with new people working towards the same goal of bringing together a three-part harmony was a good way for people to put themselves out there and benefit socially.
“I tell people about it because it’s a great experience and even though you don’t need to commit to every session, I’ve stayed with it.
“It’s not critical to have a great voice and if you enjoy music it’s a non-threatening way to have fun – I’m very happy it’s coming to Uraidla Hotel.”
Jennifer was excited to be bringing her sessions to the Hills where she also teaches as a vocal coach in Stirling.
“The Uraidla Hotel is just the most gorgeous place and full of character – its perfect for holding these sessions where people can relax with a drink and build community connections then sing along which releases those feel-good endorphins.”
Jennifer’s passion for music and the theatre were fostered from a young age by her Italian opera singing grandmother before she undertook classical training at the Elder Conservatorium and went on to perform shows at the Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Fringe Festivals.
In addition to her Sing Sessions and voice coaching, Jennifer is engaged with a number of musical projects including an upcoming album of original material with Alain Valodze, flamenco aficionado and performer at the Adelaide Guitar Festival.
“Alain is a great fellow and we love working together – we recently did one of our relationship-building sessions to a group of 500 nurses at the Adelaide Convention Centre,” Jennifer said.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun at Uraidla with our sing sessions which are accessible and enjoyable for everyone.”
The Sing Sessions pub choir will be held in the Hills Hoist Room at the Uraidla Hotel on the first Wednesday night of the month from 7-8.30pm starting this week, August 7 with tickets $10 at the door.
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