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The Bend on Facebook

The Bend on Facebook

The Bend's We Disappear is selling steadily through online stores in NZ like Flying Out and Rockstuff - and our Facebook page is now a thing, so if you want to be notified about what the Bend gets up to, we would love you to hit the old Like button......

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Big changes…

Big changes…

So it was a fabulous weekend workshop in Machans Beach, just out of Cairns, the steamy climate outside matched by the wildness and heat generated by the singers in the room. Thanks to Genevieve and Phil for the local knowledge & logistics, and thanks to all who...

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We Disappear – the long-awaited album by the Bend

We Disappear – the long-awaited album by the Bend

After thirty ‘odd’ years, The BEND [Fane Flaws, Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent] is delighted to announce that We Disappear, our album of songs written from selected poems by legendary NZ poet Sam Hunt, has finally manifested in the physical world. This strange...

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CAIRNS!

CAIRNS!

After some wonderful workshops in Victoria (Castlemaine, Tallarook, Melbourne) & Brisbane—pockets of socially-distanced wall-to-wall joy—I'm happy to announce a new addition to the calendar: a weekend workshop in beautiful Machans Beach, just north of Cairns,...

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Workshops in VICTORIA March 2021 – fingers crossed

Workshops in VICTORIA March 2021 – fingers crossed

OK, so my proposed workshops in northern NSW didn't go ahead...however, my optimism knows no bounds...Victoria workshops planned for March 18 / 20-21. Let's make it happen! https://www.tonybackhouse.com/events/ On the way down through northern Victoria, we'll have an...

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SheetMusicPlus

SheetMusicPlus

I'm now selling some a cappella choral and quartet arrangements and other sheet music online at SheetMusicPlus.  I have created, in the last 30 years, around 300 songs and arrangements — pop, rock, gospel, solo guitar music and more, pretty much traditional and old...

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Lets Talk About Choir Directing Zoom Session Feb 21

Lets Talk About Choir Directing Zoom Session Feb 21

I’m running a Zoom session on CHOIR DIRECTING on Sunday 21, 10am -11am AEST. This will be an informal discussion, Q&A etc. where, as a starting point, I’ll talk about what I’ve learned since the publication of my Freeing The Song book back in 2010. I will be...

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Zoom a cappella sessions starting January 2021

Zoom a cappella sessions starting January 2021

Happy New Year, and greetings from Blau Schnorkel Studio in Sydney — and I hope for all of us that 2021 is less challenging a year than 2020. Last year I ran Zoom tutorials every Tuesday night, focussing on my usual repertoire: black gospel, South African gospel, but...

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2021 Workshops in NSW north coast: Byron Bay & Sawtell

OK, back on the road in 2021 — with luck. Sadly, no Summersong this year, but I'm offering the air-conditioned splendour of Kulchajam in Byron Bay for a weekend workshop January 23-24 : https://www.trybooking.com/BNLZT and after a week or so of R&R, we go to the...

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HLQ’s new album

HLQ’s new album

After 23 years, the Heavenly Light Quartet has finally got around to recording more of their favourite songs from their favourite genre. We got together in 1996 to explore the intricate, rhythmic and fiery songs by such seminal groups as the the Dixie Hummingbirds,...

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NEW: the disturbing hedge

NEW: the disturbing hedge

In my giddy & impressionable university years I doted somewhat on musique concrète & Stockhausen, and even once played guitar in a Victoria University Music Department performance of Aus den sieben Tagen. I spent many hours home alone with a couple of tape...

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