Trouble in Mind, Ruby Fields, The Slingers


6:00 pmSaturday, 23 April 2022


Melbourne Recital Centre

Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne

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A visceral celebration of music

About the concert

Trouble In Mind is a thoughtful and compassionate exploration of the lives of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse. In the show, Lisa Engel, a psychologist as well as a performer, investigates the substance abuse and internal struggles that made their lives so difficult. Despite all their challenges, these four artists made an enormous contribution to Jazz and Blues music.

Interspersed in the show are some of the best-loved songs from the 1930s and 40s that became famous signature songs for these artists. Lisa’s rich contralto voice does them justice along with the brilliant accompaniment of Mark Fitzgibbon on piano, Paddy Fitzgerald on Bass and Alex Spicer on drums. Woven into the biographies of these artists are potted histories of race relations, the influence of the media and the double-edged sword of fame, providing a contextual backdrop to the songs.


Been Doin’ It For A Bit Album Tour

Following her #1 ARIA debut album, Ruby Fields is touring, like you have never seen her before. She’s ditching the sticky floors of pubs and clubs to play stunning theatres, providing fans with a special, intimate experience.

Says Ruby, ‘We are incredibly excited to tour the album in the way we always imagined – to give everyone an immersive experience in some beautiful hand picked theatres. Hope to see you there.’

With Special Guest

Handsome Tours are pleased to announce The Slingers as the support band for Ruby Fields.

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