NEA Gallery Gig return

By Simon Ruppert

Friday night saw the re-launch of North East Artisans' "Gallery Gigs" with a sell-out crowd.

The mantra of Gallery Gigs is to showcase live, original musicians in an intimate setting with a focus on local artists.

Friday's gig was performed by one of Australia’s most admired songwriters, Paddy McHugh, with Tasmanian songstress Claire Anne Taylor, whose latest album was produced by the esteemed Chris Townsend (Silverchair, Portishead, Tim Finn, Ngaiire).

The duo was supported by local musician Sean Buckley.

Thanks to the intimate setting, tickets for the Gallery Gigs are limited to about 70 tickets.

Cosy tunes: Friday night's gig was a sellout.

Event coordinator Michaela Alexander said the Gallery Gigs demonstrated that engaging musical performance was critical to the local arts scene.

"The Gallery Gigs provide the kind of stripped-back, up-close-and-personal performances that capture the imagination of music lovers of all kinds," Ms Alexander said.

"We are grateful for the calibre of artists that we attract at the Gallery Gigs, cementing NEA as a space for musical artists to thrive.

"The event was just magical, both in the performance by these incredible artists and in the reception provided by the audience."

Crooner: Paddy McHugh entertained the crowd with a number of his own songs.

NEA president Deb Dodd said Benalla and the north east had always been a community that prioritised art and welcomed artists.

"The Gallery Gigs are a perfect example of how we embrace the opportunity to engage with musical arts as a community," Ms Dodd said.

The next Gallery Gig will be on Saturday, October 5, and has already garnered a lot of interest.

That event will feature the music of Liv Cartledge and Mandy Connell.

For more information or to buy tickets to the next Gallery Gig, visit