Presented by Van Diemen's Band, Theatre Royal & Theatre North

Songs of the Sea

Oceans are vast, deep and mysterious. Their waters contain more than simply  salt and marine life. For all of humanity’s existence they’ve sustained our  bodies, swallowed them whole and carried people vast distances to foreign  lands. Oceans connect us and keep us apart. Floating on the swell of an  ocean’s turbulent seas are grand, lyrical narratives that are forever evolving  – stories, myth and song. 

Steering the audience through Songs of the Sea is Mikelangelo (Michael  Simic of the folk quintet, Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen) – a  raconteur, salt-crusted storyteller and bittersweet bard. In his deep baritone,  Mikelangelo explores the heart’s stormy reaches; indulges in absurd  overboard shanties; and catches secrets freed from the sea’s breaking tides.  Shipwrecked sailors, bewitching mermaids and wily fishermen are all  characters in Mikelangelo’s songbook. 

Joining Mikelangelo are Van Diemen’s Fiddles; and the internationally  renowned folk artists Luke Plumb and Dave McNamara on mandolin and  accordion. Together they draw on maritime folk music styles, experimental  and classical composition to evoke in song the salty smack of open water.

"Mikelangelo is one of the great showmen of the Australian indie music scene.”"
— Patricia Karvelas, ABC Radio National


Vocals and host


Artistic Director & Violin

Julia Fredersdorff


Rachel Meyers


Katie Yap


Luke Plumb

Piano Accordion

Dave McNamara


Mikelangelo - Emily Day

Van Diemen's Fiddles - Jonathan Wherrett

Event and ticketing details

Date & Time

Ian Potter Recital Hall (The Hedberg) Sat 23 March
3.00pm, 7.00pm
Theatre North at the Princess, Launceston Mon 25 March


Launceston - Full $45.00 General Admission
Launceston - Concession/Friends of Theatre North $38.00 General Admission
Launceston - Child (12 and under) $25.00 General Admission
nipaluna/Hobart - Full $55.00 Reserved Seating - choose your preferred seat
nipaluna/Hobart - Concession $45.00 Reserved Seating - choose your preferred seat
nipaluna/Hobart - 30 Under 30 / Industry Allies / Student Members $30.00 Reserved Seating - choose your preferred seat


Princess Theatre, Launceston

57 Brisbane St, Launceston TAS 7250

Get directions

Ian Potter Recital Hall at The Hedberg

19-27 Campbell Street, Hobart TAS 7000

Get directions


Wheelchair Access

Event notes

Launceston Tickets

From Thursday 16 November until Sunday 3 December 2023, ticket sales to the Launceston show are exclusive to 2024 Members of Friends of Theatre North. Tickets go on sale to the general public from Monday 4 December 2023. Find out more about becoming a Friend of Theatre North here.

nipaluna/Hobart Performances

Please note - you can choose your preferred seat for these performances at The Hedberg. You have the option of flat-floor seating with direct entry (no stairs involved) or tiered seating (stairs involved). The sound is equally good throughout the venue but this option is being offered to ensure all our audience members are comfortable accessing different parts of the venue.


60 minutes no interval

You might also be interested in...