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.”"
|Vocals and host||
|Artistic Director & Violin||
Mikelangelo - Emily Day
Van Diemen's Fiddles - Jonathan Wherrett
Event and ticketing details
Date & Time
|Ian Potter Recital Hall (The Hedberg)||
Sat 23 March
|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|
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.
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