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Of the many different functions and
events Annie and the Armadillos
perform at, Summer Sounds is definitely
one of the Canberra band's favourites.
Held at The Australian National
Botanic Gardens, nestled at the foot of
Black Mountain, the concert series is
a lively affair in a picturesque setting
devoted entirely to plants native to
Australia. While you are there you can
also explore the Rainforest Gully, the
Rock Garden, the Eucalypt Lawn and the
Mallee Shrublands on marked trails.
The free outdoor concert series draws
thousands of music and nature lovers
to the Australian National Botanic
Gardens each January, as families take the
opportunity to have a picnic, enjoy the
beautiful surrounds, and kick back with
some very talented Canberrans.
Annie and the Armadillos, who have
been performing together for close to 15
years, are always a popular attraction at
The band plays pop, jazz,
contemporary, blues, and even disco
--- whatever the audience wants to hear.
Their Summer Sounds line-up will
be Annie Sloane (vocals), John Coates
(bass), Bill Grose (guitar), John Stockdill
(drums) and Valdis Thomann (trombone).
Tony Haley will also be special guest
vocalist for the performance.
Tony Hayley is best known for his Frank
Sinatra and Dean Martin renditions, but
said he always enjoys the chance to go up-
tempo with Annie Sloane.
The two singers will perform You're
the Boss, which was originally written by
Elvis and Ann-Margaret.
"We love it because it's a chance to
show Canberra what we can do, and
it really gets the Canberra community
together," Annie said.
"Performing outside, the sound is
fantastic, and it's such a beautiful setting.
Annie, who considers herself first and
foremost an entertainer, said she always
tries to get the kids involved.
She talks to them about good manners,
fruit and vegetables, respecting parents
and just having fun.
Always one to make people laugh,
Annie's performances have plenty of
RELAXING EXPERIENCE: The concerts combine music by Annie and the Armadillos with nature.
Photo by Holly Treadaway.
Summer Sounds Concert Series
Where: Eucalypt Lawn, Australian
National Botanic Gardens, Clunnies
Ross Road, Acton
When: 6pm-7.30pm each Saturday
and Sunday from January 9-31
Cost: Gold coin donation
Phone: 6250 9540
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comical elements offering enjoyment for
Tony, who is only new to Canberra,
said he was amazed by the atmosphere of
last year's concerts.
"To see 30 kids dancing up in front of
the band was just great," he said.
"I couldn't believe how many people
"It's just a really fun night out for the
Take along your friends and family
and share a sparkling summer evening at
Canberra's most popular outdoor music
Pop, jazz and blues will filter through the gullies and
gardens at the Australian National Botanic Gardens this
summer. By Claire Mitchell
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