Jazzy acts help Clarence City swing into Christmas

THE Clarence City Council is jazzifying the festive season with this year’s Swinging Christmas event at Rosny Farm.

On December 4 the best local jazz talent will take to the stage and perform a collection of classic Christmas carols with a twist.

Nationally acclaimed pianist Kelly Ottaway will lead a six-piece house band (horns included) accompanying special guest performers Nadira Farid, Karai Hemara, Katy Raucher, Nicole Farrow, Mia Palencia and 2023 Clarence Jazz Scholars Finnie River (vocals), Jode Brewster (saxophone) and Louis Monaghan (piano).

Held on an early summer evening, Swinging Christmas celebrates the beginning of the holiday season and the array of wonderful musical talent on the Eastern Shore.

Attendees can expect plenty of fun things for kids to do – including a special appearance from the man in red himself!

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said he was delighted to see the family-friendly festive event go ahead again this December.

“The Christmas season provides opportunities for the community to come together and what better way to do that than with some good food and music at our ever-popular Swinging Christmas event,” he said.

“Christmas is a time of year where people often reflect on community and family and the Christmas show is the perfect opportunity to do so.

“Swinging Christmas is going to be memorable night, and I would encourage anyone who is looking for a way to celebrate the Christmas season to come along on December 4.”

Swinging Christmas patrons are encouraged to BYO picnic, picnic blankets, camp chairs and beverages. There will also be a coffee van on site for those wanting to purchase warm drinks throughout the evening.

Gates open at 5pm for a 5.30pm start – get in early to secure a good spot!

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