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March 31, 2023

New Epiphany for Uki

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Epiphany Arts was a cultural hub of the Tweed for four years. Patrons were treated to a delicious candle-lit meal in a beautifully decorated hall, where they could meet locals, eat and be merry, and then be treated to concert-style performances from some great performers.

Whether they were Tweed or north coast locals, or from farther afield, the performers who appeared in Epiphany were almost unanimously grateful for the experience. I think the majority had never experienced such unwavering focus on their talents. Some confessed to have suffered unprecedented nerves in the face of such keenly attentive audiences, but Epiphany audiences always made each and every performer feel welcomed and well appreciated.

It was magical on many occasions. The memorable talent – both local and otherwise – that graced the Epiphany stage included Sebastian Flynn and his Irish/Eastern European ensemble; The Hottentots; Loren; Lior; Rebecca and Phil Eisenburg; the various dance groups that came; our own little Henrika with her mime show, and many more.

Next month Epiphany Arts will reopen for one night only on Friday 13 April.

Maya Sapir, formerly known as Elenor Sapir (having reclaimed her childhood name), decided to take an action and this event is a humble effort in getting some funding for the local Greens party, so that they can have a chance to have more of a say in regards to the local issues.

Performing at this Epiphany will be: Tuppeny Opera – in 2010 at the Cabaret 360 event they wowed the crowd with their larger-than-life performance. Those who haven’t experienced the force of Tuppeny Opera will discover an act of intensity and quality that resists easy categorisation. Emotions run through their songs via two expressive vocals and inventive guitars and bass, with some operatic splashes and theatrical fizz thrown in for good measure.

Bill Jacobi – one of our favourite artists, this singer/songwriter has embraced the role of a one-man band, with foot percussion, lap slide and open-tuned guitar. Graced with a down-to-earth honesty and a healthy sense of humour, his songs are an eclectic amalgam of swamp/roots, alternative country and hillbilly funk that somehow manage to look back at a wealth of musical tradition, have a good poke around and then turn and run the other way…

Bookings are essential with Maya on [email protected] or 02 6672 3245. Gather a few, book a table and join the celebration.

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