Wed 12 Dec 2012

Legendary Australian blues icon Wendy Saddington returns to the Melbourne stage
in a stripped back setting of voice and piano that highlights her astonishing vocal soul power.

From the late 60s on, Wendy has been a spearhead of artistic integrity. A touchstone
of unique, impassioned and psychedelically wild energy, she broke the mould with her
hallucinogenic screams, subtle nuances and theatrical appearance.

“Saddington's voice is still a ferocious instrument that could send a bluesy shiver down
the spine." John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

In A Soul Seance Wendy will perform gems that span the breadth of her forty five year
career, including songs from her major influences Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, and
some new pieces handpicked especially for this show.

Soul/jazz maverick Henry Manetta opens the show with a set of original songs and also
performs with Wendy on some ecstatic new workouts, as well as a Saddington classic or two.
They will be accompanied by the remarkable Adam Rudegeair on piano.

"Wendy Saddington is the real thing, as honest, brutal, haunting and pure a songstress
as Australia has ever had the honour of laying claim to." Lo Carmen, Collapseboard.
"Defiantly individual and possessing a vocal range that almost defies belief, Henry
draws influences from the grand traditions of jazz and soul." Matthew Frederick, The

WHERE: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
DATE: One Night Only: Wednesday 12 December 2012 at 7.30pm
TICKETS: $28 (full) $25 (concession)
BOOK: or 9662 9966