Imogen Piper

Bendigo local and singer-songwriter Imogen Piper will join Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Gunning and Australian star Claire Anne Taylor at the Festival of Small Halls at Sedgwick Hall on April 6.

Piper is a music trio based in Bendigo consisting of Imogen, Timothy Li and Erek Ladd.

Formed in 2016, it started with singer/songwriter Imogen releasing her first EP, More than words.

Since then they have been performing at a variety of music events in Bendigo, Melbourne, Geelong and regional Victoria.

Piper has performed at the Forest Edge Music Festival, Free the Girls fundraiser, and various youth events.

In 2017 they released a music single titled Precious in response to the events happening in Syria, which they contributed all funds raised to Save the Children foundation, Syrian Crisis Campaign.

This year they also hosted a music fundraiser for the crisis in Yemen.

Each Festival of Small Halls tour is a collaboration between community groups, councils, state bodies, international musicians and other stakeholders.

Festival producer Eleanor Rigden said the tour offers more than just a rare opportunity for towns to access a high standard of music.

“People tell us that they feel great after a night in their local hall,” she said.

“Folks can catch up with people they might not have seen in a long time. Young people are starting to make the move back out of cities to head home.

“There are a lot of reunions happening in these halls. Memories are coming back to life.”

Both main artists on this year’s tour are looking forward to the intimacy of playing a regional tour.

Gunning is a songwriter from Nova Scotia, Canada. His recording career is now approaching a full two decades.

Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that capture both the beautiful and dark elements of the human experience. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems.

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