Song of Songs

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

A tribute to Jewish songwriters and composers, curated by Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier.

The centrepiece event of FoJAM, Song of Songs brings together a musically diverse array of treasured Australian singers who were hand-picked by festival patrons Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier  to perform a favourite song by a Jewish composer.

Led by an all-star backing band, this year’s incarnation of Song of Songs promises to illustrate the depth of Jewish artists’ contributions to our music history, and be as moving and inspiring as ever, for audiences and performers alike.

MC – Daniel Teitelbaum

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall | 2:00pm (Daytime) | 70 Mins


Paul Kelly For over 45 years, Paul Kelly has soundtracked life in Australia. His contributions to music were rewarded with an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997, and an appointment to an officer of the Order of Australia in 2017.

Vika Bull In her 30-year career in music, Vika Bull has performed with myriad legendary Australian artists, but her greatest musical collaborator has always been her sister, Linda, with whom she released a record, ‘Vika & Linda’, in 1994.

Clare Bowditch is an ARIA Award-winning musician whose talents extend to radio broadcasting, acting and public speaking. Also the founder of creative social enterprise Big Hearted Business, Clare’s first non-fiction book will be published in late 2019.

Kate Ceberano In the 35 years since Australia fell in love with Kate Ceberano, the prolific genre-defying artist has released 25 albums, collected countless awards and become a member of the Order of Australia.

Harry James Angus Best-known as the firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist from The Cat Empire, Harry James Angus has earned a reputation for both his thrilling live performances and constant musical re-invention.

Lisa Mitchell After crash-landing into the music industry while still at school, Lisa Mitchell has established herself as an artist with longevity. Fusing pop, electro and folk has seen her perform at Glastonbury, collect ARIA Nominations and win the Australian Music Prize.

Alma ZygierAlma Zygier’s deeply emotional  approach to performance has an ear to the past and an eye on the future. She combines nostalgia for the songbooks of eras past with a wholly contemporary filter to remind audiences of jazz’s inherently transgressive nature.

iOTA is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, stage and screen actor, writer, composer and voice-over artist. His unique and extraordinary talents over seven critically-acclaimed albums have been recognised with an ARIA Award nomination for Best Album and four Helpmann Awards.

Benny Walker Yorta Yorta singer-songwriter Benny Walker has performed alongside the likes of Archie Roach and Tim Rogers. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul.

Alice Skye Singer-songwriter and Wergaia woman Alice Skye has earned awards – including triple j Unearthed’s NIMA competition, and an IWD Emerging First People’s Award – recognising the strength of her mature, dreamlike and hopeful music.

Jacek Koman Polish-born actor Jacek Koman is best-known for playing the role of Roxanne, the narcoleptic Argentinian, in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge. He’s performed widely on stage and screen, and is the lead singer of the band VulgarGrad.

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