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“The great songs of Nina Simone''
MAY 28th 2023
88 Acland st St Kilda
“The music of Dr Nina Simone”
JULY 1st 2023
Paris Cat Jazz club
Goldie place CBD
Critically acclaimed Nina Simone show:
More dates being released soon. Follow on Instagram and Facebook for regular performance updates
Ruth's commentary on the show:
"What has not ceased to amaze me about the music of Nina Simone is it's diversity. The appeal of the music is accessible to all ages and tastes"
In early 2005 Ruth put together a tribute show in honor of Nina Simone’s birthday performing at Dizzy's Jazz Club to a capacity crowd with the Mark Fitzgibbon trio. The incredible reception persuaded Ruth to make the performance into a show. Thus FABULOUS DIVA – THE MUSIC OF DR NINA SIMONE was born.
THE SPIRIT OF THE SHOW
The show features prose – anecdotes, quotes, biographical history and gossip that tells the story of Nina Simone. The tribute channels the energy and style of Ms Simone rather than parroting the voice of the late diva.
Like Nina Simone herself Ruth’s approach to music is not always easy to pin down as it is so varied. Her velvet blue tone voice has been described as Sara Vaughn, Nina Simone and Sade. She sings in a style that is sometimes an emotional whisper to an industrial scream. She sings as herself.
"Ruth’s passionate energy is as engaging as the diva she embodies in her show"
- ADAM McKENZIE BEAT MAGAZINE
"Thanks for changing the colour of my day"
"Fantastic show, hairs stood up"
"Nina oozes out of your performance"
"Amazing stage presence."
"Do it again… do it again"
"Beautiful Ruth … Thank you"
"The show is probably the best tribute show in Australia at the moment” - Radio National
Songwriter Dave Graney described the show as "Incredible and the sort of thing Nick Cave would like"
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