Two high quality, memorable acts on November 20th, 2021 at 7:30pm
Robin Mann is acknowledged world-wide for his songs of Christian faith that offer an expansive theology of hope in the suffering servant. He has provided rich songs for the Australian church for over 40 years. Robin was recently awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to theological scholarship. Dorothy Mann, who has been singing with Robin for quite a few decades, will be accompanying him.
Sue Baker is a skilled songwriter. With a pitch-perfect, warm voice that you’d expect to hear on big labels, Sue’s songs are a rich soothing experience and deserve to be heard across Australia. She was one of Bridgewater Arts Centre’s artists in our SALA August 2021 exhibition.
Robin and Dorothy Mann
Dorothy & Robin Mann have been singing all their lives. They have been singing together for over 50 years – as a duo, but also in the Christian band “Kindekrist” from 1971-1998. Members of St Stephen’s Lutheran Church they have also sung in many other churches of nearly every denomination. Robins songs feature in the seven ALL TOGETHER songbooks.
Dorothy sang and played keyboards in Kindekrist, but her main work has been teaching.
At the heart of Robin and Dorothy’s music is the presentation of the God who became an ordinary human in Bethlehem. Their approach is simple and low key, the language and musical style is down-to-earth and direct. With only a guitar for accompaniment they let the songs and their voices deliver the message.
In December 2019, Robin was awarded a Doctor of Divinity (honorary) by the University Of Divinity for,
“his sustained and distinguished contribution to theological scholarship over the last fifty years through original musical composition that advances the celebration of
Christian, communal life and identity.”
With soul, Sue’s voice captures moment about love, life and the universe. A singer-songwriter in the alt-folk tradition, Sue belatedly returned to a love for song that started in her childhood. Influences include Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Eva Cassidy, Indigo Girls, Gillian Welch, Diana Krall. These make for a mix of blues, ballads with occasional jazzy undertones.
Sue’s own songs are about the world, her passions, love, hurt – all the usual culprits that find their way down onto paper, and usually come to life around the kitchen table. 2 albums now and the first “Bit of Earth” reflects a broad love of song and styles. The second album “Lovers’ Moon” is due for release in early February. The first single “All Together” being released on Nov 23rd.
In 2016, Sue’s band “The Sourdoughs” won 3 prizes in Quorn’s Battle of the Bands, with Best Original Song, Best Blues and Roots and Best Band. Across 4 straight years Sue’s songs have made their way into SCALA’s Festival of Original Music, and in 2018 won equal People’s Choice award. She is currently preparing for her album launches, and entering song competitions across Australia.
What is said about Sue Baker:
“Anyone with an appreciation of the high quality of Australian song-writing and musicianship will find much to explore and enjoy in Lovers’ Moon.”
Adrian Miller, Songwriter and reviewer for The Clothesline
“Sue Baker is an accomplished lyricist. Her words are vivid and sensuous; they draw you into the narrative; they have the power to startle. Thirteen tracks of absolute sincerity.” Adrienne Lovelock, Singer-songwriter
Check out her music here: Bandcamp link.