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A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell

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Yearning for some 70s nostalgia with a modern twist?

Then A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell by Deborah Brennan, backed by musicians Liam Garcia-Hardman and Chris Neale, is definitely the show for you. Vocalist/pianist and show creator Deborah Brennan cleverly appropriates the songs of 70s icon Joni Mitchell and interweaves them into an intimate, personal portrait of her own life.

Brennan has connected the musical dots from Mitchell’s formidable body of work which echoed the zeitgeist of the turbulent 70s and has crafted them into a memorable sound track of her own life wrapped in a contemporary story. Delivered in a different context, classic songs such as A Case of You, Big Yellow Taxi, Both Sides Now take on an altogether different resonance and have a sassy modernity which will appeal to both old fans and new listeners alike.

Undoubtedly this fresh approach brings a new tone to Joni’s raw, honest and emotive lyrics which takes it right into the heart of today’s audience. With its engaging narrative set to Joni Mitchell’s simultaneously sad and triumphant lyrics the show becomes accessible to everyone.

“Beautiful to watch and beautiful to listen to” ★★★★ The Clothesline


Deborah is a pianist, vocalist and music educator from Adelaide, South Australia. She began learning piano at the age of seven and graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2008, majoring in Classical Piano. She has over a decade’s worth of teaching and performance experience and she is passionate about the local music scene. Deborah has recently been engaged as a guest lecturer in Music Education at the University of Adelaide and also teaches piano at various private schools in the Adelaide metropolitan area. Deborah has also previously worked as a choral trainer and conductor with the Australian Youth Choir.

Deborah wrote, produced and performed in A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. The show has been very successful in its debut year and has toured to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival and the 2017 Perth Fringe Festival. Her previous Adelaide Fringe Festival credits include: Villainville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil, Signorina Scrittore (both 2015) and From Stage to Screen (2014). She also performed in the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival with An Au Pair in America. Deborah performs regularly around Adelaide as a professional wedding piano accompanist. Deborah has also previously collaborated with Adelaide Youth Theatre, working as Musical Director for their productions of Annie (2012, 2015) and The Little Mermaid (2016).

Other Highlights:
– Revolution Vocal Studio Artist Development Showcase (October 2015)
The Wedding Singer (Associate Musical Director, Marie Clark Music Theatre May 2015)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Pelican Productions, April 2015)
Young Frankenstein (Marie Clark Music Theatre Company, October 2014)
Hairspray (Matt Byrne Media, July 2012)


Liam is a versatile guitarist and vocalist from Adelaide, South Australia. He plays electric, steel and nylon string guitars and more uniquely the Cuban Trés Guitar. He has a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance, and is educated in and plays in a range of musical styles including jazz, latin, pop, funk, blues, rock, classical and musical theatre. He also has experience as a Musical Director, Composer & Arranger and as Tour & Production Manager.

Liam began playing music and started learning the violin at four years of age. During his primary school years he played in and was leading several South Australian primary school state orchestras. Having been awarded a Special Interest Music Scholarship to Marryatville High School, he started learning piano and alto saxophone where he performed in numerous orchestras, jazz big bands, choirs and various ensembles. During his years at Marryatville, he performed as part of the National Championship-winning Big Band at the 2006 Generations in Jazz competition in Mt Gambier.

Teaching himself guitar at age 15, this quickly became his instrument of choice and he went on to study jazz guitar at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium where he graduated with a Bachelor in Music in Jazz Performance in 2010. During this time, Liam was performing and recording with original bands The Belle-Phonics and Solartricity, as well as regularly performing and musically directing shows in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Liam has played nationally and internationally, performing in Japan, Spain, Mexico and Belgium, and is currently a member of bands Soul Macumbia and The Latin Connection.

Liam’s latest ventures have included working as Tour & Production Manager for the legendary Joan Baez on her 2015 tour of Australia and New Zealand, including performances at the Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall in Melbourne. He has also just finished performing a full season in the Garden of Unearthly Delights as part of the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival in the latin-culture cabaret ¡Macumbia! as well as playing in the sold out premier production of A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell.


Chris Neale is a 25-year-old drummer, percussionist, and educator currently living in Adelaide, Australia. After first picking up a pair of sticks at the age of seven, Chris started working professionally at age 15 and since that time has established himself as one of Adelaide’s most in demand and talented performers.

In 2010, Chris toured Canada and New York with the renowned Marryatville High School Big Band 1, and in that same year placed second in the intermediate division of Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer competition. After completing his undergraduate studies in 2012, Chris again travelled to New York as a scholarship recipient to attend the NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar. As part of this week-long intensive course, Chris received lessons, master classes, and performance highlights from some of the most influential performers and industry professionals on the current Broadway scene.

In 2014 Chris graduated from the University of Adelaide with First Class Honours in Percussion Performance and in 2015 funded and produced his own “12 for 12 Project” on YouTube; a year-long collection of high quality videos featuring himself and other local musicians. In February of this year, Chris worked with noted Los Angeles group The California Crooners Club as part of their world-premiere season for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. The show was a great success with the group awarded both the Critic’s Choice and Best Overall Show awards ahead of almost 3000 other acts.

Chris can be contacted via his website, his email, or through FaceBook, YouTube, and Instagram.



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