2019 - Can't wait!!

I can’t quite believe it, but I’ll be spending almost 3 months in Germany this year, performing with The Fabulous Singlettes. I’ve already had a taste of working with the other amazingly talented gals, Naomi Ayers and Melissa Langton at the end of last year, when we wowed the audiences at Memo Hall in St Kilda. But I suspect performing in Bonn and at The Tipi theatre in Berlin may just top that. Naomi created the show 30 years ago and has been leading the charge since then, and Melissa has been strutting her stuff for 20 of those years. I am certainly the new kid on the block and very happily so, I might add. I can’t wait to work in Germany alongside these fabulous girls.

And then I return to a host of performances of my own shows, starting in South Australia in July with my 60’s show and Gems of Jazz. Followed by my country, Christmas and Doris Day/Shirley Bassey shows all across Victoria, including a quick visit back to North Gosford.

Oh Carole, a fantastic show which features the wondeful Mark Jones and myself singing songs from Carole King and Neil Sedaka, also features heavily in the 2nd half of the year, with three shows to be performed around Victoria. I just love this show, one of the newest additions to my showlist, and working once again with the amazingly talented Mark is a real treat.

It’s going to be a fabulous year and I hope you get a chance to catch one of my shows, wherever you are in the country.

Country Show a hit in Queensland!

I've been lucky enough to escape the Melbourne winter for a very brief moment, and entertain the lovely people of Beaudesert and Mackay with my show, A Country Girl at Heart.  They just loved it!!  And I had a fabulous time, soaking up the rays when I could.  Now it's preparation time for my new show, Gems of Jazz, which I'll be performing in October at Darebin Performing Arts Centre.  Between now and then though, I'll be pulling out the fabulous wigs and costumes for a couple of 60's shows, another Doris Day/Shirley Bassey show in October, and a couple of performances with the amazing group The Fabulous Singlettes.  It's all go go go for this little performer.  How lucky I am!

Cruising on the high seas

I've just returned home from another fabulous cruise with P&O.  This time I was off to New Zealand, a place I'd never visited, and would go back there tomorrow if it was on offer.  What a beautiful part of the world.  I so look forward to returning for a proper holiday and exploring the lovely place.

With regard to my 60's show performances, they were a huge success.  I always feel very happy when I walk onto a ship for the first time and see that most of the passengers are over 50.  These are my people!  I know they're really going to love the show and probably know all the songs, which in turn means that hopefully I'll contribute in some small way to them having a great cruise.  We certainly had lots of fun together on this trip.

The other bonus for me is that I get to see some fabulously talented people and make some new friends.  Now you can't ask for more than that.  I'm really looking forward to my next cruise to Fiji towards the end of March.  I'm sure it will be just as fab.

2018 HERE I COME!

After a huge end to the year in 2017, I'm ready for a fabulous year ahead.

I finished last year with a tour of my Christmas show through regional Victoria and South Australia, with almost 3000kms and 13 shows clocked up in just over two weeks.  What a wonderful way to end the year.  And Christmas really is my favourite time of year, so getting the chance to sing my favourite Christmas carols and songs was a real treat for me.

This year I'm kicking off with a cruise to New Zealand early February where I'll be performing my 60's show, a show that will always have a special place for me, being my very first one.  And I can't believe it but I'll be performing all five of my shows this year.  That will certainly keep me on my toes!  I'll also be visiting and performing in a number of new places, including Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Ipswich and Boonah.  What a lucky girl I am!

The first performance of my country show will be happening in February, and then throughout the year, including a performance at The Capital in Bendigo, my home town, which I'm very excited about.  I was brought up on country music and I can't wait to return to my roots and entertain my family, friends and the residents of Bendigo.  I'll even be playing my guitar in the show.  Along with some boot scootin'.  Should be lots of fun.

And as if that isn't enough to keep me busy, I'll also be launching my new show Gems of Jazz, where I get to sing some of my favourite jazz songs made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and many more.  I've been wanting to put together a jazz show for quite some time now, so I'm very excited that it's finally happening.  

And last but certainly not least, I will be performing with the fabulous Mark Jones in Oh Carole!, a show featuring songs by Carole King and Neil Sedaka.  And this time it won't be with tracks, but live piano, bass and drums.  And I get to do one of my favourite things with regard to singing - harmonise! And with such a wonderful singer!  As I said before, a very lucky girl.

So 2018, here I come!

A BUSY TIME

Well, I've just returned home from a performance of my 60's show on a P&O Cruise ship, the Pacific Eden.  I had a fabulous time, and my show was so well received which always puts a big smile on my face.  The staff had so many requests for another performance that I returned two night's later.  Luckily I'm a Virgo and I had more material with me. 

We sailed from Fremantle to Broome, places I've never been to, and Broome was just beautiful.  And it was so wonderful to put a summer dress on again, after wearing hats and coats here in Melbourne for the past month.  Just lovely to be in the warmer weather, even if it was only for a week.  I'll take it!!

Next Thursday my pianist, Greg Riddell and I will be making the trek to South Australia, and performing my show Night and Day - the Doris and Shirley Show at six venues in and around Adelaide.  It's going to be a busy tour but I can't wait.  It's so lovely to be able to perform a few shows in a row, rather than just one off shows, which is often what happens.  I can't wait to return to Adelaide and entertain the troops.  We were there two years ago with the 60's show and they loved it, and I'm sure they'll love this one as well.

See you soon, Adelaide!!

NEW DEMO FOR THE WOMEN OF THE 60'S

I'm so very excited that my demo is now online and ready to be viewed.  It's taken quite a lot make it happen, but thanks to the hard work of a few fabulous people, it's done!!

Thankyou to Judd Field for his work on the footage, Ian Bonnitcha for filming the show and Steve Scanlon for mixing and mastering.  All the boys worked so hard to and I'm so very grateful to them. 

And of course to the fabulous Mr Greg Riddell for his work both on and off stage over the past 5 years.  I'm a lucky girl to have him in my corner! 

Fingers crossed I'll be performing my 60's show at a venue near you in the not too distant future.  Just keep checking my Dates page to see where and when I'm performing. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R50xNXnSQPw - Full Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2q41wrI9V0 - Short Demo

2017 Here I Come!!

It's going to be a great year this year.  I'll be travelling all around the country performing my shows, including two trips to Adelaide, one to Sydney and to Queensland, and plenty of regional Victoria and Melbourne shows as well.  

I started the year with a P&O Cruise from Fiji back to Australia, where I performed my 60's show for the punters.  They loved it, as did I, and I was very happy to have smooth seas the whole way.  I did my first cruise mid last year, and we had a couple of really rough days, which left me feeling a little ordinary, and with a touch of vertigo for a week when I returned home.  But no such problems this time.  It was lots of fun.

I'm almost ready to publish a new demo for my 60's show, with the footage taken at my fundraising show at The Capital in Bendigo last year, and I can't wait to see the final product.  Hopefully it will help to get me a few more cruises throughout the year. 

Of course, the big news is that I'm writing a new show which is really close to my heart.  Hence the name: Gina Hogan - a Country Girl at Heart.  The initial hard work is almost done, with the costume design, photo shoot and publicity blurb well on the way.  Then it's down to the fun bit... getting the show on its feet.  Can't wait for that.  And I've got my fabulous pianist and friend, Mr Greg Riddell, on board again so we'll have a ball I'm sure. 

So bring on 2017!!  I'm ready!

Children First Foundation Gala Ball - 22nd November

It was such a fabulous evening at the Park Hyatt Ballroom in Melbourne.  I opened with a handful of songs from my 60's show, finishing with Big Spender where I ventured into the audience and cavorted with some handsome men on the dance floor.  Lots of fun.  I ended the night with my wonderful 5 piece band, belting out hits from the 70's right through to today.  A great way to wrap up the year.  And such a worthwhile charity.  A huge congratulations to the organisers.

Welcome to my Website

I'm very excited to reveal my new website.  I've been working on it for the last week, tweaking it to within an inch of its life!  There's still more to be done, of course, but I'm well on the way.

The latest bit of exciting news is that I had my photo shoot with James Penlidis last Friday, and now I have some fabulous images for my new show Night and Day - the Doris and Shirley Story.  I have two dates booked in for this show, but not until 2016.  Yup, that far away.  Another tour up to Far North Queensland.  Can't wait.