A Night of Music & Conversation - Peter Koppes/Ayla/Dan England - May 22 @ Solbar

Interviewed by journalist and radio talk show host, Matt Collins, the next in the line of nights of music and conversation will bring together the true-life journeys of Peter Koppes (The Church), Ayla and Dan England at Solbar on May 22nd.

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Peter Koppes
Peter Koppes is an Australian born guitarist, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, bassist and producer, best known as a founding member of the internationally successful Australian band, The Church which first formed in 1980. He is a multi-talented instrumentalist, also playing mandolin, drums, piano, and harmonica.
Peter was 12 when he became the drummer at school in a rock band called Bacchus Marsh. He then learned guitar from the members of this early group. Later, with another band called Timelord he played guitar, rehearsing in a local church hall. Steve Kilbey, who would later become his colleague in The Church, had a glam rock band called Beyond Beavers that would play there too. An invitation came in 1974 to replace one of the two drummers with Steve’s band after they witnessed a drum solo he played on his drummer’s kit. Peter joined, but the singer left and they became Precious Little, with Steve on vocals. The Church achieved early chart success in Australia with songs such as ‘Under The Milky Way’, ‘The Unguarded Moment‘ and ‘Almost With You‘ that were also released internationally. The band also gained recognition for its’ distinctive jangled harmony guitar style which was originally instigated by Peter and sometimes mistakenly attributed solely to 12 string electric guitar. A great milestone for The Church happened in April 2011 when the band performed ‘A Psychedelic Symphony’ at the Sydney Opera House with a 70 piece orchestra to a sold out audience. This significant event was filmed and released in 2014 as a DVD and double CD. Throughout the same year the band toured USA and Australia presenting the mammoth triple album show called ‘Future Past Perfect’ that featured the entire 3 albums ‘Starfish. Very significantly in 2014 The Church recorded and released the much lauded album ‘Further/Deeper’ after being joined by guitarist Ian Haug from Australia’s most successful local band Powderfinger as guitarist Marty Willson-Piper had made himself unavailable to the band.


Australian artist ‘Ayla’ has achieved incredible things in her short time on the planet. In 2014, at just 18 years of age, Ayla released Wish I Was, which immediately gained attention with Australian radio. The end of 2014 saw this debut single come in at #15 on Triple J’s most played list; as well as gaining traction with European radio, resulting in a distribution deal with EGO Records in Italy (Emma Louise, The Jezabels). Wish I Was became a remix staple in parts of Europe resulting in millions of Soundcloud and Spotify hits – her unique and beautiful vocal delivery was instantly attractive to club DJs and remix artists including Spada and Zwette. Her next two singles Waiting and When The World Ends also picked up high rotation on Triple J, and she then landed a spot on the stations ‘Like a Version’ segment, performing a Hunters and Collectors classic ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’. Ayla then released her first EP and toured Australia – twice. In 2016 – Ayla performed at Woodford and The Big Pineapple Festivals, supported Kate Miller Heidke on her national tour, and another single - “Like The Other Kids” - was added to high rotation on triple j. 2018 saw Ayla work more collaboratively as a songwriter, she released her second EP “Let’s Talk Monday” featuring radio hits “Shallow End” and “Like the Other Kids”. After performing nationally in Australia, as well as in the UK and Netherlands, Ayla went back into the studio with producer Sam Cromack to record new music. Small Talk is the first track from the forthcoming new music – a lush and reflective song, Ayla says “actual ‘small talk’ doesn’t have to be deep conversation, it’s just the comfort of knowing someone is there. This song is about the longing for that.”

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Dan England
Dan England is a local musician of the sunshine coast with 22 years of experience in the music industry. With a dynamic range of new and older music Dan has been honing his skills in pubs and clubs around the country, performing with artists such as John Swan (Swannee), Bob Spencer (The Angels), Dai Pritchard and Geordie Leach (Rose Tattoo), Maz Maslan (boom Crash Opera), Jeff Lang and many more. As a finalist on Australian Idol in 2005 Dan won the hearts of the nation with his soulful voice and outstanding acoustic guitar work. Dan received massive support from his home town the Sunshine Coast Featuring in the Sunshine coast Daily several times as well as mix FM’s breakfast show with Mark and Caroline. Dan has also supported major artists in Australia such as Mental as anything, Rick Price and has done two national tours with Shannon Noll.

Hosting the evening will be Matt Collins: a journalist, radio talk show and podcast host, who’s podcast, ‘Coffee Chats with Matt Collins’ has a weekly audience spanning over 100 countries.

Seats are limited for this unique musical experience. Each artist will share stories of their musical journeys and play some of their favourite songs.

Proudly presented by the Solbar and David Dean Events, the intimate Night of Music and Conversation will once again be one of the most talked about events on the Sunshine Coast gig calendar for 2019.

Doors open at 6:00 pm on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at The Playhouse (within the Solbar), a sit-down venue with a relaxed and enjoyable setting.

Tickets: $15 plus booking fee pre-sold from Oztix and $20 at the door on the night.

Rhys Fox