Past Performances and biography

  • “Straight Up” (Circus Oz) – USA tour, Feb/March 2017
  • “Death by Soprano” (written by Isabel Heritage; dir. Don Bridges) : Regional Victorian tour 2016 including  Swan Hill PAC; Williamstown Mechanics Institute; Wangaratta PAC; West Gippsland Arts Centre; Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale and Kyneton Town Hall.
  • “Death by Soprano” : Melba Spiegeltent, 2015, Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • “Between the Cracks” Yana Alana (Sarah Ward): Auckland International Cabaret Festival, 2015 and Adelaide Fringe Festival, 2015
  • Bastille Day French Festival, July 2017 ( with “Belle Musette”)
  • Lomond Hotel, July 2017 (with “Andy Scott’s Honky-Tonk Swing”
  • Sofitel Hotel “Fete de la Musique” July 2017 (with “Belle Musette”)
  • solo roving accordion, “200 yrs of the bike” day, Brunswick Velodrome”
  • “Carols by the Lake”, Coburg Lake Reserve, December 2016
  • “Gabriel Gate’s French Christmas in July, 2016; RACV Healesville Club

Biography

Pianist and accordionist Jo Abbott has been an active member of the Melbourne music scene since here arrival in 1998, after spending a year playing music  in Ireland and Spain.

Jo gained her B.Mus (piano) from the Qld Conservatorium of Music, her  Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the Victorian College the Arts and a wealth of accordion experience in theatre performance in Brisbane and a year spent honing her accordion skills in Ireland and Spain as a solo and ensemble performer.

Prior to her Irish adventure, Jo worked in Brisbane as composer/performer with the “Music for the Heart and Mind” series, a popular contemporary classical concert series initiated by composer Rob Davidson. Jo also worked as accompanist/music director for theatre performer Annie Lee on various shows including “The Amazing Travelling Reincarnation Show” and “Women in Voice”. Jo was invited to be composer/performer/music director for “Sita Dances” (written, choreographed and performed by Kerensa Johnson) for the Hong Kong Fringe Festival, 1997 and a subsequent season in Brisbane.

Other career highlights include:

  • promotional recording for “Once-the Musical” Melbourne
  • invited pianist for “Play Me, I’m Yours”, Melbourne; Victorian Arts Centre opening concert
  • Music Director/arranger/performer for “Kids Thrive” shows, 2014 and 2015 (directors: Andrea Rieniets and Ande Lemon)
  • Nicholas Cabaret Orchestra, 2014, pianist; conductor: Eric Klay
  • Live en Aout Festival New Caledonia, with Grand Cafe Brazil
  • awarded the Margaret Schofield  Accompanist Prize for best pianist in Heats, National Liederfest, 2015