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Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival Presents: Mahalia Barnes and the Soulmates + Joy Yates and Dave MacRae


Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival Presents: Mahalia Barnes and the Soulmates + Joy Yates and Dave MacRae

6:00pm, Fri 6 November, 2020
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Event Details

2 Shows (Doors 6pm & 9pm) // Seated // Social Distancing Restrictions Apply

Mahalia Barnes and the Soulmates with special support by Joy Yates and Dave MacRae

The daughter of one of Australia’s most famous rock vocalists, Jimmy Barnes, Mahalia Barnes started her career as a child star vocalist for her sibling band The Tin Lids. 

Growing up in the rough and tumble of the rock music industry, Mahalia has experienced it all. She’s recorded on her father’s albums since the age of eight, and recording three Tin Lids records between 1991 and 1994, all of which sold platinum.

Since then, Mahalia has worked as a lead singer for her own band, and as a backing singer for soul and RnB artists like Johnny Diesel and her father. 

Mahalia performed on the first season of the Australian version of The Voice, covering the Tina Turner standard ‘Proud Mary’, and that fiery, soulful energy is a good example of her style. Expect energy, brooding soul, and live intensity from this veteran of Australian music, backed by a rock-solid trio. Seating is strictly limited, book now to avoid disappointment.

Mahalia Barnes (vocals) Ben Rogers (bass) Franco Raggatt (guitar) Evan Mannell (drums)

Special support: Joy Yates and Dave MacRae

Joy Yates is a proud New Zealander of Maori heritage, and a lifelong jazz singer and performance teacher whose career spans five decades and several continents. She has shared time, stages and studios with artists like Neil Sedaka, Cat Stevens, Cliff Richard, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Gladys Knight, Ronnie Scott, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Orson Welles and more! 

Dave MacRae is a brilliant musician, producer, composer and arranger with outstanding jazz credentials. Starting his career in Australia, Dave has played alongside Bernie McGann, John Pochee, Graeme Lyalll, Don Burrows. He toured the USA with the great Buddy Rich Band, and spent fifteen years living in the UK, working with artists like Ronnie Scott, Clifford Jordan, Chet Baker, Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Clarke Terry and Cliff Richard, and Scott Walker, before becoming the musical director for The Goodies TV series. 

These two artists are a lifelong couple, supremely talented and cherished legends of Australian jazz.

Joy Yates (vocals) Dave McCrae (piano)

Show One: Doors: 6pm / Support Slot: 6.30pm-7.00pm, Headliner: 7:30 – 8:30pm 

Show Two: Doors: 9pm / Support Slot: 9.30pm-10.00pm, Headliner: 10:30 – 11:30pm

Please note: Seating at Mary’s Underground is UNRESERVED. Groups intending to sit together are encouraged to arrive together. The venue can accommodate groups of up to 10 and Mary’s hosts will manage group arrivals on a first come, first serve basis.


This is an 18+ event. 

Do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Shows will be seated and limited to 60 per sitting, patrons will be seated to allow for social distancing.

Please adhere to social distancing at all times and follow direction from venue staff.

The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers
- Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
- Regular sanitising of the venue and facilities

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport.