I've just spent a wonderful week in chilly Tasmania having a great adventure. For the first few nights I stayed with some family friends in a lovely suburb called Flowerpot where the locals grow their own produce, make their own cheeses and create their own delicious honey. 

I met with the band on Wednesday for rehearsal -- such a talented bunch they didn't take long to get all the parts! It was also great to chat on ABC Hobart about the upcoming shows. (See also some local press here).

We then road-tripped through the beautiful Tasmanian countryside to get to the Devonport Jazz Festival. And what a couple of wonderful shows! Saturday night we performed at the Devonport Entertainment Centre, and Sunday the beautiful waterfront venue The Wharf in Ulverstone to close the festival. The audience and community were so welcoming and appreciative, and the festival had an overall exciting and warm feeling. 

Thanks to the wonderful musicians in the band: Audrey and Rosalia Lonergan (backing vocals), Nick Parish (guitar), Hamish Houston (bass), Matt Ives (drums) and Al Dobson (sax).

Some photos included below. I had a wonderful time, and hope to be back in Devonport again soon! 

Frances xx

Thanks to Kelly Slater, Pete Jermy and Devonport Jazz Festival for the photos.