Stilt duo – Tall Poppies

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Tall Poppies are a larger than life comedy music duo. Performing on stilts in fab flower flavoured costumes, their highly engaging comedy skits, fun music and flower hats swaying to the songs are sure to make a splash at your next event.

Jen Hawley (vocals, ukulele and percussion) and Terry Cole (vocals, mandolin, violin and whistles) will delight you with their wonderful and diverse repertoire of wandering minstrel musical magic..and all connected to the funny bone!

“These performers understand the beauty of a big visual and the joy of improvisation …. the tall poppies act … with or without the instruments demonstrates in a nutshell just what stiltwalkers can do … so bring em on!” Cathy Dean, Cathy’s Clowns.

You’ll hear a fun mix of up-beat Jazz and Latin , thigh-slapping Gypsy fiddle tunes , Aussie bush and some good ol’ country and all-time favourites – all with a touch of circus.

Tall Poppies – the perfect roving entertainment team!

Terry Cole
is an accomplished actor, director, musician and circus performer. He is a long term member of Circus in a Suitcase and the Famous Fratellini Brothers and is also an inspirational workshop leader. Terry has many years of experience as a performer and is well-known and loved for his work both as a multi-instrumentalist musician and as a multidimensional circus performer. A short sample of some of Terry’s many performances include:

World Expo, Brisbane
Australia Festival, Istanbul
Fruit Fly 10th Anniversary Circus
Robertson’s Circus
He conducts Artist in Residence programs and performs over 300 shows every year.

Jen Hawley has been playing in bands in both Melbourne and Sydney for the past ten years and has established a fine reputation as a guitarist, singer and composer. She trained in classical guitar, studied jazz guitar with Bruce Clarke and has been teaching guitar for many years both privately and in workshops at Roses Gap and Turramurra folk music camps. She now has diverse interests in jazz, French, Brazilian, gypsy and folk music. Jen has worked at a number of Australian festivals including:

Port Fairy Festival
St Kilda Festival
Frankston International Guitar Festival
Echuca jazz festivals
Jen plays regularly at popular venues around Melbourne in her own jazz ensemble.

Songlist – click here

Frankston Children’s Day. Jan 23 08. Thank you for today – you looked fantastic and you did a wonderful job engaging and entertaining the children and their parents, well done and thank you. Lucette Talbot, Arts Project officer. Frankston City Council — Urban Strategy

Moomba 2007. On behalf of the City of Melbourne I would like to thank the Tall Poppies for your involvement in the Moomba Waterfest 2007 Children’s Garden Program. The Tall Poppies brought a unique sound and energy to the festival and as a result we have had exceptional feedback on all areas of the children’s garden program. Additionally, I am very appreciative of your commitment, flexibility and professionalism during your engagement, yours sincerely Michell Bell, project coordinator.

The Bayside Festival held on Sunday 28 March 2004 on the Sandringham Foreshore was a huge success and featured three performance stages, 120 community, cultural and market stalls, street theatre and a range of spectacular entertainment. About 12,000 people attended the event. Sensational roving performers the Tall Poppies were a great hit.

Dear Jen and Terry Have just had a call from Margaret re. last night. She said you were great, so professional, entertaining, bounced off (not literally) one another, Fabulous! Thought you would like to know. Thanks again, Katrina, Orators & Creators.

Your stilt dance was wonderful. Lots of people commmented on it and loved it. The bride said it was amazing she had a ball and loved it and her friends thought it was great. Wedding Sofitel Hotel, Aug 04.

Thank you for your contribution towards making the 2006 Moonee Valley festival such a wonderful and colourful community event. Please pass on my thanks to the other poppies. Your performance at the festival was a great example of creating community connections. Ros Abercrombie, Festival Director.

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