Performer, poet, barista, barman & host

Singing Gallery
Photographic image by Deiter Hauptmann


Kate Townsend

Musician, songstress, front of house & sound/lighting engineer

Having toured as a folk singer-songwriter for many years, DAVE CLARK dreamed of establishlishing a Music Centre where he could present concerts fostering local music & culture. In 1992 THE SINGING GALLERY WAS BORN! in the unique heritage listed, acoustically delightful former McLaren Vale Congregational Church on the Fleurieu Peninsula South Australia. Dave and Kate together make everyone welcome.

The SINGING GALLERY is now recognised as a unique performance space for acoustic music with local, interstate & overseas performers. It also hosts spiritual & healing workshops, markets, live theatre, music groups, weddings, children's concerts & festivals…….

I’m glad you took a trip today,
Down to the Southern Vales of SA
Half way between the hills & the sea,
Where there’s vineyards & beautiful old gum trees.

Of this lovely old church you walked in the door
We all sang & you asked for more
After your stay in this beautiful space,
You went on your way with spirit & grace.

Dave Clark

I am now 15 years old & still take my position seriously.

I have responsibility for:

  • making you feel welcome when you visit the Gallery Singing Gallery, especially if you want to join me on my couch by the piano
  • overseeing sound levels & sound quality. (I may howl my approval or disapproval accordingly)
  • hoovering up food crumbs after events.
  • up-dating the news

This is YANI the dog here. I still work at The Singing Gallery on Friday & Saturday nights plus the first Wednesday night in the month for local poets & composers group SPIN. Dave & Kate do quite a few Tea & Damper Concerts in the day for bus groups with story teller extraordinaire Tony Wight. I get to go out with them for lunch afterwards but I don’t get a wine. You are most welcome to join a daytime concert. Only $15 entry & it includes tea, coffee & Dave’s delicious gourmet damper.  Ring Dave to check on tea & damper dates. 0410 210 226

The beautiful heritage listed Singing Gallery lost its ridge capping & approximately 50 slate tiles recently when a mini tornado passed through McLaren Vale. Roofing slates were found more than 50 metres away across the road behind the butcher’s shop. Impressibly repaired we are still waiting repairs to a stained glass window which suffered a blow out & to the fence which blew down.

DAVE & KATE take a break from the Gallery to play in a 3 generation band when son Woody & grandchildren 14 year old twins Tali (violin, vox, ukulele) & Safin (‘cello, whistle) & 10 year old Jayda (vox, viola) get a Festival gig. In 2016 they performed Woody’s World at Mt. Beauty Folk Festival, Nhill, Maldon Festival, The National Folk Festival, Adelaide Festival Space Theatre plus several schools. The Family band is gearing up for a very busy time in 2017 playing 2 gigs a day at Gluttony during the Adelaide Fringe from 10th - 19th March. Prior to this Dave & Kate are doing performances of their Multicultural Children’s Show both at the Gallery plus Stirling Theatre, Ramsay Place Noarlunga, Burnside Library & for Salisbury Council. Then at Easter the Family band perform at The Nationals where due to a double booking for Woody, Dave & Kate have to carry the first Woody’s World dance gig on their own. Wish I could be there.

Christmas was great with Woody & the kids here from Victoria getting to catch up with daughters Emma & Heidi & grandchildren, 4 year old Max, 2 year old Eddie & 18 month old Tilly. Dave took the opportunity of having the family together to commence recording a new multicultural CD which will be launched during the fringe. Many thanks to sound engineer Philip Taylor for his patience & expertise & to the grandchildren for their dedication.
Open mic poets & composers night SPIN commences on Wednesday 1st February with the challenge to write something about dogs. I think I was the inspiration for this. Anyway I will conclude by including a few lines from Mum Kate’s poem Memories of (her)dogs.

YANI     Past dogs were buried in the yard                                 
               Where Yani came to live                  
               Being a Beagle with a sniffy nose                       
               She dug up their bones for a tasty dish              

ASIA     Daughter Emma has a woolly poodle                     DOT the schnauzer Heidi’s dog
              With which she likes to sleep                                  Thinks she is a frog
              Trekking Guide Negi from India asked                    She’s always jumping in the creek
              Is this a sheep? Is it to eat?                                     & squatting like a frog.

We take this opportunity to thank Rosanna Taylor who keeps The Singing Gallery facebook operating with such finesse & personality & Mark Hallam the genius behind The Singing Gallery website. We thank our regular supporters & look forward to seeing you in the year to come. Have a wonderful 2017. We hope you will be inspired to join us @ the Singing Gallery. Check out Coming Events for

  • weekend concerts & singing workshops
  • children’s concerts both during the Fringe or during a Children’s Festival Dave is planning in July
  • SPIN poets & composers open mic
  • day time tea & damper concerts
  • There is also the Healers’ Market on every 3rd Sunday of the Month

I will be there on my favourite couch. Love to see you.

Yani the dog