Introducing Ginger & Tonic
“These ladies are fantastic”
- Tim Minchin
Specialising in original songs as well as impertinent parodies, a cappella girl group Ginger and Tonic rely solely on their voices to create their unique sound. The four girls have their audiences transfixed with their superb harmonies, and leave them in stitches with their wicked humour.
Since forming in 2010, Ginger and Tonic have performed as a headline act at the Festival of Voices in Hobart, toured to Germany to perform at the International A Cappella Festival in Leipzig, and in 2012 won first place at SingFest – Australia's leading a cappella festival and competition. They have performed at festivals around Australia including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth's FringeWorld, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. Their cabaret show Desperate and Dateless earned them a Green Room Award for Best Musical Direction in 2015. Ginger and Tonic debuted their latest cabaret show, For Love or Money, in 2017 to 5-star reviews.
Ginger and Tonic have released two albums – Shake It (2011) and Ginger and Tonic LIVE (2015).
“A whole lot of sass and a whole lot of laughs”
- Theatre Press
Ginger and Tonic founder Jane Patterson began her musical training early, starting violin lessons at age 4. She is Ginger and Tonic's musical director, songwriter and arranger, and in 2015 received a Green Room Award for Best Musical Direction in a Cabaret for Desperate and Dateless. Jane has performed as a violinist and backing vocalist, recording and touring around the country with folk troubadours John Flanagan and Keegan Joyce. In 2014/2015, Jane performed the role of Ex-Girlfriend in the GFO/MTC co-production of Once the musical. Jane is an experienced choral director, and was the musical director of community choir Harambee for four years. Jane hopes to one day become a Minimalist.
Hailing from Ballarat, Laura Burzacott trained in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute, completing a Certificate III in Performance and Practices at the National Theatre. Laura has been integral as a deviser and performer in Present Tense works including Chants Des Catacombes, Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert, and Ricercar. Other recent credits include the overnight immersive experience Blue Angel (Tasmanian International Arts Festival and big hART) where she was nominated for Best Performance in a Supporting Role at the Tasmanian Theatre Awards, and the national tour of Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (Ellis Productions). Laura is an expert on all things wine and doughnuts.