Diva magic at The Shed

IT will be an all-female 'Diva' line-up for Mother's Day at the Queanbeyan Artists Shed on Sunday, as some of the region's finest female singers take to the stage for a good cause.

Local singers Jenny Spear, Alysha Kramer from Black Coffee, Annette Selwood from Lighthouse and Shiny Bum Singers, Jenny Sawer from Freyas Rain and Caroline MacNicholas of Night Potion will all perform, as will Belinda Webb of Counterfeit Cash, doing some June Carter/Johnny Cash numbers with her partner.

It's all to support the fundraising efforts of Queanbeyan City Council officer Vanessa Palmer and her intrepid mountain-biking team 'Diva Magic,' who are taking on the 700 kilometre Gibb River Mountain Bike Challenge across the Kimberley at the weekend.

The Gibb River Challenge raises money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Ms Palmer will take on the gruelling dirt trail accompanied by her mother Rae, her sister-in-law and another girlfriend.

"Our team is called 'Diva Magic,' so we're having a special diva afternoon at the Queanbeyan Artist's Shed to raise money for that, and (Artist Shed music director) Tim Keeble has organised some female singers to come along," Ms Palmer said.

"It's all for a great cause. The Royal Flying Doctors provide a great service, and we know people in remote areas who've had to use that service, so it's good to be able to raise some money for that," she said.

As for where the 'Diva Magic' theme came from:

"I have a feeling that my seven-year-old niece came up with the name. She likes singing and dancing to lots of music, so I think we became the Divas," she laughed.

* Catch 'Magic Divas at the Shed' from 4pm Sunday at the Queanbeyan Artists Shed, 14 Foster Street, Queanbeyan. Entry is by donation, with money raised going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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