Telling tales with Cold Ghost

16 Sep 2019

Telling tales with Cold Ghost

Stories in the Tune of GC is a pilot of a Gold Coast storytelling and original music performance night and one of the 12 projects that are receiving funding and support from our Creative Development Program.

Based on The Moth concept, local wordsmiths will weave their tales in amongst a soundscape of live sound designed by Cold Ghost, the moniker for Gold Coast musician Fletch Babb. With Bern Young (ABC Radio) hosting, this night will be a celebration of celebration of local culture, and the joy of story.

Fletch told us how The Moth concept influenced the development of this project:

‘The Moth is a live storytelling event that is held across the globe. Each story is true, performed live and in many cases uploaded online as a listenable podcast. ‘‘Stories in the Key of GC’’ riffs of this well-established format to create a unique Gold Coast story telling night that marries spoken-word with music and sound.’

Fletch is a jazz-trained flautist and an Honours graduate from the Griffith University Popular Music program. He released three independent alt-folk albums in WA before relocating and releasing Bachelor Tapes as Cold Ghost on the Gold Coast – a mix of alt-folk, rock and psychedelia, peppered with sonic surprises. He believes storytelling is an important part of the culture of a place.

‘Local culture survives and thrives with the sharing of stories. It is how we engage and interact with each other in meaningful ways and continue to feel belonging in our local communities. As a native Western Australian, I have found the power of stories to be an essential part of my sense of belonging my adopted home of the Gold Coast. I hope this story telling night will contribute to the greater story of the GC.’

‘The Creative Development Grant has given me the financial and administrative support to develop this idea. The injection of funds has ensured that myself and the story tellers, musicians and MC will be paid, and that a sustainable blueprint for the event can help move this project forward into the future.’

‘I hope that Stories on the Key of GC will be a fun and successful night and that the framework proves to be a sustainable one so I can continue hosting this project at HOTA. My dream would be that a number of ‘Stories in the Key of GC’ will be performed throughout the year with new story tellers, new themes and new original sound and music, he said’

Stories in the Key of GC takes place on 18 Oct, tickets here.

This project has been supported by HOTA Home of Arts and City of Gold Coast through HOTA’s Creative Development Program.