Ella Hartwig


THREE local musicians will take to one of Australia’s most iconic music stages this October as part of the newly established FLAME program.

Local music icons Eddie Skiba, Robert Cini and Ella Hartwig will each share the spotlight on October 12 at Tanks Arts Centre for a night of inspiring local entertainment.

FLAME (previously Tanks Unplugged), presents the best of live and local music from far north Queensland, with the series providing a platform for both established and emerging artists to play in a professional capacity to their local audiences on the renowned Tank 5 stage.

Vision impaired since birth with a rare eye condition, and having recently battled Thyroid cancer, award-winning musician Robert Cini has overcome the many obstacles life has thrown his way, and has done so in style.

Back in 2010 Cini won the Australian Songwriters Award for his song Haven’t You Noticed, and gave a show stopping live performance of the song at the gala awards night in Sydney.

Since returning to Cairns after a stint in Brisbane, Cini is back, sharing deep melodic songs, his powerful soulful voice, and his captivating stage presence.

“I’m super pumped to play the Tanks Arts Centre,” Cini says.

“I’ve seen some awesome shows in Tank 5; big-name acts and some local musician friends perform in there, so I can’t wait to have a go!”

Having been a top five finalist/nominee in major Australian song competitions such as the ‘Musicoz Awards’ and The ‘Glenn Shorrock Music Scholarship Award’, Cini is impressed with the local music industry in the far north.

“The music scene here in Cairns is buzzing,” Cini says.

“There are some amazing venues to play and I’ve found it to be an incredibly close, friendly music scene where everyone helps each other out.”

Joining Cini is Eddie Skiba who brings his own brand of alt-rock, drawing on the ilk of outfits like Midnight Oil, Eskimo Joe, The Killers, Powderfinger, Coldplay and Muse.

A prolific songwriter, Eddie will perform with his rocking five-piece band infusing natural convivial chemistry with fine musicianship.

Completing the line-up is Cooktown singer songwriter Ella Hartwig’s who also boasts a few song writing competition wins, and continues to develop her exposure to the music industry through participation in the iHeart Song-writing Club and the Big Sky Girls mentorship program.

FLAME.MUSIC takes place at Tanks Arts Centre on Saturday 12 October.

Tickets available through Ticketlink

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