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AMANDA PELMAN Creative Director As Cameron Macintosh described her, ‘a rock ’n’ roll chick from way back’, Amanda has signed artists (Kylie Minogue), managed artists into successful international careers (Indecent Obsession) and championed the careers of many others through her A&R roles in Australia and the UK. Recalled as the ‘nasty judge’ on Seven Network’s It Takes Two series, her on-camera appearances didn’t start there but in the early 80s as a dancer on Countdown—prompted by her friend Molly Meldrum. Amanda is the proud recipient of two ARIA Awards: for production on the live event Sound Relief (Best Music DVD 2010), and as Executive Producer of Tangier, the posthumous release for Billy Thorpe (Best Adult Contemporary Album 2011). Together with Michael Chugg and Billy Thorpe, she co-produced the enormously successful Long Way to the Top live concert series (2002–04). Her roles in casting and as a creative director have covered productions such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, RENT, Oliver, Jolson, Fame, Fiddler, Always Patsy Cline (starring Deborah Conway) and Morning of the Earth (which features music by her partner Brian Cadd). VANESSA SCAMMELL Conductor Vanessa graduated from Melbourne Conversation and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a pianist and conductor; she was the recipient the Brian Stacey Award for young conductors and The Robert and Elizabeth Albert Conducting Fellowship for The Australian Ballet. She has acted as conductor, Music Director and Musical Supervisor for Australasia’s leading performing organizations— in concert, opera, ballet and musical theatre. Vanessa has acted as conductor and musical director for some of music’s most celebrated artists—Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Kate Ceberano, Lea Salonga, Idina Menzel, Barry Humphries, Rhonda Burchmore, Lisa McCune, The Wiggles and many others. She has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian, Adelaide, Christchurch and Queensland Symphony orchestras as well as a wide range of international ensembles. ASHLEY NAYLOR Guitar & Musical Director Guitarist, singer and songwriter Ashley has fronted the Melbourne rock group, Even, since 1994, releasing six albums as well as touring throughout Australia, Japan the United States and Europe. He has also released two solo albums, Four Track Mind and High Horse, often showcasing material from these albums at rare, intimate acoustic shows. He also shares the stage and recording studio with Paul Kelly, The Grapes and The Ronson Hangup, and currently plays in the Rockwiz Orkestra. He was ranked among the top 50 Australian guitarists in Australian Guitar magazine, and in 2010 he received an ARIA award for his role as Musical Director in Triple J’s tribute to Paul Kelly, Before Too Long. Ashley is currently finishing the new Even album, due for release this year. DAVEY LANE Guitar Davey is a Melbourne-based solo artist, songwriter and guitarist. He joined You Am I at the age of 18 in 1999 and since then has made six albums with the band, most recently Porridge and Hotsauce (2015)—his singing and song-writing debut with the group. He has also worked with Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes and Jim Keays, as well as fronting his own group The Pictures (2000– 10). Since then he has produced his own music as a solo artist, with a slew of releases including the critically acclaimed debut album Atonally Young (2014). CLAYTON DOLEY Keyboard Clayton is best known for his Hammond organ virtuosity, and his own bands have been invited to play at leading festivals worldwide, including Montreal International Jazz, Byron Bay Blues, Toronto Jazz and Tremblant International Blues. An experienced and versatile session musician, he has played on, produced or written songs for hundreds of Australian albums. He has toured the world with the likes of Harry Manx, Joe