Shaking the Tree is one of Melbourne’s most vibrant and exciting choirs and a festival crowd favourite. Beginning in 1998 and with two highly regarded CDs to their credit, the group achieves musical excellence without any sacrifice of heart, soul & good fun.

Led by professional performer Bronwyn Calcutt, the choir sings her unique arrangements of gypsy, gospel, funk, and world music with a strong commitment to themes of social justice and freedom. Shaking the Tree also sings some of the best singer-songwriters of our times, including Leonard Cohen, Ricky Lee Jones, Richard Thompson, Gurrumul, Midnight Oil and The Cure.

Thirty voices strong, the group is accompanied by skilled member-musicians on accordeon, guitar, tsouras, whistle, ukelele and percussion. Soloists are drawn from the rich talent-pool of the choir, including such diverse performers as Bronwyn Calcutt, Annie Kennedy, Barb Scott, Marian Lees and Jonathan Liddelow.

Performances of Shaking the Tree always inspire and uplift and they appear regularly at festivals and events around Victoria. Their combination of great sound, great moves and colourful, vivacious presentation have earnt them accolades and invitations from many sources.








Some Past Performances

  • World Refugee Day March 2014
  • Commonground Festival 2014
  • Selby Big Sing 2014
  • Newport Folk Festival 2013
  • Art Gallery of Ballarat opening of the protest poster exhibition 2013
  • Mount Beauty Music Festival 2013
  • Brunswick Music Festival 2013
  • Geelong Pako Fest 2013
  • Cygnet Folk Festival 2013
  • Darebin Community health AGM 2013, 2014
  • Federation Square summer solstice 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Emerald Forest of Voices 2012
  • Oxfam benefit gig 2011
  • Yackandandah Folk Festival 2011
  • World Vision event for United Nations Health Forum BMW Edge, Fed Square 2010
  • International Women’s Development Agency 25th Birthday Celebration 2010
  • National Folk Festival Canberra 2010
  • Daylesford Singers Festival Daylesford 2010
  • Maldon Music Festival Maldon 2010
  • Darebin Music feast Darebin 2009