About

Photo by Michael Meston

Photo by Michael Meston

 SINGER ~ BANDS & CABARET SINGER ~VOCALIST ~ SONGWRITER  

also SPRUIKER ~ ARTIST

Sultry, Sophisticated & Stylish

Bonnie Lee Galea currently based in Adelaide has been singing & performing professionally since 1999 with her various bands. She still travels frequently interstate for performances or shows, either with band, her show or just with her partner Quinton Dunne on double bass and they team up with their other musical friends located interstate when touring. 

Available locally, nationally & internationally.

 


FROM WHENCE SHE CAME

South Australian born singer Bonnie Lee Galea of Maltese Heritage, first left Australia in 1991 at age 25 to work on gambling ships as a croupier, in Singapore & Indonesia. A year and a half later she found herself swimming the waters of the Malacca Straits after her ship was hit and sunk in 1992. Returning to Adelaide all too soon & contemplating her next move she planned her escape in 1993 and ran away with the circus, to be one of 3 dancers, touring regional Victoria for Silver’s Grande Magic Circus. But soon again her Mediterranean gypsy blood enticed her to leave the circus behind and travel the countries of the world exploring various professions, cultures & arts.

HOW & WHERE THE MUSIC BEGAN

Bonnie has performed, managed & marketed her own bands professionally since 2000 throughout Northern Territory, Queensland & South Australia. With her Mediterranean background, this songstress has a vast repertoire extending from early classics to current contemporary numbers & occasionally her own compositions will keep you mesmerised with her translation of each song. 

Music was always a hidden desire for Bonnie, never missing an opportunity to be on stage to sing or dance for her own enjoyment but never realised it could one day become her everyday life. Once returning to Australia in 1998, Bonnie relocated from SA to Darwin, where she was surrounded by many brilliant musicians. By 1999, now 33, she made the move from being a professional croupier to being a professional singer and spent the next 10 years on stage, nurturing & developing her new found talent. A late bloomer compared to most other fabulous musicians Bonnie was lucky enough to be supported by great musicians from various well known Australian bands ot enable her to bring to the stage her life travels, experience and Mediterranean passion, singing with her band Firewater and original band ‘Esh!’.

During this time Bonnie had the opportunity of supporting James Morrison’s brother, John Morrison at the Darwin Casino’s ‘Jazz on the Lawns’ with her band Firewater, and also performed for charity organisations where the main act would be a great Australian Artist such as Glenn Shorrock & James Blundell. Bonnie also appeared in two or three different roles in the 2004 production of ‘Guys & Dolls’ presented by Kris Stewart at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

Leaving Darwin in late 2007, Bonnie relocated to QLD where she spent three years gigging and honing her talents more towards the Blues & Jazz genre, alongside well respected, talented Qld musician friends. Performing up and down the East Coast of Australia in her newly named line up BONFIRE from a duo to 6pc band. Soon though her gypsy within decided it was time to return to her hometown. 

SINCE RETURNING TO ADELAIDE 

In 2010 Bonnie returned to Adelaide and by 2014 she was releasing her debut CD, began self-producing and co-producing shows with the guidance and Musical Direction of her partner Quinton Dunne & has collaborated with other wonderful SA artists. 

Since 2014 Bonnie has developed four tour ready shows ranging from a 4pc, 5pc & two 6pc shows that can in some cases be larger too plus performs in a 

In 2019 Blonde Bombshells of Jazz [tribute show] presented for the 2nd year in theatres and festivals and now with a launch of the CD for the show following up from her first CD ‘Since I Fell For You’ released in 2014 which includes a couple of foreign sung songs.   Also released in early 2019 is her original song ‘That’s My Baby’ on a compilation CD  ‘Women in Blues’ for Wayward Woman Blues

Bonnie has such an eclectic taste in music and styles from country, reggae, classic pop hits to jazz, blues, swing and foreign songs, she performs all styles under individual band names. Although her natural tone seems to gravitate to the Jazz Era, Cabaret seemed to be an effortless fit. She loves to keep those wonderful masterpieces of music and famous musicians alive, specifically enjoying selected songs with quirky, powerful lyrics that tell a story and singing them with the sass & attitude required to connect heart to audience.

Performing interstate & locally accompanied by some of the most talented local musicians from SA or in each state, on a huge variety of instruments including double bass, guitar, sax/flute, congas etc. Reviving memorable compositions in their own unique style, tailored to suit each individual demographic, venue or event.

Bonnie Lee Galea’s performances range from large corporate public & private events, weddings & festivals to intimate dining experiences & cocktail parties, wineries, golf clubs etc.Whether you are looking at this website in view of a band for your Wedding or a Party, maybe a Corporate Event or Function – possibly even with a theme, or for a Theatre Show, Festival or General Venue performance.  You will find a few different selections here to choose from, as Bonnie will tailor her music & band to suit any of the above and also has four current shows tour ready – BESSIE BILLIE DINAH, YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS, Our Christmas Favourites & BLONDE BOMBSHELLS OF JAZZ, available for Theatres locally, nationally or Internationally.

Between 2000-2007 in NT, Bonnie performed under the names Firewater & Esh!

BOOK THEM NOW!!!

To Book or attain a Quote for your next

SHOW, CORPORATE or PRIVATE FUNCTION or EVENT

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE, PUBLIC EVENT or PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AT YOUR VENUE

CALL 0414 981 362

bonnieleegalea@gmail.com

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