Vincent's Chair


Exquisitely sensitive, passionate and playful, Vincent’s Chair creates a music experience that defies stylistic classification. Lyrical compositions reveal unexpected stories couched in honest musicianship with delicate tastes of the jazz, folk and pop idioms.

Influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Sting, Paul Simon and Pat Metheny; the trio produce music which might best be described as Art House music.

Vincent’s Chair formed in 2006 at the invitation to perform at Romania’s premier music festival, “EUROPAfest”. Their performance was so well received they have been together ever since and have returned to perform there again in 2008.

In that time audiences have delighted in the unpretentious revelation of quirky, touching stories penned by the unassuming and surprisingly witty Kathie Renner, the tasteful brilliance of Hugh Stuckey, and the constant beauty of the viola by Karen De Nardi. The intimate set up of guitar, viola and voice/keyboard, gives perfect balance to the delicate, yet, dynamic interplay between musicians as they draw you into an exquisite journey of the senses.

Vincent’s Chair have recorded two CDs, “Stretch” (2007) and “It’s Time” (2010), and have been captivating audiences in performances across Australia and abroad including the acclaimed Adelaide Cabaret Festival, several Adelaide Fringe festivals, 2009 East End Jazz Festival, as well as interstate performances in Sydney and Melbourne.

All three musicians are graduates of the Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide University.

Singer-songwriter, Kathie Renner, has been singing and writing for more than twenty years. She is the main writer for Vincent’s Chair, and her voice is an instrument of uncommon beauty and expressiveness that speaks for itself. In 2005 she was a finalist in the Australian National Songwriting Contest, and has recorded several CDs, both as a soloist and with Vincent’s Chair.

Guitarist, Hugh Stuckey, is one of the finest young guitarists in Australia, having been a finalist in the 2007 Wangaratta Jazz Festival. He is highly regarded for his innovative and sensitive playing.

Karen De Nardi has performed with numerous ensembles and notable performers like Glenn Shorrock, Diesel and Tommy Emmanuel to name a few. She is a founding member of the ground-breaking string quartet, Ruby Frost Quartet, in which she not only contributes to playing viola, but has also written and arranged several works for them.