It all started when some Queensland gals – all musos/band members/comedians in their own right – decided to collaborate and put these joint loves together in one wapping acapella act…and thus, the Betties were born.
The Betties are…
Bombshell Betty (Simone Kelaart)
The self-anointed “pretty one” of the group, Bombshell Betty’s vanity is matched only by her collection of high-heels. She loves herself, herself and any man who can match her passion for herself.
Simone, otherwise known as Mona Verdour has been a regular on the Brissie music scene. You may have seen her in Lola Blame, or fronting infamous Brisbane all girl, reggae roots band, Bertha Control, where she took on lead vocals, harmonies, recorder playing and twirling, choreographer, stylist and costume maker. The band’s highlights included a choreographed musical piece for a children’s exhibition at Queensland Art Gallery, headlining Queensland Pride Festival, QPAC, Ladyfest, and have toured Australia extensively. Simone also co-founded 3 piece band Des De Mona who have graced the stages of QPAC, The Zoo, Rics and The Joynt. The band is now known as Tiger Tamer.
Bonnie Betty (Angeline Wynter)
As the lyric goes in The Sound of Music: “I know that I’m naieve.” Sadly, that wasn’t Bonnie Betty singing. Blissfully unaware of the youth of her mind, Bonnie makes up for her lack of world-savvy with a deliciously sweet nature that would melt…well, at least a chocolate bar.
Angeline Wynter is a singer, pianist and composer who has studied music since the age of 5. She has studied classical piano (AMEB) and contemporary vocal styles. After completing a Certificate IV in Contemporary Music Performance at Southbank TAFE, she began studying music and drama at QUT with a major in vocal performance. Over the years she has worked with an array of different musicians and producers – co-writing and recording tracks in genres including r & b, folk, jazz, funk, hip hop, soul and pop. Angeline arranges many of the songs in the Betties Reportoire.
Bouncing Betty (Kate Mackie)
A group is like a living thing: it needs a pulse. Luckily, Bouncing Betty has enough energy to provide several. Having missed her calling as a youth group leader come life coach, she is the woman you’d turn to when in need of encouragement. And/or caffeine.
Kate is a vocalist and presenter who has spent 16 years performing in the Brisbane music scene. As well as performing regularly in her jazz trio (The Kate Mackie Trio) and the pop and funk inspired original band Cuca Shop, Kate has also worked as a session vocalist for many other Brisbane based bands and composers, for both live and recorded work. Kate is also a co-host on Digital 31’s television interview & panel style program, QTV. You can find out more about Kate at www.katemackie.com.au
Big Betty (Jenny Wynter)
If there was ever a woman who’s seen it all, then Big Betty would tie her down, beat her up and force her to call her “Master”. A ballsy broad to say the least, she has an undeniable sex appeal, yet any man who dares take her on knows that if he does so, it’s probably going to hurt.
Jenny is a comedian and cabaret performer whose recent one-woman cabaret “An Unexpected Variety Show” won the Award for Excellence in Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe Festival and toured to sold out shows at Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She is a familiar face on the Brissie stand-up comedy scene, having performed her stand-up/musical/improvised musical comedy around Australia and Canada, including at Woodford Folk Festival, Livewire at Brisbane Powerhouse, the Banff Centre for the Arts and more. She has trained in improv and comedy with Second City (USA), Gary Austin (The Groundlings, LA) and Loose Moose Theatre (Canada.) Jenny loves her children and eating corn. You can find her online here.