Coco's Lunch are Australia's award-winning, magical purveyors of original a cappella. Co-founded by Lisa Young and Sue Johnson in 1994, Coco's Lunch have released 7 albums to critical acclaim, performed at venues and festivals worldwide, received a host of awards and nominations, and continue to inspire, educate and compose innovative vocal repertoire for audiences around the globe. Coco's Lunch features Melbourne singer/songwriter/percussionists Nicola Eveleigh, Jacqueline Gawler, Lisa Young, Gabrielle MacGregor and Emma Gilmartin.
30 Nov 2016
What a great year, thank you to everyone who made it to a show, hired us for their festival, sang drummed and danced with us, or supported us in any way imagineable! And what a better way to finish the year than a stint at Singfest in Tweed Heads. Thank you to Brett Logan and all the wonderful singers who made it so memorable x CL
25 Oct 2016
A most spectacular bunch of singers at our workshop at Singfest! What a beautiful sound they made, and what fantastic improvising we heard. Thank you for inspiring us, we can't wait to come back! Photo by director Brett Logan.
10 Oct 2016
NEXT WEEK!! (Are you coming??) Coco's Lunch is heading up to the Gold Coast from Fri 21st-Sun 23rd Oct to headline the SingFest A Cappella Vocal Harmony Festival!! Registrations are still open for individual singers, choirs and vocal ensembles to participate in competitions, workshops and concerts all weekend in the beautiful balmy Tweed Heads. Melbournians - It's not too late to kick off your winter woollies, pack some bikinis and and couple of tunes, and head north for an uplifting weekend of singing with like-minded A Cappella-goers! More Info here.
28 Sept 2016
Today we had the absolute pleasure of singing at Government House as part of the Governor's Performance Series, in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and Creative Victoria. What a stunning concert space and chance to perform for a hometown audience full of little people!! Thank you to everyone who came, dressed up, and filled the ballroom with voices!!
23 Sept 2016
Coco's Lunch spent the day surfing, singing, swaying our seaweed and playing by the ocean with all our little friends at Melbourne Recital Centre! Thank you to all the mums, dads and little people who helped make our 'I Wanna Be A Mermaid' show unforgettable xx
5 Sept 2016
Coco's Lunch Live (Family Show) at Government House!! Yes that's right, Coco's Lunch has been invited to perform a special 1 hour family show on Wed 28 Sept as part of the Governor's Performance Series in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and Creative Victoria. Register for FREE to be part of the audience for this special event, held in the gorgeous Ballroom at Melbourne's Government House. For children (pre-school & primary) and their parents, this concert has something for everyone! REGISTER HERE.
18 July 2016
NEW ARRIVAL!!! Congratulations to longstanding Coco's Lunch artist Gabrielle MacGregor, Joshua and Étoile, who welcome baby Cato Leif into their family. Cato was born Thursday 7th July, 2016 in Melbourne and so far appears to be terribly cute and sleepy. Coco's Lunch aunties are delighted to have a new audience critic to try out their new songs and choreo on!
10 July 2016
We are so pleased to be swanning off to the Gold Coast in October to headline SINGFEST - Australia's biennial A Cappella harmony festival! From Fri 21-Sun23 October singers, choirs and vocal ensembles from all over Australia converge in Tweed Heads for a long weekend of performances, competitions, workshops, parades and celebrations. If you love singing and would like to join us - somewhere substantially warmer than Melbourne - visit our What's On page for more info.
27 May 2016
What a gorgeous day of concerts today for the Melbourne Recital Centre's Music Always program - Coco's Lunch performed at St. Marks Church for hundreds of seniors brought together by Wesley Mission, and hosted by the MRC. A joyful day interacting with the wonderful souls who made the journey from all over Melbourne. Thank you to the team including Cindy Thomas at MRC for having us!!
20 May 2016
Just announced - Coco's Lunch is thrilled to be bringing the much-loved magical seaside show I Wanna Be A Mermaid to the Melbourne Recital Centre in on Fri 23 Sept! We can't wait to dress as pirates, mermaids, sailors and other sea-inspired things, and meet all the little people who are ready to go on an oceanic vocal adventure with us!!! Please help us spread the word about this show that has sold out consecutive seasons at the Sydney Opera House, and enchanted children all over Australia and New Zealand! More info and tickets available here.
25 April 2016
Here's what Peta and Randall had to say after our latest House Concert in Melbourne! 'Wow, we were overwhelmed by how much joy and delight these five exquisite voices filled our house and hearts with. Coco's are such beautiful, warm and generous women, who share their stories and songs. Their harmonies are sublime: intricate, accurate and extraordinary. Our friends, some of whom had not heard Coco's Lunch before, were completely blown away with their performance and have not stopped raving.
It was a magical night of music, exclusively for us!' More info on how to book your own Coco's Lunch House Concert.
15 Feb 2016
More exciting news for the new single Other Plans!! Our song has been nominated for Best Folk/World song in the prestigious Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in the USA!! This is a huge honour and sees Coco's Lunch nominated alongside iconic groups such as The Swingle Singers and Club For Five! Fingers crossed...
27 Nov 2015
And a double whammy! Other Plans the new single has also been selected to feature on the Get Vocal 2015: The Best of Australian A Cappella compilation album, featuring the best of Aussie A Cappella for 2015!!! Thanks so much to Amelia and the team for this great honour and for supporting the work of Coco's Lunch.
26 Nov 2015
Really stoked to find out our new single Other Plans has been chosen to feature on the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America's 2015 compilation album Sing 12: This Big! featuring the very best A Cappella tracks from around the world!! Such a huge honour and great to know our beautiful song, written by Lisa Young, will be listened to by fans all over the globe.
9 Nov 2015
This morning we had the absolute pleasure of singing live on Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly, in a live cross from Sydney. We discussed our single launch, Lisa's study of the artform of South Indian 'konnakol' and the launch of Coco's Lunch House Concerts and Workshops - finishing with a live performance of the new single Other Plans. Thanks RN!
6 Nov 2015
We did it!! Other Plans - the new single - is launched in Melbourne. Last night we packed out Bella Union in Carlton and sang our hearts out for Melbourne friends, family and A Cappella fans in celebration of our award-winning new single Other Plans. Doug De Vries kicked off the night in superb form, wowing the audience with his virtuosic Brazilian style. Thank you so much to everyone who made this night possible, and who contributed their energy, love and support: Bella Union for having us, Dizingof for the beautiful cozzies, Technical Events for all the sound gear, Hadyn Buxton & Simon Foster for their sound engineering prowess, Tracy Routledge for her amazing PR dedication, Peta McGregor for everything, Mark Johnson for filming & Doug De Vries for being Doug De Vries xx
29 Oct 2015
Coco's Lunch live on 774 with Richard Stubbs!! Today we went into the ABC Southbank studios and had the pleasure of being interviewed by Richard Stubbs on his second last day at ABC! It was a privilege to be a part of Richard's show in the last hours of his time at ABC, and a thrill to sing our new single Other Plans ahead of our Melbourne launch next week.
7 Oct 2015
Just announced!! Tickets are now available for the Melbourne launch of the new Coco's Lunch single 'Other Plans'. We are soooooo excited to be performing our brand new show of the same name, to our hometown audiences, family, friends & fans. Other Plans showcases the fiery & breathtaking art of South Indian konnakol (vocal percussion) alongside the iconic & soulful songs that have earned Coco's Lunch recognition on the international stage. Featuring Gabrielle MacGregor, Nicola Eveleigh, Lisa Young, Jacqueline Gawler & Emma Gilmartin. This show will sell out - BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment. More info...
14 Sep 2015
Coco's Lunch is thrilled to have won BEST SONG COMPOSED for our brand new single Other Plans, at the 2015 Australian A Cappella Awards!!! This is a wonderful affirmation of the work gone into composing this incredible song by Lisa Young, and the energy put into capturing the performance of this piece (recorded, mixed and mastered skillfully by Hadyn Buxton). Come and listen to the song, or download here.
9 Sep 2015
Announcing the release of our NEW SINGLE 'OTHER PLANS'!! Coco's Lunch is very excited for the world to hear our new song, composed by Coco's Lunch artist Lisa Young and featuring a feast of South Indian konnakol or vocal percussion. Lisa has just finished her PhD in the creative art of konnakol, and we can't wait for you all to hear this beautiful song! Download here or listen on YouTube.
7 Sep 2015
Yippee!!! Just found out Coco's Lunch has been nominated for a bunch of awards in the inaugural Australian A Cappella Awards!! Fingers crossed and watch this space. Here's what we scored nominations for:
- Sue Johnson - Best Original Song (Sister My Sister)
- Lisa Young - Best Original Song (Shifting Time)
- Jacqueline Gawler - Best Female Solo (Palani Princess)
- Lisa Young - Best Jazz Song (In My Room)
- Lisa Young - Best Jazz Song (Other Plans)
- Jacqueline Gawler - Best Song Composed (Palani Princess)
- Lisa Young - Best Original Song (Other Plans)
20 Aug 2015
Welcome to our new website! We are proud to bring you the latest gigs, releases, news and adventure stories from our spanking new site... Please have a poke around, listen to our albums, browse our sheet music, read all about our new show Other Plans, and feel free to contact us with any enquiries about booking a Coco's Lunch for a performance, workshop, masterclass, tour, song commission or children's event. Enjoy!!
13 June 2015
We've just returned from an exhilarating season of packed out shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival premiering our new show Other Plans, directed by Noel Jordan (Sydney Opera House, Come Out Festival, Casula Powerhouse). It was an unforgettable experience performing this for Adelaide audiences for the first time, and to premiere our new single Other Plans, composed by Coco's Lunch resident konnakol artist Lisa Young. Here's what the critics said:
‘Tight and soulful…sheer joy... There are no down moments – just celebrations of life, places, love and unity… A national treasure indeed…’ The Clothesline, Adelaide (4.5 stars)
‘Delivering a feast of a cappella goodness, the five stunning voices of Coco’s Lunch relay fond travel memories with worldly beats and glimmering, jazzy harmonies to sultry perfection — think a sexy Lion King soundtrack…each arrangement a celebration of the human voice — rich, intricate, and utterly captivating.’ The Advertiser, Adelaide
10 May 2015
Coco's Lunch has been busy working with Australian director Noel Jordan to create a new show featuring our favourite Coco's Lunch songs as well as brand new Indian konnakol flavoured pieces, composed by Coco's Lunch artist Lisa Young. We are super excited to be premiering Other Plans for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre, where we will also be presenting our much-loved show for children I Wanna Be A Mermaid, featuring songs from the latest album of the same name.