Mums and music mix

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Meet the Hot Flushes: Katherine Ward, Gaynor Kitcher, Cherith Nelson-Milnes, Gabby Bracks, Emma Chambers and Carina Rogers.
Camera IconMeet the Hot Flushes: Katherine Ward, Gaynor Kitcher, Cherith Nelson-Milnes, Gabby Bracks, Emma Chambers and Carina Rogers. Credit: Supplied

When six mums from Walkaway were brainstorming a name for their newly formed a cappella group, the husband of member Gabby Brax jokingly suggested the name Hot Flushes.

However, the mums rallied behind the tongue-in-cheek menopause reference and for the past 2 1/2 years, the Hot Flushes have been gearing up to take Geraldton by storm with an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary music.

Member Gaynor Kitcher said the six friends evolved into a singing group naturally.

“We sort of realised by trial and error that we all liked singing,” Kitcher said.

“So about 2 1/2 years ago we decided to set up an informal singing group for a bit of fun in between all the cooking and ironing and the cleaning.

“In 2015, we performed at the Mother’s Day Morning Tea, which is a major event in Walkaway and the biggest fundraiser of the year.

“The theme of the event was to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Anzacs, so we dressed up in World War I theme and sang wartime songs.

“Since then we thought we would try to start organising proper gigs and we’ve performed at a few community events and at a couple of nursing homes.

“We’re all busy mums so it’s a bit of a logistical challenge trying to get everyone together, but we try to make it a regular thing and meet at least once a week.

“We want to go and share our music with people.

“I don’t think there’s anything quite like us in Geraldton.”

The Hot Flushes are lining up events to perform at this year, and practising a mix of songs that tap into their diverse range of music tastes.

All six members of the Hot Flushes intend to go and see Pitch Perfect 3.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails