Towards the end of last month, Jacqui Sterling, Kelly Breuer (The Brouhaha) and Ria Loof climbed aboard Kelly’s bus for an intimate ‘boutique’ two-week tour under the Birds of a Feather banner. The tour is just about done and dusted, but those who call Ballarat’s Babushka Bar their local have a chance to catch a performance on July 11. With inspiration brewed in the small coastal town of San Remo, Jacqui Sterling creates acoustic soul music through a blend of progressive folk, Celtic roots and storytelling. She released her debut EP, Bird in the Hand, in 2005 and hopes to release the album Birds of a Feather before the year closes. The album features ‘Holy Ghost’, a track featuring Clare Bowditch. Known as the ‘Adelaide roots warrior’, Kelly Breuer is feel-good soul music – with foot percussion. She is currently crafting a four-track EP for 2016, with a double album (if all goes according to plan) for 2017. With a passion for singing, dancing and acting, Ria began her songwriting career in her teens. As well as her own music, Ria has become one of Adelaide’s most sought-after backing vocalists, sharing the stage with the likes of Michael Bublé, Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne, John Schumann and Lisa Edwards.