Steph O’Hara (AKA TLSQ Violinist) and Sarah Ward (AKA Yana Alana) have known and worked with each other for nearly 15 years. November the 26th will be the very first time they share the stage as performers. Let’s hope it is the first of many times. Read the answers below for some insight into this charming duo and come and hear the results of their collaboration with The Letter String Quartet on November 26th at The Melbourne Recital Centre. Two shows: 4pm and 7pm. For bookings and more info visit HERE.
When did you first meet and what were your first impressions of each other?
Sarah Ward: Way back in the early 2000’s I met Steph as a sound engineer for Sista She, a feminist hip hop cabaret act. We were really demanding and I, in particular, was very anxious. I take meds now! He was so calm and thoughtful and hard working and handsome and I’m pretty sure I had a crush on him and used to call him wolf man because he has eyes like a wolf. Only later did I find out he was also an excellent violinist and composer. Basically he was a handsome ball of talent, ridiculous!
Steph O’Hara: I met Sarah, as a sound engineer, at a sound check for Sista She. It was their first Melbourne Fringe Show. The team on stage were amazing, passionate, funny and a little stressed. Sarah was directing and singing and dancing and doing it all whilst getting into costume. And once the audience were in, I remember hearing Sarah’s voice and thinking…WOW!