Down Memory Lane featuring Kathleen Rodrigues


Penang’s living musical heritage Kathleen Rodrigues started singing at the tender age of seven. As a young girl with a ukulele in her hands, the daughter of one of Penang’s most renowned guitarists, Larry Rodrigues, was known as the Shirley Temple of Penang. In 1963, 16-year-old Kathleen won the title “Linda Scott of Penang” in a singing competition and was also the lead guitarist for Penang’s first all-girl band, The Ladybirds. Her professional singing career started in 1965 when she joined Joe Rozells’s Hawaiian Palm Beach Boys. Since then, Kathleen has sung with most of the top musicians in Penang and recorded many programmes for Radio Malaysia. Kathleen will be joined by keyboardist Oswald Scully, bassist Bonnie Jeremiah, and guitarist Chris Estrop.

About Penang House of Music

The Penang House of Music is a labour of love under the Penang Musical Heritage Project (PMHP), inaugurated by the Capricorn Connection in 2007. PHMP has been documenting the diversity of the local community’s cultural and musical traditions before George Town’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still, the renewed interest in the state’s musical heritage following the listing has boosted PHMP’s good work.

What started as a passion project has since culminated in two exhibitions at the Penang State Museum in 2010 and 2013, many talks, performances, and the publications of a book “Just For The Love Of It – Penang’s Popular Music 1930s – 1960s”.

In line with the Penang State Government’s aim and vision of establishing a heritage and creative arts city, PHMP believes that the establishment of the Penang House of Music presents a strong and credible musical history from which the older generations can enjoy a glimpse of the past, and where the young generation can draw inspiration.

With the above vision in mind, Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP), with the support of the Chief Minister of Penang, awarded a grant of RM3 million over three years for the establishment of The Penang House of Music, which was instrumental in seeing the project come to fruition on 21st November 2016.

The Resource Centre also acts as a focal point for musicians, scholars, academicians, students, and others interested in Penang’s history while creating a larger network of organisations to celebrate the state’s abundant heritage.

The Penang House of Music is truly a celebration and acknowledgment of the work and achievements of past musicians. We hope to be a creative “home” for past, present, and future musicians to congregate and share their journeys. We hope to instill awareness and pride in the talent and beauty of Malaysian music and musicians.


10 July 2022


2.00pm - 3.30pm


Penang House of Music

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