LakeMonsters started as 'Tuesday senior lunch time jams' between a few friends in high school and grew into a song-writing and album recording process that's lasted 4 years. 4 years?! Well the guys had to learn the ins and outs of making music in the studio, avoid engineers on drugs, and play plenty of bad cover gigs (we have some stories to tell). But alas, the album is finally finished and ready to launch! So come along to the Wesley Anne for a Saturday night of warm, ambient tunes that speak of growing up, nostalgia, and idealism.
Jane McArthur offers audiences a raw and honest experience where lyric is king and the blues got soul. Jane is currently wooing Melbourne audiences with her solo shows, and is widely admired for her soulful vocals, poetic writing and bluesy undertones. This year she is recording and releasing a new song every month.
Oringinally from down south, she is known in Tasmania as one of Hobart’s finest contemporary female singer songwriter exports, having started out as front-woman for Tasmanian blues/funk/soul/roots outfit Let The Cat Out. She has recorded two albums of her own material with Let The Cat Out ('Get It Like That', 'Swimming Upstream’), and released her debut solo album - 'Lemon Tree' in 2012.
It's a Mostly April Residency as The Mae Trio pull into Northcote's The Wesley Anne on April 9 and April 23, joined by different special guests each week.
From Celtic Connections, Glasgow to Americana Music Festival, Nashville, and Festival of Small Halls, Australia - not to mention winning the prestigious National Film & Sound Archive Folk Recording of the Year and the Maton Class Act awards - it's been a massive 18 months for the trio.
The Mae Trio’s last two Melbourne shows sold out weeks in advance so be sure to get in early for this residency, a last chance to catch the trio before they head off on a return UK tour and then into the studio to record their next album.
DOUBLECHIN, melbourne slacker pop’s indolent but loveable uncles, play a very rare show at the Wesley Anne on Friday April 24 with The Ancients and Inevitable Orbit.
DOUBLECHIN crystallised in 1995 when members of acclaimed Perth art-rockers Mustang! combined with the boy from Brisvegas legends Clag to produce the most infectious and deep-fried earworms of the year. As handsome and comfortable as a freshly drycleaned tracksuit top, they quickly endeared themselves to lovers of the Dunedin Sound, krautrock and experimental spazz pop a la Sun City Girls.
Their bustling Albert Street base fostered a scene that spawned such indie-pop luminaries as Sleepy Township, Panel of Judges and New Estate, blazing the sonic and emotional territory for current artists Twerps and The Stevens.
Their much heralded return reunites all four original members as well as very special guests.
Electric Harp pouring out psychedelic melodies over stylin’ rhythms laced with soulful vocals. The Flumes conjure up a lushly funky, dark and sparkling, intoxicating brew.
Harper Kayt Wallace immerses herself in 36 strings of Electric Harp, artfully bending the organic tones of this ancient instrument with wah and delay stylings as her smoky vocals sweep from whispers to roars. Combined with the rich grooves of songwriting partner Stephan Beattie on Bass/Guitar; the Flumes kick out a luscious live sound leaving audiences mesmerised in their wake.
Since releasing debut album “Sweet, Sweet Rain” in mid 2014 The Flumes have toured the east coast playing festivals and shows from Cairns to Hobart. “Sweet, Sweet Rain” has been receiving great reviews and national radio play including RRR, PBS, 4ZZZ and JJJ's Roots N All and just picked up Highly Commended for two tracks in the Queensland Music Awards in the Folk and World categories.
A prolific songwriter, Jane brings a darker approach to the ukulele than you might expect with songs that weave stories that are familiar and fresh, humourous and heart-breaking. Add to this the jazz sensibilities of Sebastien Jego (drums) and George Borthwick (bass) and you are in for a smooth and sultry evening of music. Jane has supported celebrated cigar box guitarist Justin Johnson (USA), performed at almost every major ukulele festival in Australia and at the Recycled Roots Festival. In April 2015, she and her band are heading into the studio with producer Tristen Bird to record her debut album - The Mercy of the Tide. The album will feature a wider palette of instrumentation drawing on the skills of the many talented musicians she has met in recent years. The album is scheduled for release in June 2015.
award winning MC and inaugural & cutting edge Special Guests for the month of November! We are so proud to be presenting not one, but two amazing Special Guests this month! Join us for a great show jam packed full of laughter and tease!
Every last TUESDAY of the month! 7.30 - 9.00PM
specialise in showcasing varying themes, styles and genres of Burlesque in the length of a night's show. Be exposed to provocative and polished performances by Lordof Mis-Rule (Boylesque), KerryX (Noir), The Marquise (Tease), Goldie White (Classic).
Served up by award winning guest MC 's and Special Guest performers.
Since starting in 2008, Melting Pot's Songwriters in the Round has gained the reputation of being one of Australia's premier regular acoustic events.
Featuring a unique concept of 3 highly talented singer-songwriters seated facing each other in a circle in the middle of the band room, they each take turns in playing their tunes, one by one, and so it goes 'round'.
It's intimate, often interactive and incredibly special to be part of for both the artists and audience members alike!
Grain of Truth is a comedy podcast with a difference, recorded live at The Wesley Anne. Under the vague pretence of an academic quiz, Grain of Truth challenges some of Melbourne's cleverest comedians, improvisers and academics to respond to ridiculously absurd questions, scenarios and topics. Whoever wins the most points wins the coveted Grain of Truth prize.
Chairing the panel is Melbourne comedian, writer, improviser and creator of the show David S. Innes (Innes Lloyd, The Impro Box, This Can't End Well). Runs for approximately 90 minutes with a ten minute break in between.
"Cancel all plans for the first Saturday of the month. We don’t give a s**t even if it’s your nan’s 90th birthday – you have to go and see Grain of Truth instead. This is goddamn hilarious." - **** Beat Magazine
Winner of the 2011 Maldon Minstrel Award, Gippsland born singer-songwriter Tim Woodz plays rhythm based folk music and has been captivating audiences for over 9 years, with a unique style that melts Jazz, Blues and Funk into his passion for folk music and poetry. He is a modern Paul Kelly storyteller with a quirky twist, singing into the hearts of the audience through poetry and insight, not to mention he is a stunning guitarist and has a warm, deep, bass-baritone voice. Tim is one of a kind with a stage presence that will leave you with an unforgettable experience.
Sonia Serin’s performance can be described as a new cool wave of FRESH UPBEAT ACOUSTICA! A very stylish percussive sound, that is swiftly collated with sophisticated rhythm and finger picking styles that stands out as ‘captivating and unique’. Sonia’s performances can be described as very energetic, spirited and vigourous. YOU WONT KEEP YOUR EYES OFF THE GUITAR!
Matt Nelson, as a soloist, possesses a rare ability to routinely thrill, surprise and captivate an audience. He has made an art of capturing the attention and admiration of audiences of all walks. At almost every show.
Matt Nelson's thoroughly entertaining performances showcase his unique finger-style and compositional prowess on the guitar. His approachable signature style of folk-rock is characterised by sweet, angular hooks and warm, textural vocals which pepper the music with vivid imagery. Nelson's extensive repertoire of original music is a cohesive merger of the thundering, the intricate, the disarming and the ethereal.
"It’s a treat of a night” Australian Stage
Melbourne's most extraordinary and entertaining comedy cabaret. Featuring experimental local acts and world class internationals from the other side of the tracks. See the new and the tried and true, up and coming and the award winning. Featuring clowns, physical comedians, character comedy, theater of the absurd, circus, cabaret and comedy that delights and simply cannot be defined. "Expect the unexpected" The Herald Sun. "A night of frivolity and fun” Heckler
Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are $12 for the show or $25 show and meal deal.
The Moulin Beige will sell out so it is always best to book!
The Sea Birds begun crafting out their own set of rich musical landscape driven pop in late 2014. Dual lead vocalist Lara Wentworth and Loic Mamet provide a rich dexterity and original vocal approach to the song writing direction of fellow founding member Mike Amarant. Shades of alt country rock rich vocal harmony work, and nuanced guitar work define the bands approach to writing introspective but accessible pop.
“Toby – whose voice seems to know no bounds fronts the one part orchestra, one part bonfire jam, one part circus with ease…”
West Australian Blues/roots/indi artist Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can’t be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat. Toby is passionate, raw, fun and powerful, with a mix of soul, blues, folk, rock and a splash of gypsy hick.
PATCHES are a Melbourne band who combine elements of indie and rock to create great contemporary pop music.
Led by Scottish songwriter Iain Wallace, PATCHES are influenced by the dark emotional ballads of Roy Orbison, soft vocal melodies of Jose Gonzalez and the elegant arrangements of Lennon and McCartney.
“Beautiful voice, nice arrangements... This'll do nicely on a rainy day.” (Stacy
Gougoulis, Triple J)
Debut EP sour fruit was recorded at Circal Studios in Preston with Damien Sutton (The Bon Scotts) and mastered by Adam Dempsey at Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering in Brunswick. The EP will be available to download via Bandcamp from May 16th and on the same day, the video for their first single Chrysanthemum, will go viral.
“PATCHES are the culmination of years of living through life’s exhilarating and
complex ups and downs,” Iain states. “I’ve been holed up in my bedroom writing these songs since the turn of the century so it feels so great to have found an incredible band of people that can create the sound I hear in my head and carry it to the stage. It’s been an incredible cathartic and creative process and this release is something we’re super proud of. We are recording our follow up EP in May and can’t wait to return to the studio.”
Messy Mammals are Asha Trips (Sydney) and Fionn Brewer (London), a cosmic dream pop duo who make music to accompany your astral travels. Drawing influences from Stereolab, Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, these two like-minded homo sapiens fuse trippy synths, psychedelic guitars, chunky bass and big beats with jazzy chords and shimmery vocals. They have recently made Melbourne their home. Join them on their trips to the swirly, multi-coloured end of the spectrum.
Once known for their blend of piano rock, punk, and cabaret that ruled debut EP “Find Structure Through The Chaos”, Melbourne based band “The Great Imposter” have begun their inevitable evoloution. Staying true to their band name, they are planning to surprise fans and start something completely new – to become the “imposter”; turning all aspects of being a songwriter, performer, and entertainer on its head. This all becomes clear after hearing “Carousel”, and “Be The Ignorant! Be The Free!”; two new songs itching to be released.
"The boys from Lamb Boulevard are fairly new to the music scene. With each individual member having their fair share of musical experiments, they bring their own twist/flavour to folk music. Being compared quite often to the sound of Mumford and Sons, the boys like to consider themselves just a little bit different. In saying that, their music is hard to describe as it goes from having a Banjo and Violin, to a smooth folk acoustic sound. With their new EP along the way, Lamb Boulevard are very excited to share with you their sound and live energy."
Ivan Zarr, synonymous with the charm of America’s deep south and just as inspiring and brilliant as the blues legends that originated there. His thumping rhythm guitar and stomping feet, accompanied by Delta blues, slide techniques assault the audience with the crack of a knockout punch, and his soaring and throaty voice sounds like thunder and lightning personified.
Ivan has been thrashing his trademark dobro for decades around Australia and is known by many as a living and breathing Bluesman. He has played a multitude of festivals, theatres, dives,pubs and clubs since forming his first band, King Biscuit Co, in 1968 and is revered by fellow musicians and cherished by his fans.
Traveling Australia with his guitar case filled to the brim with his many recordings and a penchant for doing things his way, Ivan has been going it alone for years, handling his bookings, CD distribution and the rest autonomously.
Currently the subject of a music documentary that is now in the works and is expected to be aired in 2016, Ivan’s music endeavours will soon be marvelled by a whole new audience.
He has played alongside, and supported, numerous legendary acts including Mick Jagger, Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, Black Sorrows, Bondi Cigars, The Hippo’s, Louisiana Red, Katie Webster, Jnr Wells, John Mayall, Leo Kottke, John Hammond, John Cephas & Phil Wiggins, Hubert Sumlin & Mojo Buford, Dutch Tilders, Eugene Bridges, The Holmes Brothers, Mojo Webb, Kyla Bronx, Robert Susz, Collard-Greens & Gravy, Dr John, Keb ‘Mo, Rory Mcleod and recorded with Black Sorrows, Dom Mariani.