September MOULIN BEIGE- Tuesday 2nd Sep, 7.30pm
"A night of frivolity and fun" Heckler
“Expect the Unexpected” Herald Su
Check out Melbourne’s most exciting, experimental and entertaining comedy performers at the monthly Moulin Beige (Wesley Anne). Hosted by the inimitable comic accordionist LIZ SKITCH, this month features everyone’s favourite felt faced comedian, RANDY!!! Also see 2014 Moosehead Award winning character comedian Superstar RAMA NICHOLAS, cabaret diva ELENA GABRIELLE, Devilishly intriguing vocalist ANYA ANASTASIA, Comic Harpist LINDA BEATTY and Australia’s funniest Stunt Man JOHNNY DANGER.
Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are $12 at the door or try the $25 show and meal deal. Yes, you get show AND choose delicious meal from the Wesley Anne Specials Menue. Bookings essential for show and meal deal: http://www.trybooking.com/DDEB
@ The Wesley Anne, 250 High St, Northcote, 3070 (the southern end of Northcote, just opposite the Uniting Church -catch 86 Tram)
Geraldine Hickey has been described as a ‘deceptively cheery dame who'll quietly take out your innards.’ She is revered in the industry as a comedian’s comedian. This was proven in 2011 and 2012 when she was shortlisted for the ‘Piece of Wood’ award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A veteran of 8 seasons of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and a regular on the club and pub circuit around the country her experience has grown her into the thinking crowd’s crumpet.
Last year Geraldine confirmed what it seems many of her fans already knew – she’s come out of the closet. Her latest show ‘Turns Out I Do Like Sun Dried Tomatoes’ is a look back at the signs she may have missed to indicate she is totally gay. Never one to shy away from some brutal honesty this latest show will prove to be some of her finest work to date.
Tracey Hogue (The Girl Friday Public Domain Project)
ROUND 2 (9:15 PM)
Robot Child (duo - feat Waleed Aly)
In a different concept, 3 singer/songwriters (and any pals they happen to invite along to play with them) are seated in a circle (round) in the middle of Wesley Anne's gorgeous band room. They each take turns in playing their tunes, one by one, and so it goes 'round'.
The audience is intimate. They're all closeby, within arm's reach, intently listening, providing silence for each performance and truly taking in the beauty of SITR.
Treat yourself to yet another breathtaking performance at Songwriters in the Round. It runs the first Friday of each month at the Wesley Anne, with 2 rounds each night.
We are getting pretty full now so make sure you get down super early to secure a seat!! OR book a table by calling the Wesley Anne: 9482 1333
$8 at the door/$5 for musicians
The podcast panel game show where comedians, improvisers and academics have a battle of wits as to who can come up with the best answers to the most ridiculously absurd questions. It's a cross between Whose Line is it Anyway? and Rock-Wiz, with a dose of TED Talks and a smidgeon of MacGyver. Let your brain out for a laugh. Directed by David S. Innes (The Impro Box, Time Lord).
Formed in Melbourne in 2012, Green’s Dairy Angel Ensemble takes its name from the strings of the mandolin – GDAE. Drawing inspiration from bluegrass, western swing, jazz and Celtic music. Green’s Dairy Angel Ensemble performs original compositions with a smooth crooner, Spanish guitar, bluegrass mandolin, swinging double bass and folky piano accordion. This is country music as nature intended.
CaveMan productions & Will Do Art For Food are teaming up to present a showcase of talent from artists associated with previous ‘A Higher Ground’ festivals on the first Sunday of each month at The Wesley Anne, Northcote. Artists will be interviewed by Will Do Art For Food presenters Ben Byrne and Nicholas Emsley discussing their careers and journey in the industry. Throughout the extended residency you can expect a variety of music, fashion and dance performances and a glimpse of what ‘A Higher Ground’ festival is about. Launching the residency will be a lineup of acoustic style and cultural musical artists. Headlining the show will be the Sunday Chairs with support from the Jawa Pitu Band and Leah Senior. All funds raised for the event will be donated to Melbourne City Mission.
The launch will be held on Sunday the 7th of September at The Wesley Anne, 250 High St, Northcote. Entry: Gold coin donation.
“Caveman Productions is a collective of artists/performers, techs and directors who all share the same passion for raising public consciousness regarding social issues through music, fashion and dance. Launching in September 2012, Caveman productions was listed as an incorporated association in September 2013. Looking to unite members of Melbourne’s underground art scene through the spirit of D.I.Y and generosity our mission is simple to build a higher ground for those who are less fortunate in our world”
Mark the date!!! The SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH is Melbourne Magic Night and you can’t afford to miss a trick!
The Australian Institute of Magic is proud to present an action packed night of entertainment and information for magicians, variety performers and magic fans alike.
The night begins when you arrive at the timeless venue WESLEY ANNE (250 High St, Northcote). Come straight from work and enjoy a delicious meal while being entertained up close at your table by strolling magicians beta-testing their latest effects!
At 7.15pm you’ll head into the theatre and take the best seat in the house as you prepare for a 90 minute feast for the senses.
From 7.30pm one of the AIM Magicians will introduce a non-stop cavalcade of 5 and 10 minute presentations. From performances, demonstrations, TED style talks, interviews, showcases… every facet of the performing art of magic will be covered in a brilliantly entertaining way.
From 9.30pm those who would like to learn more can join one of three ‘sessioning’ groups where magic secrets and techniques will be shared.
ADMISSION is only $10, but if you’d like to attend multiple times throughout the year, you can join AIM as an Associate Member for only $40 and attend as often as you like ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Monthly Jazz by some of Melbourne's most exciting musicians. Hosted by Jack Hosking
After working together across other various projects, Harpist Emily Rosner from the stunning “Sunwrae Ensemble” collaborated with Percussionist Talia Brown from Afro Pop Band “Keshie” to create a new Folk/Pop project, “Zikora"
In 2010 they enlisted singer/songwriter Ellisa Scott, Classically trained Pianist and Flautist, with a background in dance and theatre. And have since filled out with Alena Schnieder, (Keshie founder and Songwriter) and Double Bassist Luke Richardson of Raised by Eagles, The Stetsons and formerly Sunwrae.
With the intention of creating an interesting blend of traditional world music with a modern pop writing style, Zikora have struck a beautiful balance, mixing African, Classical, and Popular sounds bringing a a sweet combination of rhythm and harmony with a dash of humerus satire and poetic wit.
Stories about the daily grind, a magical woman who mends broken hearts and the perfect Simple Man; Zikora lace embracing melodies with solid grooves and rich harmonies to keep you smiling, dancing and nodding your head in agreement the whole set long.
Zikora best describe their music as”Drum and Harp” - a musical blend that transcends the typical.
The Tipplers are an Irish duo consisting of guitar and mandolin. Performing a mix of old Irish traditional folk tunes and some newer favourites they are sure to get tongues tippling and toes tapping. The Tipplers consist of Ciarán and Alex, this recently formed band provides a platform to present a musical culture spanning centuries. The music is shrouded in sorrow, sentiment and hilarity, with a reproachful gaze at melancholy and a watchful eye on optimism, much like Mother Ireland herself. Upbeat and down and dirty, this is one Irish outfit that won’t leave you feeling green
A child of the 90s with the soul of a 60s troubadour, Patrick Wilson is a multi-talented singer-songwriter whose musical heart is planted firmly on his sleeve.
In their early 20s, Patrick Wilson & The Bare River Queens have already played extensively around their home towns of Melbourne, Bendigo, and Geelong appearing at a host of festivals, pubs, and clubs. The Bare River Queens' fluency in the language of guitar, slide, drums, bass, and harmonica create a great alternative sound that can be heard throughout venues across Melbourne.
The band is currently working on its debut album, adding to a collection of original country folk, blues, and pop that can be heard on Patrick’s debut EP, Ryan The Moth.
The band’s influences appear tastefully in their own music; namely Paul Simon, Neil Young, Derek & The Dominoes, and The Who.
With the Bare River Queens backing up, the sweet country tunes of Patrick Wilson turn into a thick mixture of rockabilly, country and everything alternative
There are many pockets throughout Melbourne; small venues, independent record labels and the occasional panel discussion, where musicians come together to present work, for which the only agenda is to represent an original idea.
$10 ENTRY – DOORS FROM 8PM
Friday the nineteenth of September sees one of Melbourne’s highly regarded venues exhibit a grand collection of overwhelming talent. The Wesley Anne is proud to present an evening of intimacy and reflection through the likes of some of the most exciting established and up-and-coming folk acts of Melbourne – Headlined by folk/pop duo Amistat, featuring live performances from Discovery of a Fox and Hollie Joyce, both forgoing their bands in favour for a closer resonance. The Friday night festivities will kick off from 8pm, with live music commencing from 8:30pm in the cosy band room. Come in, grab a glass of mulled wine, and sit by the fire in a room filled to the brim with soulful story-telling and excellent song-writing.
Josef and Jan Prasil, twin brothers who together form AMISTAT are easily recognizable for their acoustic set heard on the streets of Melbourne. Originally from Europe, the brothers reunited in 2013 to rekindle their music. Boasting intricate guitars with broad melodic devices, listeners of Amistat are sure to be oddly touched by the emotional investment in their music.
Encompassing the instrumentation of alternative rock, the lyrical expertise of folk, and a spoken-word-influenced delivery, Discovery of a Fox, like worn-out antique furniture, reeks of character. Friday September 19 will see Alex Biggs forgoing a band for the first solo Discovery show “in what seems like forever”.
Hollie Joyce is a poetic singer /songwriter/guitarist that is inspired by a plethora of musical styles. Intrigued in the complex inner workings of day-to-day life, her songs weave a hypnotic thread that touches a familiar nerve. This musician’s witty and honest lyrics are complimented by her diverse finger picking, chord slashing and raw guitar style resulting in dynamic and soulful performances.
Hugh McGinlay and the Recessive Genes play everything from raw ballads to hedonistic blues. Having played the world over, this is a band that will have you reach for a double scotch, then your dancing shoes.
Who would like that then?
People who can tap a toe, nod a head or dance like no one is watching. People who like watching shabby men sing polished songs. People who like songs to stay with them, following them home and lingering the next day. People who like music.
Austin Texas native Thomas Hugh will play songs from his sparkling new ep Sum = at
Wesley Anne at 8pm on Friday 26 September. Tickets are $15 on the door and the door price includes a copy of the 5 song ep. Sum = is a combustion of new-folk and indie pop, with old time storytelling and the occasional grand flourish thrown in for good measure.
A recent import to Melbourne, Thomas relocated in 2008 and the five songs on Sum = are a rich blend of the influences of the two colourful musical cities Thomas has inhabited for most of his life.
Thomas said, “I’ve been away from Austin for a few years now but the first thing I do when I get there is hit a cool blues bar like the Continental Club and drink beer made in Texas. There’s nothing
quite like it, but Melbourne is a great city with its own character.
Of course, the traffic is just as bad.” Sum = was recorded with Roger Bergodaz (drums), Dean Addison (bass) and Shannon Bourne (guitar). It creates a sound that hints at a solid blend of excellent musical influences and a natural affinity for melody and telling a twisted tale.
Thomas has released three albums Always Going Somewhere, Welcome to Yikesville and Strange Company, over the last six years but says, “I had the most amazing time recording the new EP. I wanted to really strip it back. I wanted the songs to sound as if we were playing them in your lounge room... bum notes and all. I wanted to keep it honest so we did just a few takes of each song and that was it.”
A stylistic sampler, Sum = features the emotive, poignant Them Dams Never Break, the breezy 70’s California echo of Chrome Bike and the spooky harmonica tinged ode to a girl with Dylan posters Where All the Spiders Crawl, to a journey through to country life with Little Things (Sting).
The first single to be lifted from the EP is the harmony infused bittersweet love song Canterbury Road: She bloodied my blue skies but kissed me when we’d drive down Canterbury Road
Thomas plays gigs large and small around Melbourne town and beyond and this ep was inspired by a gig at Maldon Festival, which Thomas says, “...really opened the floodgates and these songs just rolled out, as sometimes happens after a particularly inspiring gig.”
Don’t miss Thomas Hugh playing songs from Sum = at 8pm on Friday 26 September at Wesley Ann with support from Dan Lethbridge.
A night of music by Bob Hutchison and Elise Cabrèt marking the final chapter of their studies at NMIT. The evening will feature three performances.
Inspired by the sounds of the female singer-songwriters of yester-year, Elise Cabrèt will be presenting a performance marked by stripped back vocals, expressive ballads, a touch of darkness and little bit of flair. Elise’s voice is uniquely her own and commands attention, though it’s been said that there’s a hint of Joni Mitchell in there.
Named after Bob Dylan and raised on the folk heroes and poets of old, Bob Hutchison never really had a chance. As a singer-songwriter with a taste for powerful lyrics, catchy melodies and lush vocal harmonies, he will be performing a handful of the songs that have inspired him the most over the years along with a few originals.
Sinful Pleasures Burlesque troupe showcase the varying themes, styles and genres of Burlesque in the length of a night's show. The audience will be exposed to provocative and polished performances, backed up by sharp and witty delivery from the MC. This is a night of tease and full of laughter for all! Featuring the last Tuesday of every month 7.30pm-9.00pm. show and meal deal available.
KAISHA are an exciting band from the hills of Melbourne. Forming as a trio in 2012, but with a collective musical history of 15 years behind them, KAISHA are a distinct fusion of Middle-Eastern rock, and progressive, shamanic sound-scapes. With diverse influences such as The Tea Party, A Perfect Circle and Dead Can Dance, KAISHA are carving out a unique sound in the Australian music scene. KAISHA are: Kaisha Hekimian on lead vocals, oud and twelve-string acoustic guitar, Ivy Hekimian on keyboards, piano accordion and vocals, and Djulz Chambers on djembe and darbuka.
With the launch of their debut EP The End of the Divide: Chapter 2 in April 2013 being described as "…[the] haunting tension, a masterful effort." by Inpress Magazine (2013), KAISHA are impressing audiences and critics alike, with what is an exceptional union of intense acoustic rock, middle-eastern traditional rhythms, and a fearless lyrical sensitivity, that originates from the ancient soul of their Armenian-Australian background.
Doors open 8pm
Brunswick Women’s Choir has a rock-solid reputation for delivering great, gutsy music that brings about change. Hot off the heels of their recent sell-out concert, the choir will bring you lilting harmonies, percussive tones and complex arrangements that will take you to another world.