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.
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 bunch of amazingly gorgeous and talented Aussies coming together to create a modern vaudeville show
Once upon a time....
A group of talented individuals were chosen to represent Australia at the World Championship of Performing Arts in L.A in 2014.. Upon their triumphant return and to celebrate friendships made, success gained, some of these talented individuals have come together to create an entertaining modern Vaudeville show, the likes of which has not been seen in many a year....
So come and be prepared to be entertained with singing, acting, dancing and instrumental acts...
we dare you...
Artists: Sara Gousse; Lore Burns; Kristen Virag; Katie Caporta; Josh Cinco; Georgia Kamolins; Frankie Bensch; Dagny Yznaga Gaerste; Chloe Tooker; Bella Celeste; Bee Townsend; Alexandra Younas; Anthony Lucas and Jazz Hourigan
The long-held tradition of the Melbourne Composers’ League Elbow Room concerts continues with the latest installment at the Wesley Anne on Saturday 22nd November at 3.00 pm. The Elbow Room concerts have become a much-loved and appreciated part of the Melbourne music scene, providing a valuable opportunity for composers to present their newest works in public or re-visit older works in the friendly and conducive atmosphere of the Wesley Anne. The Elbow Room concerts are known for their broad array of both traditional and experimental music by local composers, including acoustic and electronic works. For audiences, the diverse mix offers something for everyone to enjoy or be surprised. Featured composers on 22nd November include Paul Moulatlet, Jacqui Rutten, Colin McKellar, Ros Bandt, Brigid Burke, George Dreyfus, Johanna Selleck, David Henderson, and Andrian Pertout with a selection of works including pieces for bass clarinet and electronics, alto and bass flutes, woodwind quintet, solo tarhu, and a trio of flute, clarinet and double bass.
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.
Playing a bunch of festivals, house parties, malls, conventional venues and supporting some iconic Australian bands, this tour has it all and something quirky for everyone to catch this travelling gypsy and his beautifully crafted melodies & songs.
Joining on this special night will be good friends, 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 sound of intimacy & unique harmonies.
Also joining is Davy Simony, an alternative folk-roots singer-songwriter, with influences that span from Jack Johnson to Angus & Julia Stone and The Beautiful Girls, Simony’s work is defined by his rounded and heartfelt style of songwriting. His live performances are not to be missed. Boasting the powerful energy of a ‘one-man-band,’ Simony takes to guitar, loop pedal and foot percussion.
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.
Elliot Friend are one of my favourite bands in Melbourne at the moment, graceful lyrics, soaring melodys (although these combined sometimes sound like they're singing in french.... but that's cool though, coz they might be) and there are all put together by their magical musical abilities, if you haven't already seen these guys play around various places in Melbourne, you better come to this.
Sleepy Dreamers according to their facebook.
sleepy dreamer: noun,adj. this is a person lacking common sense. the littlest
things are a challenge for them.
The only thing that doesn't seem that is a challenge to them is writing really cool and catchy songs!
Annan Blix writes songs about certain xperiences that are beautiful, but unfortunately don't last, instead of dwelling on them and getting all sad, he just enjoys the memories.
Or so I've been told.
We are very excited to be sharing our end of year sheebang with BOTSO. Brunswick Old Time String Orchestra.
Both Squawkestra and BOTSO have fortnightly thursday rehearsals. Since there has been a cross over of members between the groups, the organisers have been avoiding each other for years, vehemently scheduling rehearsals on opposing nights so that we would not clash. But on this night, the two groups will meet face to face for the first time. The outcome can only be fantastic.
This is a casual night. Think of it like a Soiree with an audience. If we are not on stage we are enjoying another performance with a drink. The two groups will perform for each other. Small ensembles are encouraged to perform as well. Friends are most warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Introducing Kirsten Moore: a brave new-age woman.
In her debut EP Bare, the Melbourne-based songstress exposes her personal encounters with light and dark.
Kirsten utilises the medicinal qualities of music and lyric writing to resolve her inner imbalances and Bare is the sonic embodiment of those experiences.
"Writing this EP was incredibly cathartic for me. It was a matter of getting the music out of my head and body and freeing myself of the content within the songs. They deal heavily with body image and the discovery of self acceptance so it took a while for me to be at a place where I felt confident enough to share those experiences." - Kirsten
Kirsten began her vocal training in classical music, elements of which lace the self-described “alt-pop” EP. With voice being her instrument of choice: Kirsten’s soundtrack has been conscientiously composed to reflect her evocative lyrics. Rich strings, haunting piano, stirring electric guitar, and heartbeat drums. Think the lamentation of Alanis Morissette, the self-examination of Fiona Apple, the eccentricity of Tori Amos, and the lilt of Kate Miller-Heidke.
Electric Harp pouring out psychedelic melodies over a stylin rhythm section 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 tasty grooves of rhythm section players Stephan Beattie on Bass/Guitar & Mitch Francis on skins; the Flumes kick out a luscious live sound and awaken audiences to the deliciousness of music.
It’s difficult to pin this trio down to one genre. Let’s just say The Flumes create an exquisitely eclectic blend of psychedelic folk laced with funk, blues, jazz, trip hop and a splash of reggae. So if you’re expecting Irish ditties or anything faintly classical prepare to have your preconceptions blown in the best possible way.
Soulful vocalist and poet Lindsey Meldrum (Aus) whose voice was once described as ‘hot coffee on a cold Sunday afternoon,’ builds on the engaging guitar playing of award winning songwriter, Tom Ciccone (USA.) Together they craft original songs and interpretations nostalgic of their folk and jazz backgrounds. Since forming in January 2014, Wayfare has captivated audiences in the US, UK and AUS, with performances featuring music from their EP ‘For You, From Me’ as well as traditional songs from a wide range of genres and geographic influences. Their intimate performance entices audiences by evoking the familiar in a refreshing way.
Finish the year with a BANG at the December Moulin Beige. Featuring Melbourne’s own award winning TINA DEL TWIST (aka Wes Snelling), “Beautiful voice, and a wicked sense of comic timing” The Age, DAVID SPLATT “Putting the Devil back into Vaudeville”, HAZEL BOCK “One most unusual and astonishing circus acts your ever likely to see”, LIZ SKITCH “A true master of impersonation and satire” The Music, NO JOB TOO BIG- Melbourne’s newest and largest clown troupe & CAM VENN- professional fun machine and manager of organized chaos.
Fat Cousin Skinny are all things old-time. Recently returning from an exploration of Appalachian music and beyond in the United States, they've got a lot to share. They learnt from the greats in the homeland of the music, jamming with old-time musicians across the land. They travel light and instead of novelty t-shirts, Fat Cousin Skinny brought back two brainfuls of hillbilly haikus. Come hear the banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocal chords and fiddle played through the vessels of two young travellers.
ROUND 1 - 7:45 PM
Ella Fence (QLD)
ROUND 2 - 9:15 PM
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
After an eventful year and subsequently keeping a low profile, Thomas Dylan will once again be performing at The Wesley Anne to share stories through song for ears willing to listen.
Melbourne Unclaimed is a monthly live music night, aimed at showcasing emerging artists.
Invisible Dears return to the Wesley Anne for their last headline show of 2014 performing songs off their debut EP ‘Serenade Me To Oblivion’. The Melbourne 4-piece combine elements of Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright, The Beatles and Nick Drake to create their unique brand of Indie Rock/Folk.
Blending rich 3 part harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, intricate guitar work and powerful lead vocals, Invisible Dears span many familiar genres but in the end create their own unique sound.
They will be joined by Melbourne based Indie Folktronica duo Porcelain Pill who draw on influences such as The Postal Service, Radiohead, and Jonsi to display an eagerness to explore the possibilities within this new folktronica genre. They will be performing an acoustic set of songs from their newly released second EP ‘sometimes it is’.
Feather Stitch Album Launch
JULIAN BANKS TRIO is made up of long time friends and musical allies: Julian Banks (tenor saxophone), Christopher Hale (6 string semi acoustic bass guitar) and James Hauptmann (drums, cymbals). After years of playing together in different bands and ensemble make-ups. these three accomplished musicians have formed a truly unique sound, that leaves you wondering how such a full and lusty soundscape can be achieved by just three people.