Kain credits his early gravitation toward music to childhood trombone and classical guitar study, and singing with school and regional choirs as part of a rich and culturally diverse community in Auckland, New Zealand. He later completed a cultural studies and film degree, finding employment in the print industry for a number of years before discovering the double bass and reigniting a passion for music.
Relocating from Queensland in 2006, Kain attended the Victorian College of the Arts studying contemporary improvisation and composition. He has also studied privately with bassists Gary Costello, Geoff Kluke, Ben Robertson and Anita Hustas. In 2013 Kain undertook a jazz sabbatical to New York City which included study with bassists Ben Wolfe and Neal Miner.
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.
The Ruby Rogers Experience has ‘Got that Retro Groove’.
They find the blues in jazz, the jazz in soul and the soul in blues. It’s a cool 6 piece band that performs sensational songs from inspirational genres. What’s not to love about tracks by Sharon Jones, Irma Thomas, Koko Taylor, James Brown, Martha High and Marvin Gaye.
The key ingredient in this band is groove and it’s laid down by a killer rhythm section. Over a rock sold pulse guitar, saxophone and keys riff until it’s time to make their mark. The solos are exciting and dynamic, they leave you wanting more.
Ruby Rogers sings with conviction. She has a big blues voice with soulful heartfelt tone.
The Ruby Rogers Experience is a remarkable collection of musicians that deliver a timeless retro sound scape.
Formed in 2009, Trio Agogo are one of the few Australian groups performing the Brazilian styles of Choro and Samba. Their live show is a fiery display of one of the first true Brazilian instrumental music forms
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.
Bad Hobbits with Acoustic Foxx and Kat Orgovany. Come on down for a night of acoustic diversity!
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.
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).
This month’s features winner of 2014 Melbourne Fringe Outstanding Comedy Show Award- TESSA WATERS, Clown- CAM VENN of the Broccoli Brothers, Character comedy from LIZ SKITCH “squeezes your funny bone in all the right places.” Edinburgh Spotlight, balancing teacups with SUE BROADWAY, JONESTOWN delivering freshly baked sketch comedy (aka PAJAMA PARTY, nominated for a Golden Gibbo, 2014 Comedy Festival), PAPILLION “indefatigably cheerful and sexy circus vaudeville” Stage Whispers and irresistible theatrical comic tease from POPPY CHERRY
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:
Warren Howden is an ex-classical flautist, recently escaped from a hip hop horn harem. Beatboxing through the flute, he lays down funk beats and mixes in looped harmonies. Illusions has been over a year in the making and is a much anticipated debut fluteboxing release.
Formed deep within the heart of Melbourne’s underground in 2012, Anne of the Wolves combine wistful melancholy and dark jazz noir with a touch of rambunctious gypsy stomp to form a fresh new sound that is truly their own.
Philemon is a singer/ songwriter/ multi instrumentalist from Melbourne who weaves electric guitar with haunting vocals in her own brand of dark folk.
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
Monthly Jazz by some of Melbourne's most exciting musicians. Hosted by Jack Hosking
Brisbane artist SAHARA BECK is gearing up to release her second EP BLOOM in October and will be hitting the
road throughout September and October to celebrate its release. Over the past year she has released a critically
respected EP, toured and played shows non-stop, had her music featured on radio, online and on television,
collaborated with numerous artists, written countless new songs and grown into an exceptional songwriter.
Recorded at Queensland’s Applewood studios and produced by Sahara and engineer on the rise Sean Cook and
mixed by Jeff Lovejoy, the new EP is packed full of surprises and showcases her diversity as a writer.
When she arrived in Brisbane a couple of years back, the then 16 year-old already had a full-length album behind her and a burgeoning reputation as an artist to watch. But 2013’s release – You Could Be Happy – really saw the buzz start to build. Led by the striking singles ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and ‘C’Mon Man You’re Dead’ Sahara marked her arrival as an
artist not just brimming with talent, but with plenty to say.
Since the release of that EP Sahara has started building plenty of fans around the country thanks to airplay, critical
nods and a live show the always leaves people wanting more.
“There’s a beautiful mood right throughout this song that draws you in. Then there’s Sahara’s voice, which is really something else.” – Dom Alessio, Triple J
Two of Melbourne’s most respected place of origin music acts come together for one night to perform music of passion, yearning and lament, sung in the languages of love.
Alma Mater bring to life the proud, dramatic and staunchly guarded musical traditions of Portuguese fado and Brazilian modinha. Led by the alternately lilting and rending vocals of Yuliya Mik, Alma Mater’s music is fiery, gripping, tense, yet surprisingly delicate.
Reflejos draw on many travels and collaborations to create music rich with Latin American rhythms, vocal harmonies and instrumentations, peppered with moments of Central and Eastern European folk tradition. Bonnie Smith’s soaring vocals lead audiences seamlessly from stirring laments to rousing melodies that bring every room to its feet.
Join us for this very special event and share tales of love, loss and celebration, sung in the tradition of centuries.
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.
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.
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.
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.