Freida le Bjorn brings together musical collaborators Rebecca Langley, Bianca Maes & Jonathan McCoy after song writer and front woman Rebecca’s return from three years in Europe. The groups musical style sits between influences of folk and R&B. Embracing the space that a trio comprising of Ukulele, Bass and percussion or guitar can create. Langley writes with ukulele as her main tool and harmonic base. And together with McCoy’s Jazzy R&B bass riffs displays a unique quality in tones. Some of Langley’s songs reflect her strong interest in social justice, others intensely personal and also likes to tell a story. Maes brings distinctive harmonies and guitar melodies which blend effortlessly with the other instruments.
Amy Tankard's creative beginnings involved various musical love affairs with the likes of Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and Sam Cooke. Armed with self choreographed moves and a big voice, she was unstoppable... This passion for anything and everything musical eventually led her into making her own tuneful creations which is why and how Amy Alex was born.
Teaming up with fellow Melbourne musicians Josh Stainer (Electric Guitar), Tomas Strode (Electric Guitar & Bass) and Ben Teniswood (Drums), the four piece work together with the aim of creat...ing stripped back yet evocative sonic landscapes underpinned by Amy's soulful vocals and warm onstage presence. Their collective influences range from Bon Iver, Wildbirds & Peacedrums and tUnE-yArDs. Having played with and alongside some of Melbourne's finest bands including Ainslie Wills, Hello Satellites, Sweets and Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides, Amy Alex released their first single, “Holes” in late 2014, preparing themselves for the launch of a much anticipated Ep in April 2015.
A duo who bring diversity and flare to their live performance and connects with their audience. Their sound is influenced by many genres, including blues and folk. Fronted by song writer Cassie Ward and backed up by multi instrumentalist Bianca Maes, the two create space within their arrangements that capture a unique listening experience. Cassie's honest lyrics and warm tone blend effortlessly with the duos guitar and rhythm work.
The Finks are a collection of people and ideas based around the songs of Oliver Mestitz. They are performing live as a duo with cello and electric guitar and voices. Their new album, Lucklaster, was recorded by Oliver at home using a Yamaha MT8X. It is available on vinyl or digital download through Milk! Records.
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.
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!
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.
"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!
Amber Mic continues it's quest to build the local live music scene across Victoria with our new monthly event at Wesley Anne in Northcote. Darebin Sounds Local Acoustic Event will bring to you a selection of 4 new & different indie acoustic acts from the Darebin Local Area playing original acoustic music (covering genres including folk, blues, country, jazz, indie & more) each month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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."