$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.
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.
Mo has moved to the Northside! To celebrate her move she will be playing her first local show at the iconic Wesley Anne. Mo's jazz and pop inspired live shows have been electrifying and exciting crowds around Melbourne. Recently supporting National bands, collaborating with new breakthrough artists and set to release h...er new single this November, Mo is reaching new heights with her music and artistry. This is best justified watching her perform live.
With a stella lineup including indie/pop songstress Maxi. We are lucky enough to have her unique and incredible live performance brought over to this Northside show. Her latest single 'Walking With the Animals' caught attention nationwide for her unique approach to pop music. Her live performances excite and intrigue by offering modern electro-pop sounds perfectly contrasted with her powerful and raw soulful voice.
We are very please to have James Franklin, his beautiful voice and guitar. James Franklin’s music is like a Laundromat, some songs are clean and some songs are dirty. The Australian Music Network has stated that James is “bound for success in Australian music and beyond”. He is a pleasure to watch live!
Emily Soon will be serenading you first up. This artist is a unique and captivating lyrisist. Her soulful and delicate voice conquers the stage with subtleties having audiences under a trace.
Mo Music has organised for the sun to come for this show in anticipation of an amazing Sunday afternoon of original local Aussie music!
Singer Songwriter Hugh McGinlay plays a springtime solo show with friends on the 25th of September. Hugh's thoughtful lyrics and deft songcraft have earned him freinds and fans the world over. Joining him is Katie Jacobs (the Raylenes) in her first show since returning from years in America, folk enigma Richard Putnam and Plastic Spaceman Drummer Lucy McKinnon, stepping out from the kit to showcase her beautiful songs. Music starting at 8pm. $5 on the door
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.
The Rusty Pickers are an acoustic trio playing a mixture of bluegrass, folk, country and roots tunes with guitars, mandolins, double bass, harmonica and banjo.
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.
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).
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”
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)
Monthly Jazz by some of Melbourne's most exciting musicians. Hosted by Jack Hosking
Take a whiff on me that ain’t no rose! A troupe of Melbourne songwriters present a scribbled napkin of original music inspired by the alarming and disarming ramblings of Loudon Wainwright III. Curated by Nigel Wearne, featuring Jim Green, Mandy Connell, Damon Smith, Kate Crowley, Sally Taylor & special guests.
Assembly Festival, presented by The Wesley Anne, is an annual event featuring more than 25 acts from influences as broad as folk, indie, hip hop and jazz.
This year's exciting lineup features the big and brassy, funk/soul/pop lovechild that is Animaux, the kooky indie flourishes of Parking Lot Experiments, Audego's noir beats & harmonies, the live hip hop mastery of Royalty Noise, as well as American country legends, The Grahams (US), local indie darlings Sweets, and new folk bands Broni, The Bon Scotts and Cabbages & Kings. This must-see, free entry festival is a central outing in the Darebin Music Feast.
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!
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.
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
Scottish folk outfit Taliska play host at the Wesley Anne’s Celtic Cafe. With a menu featuring pipes, harp, fiddle, vocals, guitar, bodhrán, whistles, accordion and French horn, every taste is catered for! Plus award-winning Co-cheòl, touring their freshly launched EP.
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.
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.
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