Eclectic original from Cult accordion ensembles, string quartets & Jazz-ska to alt-country, nu-folk, roots & rockabilly.

Want to play a gig at the Wheaty? Email us at: bands@wheatsheafhotel.com.au

PS: no cover bands or ultra-loud combos please

SCALA - FOOM Song Competition - GRAND FINAL!

SCALA is the Songwriters, Composers, and Lyricists Association. SCALA is a global songwriting organisation dedicated to encouraging, supporting and nurturing songwriters, composers, and lyric writers of any style and genre no matter where they are in the world.

The Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) is a song competition encouraging the writing of new material to be showcased live and through the release of SCALA CDs and online downloads. Each year entries come from around Australia as well as the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Europe. Entries are now open via www.scala.org.au

Punters: Come along, vote and support songwriters each week presenting brand new songs. Finalists are selected by judges and an audience vote and will perform at the FOOM Grand Final event on 26 September 2019. Lots of prizes to be won!

HEAT 1: Thursday 22 August 2019

HEAT 2: Thursday 29 August 2019

HEAT 3: Thursday 5 September 2019

HEAT 4: Thursday 12 September 2019

HEAT 5: Thursday 19 September 2019

Door Fee for All Heats:

$10 entry for non-SCALA members - FREE for SCALA members.

 Grand Final: Thursday 26 September 2019

 Door Fee for GF:

$15 entry for non-SCALA members

$8 for SCALA members

The FOOM 2019 Grand Final is a ticketed event.Tickets will be made available from 5 September 2019 from www.scala.org.au 

 
Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 7.30 PM
Cost: $15
Tickets at the door
SCALA - FOOM Song Competition - GRAND FINAL!

Road Wings + Isaac Thomas

Liam (Guitar) and Paris (Vocals/Guitar) starting making music together in mid 2017 after meeting several years earlier through mutual friends. They both shared a love of blues/soul/funk and rock and roll and soon began sewing the seeds of what was to become Road Wings. With a couple of line up changes, the addition of Bass player Jordan who Paris met playing in the house band of a UNISA production, soon became the driving force behind the bands rhythm and song structures. Then to hold it all together, drummer Sean (Liam's younger brother) brought the 4 piece that Road Wings is today to completion. Road wings have released 2 singles "Right At Home" and "Wayside", which were both received well, getting played on triple j and triple j unearthed, with an EP released in August of 2019. 


Date: Friday 27 September
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $0
Road Wings + Isaac Thomas

"The Big Girls Fly" featuring Jenn Barrett and The Night Shift + Meena de Silva and Courtney Robb & Snooks La Vie

Over the footy hype?

Then give the AFL a miss and join us at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton on Sat Sept 28th from 2-5pm when that theatrical, polished and sharp headliner JENN BARRETT AND THE NIGHT SHIFT give a display stage skill, talent and perfor- mance that definitely needs no guernsey. 

The best alternative to the AFL grand final you’ll get this year. Original SA artists: kicking goals!

More info: Mgt 0413 450 521

https://www.jennbarrett.com/ 
https://www.courtneyrobbmusic.com/
https://meenadesilvamusic.wordpress.com/about/  

Date: Saturday 28 September
Time: 2.00 PM
Cost: $15
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"The Big Girls Fly" featuring Jenn Barrett and The Night Shift + Meena de Silva and Courtney Robb & Snooks La Vie

Local Revolution + Lenin Marrón & Lazaro Numa (Cuba) + Kahl Wallis (QLD)

A great night of music folks - Local Revolution (8 Piece) with special intimate performances by Lenin Marrón, Lazaro Numa & Kahl Wallis to start the night off.
 
Local Revolution are a powerful & inspiring Funk Soul Pop force that brings together the rich talent & creativity of Chilean born singer-songwriter guitarist - Lenin Marrón and the Jazz experience of his powerhouse band.
 
Charismatic frontman Lenin Marrón reaches deep into the hearts of his audiences, delivering infectious & dynamic live shows inspired by the great James Brown. Backed by respected and award wining musicians - including Wade Nixon, David Goodwin (Eraser Description), Neil Palmer (Dyssidia) & world class Cuban trumpeter Lazaro Numa (Buena Vista Social Club, Havana Meets Kingston, Afro Cuban All Stars) - this high energy live act has toured extensively across Australia at major festivals and venues, and has landed major support slots for international artists including Maxi Priest (UK), Common Kings (US), Bombino, and Alexi Rossi. They headlined Adelaide’s NYE at Elder Park to a crowd of 40 000+ and Lenin opened for Santana & The Doobie Brothers at Botanic Park, 2016.
 
The independent single Concrete Jungle (2018), emanates the unique afro funk sound they are known and loved for - and has now been followed up with a new and greater vision in their second independent single release In My Shoes (July 2019) - with its first ever official performance at Scouted 2019 - South Australia’s showcase festival for 12 best emerging artists.
 
With Local Revolution it's a non-stop party around the world, mixed with love, peaceful vibes and always a positive message for humanity.
 
'Pitch-perfect, dreamy melodies backed by an army of musicians, would soar on a festival stage.' Daniel Cribb - TheMusic.com

‘Beautiful Sound, Beautiful Voice’ Peter Goers - ABC Radio
 
 
Lead singer and songwriter for indie/alternative band The Medics, environmental and social activist, storyteller, and now solo performer, Kahl Wallis is a young Aboriginal man on a mission. In late 2014 Kahl decided to strip back into raw acoustic mode to explore his songwriting and cultural roots further. He was soon invited to tour with Blue King Brown, opening for them as a solo artist at their shows across the country. He’s also toured nationally with Nahko and Medicine for the People. With his solo project only just beginning to gather speed, Kahl was extremely honoured to receive the Dreaming Award at the 2015 National Indigenous Arts Awards. Kahl identifies with his grandfathers country, the Wuthathi Nation from the white sands of Shelburne Bay in Cape York Peninsula.
 
Children of the Revolution (Live Solo) 

"Kahl's music comes from a pure source, it's a great joy to listen to him deliver with such authenticity and power. He is a special artist and one to watch out for!" - Carlo Santone, Blue King Brown.
 
 
Come and enjoy this special night of music at The Wheaty.

$20 on the door

Date: Saturday 28 September
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $15
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Local Revolution + Lenin Marrón & Lazaro Numa (Cuba) + Kahl Wallis (QLD)

Jen Lush + The Yearlings

The Yearlings and Jen Lush with her band come together to play a double bill at this favourite city venue. Songs full of sweet longing, words that skip your heart, this is live original music that is both vulnerable and stunningly accomplished.

Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson (The Yearlings) combine warm two part harmonies, acoustic guitar and rich electric tremolo landscapes to create a sound that is aged. Old, just the right amount of haunting.
They straddle old and new, bitter and sweet, darkness and transcendence – modern day porch music.
“Skeins of tattered faith from the Never-Never … windblown plains and the quiet roar of the giant Aussie sky … bleak headlights drilling dust and drizzle … driven by a rhythm from somewhere between the windscreen wipers’ pulse and the exhausted, determined heart.” Philip White

Jen Lush writes evocative, starkly modern folk songs spun from the heart. From her diverse artistic background in dance, theatre and electronica music in Europe and the UK, to the folk-tinged music of her recent work, Jen’s love of lyrical interplay coalesce on her 2017 album The Night’s Insomnia. This beautiful collection of Australian poetry crafted into songs has taken Jen and her stellar band to festivals and venues in South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.
Currently working on her new solo album Jen returns to the deeply personal, taking the magnifying glass to the small idiosyncrasies of her life in the suburbs, mining for simple joys and everyday frailties in acoustic songs which teeter on the edges of folk, alt-country and something entirely it’s own.

Bring the kids, let's celebrate Spring Sunday music afternoons!

$15 on the door


Date: Sunday 29 September
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $10
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Jen Lush + The Yearlings

COMA - Ross McHenry: Trio Music

The legendary C.O.M.A Sessions have been a fixture at The Wheaty since 2005.

C.O.M.A is a musician-led, musician-focused, member based not-for-profit association. It presents a unique opportunity for the creative development and artistic endeavour of a broad range of Australian composers and performers. It is committed to presenting and raising the profile of original music in Adelaide, and indeed Australia.

 $20 ENTRY - MEMBERS $15

 

Date: Monday 30 September
Time: 7.30 PM
Cost: $20
Tickets at the door
COMA - Ross McHenry: Trio Music

Broads (VIC) + Cookie Baker

Broads launch their new album STAY CONNECTED at The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide.

Melbourne queens of indie-noir, Broads, released their highly anticipated album ‘Stay Connected’ on August 23. They will be launching it at The Wheatsheaf on Thursday 3rd October as part of their national album launch tour.

Fresh off the Tim Rogers 'Liquid Nights' tourbus, Broads return to Adelaide with their sophomore album ‘Stay Connected’. Self produced, Broads have pushed their sound from their acoustic roots into a wider spectrum of colour - with hints at 60s pop, 70s folk, a little 80s new wave. Tying the album together is the duo's disarming vocals and lyricism, defying any obvious comparisons.

Supporting them on the night is local favourite Cookie Baker.


Date: Thursday 3 October
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $0
Broads (VIC) + Cookie Baker

The Satellites

THE SATELLITES are undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest rockabilly and roots acts around.

 They are a talented and enthusiastic mix of musicians, and songwriters dedicated to REAL rock music.

 Belinda’s distinctive vocal style and solid rhythm guitar is one of the driving forces of this act. Weather belting out a wild 50’s flavoured rockabilly tune or delivering a sultry & sweet ballad, you’ll be amazed at how authentic and captivating it is to be part of the show.

 Steve M’s solid pounding bass and energetic performance coupled with his gravely vocal tones makes for the perfect complement to a solid line up of performers.

 Lee keeps the whole thing together with his tight and snappy rhythms on the drums. He’s performed with many great acts and can belt out the coolest of rhythms that would make the likes of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich proud! 

Steve G is the tone that shapes their sound. From screaming guitar solos (ala Brian Setzer style), to his unbelievable cool and mellow sound that you would swear were coming straight out of a vintage Sho-Bud pedal steel. Steve’s talents are unmistakable and a joy to hear.

Together you have the best line up of The Satellites since their inception way back in 1994.     

Date: Friday 4 October
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $0
The Satellites

Kings & Associates + Special guest

On the back of their break through 2019 US summer tour Australian neo blues band Kings & Associates will perform 2 shows in Adelaide and Melbourne this October and November. Since winning 3 of 6 Chain Awards at the 2018 Australian Blues Music Awards the band has continued their meteoric rise performing with some of music’s biggest names in front of huge crowds in the USA in July, August and September. Their 8 state tour included dates at Mammoth Lakes Bluespalooza appearing with the likes of Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty and Jimmy Vaughn, a co-headline slot with LRB at the Grapefest in Texas, and a live performance on Chicago’s WGN-TV morning show going into 60 mil homes through the USA. While in the US the band tracked their follow up album to the highly successful Tales of a Rich Girl again with 7 x Grammy winner Jim Scott. 

$25 on the door


Date: Saturday 5 October
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $18
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Kings & Associates + Special guest

Don Morrison's Raging Thirst

Adelaide based musical legend Don Morrison has been playing for 40 years and done gigs From Perth to Penrith, Bridgetown to Byron Bay and from Sydney to San Antonio.  He’s released fifteen albums of his own original songs and even written a book about it!

Now he has teamed up with his two amazingly talented sons, Eddie and Jake Morrison. Jake on guitar and Eddie on double bass and, together with Andy Przygonski on drums to form Don Morrison’s Raging Thirst. This combination brings a unique blend of original, entertaining and insightful songs with superb musicianship and a tightness that only family bands can achieve.

Date: Sunday 6 October
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $0
Don Morrison's Raging Thirst

SCALA - Nick West + Jonny Lee + Special Spotlight Acts

 Few 31 year-olds can claim they’ve spent their years immersed in some serious musical talent but SA’s longest running original music organisation; the Songwriters, Composers And Lyricists Association (SCALA) have done it week after unfailing week for almost 3 decades.

 SCALA is a volunteer led, membership based organisation that continues to promote and encourage the creation of original music of all genres through events, the Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) song competition and an annual SCALA CD release.

Date: Thursday 10 October
Time: 7.30 PM
Cost: $8
Tickets at the door
SCALA - Nick West + Jonny Lee + Special Spotlight Acts

Jay Power

Soul meets jazz meets pop: Jay Power’s music combines deep grooves with lush vocals and lyrical observations. In her return to The Wheatty she’ll bring the new songs and self-produced sounds she’s been touring in QLD and NSW this past year.

 Her partner in crime, Mikey Chan (Melb), plays guitar for Kaiit, M Phases and Roots Manuva among countless others, Melbourne’s go-to-guy for Hip Hop and Soul expertise.

 Special guests include Brian Ruiz and Catherine Mackenroth on backing vocals for next level harmonies.

 Jay’s last album The Missing was produced by award winning Adelaide producers SIXFOUR who work with Hilltop Hoods, Caiti Baker and A.B. Original. Her track ‘Gold of your Heart’ enjoyed airplay on Triple J’s Home and Hosed and ‘Dream of you and Me was played on ABC TV’s Rage.

Date: Friday 11 October
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $0
Jay Power

Stuart James Day & The OC's

Stuart’s soulful songs may cause laughter, wild dancing or quiet reflection. His music has been around Australia and the world with memorable groups like FAB, The Beggars, Blue Katz and Those Kodiaks.

 Mick Bryant, Kim Webster and Billy Regione are the OCs, ripping up the stage with great style and good humour.

 A wise punter once said, “It’s like Paul Kelly singing with the Dingoes produced by Daniel Lanois.”

 This is music for people who like music.

Date: Saturday 12 October
Time: 9.00 PM
Cost: $0
Stuart James Day & The OC's

Matt Ward & The Rising Sons single release + Katie Brianna (NSW)

MATT WARD
Delivering a soulful blend of traditional, Americana and Australian country music, Matt Ward has rapidly been forging his own space within the Australian music scene.

His 2019 debut album "Heartland" reached #1 on the ARIA Australian Country charts and each of his three singles (Annabelle, Back to the Country and Take Me Home) have been highly successful releases. Mixing personal experience with heartbreaking aberration of people and places, Rhythms Magazine described Heartland as a "strong debut", its track Annabelle as a "world class song" and the album “testament to Ward's ability to blend popular country and alt country elements to produce convincingly heartfelt songs”. Matt has also recently toured in America with some of the country’s best outlaw country artists and has just returned from Nashville after showcasing for Sounds Australia at Americanist.

But Matt's musical journey has been different from most. Working for years across regional and outback South Australia, and more recently living and touring out of Texas, Ward has an intimate knowledge of the land and its people. Time on the road, his connection to the country, emotions experienced along the way - it is the lifeblood of country music, and Matt has it in spades. 
 
With strong storytelling, catchy hooks and a crafty blend of Australian, traditional and outlaw country music, it’s easy to draw comparison to Paul Kelly and Corb Lund in Matt’s music whilst his journey as adult provides compelling authenticity as both an artist and person.
 
KATIE BRIANNA
Katie Brianna’s story goes something like this… plucked from obscurity by Paul Kelly at age 15 to appear on the ARIA Award-winning Jindabyne Soundtrack, before recording 2 critically acclaimed alt-country albums and scoring herself a couple of Golden Guitar nominations along the way. 

Brianna has one of those voices that can break your heart in a matter of moments. It’s a voice so strong and distinctive that it often overshadows her brilliance as a song writer. Her last couple of albums have been nothing short of phenomenal and now Katie is preparing to release her next with producer Adam Young (ex-Daisygrinders/Big Heavy Stuff). 

Katie is touring the country releasing the first single off her as-yet-untitled album, due to land in February 2020

Date: Sunday 13 October
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $0
Matt Ward & The Rising Sons single release + Katie Brianna (NSW)

COMA - The Miles Faman Project + SOUND ALLIANCE! Allara Briggs Pattison & Adam Page

The legendary C.O.M.A Sessions have been a fixture at The Wheaty since 2005.

C.O.M.A is a musician-led, musician-focused, member based not-for-profit association. It presents a unique opportunity for the creative development and artistic endeavour of a broad range of Australian composers and performers. It is committed to presenting and raising the profile of original music in Adelaide, and indeed Australia.

 $15 entry - Members $8

 

Date: Monday 14 October
Time: 7.30 PM
Cost: $15
Tickets at the door
COMA - The Miles Faman Project + SOUND ALLIANCE! Allara Briggs Pattison & Adam Page

First Nation Voices: Nancy Bates, Vonda Last & Jelja Quintet

Nancy Bates and Vonda Last team up with The Jelja Quintet to perform songs representing First Nation voices that will touch your heart, connected to 'Country' and it's people.

Nancy will perform her last album 'For Your Love' dedicated to the late John Baker whilst Vonda sings of the Australian landscape and traditional way of life.

Julian Ferraretto, Alain Valodze, Lainie Jamieson, Jenna Bonavita, Annie Siegmann and Enrico Morena join Nancy & Vonda for this amazing evening of song.

 

Vonda Last is an Adelaide-based singer songwriter. Warm and engaging, her original songs are honest and melodic with a strong sense of the Australian landscape and way of life. 

Her first single release For Love of Country is regularly sung throughout South Australian Primary Schools. Classical, gospel, country and soul influences infuse her music as she takes the audience on a journey. Vonda will be joined by the fabulous Jelja Quintet (Julian Ferraretto, Enrico Mick Morena, Lainie Jamieson, Jenna Bonavita & Alain Vàloze).

https://www.facebook.com/VondaLastMusic/

Tix - $20/15 pre-sale & on the door

Date: Friday 18 October
Time: 8.30 PM
Cost: $20
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First Nation Voices: Nancy Bates, Vonda Last & Jelja Quintet

Shaun Kirk (VIC)

Following the release of two brand new singles ‘Howlin at the Moon’ and ‘Save My Soul’ in 2018, along with an appearance at Bluesfest, Byron Bay, and a stack of sold-out headline shows; blues/rock singer-songwriter Shaun Kirk is proud to announce he will be dropping his anticipated, self titled EP this September.

To celebrate the release, the troubadour will be embarking on a huge twenty-one date tour across Australia & New Zealand to showcase his new tracks in what 2019 Grammy Award Winner for Best Contemporary Blues Record, Fantastic Negrito, describes as “one of the best one man shows he’s ever seen”.

The tour announcement comes off the back of Kirk’s recently disclosed signing with Canadian Artist Agency Paquin following his performances at the East Coast Music Awards back in May, and could be Australasia’s last chance to catch him in the flesh for sometime as new overseas prospects appear imminent.

$25 on the door

Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $20
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Shaun Kirk (VIC)

MobiusX

It will be the end of an era when MobiusX play their farewell show at the Wheaty. 

Around 14 years since they first got together, the band has produced an impressive body of work including two studio albums, a live album, and performed many gigs around Adelaide including several at the Wheatsheaf.

Replacing founding bassist / singer Andrew in 2014 with Charles on vocals and David on bass, the band has since released the Dark Road studio album and Live at the Wheaty. 

Both albums will be on sale at the gig, so fans can take home their own souvenir copies of theMobies’ gorgeous melodies, grooves that slide from rock to jazzand lyrics speaking of love, politics, murder and more. The final gig will be recorded for later distribution.

So join MobiusX one last time in those places where risks are ripe, dogs bark in the dark, blood spills and passions flow … and help say Mo’ByeUs and Mo’ByeYou!


Date: Sunday 20 October
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $0
MobiusX

COMA - Inkling + Cauldron (SA/ACT)

The legendary C.O.M.A Sessions have been a fixture at The Wheaty since 2005.

C.O.M.A is a musician-led, musician-focused, member based not-for-profit association. It presents a unique opportunity for the creative development and artistic endeavour of a broad range of Australian composers and performers. It is committed to presenting and raising the profile of original music in Adelaide, and indeed Australia.

 $15 entry - Members $8

 

Date: Monday 21 October
Time: 7.30 PM
Cost: $15
Tickets at the door
COMA - Inkling + Cauldron (SA/ACT)

SCALA - Yorke Heath + Dark Matters + Special Spotlight Acts

 Few 31 year-olds can claim they’ve spent their years immersed in some serious musical talent but SA’s longest running original music organisation; the Songwriters, Composers And Lyricists Association (SCALA) have done it week after unfailing week for almost 3 decades.

 SCALA is a volunteer led, membership based organisation that continues to promote and encourage the creation of original music of all genres through events, the Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) song competition and an annual SCALA CD release.

Date: Thursday 24 October
Time: 7.30 PM
Cost: $8
Tickets at the door
SCALA - Yorke Heath + Dark Matters + Special Spotlight Acts

Kathie Renner & The Search Party

Adelaide based singer-songwriter, Kathie Renner, brings her latest CD, "Inside My Head", to the Wheaty with her band, The Search Party featuring Steve Todd on percussion and Shaun Duncan on bass. Joining them are some special guests including Jordan Noble on saxophone, flute and melodica and Brett Pamment on flugelhorn.
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: 8.00 PM
Cost: $0
Kathie Renner & The Search Party

Golonka

Making beautiful music with a wild gypsy heart. 

Their songs speak of the stars and the moon, of pussycats and preachers, of love and death, 

and their live shows are sweet, menacing and danceable in equal doses!

Date: Sunday 27 October
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $0
Golonka

* Special Book launch Event * - Your Own Kind of Girl By: Clare Bowditch

Adelaide welcomes back acclaimed singer-songwriter, actress and now author Clare Bowditch as she launches her memoir, Your Own Kind of Girl

Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That 'real life' only begins once you're thin or beautiful, that good things only happen to other people.

Your Own Kind of Girl reveals a childhood punctuated by grief, anxiety and compulsion, and tells how these forces shaped Clare's life for better and for worse. This is a heartbreaking, wise and at times playful memoir. Clare's own story told raw and as it happened. A reminder that even on the darkest of nights, victory is closer than it seems.

With startling candour, Clare lays bare her truth in the hope that doing so will inspire anyone who's ever done battle with their inner critic. This is the work of a woman who has found her true power - and wants to pass it on. Happiness, we discover, is only possible when we take charge of the stories we tell ourselves.

Mostly Books is lucky enough to be hosting Clare Bowditch for a night of story and song at the Wheaty on October 31, where she will be in conversation with Anne Wiberg. Tickets are $20 which will entitle you to id="mce_marker"0 off the book price, available for sale on the night. 

'The words that kept coming to me over and over again as I read this book were authenticity and decency. Clare Bowditch made me feel how wonderful and difficult and amazing it is to be a human.' - Leigh Sales


Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 7.00 PM
Cost: $20
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* Special Book launch Event * - Your Own Kind of Girl By: Clare Bowditch

The Weeping Willows (VIC) + Great Aunt (VIC)

The Weeping Willows, Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth, are a couple of old souls, steeped in Bluegrass tradition and draped in Gothic Americana imagery. They regale their audiences with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.

2015-2019 has seen The Weeping Willows nominated for 5 x CMAA awards, 4 x CMC awards, performing at AmericanaFest (USA), Folk Alliance International (USA), Maverick Festival (UK), Port Fairy Folk Festival and Out On The Weekend plus supporting Lukas Nelson (USA), Hayes Carll (USA), Iris DeMent (USA), Eilen Jewell (USA), Willie Watson (USA), Cory Branan (USA), Kevin Welch (USA), Shane Nicholson and The Audreys. A Weeping Willows performance, whether live or caught on tape, will always delight.  

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️s - “Australian Alt. Country at its near-finest...” - Rolling Stone.


Great Aunt is an Americana/Roots duo from Melbourne, Australia, rambling a musical line between the plaintive and the joyous. Their music is raw and austere, simple and bold; full of stomping feet and clapping hands, chants and harmonies, whispered words and soulful lament. Set somewhere between a Gospel Church in Louisiana and a dimly-lit speakeasy in Melbourne, listeners will hear tales of joy and grief, whiskey and wine, gratitude and purpose-seeking.

“Great Aunt gives us folk-based Americana music tinged with shades of Bluegrass and Gospel and capture the true spirit of this genre with their soulful renditions.” - LA Music Critic Blog.


Date: Sunday 3 November
Time: 4.00 PM
Cost: $0
The Weeping Willows (VIC) + Great Aunt (VIC)

Carus Thompson (VIC) Shakespeare Avenue Album Launch

Australian songwriter and storyteller Carus Thompson returns with his 7th studioalbum Shakespeare Avenue and a national launch tour.

 A genuine troubadour, Thompson is one of Australia’s hardest working musicians, touring the world as an independent artist with family in tow, whilst building a loyal fan base over six studio and two live albums.  And with 2017’s Island, the critical plaudits flowed – a WAM Song of the Year, a finalist in the International SongwritingCompetition, and high rotation on Double J.

 For the recording of Shakespeare Avenue, Thompson moved his family to the South-West of England, to immerse himself in folk traditions and to write and record with a new approach. His narrative, character based emotive songs have long earned him comparisons to Springsteen and Mellencamp, however this time there is also a distinct Richard Thompson, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Anglo-Cetlic Edge. 

 Part of the lure of England was Thompson’s connection to Folk star Seth Lakeman(who has spent the last two years touring the world with Robert Plant) and his Mercury nominated producer brother Sean Lakeman. These two, alongside Sean’s partner Kathryn Roberts are a “virtual folk dynasty” – highly respected on the international folk scene. 

Sean produced Shakespeare Avenue, and the entire trio feature on the record - lending their considerable musicianship and heavyweight folk expertise. The connection with them, together with the move to England has paid dividends, resulting in Thompson’s most artistically direct to date. 

 A renowned live performer, Thompson will deliver these new songs as well as old over a special two set show, all with the energy and passion that has made him one of Australia’s favourite acoustic artists.

 

 

Date: Friday 15 November
Time: 8.30 PM
Cost: $20
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Carus Thompson (VIC) Shakespeare Avenue Album Launch

Lucie Thorne (VIC)- Kitty & Frank Album Launch

Painting landscapes with dream-soaked synths, irresistible beats, poetry and pathos, Lucie Thorne presents her extraordinary new art/pop concept album Kitty & Frank. With Kitty & Frank, Thorne traces the wild true stories of young frontier woman Kitty Walsh and her lover, the charismatic bandit Frank Gardiner. In the 1860’s Gold Fever came to Wheogo NSW and like Deadwood, it didn’t end well. Inhabiting a sonic world that calls to mind a meeting of David Bowie’s Blackstar and Kate Bush’s Ariel, via Grimes and Alice Coltrane, Kitty & Frank spans a tale of Shakespearean proportions. All this at the hands of one of Australia's finest song-poets who has ventured to triumphant new ground with staggering certitude. 

 Lucie is touring far and wide throughout the spring to celebrate the album's release - and for this Adeliade show she'll be joined by stellar bandmates Hamish Stuart (drums) Alice Williams (bass & harmonies). 

 “Thorne conjures a simple narrative flow that, like a Raymond Carver story, transforms everyday life into high art” (Canberra Times)

Date: Saturday 23 November
Time: 8.30 PM
Cost: $19
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 Lucie Thorne (VIC)- Kitty & Frank Album Launch