Shane Nicholson with Imogen Clark
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Shane Nicholson with Imogen Clark

Since making his debut with Brisbane band Pretty Violet Stain in 2000, Shane
Nicholson’s career has gone from strength to strength, with numerous ARIAs and
Golden Guitars collected along the way for albums such as Familiar Ghosts (2008), Bad
Machines (2011) and Hell Breaks Loose, as well as for Rattlin’ Bones (2008) and Wreck &
Ruin (2012) the two much-lauded collaborations with Kasey Chambers.

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Andrew Swift Album Launch
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Andrew Swift Album Launch

Since finding his musical home in Australia’s country music scene, fire-faced troubadour & 2017 ‘Toyota Star Maker’ grand finalist Andrew Swift is celebrating the release of his sophomore album Call Out For the Cavalry. Clocking up the kilometres in his pint sized caravan, Swift has been taking his show to the people up and down the east coast and beyond including shows with some of the country’s finest including Shane Nicholson, Catherine Britt, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley & Lachlan Bryan.

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Kelly Brouhaha with Kathleen 'Snowy' Snowball
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Kelly Brouhaha with Kathleen 'Snowy' Snowball

Living full-time out of her 92 Toyota Hiace Campervan and touring the country, Kelly Brouhaha has the soul of a down to earth country kid and a songbook of stories collected on the road after leaving a mortgage and marriage behind. On Saturday 3rd March Kelly Brouhaha is bringing her vibrance and energy to the hills for a special show at The Skylark Room.

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The Eskies (IRE)
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

The Eskies (IRE)

Rhythm Section presents Ireland’s The Eskies as they bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to Australia in 2018. The band has been rousing ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get-togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured, and their show at The Skylark Room on 8th March promises to maintain that reputation.

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Corin Raymond and Scott Cook (CAN)
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Corin Raymond and Scott Cook (CAN)

Canadian folk troubadours Corin Raymond and Scott Cook are bringing their honest road tales and hand carved tunes across the Australian countryside and in to The Skylark Room. Scott's fifth Australian tour and Corin's first promises heartwarming tales, unique perspectives, road-worn guitars and some of the best Canadian folk music around today.

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Lyn Bowtell and Rick Hart Trio
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

Lyn Bowtell and Rick Hart Trio

Bringing the sweet sounds of Tamworth to The Skylark Room are Australian country singer-songwriters Lyn Bowtell and Rick Hart. Both storytellers of incredible sincerity, Lyn and Rick bolster the true essence of country music - an engaging and truly moving musical experience. Coming off the back of new releases, Lyn Bowtell and Rick Hart are joining together for a special night of music at The Skylark Room on Saturday 10th March.

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The Skylarks Sunday Sessions
Mar
11
12:00 PM12:00

The Skylarks Sunday Sessions

The Skylark Room House Band - "The Skylarks" continues their free Sunday performances! If you haven't seen them before, they are a 9 piece band led by Hill's vocalists Kathleen Snowball and Neesy Smith. They'll be rippin' up a variety of jazz, soul, reggae and blues. Did we mention they have their own horn section?

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Foothills Community Care Fundraiser with Lily & King
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

Foothills Community Care Fundraiser with Lily & King

Foothills Community Care are delighted to announce, in partnership with The Skylark Room, an afternoon of musical delights featuring Lily & King. Foothills Community Care have been supporting vulnerable people in the Hills for many years, with a multitude of weekly incentives aimed at supporting those in need. This fundraiser will help Foothills to continue their great work for many years to come.

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The Bean Project
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

The Bean Project

Greeting the year 2018, The Bean Project return to The Skylark Room with fresh faces, a stunning new video clip and their characteristic brass-folk sound in tow. Having performed at Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival and Folk Alliance International (USA), The Bean Project are most aptly described as 'the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire.'

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Dan Sultan (pre-show dinner only)
Apr
13
5:30 PM17:30

Dan Sultan (pre-show dinner only)

Does not grant entry to Dan Sultan's show. Tickets to the show via Burrinja (if not sold out) - https://tickets.burrinja.org.au/shows/

Enjoy a luxurious dinner and drinks at The Skylark Room before Dan Sultan's highly anticipated 'Killer Solo Tour' visits Burrinja Cultural Centre. Bookings available from 5:30pm. By reservation only. Limited space for nibbles and drinks only also available.

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Jeff Lang
Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

Jeff Lang

Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalog of over 25 albums. The Skylark Room is proud to welcome Jeff Lang for a two-set night of steel string magic on 14th April.

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The Davidson Brothers
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Davidson Brothers

The Davidson Brothers are considered two of Australia’s most highly driven and well-respected bluegrass musicians. Hamish and Lachie were raised in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar and began performing and recording in 1998. Since then, they’ve toured the United States, Europe, appeared on the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and toured their band extensively across Australia.

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Parkville EP Launch
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Parkville EP Launch

Parkville are an acoustic folk-pop act from Australia's Dandenong Ranges, acclaimed for their expansive three-part vocal harmony and their smooth blend of violin, piano and acoustic guitar. Writing songs sometimes explosive and sometimes introspective, Parkville are equal parts optimism and melancholy. Parkville are set to release their The Peculiar Aftermath EP at The Skylark Room on 24th February.

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Alive and Gigging
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

Alive and Gigging

Five of our best songwriter-musicians on stage all together, telling their stories.
Collaboration, improv, beautiful songs, lots of instruments - and lots of fun! Featuring Michelle Chandler, Beck Sian, Cathy Dobson, Neesy Smith & Tracey Roberts
supported by STAX on didges and the Zee-man on percussion.

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Joe Creighton's 'Into The Mystic' Unplugged
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

Joe Creighton's 'Into The Mystic' Unplugged

Northern Ireland born Joe Creighton has been on the international stage for 45 years, having performed with Kylie Minogue, Sir George Martin and Crowded House. His acclaimed show ‘Into The Mystic’ brings the music of the great Van Morrison to life; “if you closed your eyes you’d think Van Morrison was standing in front of you” - Devonport Jazz

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February Sunday Sessions - Alawishus Jones & The Outright Lies
Feb
11
12:00 PM12:00

February Sunday Sessions - Alawishus Jones & The Outright Lies

For the second installment of The Skylark Room's February Sunday Sessions we welcome Alawishus Jones & The Outright Lies. Hailing from Bendigo, Alawishus Jones & the Outright Lies are a a high energy, foot stompin’, thigh slappin’, sashay back through time, playing turn of the century, pre-war folk/blues spi’tuals and songs in ragged time.

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Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds

With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country.

Sweet, sultry and soaring, Brooke’s new album ‘The Way You Leave’ is a collection of songs documenting love, loss, friendship and regret and features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and Tobias Hengeveld as well as covers of JD Souther and Tom Waits.

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Lowdown Hokum Orchestra
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

Lowdown Hokum Orchestra

The Lowdown Hokum Orchestra started life in 2014 as a vehicle to present “That’s Showbiz” a musical play written by Melbourne bluesman Doc White. The show had runs in the Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne Fringe festivals in 2015,with Clothesline Magazine giving the performance 4 and ½ stars. The band consists of some of the finest jazz, blues and folk musicians in Australia, treading a range of styles including early jazz, delta blues, calypso and gospel.

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Quarterhorse Album Launch
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Quarterhorse Album Launch

Quarterhorse is the solo project of singer/songwriter Reuben Dwyer.  After playing in Hillbilly swingers Slim Dime and the Prairie Kings for many years, and before that Hills blues rockers Verandah band, Reuben has penned a collection of laid back country tunes ideal for spinning a partner round on the dance floor. Americana, and alt-country influenced songs of love, loss and lement, death ballads and sweet waltz's. 

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The Skylarks Sunday Sessions
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

The Skylarks Sunday Sessions

The Skylark Room House Band - "The Skylarks" continues their free Sunday performances! If you haven't seen them before, they are a 9 piece band led by Hill's vocalists Kathleen Snowball and Neesy Smith. They'll be rippin' up a variety of jazz, soul, reggae and blues. Did we mention they have their own horn section?

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Lily & King
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Lily & King

Lily and King are a quirky, musical junkyard from Melbourne. Their aim is to use all of their limbs for making music at the one time. Lily and King create rousingly catchy music that sits somewhere between a captivating 40's nightclub routine and the raw, rambunctious spirit of New Orleans street buskers.

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Andy Cowan
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

Andy Cowan

Andy Cowan is one of Australia's foremost performing songwriters. He possesses a voice that invites comparison with the likes of Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen, with the soul of Ray Charles. But these are superficial comparisons, Andy's virtuoso Piano and Keyboard playing contain both energy and melodic beauty. His songwriting and performing skills give him a strength and quality that define him as the complete artistic entity - the "King of the Keys"

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To the Ends of the 'Verse
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

To the Ends of the 'Verse

Poetry, storytelling, improvisation, rants, dreams, laughter. Guaranteed to be moving, inspiring and thought-provoking, To the Ends of the 'Verse is your local spoken word open mic night with a long history of supporting expression without judgement - just appreciation and respect.

 

From humble beginnings at the inaugural End of the Line Festival in 2012, the 'Verse now runs monthly in the Dandenong Ranges at The Skylark Room, and in Northcote at Open Studio.

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An evening with Mike Rudd
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

An evening with Mike Rudd

For 1st BASE, Mike has chosen songs from his solo repertoire that respond to being stripped back and reworked and that have a story to tell. Of course, Rudd is inclined to make a fascinating commentary about the songs he’s playing and the bands that originally played them, so there are stories all round.

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Alex Legg Memorial Foundation Awards Evening
Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

Alex Legg Memorial Foundation Awards Evening

Awards night is a big event in the ALMF calendar. Formerly a memorial concert created to honor the memory of Alex Legg, the night has grown in vision and direction, celebrating success and looking ahead. A fabulous line up of talented musicians will provide the entertainment. A main feature of the night is the announcement of the winner of the 2017 music scholarship. Last year's winners, Khristian Mizzi and Zac Saber will be performing to showcase what this scholarship is all about.

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Mandy Connell Single Launch
Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

Mandy Connell Single Launch

Solo, Trio, or fronting the stunning ballad outfit Stray Hens, Mandy Connell is unmistakeable. Support and fabulous reviews from Judy Small, Paul Brady, Eric Bogle and others, it is easy to see why the Aussie folk songwriter is so well recognised. Playing gorgeous Jack Spira (Cockatoo) guitars, a Graham McDonald mandolin, and using her expressive voice in a tortured and distinctive style, Connell derives a sound all her own and yet… identifiably “folk”.

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Jed Rowe & Ben Mastwyk Double Album Launch
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Jed Rowe & Ben Mastwyk Double Album Launch

Two of Melbourne's finest singer songwriters, Jed Rowe and Ben Mastwyk, join forces for a special night of music as they both launch their brand new albums. Jed Rowe is an acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Melbourne. His music walks the line between country, blues and folk and his 4th album “A Foreign Country” is a richly told collection of stories of Australian life. He has toured extensively in Australia and Europe. Ben Mastwyk is a prolific Melbourne songwriter proudly steeped in country music tradition. His second album Winning Streak sees his next chapter of songs erupt into swaggering, psychedelic bar room gems. Winning Streak follows Mastwyk’s debut Mornin Evenin which received strong reviews and a nomination for Best Country Album (The Age Music Victoria Awards).

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To the Ends of the 'Verse
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

To the Ends of the 'Verse

Poetry, storytelling, improvisation, rants, dreams, laughter. Guaranteed to be moving, inspiring and thought-provoking, To the Ends of the 'Verse is your local spoken word open mic night with a long history of supporting expression without judgement - just appreciation and respect.

 

From humble beginnings at the inaugural End of the Line Festival in 2012, the 'Verse now runs monthly in the Dandenong Ranges at The Skylark Room, and in Northcote at Open Studio.

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Rick Hart & The Sweet Addictions
Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

Rick Hart & The Sweet Addictions

Award winning singer-songwriter Rick Hart is a storyteller, who weaves a tapestry of melody soaked simplicity and thoughtful, heartfelt imagery. Seamlessly blending ingredients from country, soul, blues, rock’n’roll and folk to create a sound all his own.

Hart can sing the life out of a heartache. Together with his band The Sweet Addictions, they deliver a show fuelled with energy, honesty and warmth'from Hart's bag of melody soaked, countrified rock'n'soul treats.

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Dave Graney & Clare Moore
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Dave Graney & Clare Moore

Dave Graney is an Australian rock musician, singer-songwriter and author from Melbourne. Since 1978, Graney is generally accompanied by drummer, Clare Moore. The pair have fronted numerous bands including The Moodists (1980 to 1987), The White Buffaloes (1989 to 1990), Coral Snakes (1987 to 1989, 1991 to 1997), The Dave Graney Show (1998 to 2003) , Dave Graney and Clare Moore featuring the Lurid Yellow Mist or Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist (2004 to 2011) and currently, dave graney and the mistLY. He was awarded 'Best Male Vocalist' at the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 for his work on The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound, while ""Feelin' Kinda Sporty"" won 'Best Video' in 1997 and he has received seven other ARIA Award nominations. He has also co-presented a radio show on Melbourne's Triple R community radio station for five years (from 2009) called Banana Lounge Broadcasting aka ""BLB"".

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Eddie Cole with John Duke
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

Eddie Cole with John Duke

 

Eddie Cole is coming to The Skylark Room on Friday the 13th of October to launch his latest EP: 'Introducing The Eddie Cole Songbook'. With an extensive back catalogue which features an ABC Radio National album of the week, songs played on Triple J, PBS and Triple R and others used in soundtracks and videos, he is putting out the welcome mat to his House of Song and inviting fans, friends and curious hills folk to come inside and explore!

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The Skylarks Sunday Sessions
Oct
8
10:00 AM10:00

The Skylarks Sunday Sessions

The Skylark Room House Band - "The Skylarks" continues their free Sunday performances! 

If you haven't seen them before, they are a 9 piece band led by Hill's vocalists Kathleen Snowball and Neesy Smith. They'll be rippin' up a variety of Jazz, Soul, Reggae and Blues. Did we mention they have their own horn section?

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Benny Walker
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Benny Walker

Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal.
His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side such as those on album Through the Forest through to upbeat songs such as Summer Sun Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide.

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