Born in New Zealand in what is known colloquially as the “deep south”, it is fitting that Matt found his feet as songwriter in a genre of music that was born in the Deep South of the USA. Whilst these far flung regions have little in common in terms of climate - the former sometimes bitterly cold where the latter is sultry heat - they both share a rich musical history, and Matt absorbed both growing up.
Clint Wilson's debut offering "Dark Water" tells a distinctly Australian story. With a nostalgic, alt-country sound reminiscent of Paul Kelly, Wilson draws from artists such as Crowded House and The Church and brings local context and real world experiences to his music, giving a suburban authenticity that artists like The Go-Betweens, You Am I and Triffids pioneers in the 80s and 90s in Australia.
Hannah is a singer songwriter who has been carving her own niche in what can best be described as acoustic indie/folk with a dash of atmosphere and underlying hints of jazz and blues. Her melodies, beautifully blended harmonies and intelligent, insightful and powerful lyrics belies her 17 years of age. She has found a unique way of expressing her own experiences in dealing with everyday teenage issues, whilst appealing to all ages musically.
Gradual takes the melodies of Crowded House, the intensity of Midnight Oil, the pub rock conviction of Matt Finish and the harmonies The Beatles, and then distills these influences into its own unique sound. Members of the band are David Carr on guitar, Carolyn Oates on Drums, Darren Trott on bass guitar and Brian Baker on vocals and guitar.
The Skylark Room presents, "Women of the Hills", a special show featuring four of the finest up-and-coming female singer-songwriters based in and around the Dandenong Ranges. Each with their own unique style, Pia Nesvara, MissMay, Tyller and Bec Sykes will showcase their powerful vocals and earnest songwriting in a celebration of local female music. The night will encompass an eclectic mix of genres including folk, soul, roots, jazz and rock.
Bill Chambers New Album ‘Cold Trail’ is his first studio album in 4 Years. Although in the meantime he’s released the Live @ The Pub Tamworth DVD and CD. Bill has left anything but a ‘Cold Trail, he continues to tour the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band and also his own solo shows, playing anything from house concerts and coffee lounges to major festivals.
On Sunday 4 November, to coincide with the release of his new single Modern Love, Balbi makes his debut at the Skylark Room with an exclusive intimate and eclectic performance featuring Mick Skelton (Baby Animals, Thirsty Merc) on drums and percussion, Beau Golden (Daniel Johns) on keys and piano, and very special guest, Stuart Fraser (Noiseworks).
After decades on the Australian music stage Brod has a long list of credits to his name most notably as chief dog for Australian legends, “The Dingoes”. He is considered to be a legend by his legion of fans, a consummate performer by many of his contemporaries and an elder statesman by the new guard of fellow musicians.
Michelle Chandler, Beck Sian, Cathy Dobson, Neesy Smith and Tracey Roberts are back at the Skylark Room by popular demand with their fabulous show called Alive and Gigging. These five women are established singer-songwriter-musicians - seasoned performers all, with international touring experience, award-winning songs and loads of CD releases between them. They’re also good mates who have worked together in various combinations on successful musical projects over the years.
ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, #1 selling Platinum artist, King of Pop, Australian Icon. A few phrases commonly used when describing Aussie legend Russell Morris. Shooting to fame in the middle 60’s with Somebody’s Image, Russell had a string of hits including Hush and the Bob Dylan classic Baby Blue. In 1969 he and producer Molly Meldrum released “The Real Thing”, Australia’s only true psychedelic #1 hit and a song that is played regularly on commercial radio to this day.
Melbourne based musician Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuoso guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. With a back catalogue of 27 albums, Jeff has been featured at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade. Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer in our world.
Lloyd Spiegel is an award winning solo artist on the cutting edge of the blues scene in Australia. Australian Guitar Magazine recently named him as one of the 50 top Australian guitarists of all time and he recently won ‘Best Artist’ and ‘Best Album’ at the Australian Blues Awards. Spiegel began playing professionally at the age of 12 and has released eight albums, with the most recent ‘This Time Tomorrow’ debuting at #1 on the Australian Blues Airplay Chart in 2017.
Babaganoush are an energetic exuberant, rapturous five piece band for indulging in ancient folklorique sounds with an edge of unequivocal conviction. They play the best mix of Gypsy Music, Balkan Beats & Greek Folk with an organic beauty that is rare and unforgettable! From the Spiegeltent to Europe’s liveliest bars, and Australia’s greatest music festivals Babaganoush have ventured the world music circuit in full swing.
Aaron Lamb wrote his first novel aged 11, and hasn’t stopped telling stories since. A man of many interests, he is, amongst other things, an ultramarathon runner, a prize-winning digital fundraiser, a cabaret performer, and a best-selling sci-fi author. Aaron is launching his new book ‘Apparent Magnitude' at The Skylark Room.
“Tex has the swagger, presence and indomitable attitude that comes from years of fronting some of Australia's most intense and spirited rock'n'roll bands. His take-no-prisoners approach to performance comes with the sensibility of an artist committed to the subtle (and often unsubtle) nuances of his craft. Throw in an astonishing voice full of power and depth, mix it with a dry and sardonic sense of humour and what emerges is the reason there is only one Tex Perkins”. (Stuart Coupe)
Long time Hills musician Jon Magill is debuting his new band - the GrooVe Congress. Comprising ade ishs, Paul Bonnington, Rob Mercer and Justin Thomas, this band plays a mix of contemporary and standard jazz infused with just a hint of funk. Joining us will be guest vocalist Erin Campbell.
To celebrate the great dads of the Dandenong Ranges The Skylark Room is putting on an afternoon of live music, great food and refreshing beverage. Whether it’s the coffee, the farmhouse breakky or the deep blues of Doc White, The Skylark Room has something for you and your dad.
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.
Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches, aka Mabel and Ivy, have been swooning audiences with their angelic harmonies at folk festivals nationally since they were 14 and 11. These 2017 National Folk Festival Young Musican's Award winners released their debut album "Staring at the Starry Ceiling", named one of the best releases of 2016 by Radio National's Paul Gough.
Formed in 2010, The Jon Magill Jazz Orchestra is the brainchild of Melbourne saxophonist Jon Magill. Jazz and big band arranging have been in his blood so it was inevitable he formed his own group as a vehicle for this passion. The Jon Magill Jazz Orchestra comprises some of the best musicians Melbourne has to offer and has performed regularly around Melbourne since its inception.
Veteran Aussie blues-roots artist Geoff Achison is proud to announce the imminent release of his latest recording ‘Sovereign Town.’ Produced by Achison and Ric Formosa, the sessions were squeezed in between Geoff’s ongoing tour schedule and the final studio performances were finally captured in mid-May. The official release is set for August 25th distributed worldwide through Landslide Records USA.
Grammy winning legendary guitarist for Emmylou Harris and Eric Clapton returns for first Australian shows this decade.
“He’s the greatest guitarist in the world. The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” - Eric Clapton
In 2017 Benoit and his backing group, The Mountain Sounds, joined together to record Canvas, a collection of songs that tell of a new direction, hope and pirates. As some may may be aware, due to unforeseen circumstances the launch of Benoit's second release, Canvas was regretfully cancelled last year. In light of this, The Mountain Sounds will join Benoit for a special closing set at the Fifty miles launch, to play through the songs of Canvas, as well as some new and borrowed songs.
Fiona Boyes is a distinctive guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles. She has carved an international reputation performing at acoustic, guitar, jazz and blues festivals, clubs and cultural centres in 16 different countries. Most recent international tours dates were in Finland, Germany and the US.
The Alex Legg Memorial Foundation is offering this exclusive opportunity to attend a very special event. On Sunday 29th July ALMF presents a Pat Pattison Songwriting Workshop from 10am to 4pm at The Skylark Room. A world renowned songwriting tutor, Pat Pattison offers you a chance to gain insight into songwriting strategies of the masters, lyrical and musical, for an enlightening 6 hour session.
Megan Cooper’s music is high country, folksy, vintage Americana, sometimes bluesy, rootsy, smiley, heartbroken… the sonic equivalent of a polite cup of tea with a sneaky shot of something a little stronger. If you’ve been foolish enough to nail down the sound of acclaimed songwriter Gretta Ziller, then prepare to have the rug pulled out from under you. Queen of Boomtown, her stunning debut record, defies categorisation and demands repeated listens.
Moonshine Coalition was formed in Melbourne, Australia in early 2015, Max Lees playing slide resonator guitar and Annie Dixon on 5-string banjo. Inspired by old time country blues music and the more modern sounds of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, the duo performs an intoxicating blend of blues roots and folk/country music.
Does not grant entry to Kasey Chambers' 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 Kasey Chambers brings her beautiful style of Australian country music to the Burrinja Cultural Centre theatre.
Jarrod Shaw possesses a passion and appreciation for blues music that becomes obvious from the moment the first note sounds. He delivers a soulful blues inspired show, performed with conviction. Performing countless solo gigs has aided Jarrod in developing a musical style of his own. He blends his unique guitar approach lying somewhere between Piedmont fingerstyle and the blues of the delta, with a powerful voice often described as belying his years.
Songs that mean something, musicians that mean what they play. A musical adventure that defies genre and dogma alike. Come in from the cold and discover the warm solace in your own thoughts, inspired by the lyrical pathways and musical environments laid out for you with skill, passion and energy - this is Spare Tyre Politics.
Some say it is the true sign of an artist is when they can walk onto a stage with nothing for company but an acoustic guitar and harmonica, and deliver a performance, from start to finish, so real that it simply blows you away. Justin Townes Earle has been doing this for the best part of 10 years now and will return to this stripped back show when he returns to Australia, his second home, in July.
Cool grooves, a sultry sound and a genuinely idiosyncratic approach to creating music with a story to tell forms the finer stuff that seeps through the cracks of Dan Tuffy's majestic songs. Tuffy’s solo debut SONGS FROM DAN is a songwriting triumph. Released in 2017 to high praise and airplay in all corners of the globe, Americana.uk placed it among the best releases of the year and the very critical Euro mag OOR called it “a masterpiece”.
In 2017 Kelly was inspired to enter the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society's "MBAS Blues Challenge". Kelly brought together her usual 'merry men', the talented artists she regularly works with and dubbed her group "The Kelly Auty Band" for the purposes of the competition. The MBAS run the comp to find the best possible Victorian Blues BAND (and Blues SOLO/DUO) to represent the MBAS and Melbourne at the annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in January 2018.
Does not grant entry to Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky'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 Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky bring their beautiful dual musicianship to the Burrinja Cultural Centre theatre.. Bookings available from 5:30pm. By reservation only. Limited space for nibbles and drinks only also available.
The Skylark Room is proud to be teaming up with Kallista Cellars for 'Wine Down,' an afternoon of curated wine tasting and pairing. The event will begin with an introduction to wine tasting with Kallista Cellars' Josephine Horn, guiding your senses as you are treated to some of the region's best wines.
Lloyd Spiegel has always forged his own path throughout his long career. A lifetime performing has seen him blend his grounding in the blues with storytelling and dazzling acoustic guitar technique. His new album ‘Backroads’ is a hard-edged, brutally honest account of Spiegel's life outside of music and reinvents his sound for new audiences, delivering more punch in his most powerful studio performance to date.
VEREYA is a musical project founded by Hayden Schueler from up in the misty mountains of the Dandenong Ranges. After a lengthy break from the 'band' scene, ideas start flowing and new creations start taking shape. Ideas are let to to sit and develop, under no time pressure or obligation. Layer upon layer, arrangements are formed and melodies are sung. Lyrics are drawn internally, referencing feelings of love, heartbreak, wholeness and freedom.
Two of Australia’'s most authentic and prolific singer-songwriters, Sam Buckingham & Timothy James Bowen, are teaming up for an ambitious EP release and tour throughout May & June 2018.Delivering a live show that truly delves into the art of songwriting and storytelling, Bowen & Buckingham will share the stage - performing songs from their respective releases as well as new music, written and recorded specifically for this tour and their brand new, collaborative EP "Stories From The Road".