It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of The Skylark Room at the end of 2018. The Skylark Room is closing its doors at the end of the year as the venue itself is being remodeled out of existence. So, we'd like to invite you all to join us on the 21st December in saying goodbye to the room, the stage, and to celebrate the times we've all spent here. We'll be hosting a free entry public event from 6pm to 11pm on Friday 21st December, with an open stage for anyone who would like to perform on it for the last time.
The Badloves are an Australian band formed by frontman Michael Spiby, originating in Melbourne, Australia in 1989. The band is famous for hits including “Lost”, “Green Limousine”, "Slave", “Caroline” and a cover of “The Weight” with Jimmy Barnes. The Badloves have released a number of studio and live albums as well as EP's, won three ARIA awards and two Australian Music Awards and toured internationally.
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.
Three great old time and bluegrass acts join together for a special night of Appalachian, old country blues and high octane pickin'. Join Dave Diprose Duo, Savannah Rose and Appalachian Heaven String Band on December 7th for all this, great food and drinks, and some good old fashioned company.
The Black Sorrows have earned the reputation as a dynamic live act. There is a level of accessibility to The Black Sorrows that can appeal to the newest of fan. At the helm, Camilleri steers the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even Brill Building pop. Spontaneous (forget set lists) and emotionally driven, Joe ensures that no two performances are ever the same. Camilleri’s mantra is simple “we come to play and leave the audience feeling exhilarated”.
Every year Freedom Music Studios provides selected students with the opportunity to develop themselves into 'artists'. Throughout the year we coach them to produce a 40 minute set of songs that emulate their style and message. The artists may only use live music, must write at least one original song and must self accompany as part of their set.
Renée Geyer’s career has spanned four decades and is still going strong with her 25th album of 2013 “Swing”. A precocious jazz, blues and soul singer in her late teens; Countdown royalty in her 20s; a string of pop, soul and reggae hits spanning the 70s and 80s; her LA years in the studio with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Kahn; her 90s renaissance with Paul Kelly. She is a singer, a songwriter, producer, and author. In 2005 Renée was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, and in 2013 into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame, both proud occasions in which she joined the ranks of Australia’s most respected and accomplished musicians.
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.
Ben Mastwyk, Rose Zita Falko and Mitch Power are pleased to announce the ROADSHOW DELUXE TOUR which kicks off in October Travelling to NSW, QLD and VIC. This year has been nothing short of action packed for these three and this tour promises to be a unique and exciting experience for all involved.
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.
The Skylark Room and Burrinja are proud to present Skylark’s Music Market, a place where luthiers, instrument makers, collectors, enthusiasts and dabblers can come together to share all things music. Guitars, drums, records, amps, they’ll all be on show for you to try and buy straight from the creators.
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.
Join Four Pillars resident gin guru Missy Kesseler for a gin tasting experience and masterclass. Missy will take you through the process of making a batch of the signature Rare Dry Gin, explain how the solera system for our barrel-aging program works, what makes gin 'Navy Strength' and give a little bit of gin history along the way.
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.
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).
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.
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.
After a decade long sojourn of music in the UK, Beck Sian (international music artist/songwriter) has returned to Oz and teamed up with David Brimacombe (respected local muso & live music advocate). This fusion combines Beck’s outstanding vocals with Dave’s creative & passionate guitar arrangements, delivering both quality original songs & respectful takes on some favourites.
(photo Adam Timms)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.