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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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".
Does not grant entry to the Grigoryan Brothers' 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 the Grigoryan Brothers visit the Burrinja Cultural Centre theatre. Bookings available from 11:30am. By reservation only. Limited space for nibbles and drinks only also available.
Gradual takes the melodies of Crowded House, the fury of Midnight Oil, the pub rock conviction of Matt Finish and the orchestration of late-era The Beatles, and then distils and channels these influences into its own unique sound. Gradual’s songs tell stories we can all relate to, in the true tradition of classic Australian rock, but with a fresh perspective. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Brian Baker’s credentials include writing and performing with Split Enz’s Eddie Rayner, penning movie scores, touring with the B52s as a member of The Makers and having an Australian Top 20 single with The Ones.
Winner of 11 Grammy Awards, nominated for a Tony and a Golden Globe, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - in 2012 Linda Ronstadt announced to the world that Parkinson’s Disease had rendered her unable to sing another note. Rock Venus is performed by award winning actress (Prisoner/Neighbours/Dr Blake Mysteries), recording artist and author Jane Clifton.
Mic Conway, ARIA award winning, Sydney-based singer, musician, song writer, fire eater, magician, tap dancer, juggler, comedian and multi-instrumentalist from Captain Matchbox and Circus Oz is celebrating 50 years in entertainment with a whirlwind tour in May 2018.
Mother's day is coming quickly Larkians, and The Skylark Room is here to help! We are putting together a very special day for all our Mums, which will split over two sessions - a brunch session from 11:30am and then a more intimate parents event from 6:00pm with live music from 6:30!
Michelle Chandler shares an openness and honesty in her life, wisdom, and a refreshing point of view on everything musical. The content of her music stretches over the deepest of emotions to the most captivating sounds imaginable. She has a down to earth personality, and lives a creative life that is visible in everything she does; knowing what she wants in her music, Michelle works tirelessly with a freedom of expression that is rare to find.
Hat Fitz & Cara’s musical style is a unique combination of folk, roots and gospel blues with old time flavourings reminiscent of a time once forgotten. Together this pair will take you on a musical journey with ample, boisterous highs, and longing, bluesy lows. From the Australian outback to the Canadian shield, Hat Fitz & Cara put on a show that is guaranteed to energize and invigorate.
A jaw dropping, crowd pleasing guitar virtuoso, Geoff Achison invokes the spirit of the great blues & soul artists to create his original sound. Geoff began playing music in his father's dance band at the age of 13. He switched to bass at 15 playing mostly jazz but eventually discovering an affinity for American blues music.
With a mixture of traditional Scottish and Irish music and modern self penned celtic rock, Claymore represents the best of new age Folk Music. Through a diverse and unique mix of sound’s featuring guitar, mandolin, fiddle, military snare, the highland bagpipes and even a didgeridoo, it is little wonder Claymore are one of Australia’s most popular festival acts. A not to be missed extravaganza.
To celebrate the release of his newest LP, ‘The Last Polaroid’ Australian Statesman Singer/Songwriter Charles Jenkins will perform an intimate and solo set of his masterful tunes for a one off show at The Skylark Room in Upwey. Jenkins’ work, spanning over three decades, has earned him the renown of being one of Melbourne’s most prolific songsmiths. A world class story-teller with a unique and magnetic Australian voice who captures the spirit of people, places and events like no other.
In the heart of Autumn amongst the trees at The Skylark Room, Turn the Page is about growing, it’s about losing last years leaves and resting to regrow new leaves. Turn the Page brings you new music, new songs & new love. Five of your favourite local acts come together for a Sunday Session not to miss.
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.
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.
Kinju Quintet is a Melbourne based group that plays original music - jazz, blues, funk, soul and the odd bit of world music with the aim of achieving an Australian sound. Their super-hip, hard-bop original tunesare influenced by the cool sounds of the Blue Note label and players like Miles, Monk, Mingus and the Messengers but essentially the aim is a joyous, soulful, laid-back ‘blowout’.
Friday April 6th brings some of the hills' best folk bands to The Skylark Room for a folk extravangza featuring Mast Gully Fellers, Humbuckin' Pickups and Teacup Rhino.
The Alex Legg Memorial Foundation (ALMF) is excited to present the inaugural ALMF Stage & Songwriting Sessions at The Skylark Room on Thursday March 29 from 7pm to 10pm. A monthly event offering opportunities for performance, showcasing new songs, and industry mentoring over three hours.
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.'
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.