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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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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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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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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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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To the Ends of the 'Verse
Oct
5
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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Geoff Achison
Sep
23
6:00 PM18:00

Geoff Achison

From Melbourne to Memphis, Aussie blues/roots artist Geoff Achison has thrilled audiences around the world with his dynamic blues playing and gutsy solo arrangements.

Geoff first arrived on the scene in the late 1980’s playing lead guitar with enigmatic Australian blues performer Dutch Tilders.

After several years with Dutch, Geoff took his music overseas competing at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA where he won the 'Albert King Award' and was offered an endorsement deal with Gibson Guitars.

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An Evening with The Leigh Sloggett Duo, Patrick Evans and The Boltons
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with The Leigh Sloggett Duo, Patrick Evans and The Boltons

This special Skylark Room evening will be the first coming together of three great acts to deliver a shared feast of their music. Story-telling folk singer Patrick Evans, blues-roots and contemporary folk act The Leigh Sloggett Duo, and the organic folk-pop of The Boltons.
As well as their individual sets, they will be combining their talents for some unique collaborations, complemented by Les Oldman (drums), Peter Anderson (accordion) and Paul Tehovnik (acoustic guitar).
“We’re looking forward to sharing our music with our friends in the hills at this fantastic venue!”
 

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Kinju Quintet
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Kinju Quintet

Kinju Quintet is a Melbourne based group that plays original jazz incorporating elements of swing, blues, funk, soul and the odd bit of world music with the aim of achieving an Australian sound. The compositions allow for personal interpretation and improvisation in accordance with the themes of the songs, all of which have a set framework and theme statement. There are some fairly obvious influences from the cool sounds of the Blue Note label, particularly the sounds of the fifties and sixties and players like Miles, Monk and Mingus but essentially the aim is a joyous, soulful, laid-back ‘blowout’.

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Matt Walker with Maggie Alley
Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Matt Walker with Maggie Alley

ARIA Award winner Matt Walker’s new project Lost Ragas are hard to pin down. Broken hearted alt country that flies off into amazing dual slide guitar meets lapsteel all centered around Matt Walker’s beautifully dark voice. Following on from their debut “Phantom Ride” which garnered ABC Radio National Album of Week, Lost Ragas released their second album, Trans Atlantic Highway in early 2015 to critical acclaim once again.

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To the Ends of the 'Verse
Sep
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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Father's Day Celebration with Jam Jar!
Sep
3
10:00 AM10:00

Father's Day Celebration with Jam Jar!

Jam Jar are a highly energetic Melbourne-based trad jazz band. With influences ranging from the masters, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, to local bands The Red Onion Band and The Hoodangers, we combine the sounds of New Orleans and Melbourne in our upbeat and danceable repertoire of classic tunes, jazz standards, and cheeky originals.

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Felicity's Fundraiser: With Ella Hooper, The Anecdote & Little Giants
Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

Felicity's Fundraiser: With Ella Hooper, The Anecdote & Little Giants

Felicity is a 35y/o mother of 2 young children, a nurse and an all round incredible and generous human being. She was first diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor 1 year ago and had surgery, followed by radiation and chemo. Felicity recently had the devastating news the tumour had come back and has just had surgery again to remove it... Felicity is now looking at alternative therapies, most of which aren't government funded. Felicity's ability to work is currently jeopardised and her husband, who is self employed has had to take time off work to help care for his wife and children. All help will be greatly appreciated.

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Herft, Geri, Roberts & Smith
Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

Herft, Geri, Roberts & Smith

Suzette Herft, Janette Geri, Tracey Roberts and Jo Jo Smith on stage together. Take a peek in the greenroom - a bunch of top-class singer-songwriters, all together on stage, "round-robining" their songs with some seriously good "off-the-cuff" musical accompaniment and harmonies, telling their stories with a fair dose of fun and spontaneous banter.  Who knows WHAT could happen!!

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Alyce Platt
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Alyce Platt

ALYCE PLATT beckons us into her Funny Little World (in trio mode), following the successful launch of her stunning new album – a sophisticated and enchanting blend of dream pop, baroque pop, torch song and jazzy vibes. Her sultry, original songs reveal a fascination with 60’s European pop music. She is ‘an effective indie chanteuse, an expressive singer and clever pop songwriter. ‘ - JEFF JENKINS (Howzat) Also included in the mix are some ‘brilliant’ reworked gems from some of her favourite artists - The Velvet Underground, Linda Ronstadt, François Hardy, Leonard Cohen, and Jacques Brel.

‘What a band…  Alyce’s songs are special and she delivers ‘em in a very compelling manner often staring out at the audience with the gaze of a dazzled innocent.  I was thoroughly bewitched by the wonderful music and the door it opened into a very cool and groovy world’
STEVE KILBEY - The Church

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Tracey Roberts Trio
Aug
6
12:00 PM12:00

Tracey Roberts Trio

The Tracey Roberts Trio is a joyful, vibrant jazz-folk-funk combo lead by Melbourne-based singer-songwriter-pianist, Tracey Roberts. With over 20 years of musical experience and touring internationally, 10 recorded releases, including a Blu-ray, Tracey has done TV appearances and countless radio interviews, she continues to perform regularly at concerts and festivals as well as private and corporate events with her various combos and also enjoys accompanying other top class musicians. Dynamic, sophisticated and lyrical, her songs combine original and restylised jazz and pop standards performed with spontaneous riffs, killer vocals, much merry-making and experienced, polished musicians. With Tracey Roberts on keys / vocals, Robert Mercer on drums and Andy Eames on bass. Fresh, fun and fabulous. A class act. 

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The Twoks
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

The Twoks

Xani Kolac (violin/vocals) and Mark Leahy (drums) from The Twoks have broken up.

The Twoks are a duo with an undeniable on-stage chemistry. That happens when you get up to have muesli together every morning and argue about whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher. But by the end of 2015, Xani and Mark decided to call it quits. The Twoks would go on, but their romantic relationship was over.

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Someday June
Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

Someday June

We are releasing our debut self-titled EP on 4th August and we'd love you to come party with us the best way we know how - playing moody indie-folk music!

We will be accompanied by the multi-talented Pia Nesvara on backing vocals and violin, and Mark Grondman on drums.

We are also super honoured to have our friend, Zac Saber Music open up the night.

Recorded in Belgrave with Jeff Springfield at Hillside Music Studios, and mixed by David Carr at Rangemaster in The Patch, the four-track EP features songs both of us have written and collaborated on together over the past couple of years.

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To the Ends of the 'Verse
Aug
3
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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Benoit & The Mountain Sounds
Jul
29
6:00 PM18:00

Benoit & The Mountain Sounds

A year has passed since the release of Benoit's debut four track EP 'Home', a collection of songs that share some personal reflections on the human condition.

Inspired by a new year and new direction, Benoit has pulled in his backing band, The Mountain Sounds, to join with him in the creation of Canvas.
 

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The Bean Project
Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Bean Project

In January Melbourne’s premier French-horn clad quintet The Bean Project recorded their debut album ‘Naked Trees’. After 3 months of touring the country, playing at Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and showcasing in Kansas City at Folk Alliance International, the 2016 FAA Artist of the Year are set to release the album on 22nd June supported by a national tour and a show at The Skylark Room on Saturday 22nd July supported by local acoustic trio The Anecdote.

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