[ 8 July 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Black Mountain String Band is a fantastic celebration of old time string band music – where twin fiddles and voices harmonise with the infectious rhythms of claw hammer banjo, guitar and double bass. This superb group of well-known Canberra musicians gather around a single mic and share tunes and songs that draw from the well of [...]
[ 15 July 2016 at 8:00 pm; 15 July 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Following its critically acclaimed world premiere at the 2014 Sydney Festival, Taikoz will be touring their cross-cultural masterpiece Chi Udaka nationally, including the Canberra Theatre Centre on July 15th.
A collaboration between Taikoz and the Lingalayam Dance Company, Chi Udaka is a dynamic, inter-cultural feast for the senses, seamlessly combining the intense rhythm and drama of [...]
[ 1 July 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Ross Ward has worked and recorded with some of the best artists and musicians in the country. It was at his first Bluesfest appearance in ’95, where the idea for the band Wards Xpress was conceived.
In July 2015, Wards Xpress celebrated its 20th anniversary by releasing ‘The Back Roads’ retrospective album. The CD hit [...]
[ 26 June 2016 at 4:30 pm; ]
With 9 albums, a swag of accolades to his name and 25 years performing, writing and recording, Lloyd Spiegel has certainly squeezed more into 35 years than many do in a lifetime. It’s that experience and presence well beyond his years that has seen him become one of this country’s leading Blues artists and most [...]
[ 23 July 2016 at 7:30 pm; ]
For a night of fun, grooves and blues belting tunes to make you laugh, cry and dance.
MARLENE CUMMINS, with her Koori Woman blues belting style, takes you on the journey of her vulnerability, strength and survival, with long-standing friends and musicians forming the Blues Experience Band: “Red Wiggle” Murray Cook, Calvin Welch, (Christine Anu, The [...]
[ 17 June 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Formed by musos seasoned in the pub rock venues of the ACT region and founded in a love of music and the desire to get back to roots, Killwater (formerly Los Pajeros) draws on traditional blues artists – John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy through to the blues rock greats of Led Zeppelin, Cream and [...]
[ 19 June 2016 at 2:00 pm; ]
The Northside City Slickers were formed in 2013 by Kevin Abbey to play play songs written by the great bluesmen, highlighting less commonly played material, and to add his original tunes. This will be a tribute performance to Kevin, who sadly passed away in February.
Tim Spellman, Fred Pilcher – original Northside City Slickers – and [...]
[ 17 June 2016 at 8:00 pm; 17 June 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Take one look at Greg’s old Gretsch Tennessee Rose leaned up against his Vox AC 30 amp and you’ll know that that Little Buster has a deep respect for the past – at least where music is concerned.
This is a band that plays good time rock ‘n roll the way it’s meant to be played [...]
[ 10 June 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Stormcellar is an international touring roots’ act from Australia with a string of critically acclaimed albums. Playing festivals across the US Midwest, Stormcellar has become a cult favourite in the American heartland.
With indie chart positions in the US, Canada, France and Australia, Stormcellar – Michael ‘Rosie’ Rosenthal (guitar), Paul ‘Mr Wizard’ Read (slide guitar, mandolin), Michael [...]
[ 3 June 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
It’s been a while since Beats Workin’ blew the roof off in Canberra and we couldn’t wait to get the band back! They rarely play away from Sydney so make sure you don’t miss Geoff Cartwright (vocals, guitars), Neil Marr (drums) Geoff Marr (bass, backing vocals), David Peach (lead guitar), Lynda-Rae Harris (vocals) and Marcy [...]
[ 28 May 2016 at 7:30 pm; 28 May 2016 at 7:30 pm; ]
Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ latest art party, CANBERRA OBSCURA, is a celebration of the ACT’s weirdest sounds and strangest stories.
Inspired by the atmosphere and tropes of the Australian gothic, CANBERRA OBSCURA will challenge perceptions of our urban surrounds and interrupt the everyday with an eerie and unsettling exploration of what lies beneath. You’ll never see [...]
CANBERRANS WILL NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A MIDDAY SING, COURTESY OF LISA RICHARDS
Canberra, Australia – Lisa Richards, celebrated singer-songwriter and experienced voice teacher, this week announced Canberrans will now have the opportunity to engage in a lunch time singing session.
Every second Tuesday at SmithsAlternative starting May 17, Richards will host a Lunchtime Sing Fling from noon until [...]
[ 27 May 2016 at 8:00 pm; 27 May 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Andrew Baxter plays some of the hottest, swingiest, rockiest, soulful, funkiest blues around. His performances plays to the audience and he works hard to make sure that they go home with a smile on their face and a song on their lips.
Mike Beale is known for his raw, acoustic sounds, paired with strong rock vocals and [...]
[ 20 May 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Join us for original Blues for and about Australia. Doggn it Blues is Graeme Druce (vocals, guitar) and John Cupit (vocals, harp).
Doggn It Blues won the SBS Blues contest Sydney in 2012 and reached the semi-finals at the International Blues Competition in Memphis in 2013.
Harmonie German Club
49 Jerrabomberra Ave
[ 9 May 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Slick, modern and funky are words often used to describe multi-award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry. Hardworking would be another. From the un-air conditioned comfort of its touring van, the band regularly journeys from its home base of Melbourne to perform at festivals and gigs across Australia.
Since the May 2013 release of its debut [...]
[ 13 May 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Alanna & Alicia are identical twins who blend folk, jazz and roots in their original acoustic songs. Known for their sweet sibling harmonies and natural musical rapport, their original songs sparkle with original, intimate, funny and heartfelt lyrics. Their band features the talents of Damien Neil (guitar) and Michael O’Donnell (violin).
Alanna & Alicia have won [...]
[ 6 May 2016 to 8 May 2016. ] Carl Rafferty presents…
“An Affair to Remember” May 6/7/8 at Canberra’s Albert Hall
Special MOTHER’S DAY afternoon tea concert with scones and champagne and lots of other goodies! Sunday May 8.
You’ll love this celebration of the great love affairs from movies,history and opera. Will this be the most entertaining concert I’ve yet presented?
Let these wonderful tunes remind [...]
[ 8 May 2016; ] Canberrans will be treated to an special intimate concert on Sunday May 8th at Smith’s Alternative, with Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette; two of the city’s most successful folk songwriters coming home to play a special one off concert. With a string of fairy lights and guitars in tow, the two will be singing a [...]
[ 3 May 2016 at 6:00 pm; 3 May 2016 at 6:00 pm; ]
When | 6pm Tuesday 3 May Where | Radford College Senior School.
Big Life, published by Ginninderra Press, will be launched by Frank Fogliati, the principal 0f Black Mountain School, with some additional words by Radford Collegian, James Wanjura. Junk Sculpture will then perform a short set of Midnight Oil songs to conclude proceedings.
George Huitker was born [...]
[ 7 May 2016; ] VAMP’s 9th Anniversary Event
Saturday May 7 2016 at The TRANSIT Bar, Akuna St Civic
Alternative Music Club eg. [Post] Punk, Dark Indie, Goth, Industrial, New Wave, Electronica, Heavy Glam Rock, EBM, Grunge, Darkwave, Bowie etc
Featuring dark electro-industrial band [SNUFF] of Sydney
+ DJs: Robot Citizen (VAMP co-ordinator) + Special Guests: Mircalla + Black Temple
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[ 17 April 2016 at 2:00 pm; 17 April 2016 at 2:00 pm; ]
Whisky Straits is yet another band which grew out of the Canberra Blues Society.
Back when the monthly jam sessions were held at the Statesman Hotel in Curtin, Owen Cooper (bass, trombone & vocals) & Jake Cussens (guitar, harmonica & vocals), visiting CBS for the first time, were directed by someone to ask Ken Nosworthy to [...]
[ 22 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; 22 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Phil Emmanuel is known as Australia’s Greatest Electric Guitar Player and has a resume of amazing performances with musical legends from Jazz – James Morrison, Don Burrows to big-band – Ed Wilson, the Royal Military College Band, to Country – Slim Dusty, Lee Kernaghan, Dolly Parton, to rock and blues – Jimmy Barnes, Roy Buchanan, Don [...]
Raging with humanity, Candy Royalle will perform at the 50th National Folk Festival this week with her band the Freed Radicals. Accompanied by bass, keys, drums, trumpet, and ‘feminist terrorist’ Betty Grumble, Royalle entwines words and loops sound through funk, hip hop, rock, and fusion.
There is no point in categorising Royalle. She performs with such [...]
[ 15 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
With Ali Penney (keys, vocals), Dave Blanken (guitar), George Rigatos (guitar), Mike Rix (bass), Rosscoe Clarke (drums), it’s a dream team of musos that makes for an evening of sweet, but saucy sounds, informed by Penney’s husky vocal warmth and swag of sassy songs. They groove, grind and swing, with a bit of blues, a spattering of funk [...]
[ 8 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Winning an inner west Battle of The Bands competition, Just Us soon lit up the stage with a sensational performance at The Basement Blues Society – where it has now performed twice – supporting the Australian Blues legend Ray Beadle. At a recent performance at the Sydney Blues and Roots festival Just Us was described [...]
[ 1 April 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Melbourne duo Andy Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates are a couple of old souls, steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery. They are part of a long music tradition – the old songs they sing are plucked from the canon, the new ones they write are simply added to the book. Each track is [...]
[ 11 March 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Canberra based vocalist Bridget Croft and New Zealand punk/metal guitarist Phil Gemmell, with Bill Bostle on bass and Mark Woods on drums, have been honing their shared passion for strong blues and rockabilly riffs, powerful lyrics and quirky musical style.
With influences such as Florence Welch, Blondie and Bobbie Gentry, this is not your average blues [...]
[ 18 March 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
Multi-instrumentalist Gwyn Ashton is an eclectic live performer blending roots, blues, alternative and ethnic music, fusing them together with alternate-tuned electro-acoustic instruments such as Weissenborn lap slide, National resonators, 12-string and electric guitars with a kick drum, blues harp along with loopers and fuzz boxes to complete his sonic palette. He is a master of [...]
[ 11 March 2016 at 7:00 pm; ] With more grooves than a record store, The Escalators tip their fedoras to the sophistication of Swing, the funk of New Orleans, & the rhythmic pulse of Jamaica.
The South Coast collective are celebrating their sophomore release “From The Hip” and bring their show to Smith’s Alternative on Friday, March 11.
Venue: Smith’s Alternative
Date: Friday March 11.
Time: Doors [...]
[ 17 March 2016 at 7:30 pm; ]
Stripped down to just voices, guitar and vintage drums, Hat Fitz & Cara embellish impeccable rootsy originals with powerful and soulful vocals reminiscent of a time once forgotten. They have been referred to as festival favourites globally, as they share a personal invitation into the parody of their lives on the road together that often [...]
[ 24 February 2016; ] CABBAGES & KINGS will be launching their debut album, DO PIG, in Canberra at The Phoenix with local legends, LOCAL HORROR and Sydney gurus THE BUTTON COLLECTIVE. The last leg of the interstate tour so it’s going to get real filthy. Treat yourself to an evening of chaotic and eclectic music on one of the week’s many hump [...]
[ 4 March 2016 at 8:00 pm; 4 March 2016 at 8:00 pm; ]
With her strong soulful and versatile voice and her witty, passionate and down to earth presence, Liza Ohlback has been a constant performer at major venues and festivals. Liza has toured with Richard Clapton, John Paul Young, Jade McRae, Tony Neville, Regina Velasquez and many others.
Together with Jeremy Edwards, an incredible singer and guitarist who [...]