There is so much on this weekend we had to make some tough calls to put this list together. You could spend a day of beautiful garden wandering at The Tuliptop Gardens Festival, learn about bonsai-keeping with the Canberra Bonsai Society, or kick back to Mental As Anything at the Gundaroo Music Festival. Other top [...]
[ 17 October 2015 at 7:00 pm; ] It’s been a year and a half since Jonno Silber has played in Canberra – now he’s home and playing at the Keller!
Jonno has brought together a band of his favourite musicians to play some loud and electrified swing and jump blues. Joining Jonno on stage will be Mitch Preston (drums), Dave Blanken (guitar), Leo [...]
[ 18 October 2015 at 2:00 pm; ] The gold standard for tough Texas shuffles, Chess-era Chicago blues, and greasy Louisiana-style swamp pop – the Groove Kings grew out of the legendary Blind Freddie and feature some of the fattest-toned, dirtiest-blues harp and guitar on the Australian blues scene.
Put on your high heeled sneakers, wear your wig hat on your head, and get [...]
[ 10 October 2015 at 7:00 pm; ] This Saturday night it’s Duos night at the Keller. Catch the Chris Harlands Duo with both Chris and Christopher Harland, followed by guitar and blues harmonica duos Matt Fitzgerald and Steve Hartnett and then the Reverend Dave Blanken with Moondog – it’s blues up the wahzoo, that well known tributary of the Mississippi so Steve [...]
[ 7 November 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
To farewell the old year and ring in the new, the Song Company presents 12 new songs and stories, one for each month.
After a year traversing the globe (metaphorically of course) and discovering the musical gems hidden throughout Prague, Turkey and Italy, the Song Company’s final program will see them touch down on home soil [...]
[ 30 October 2015 at 6:30 pm; 31 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; 1 November 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] Carl Rafferty presents a fun night of fine music and hilarity…
Enjoy a glittering musical and theatrical entertainment! Enter Mozart’s world where you’ll be captivated by his charm and energy. You’ll be thrilled by fantastic performances of his greatest operatic and instrumental music.
MozartMANIA! features a cast of fine international and Australian singers and musicians giving you a [...]
[ 2 October 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] “The b@stard made me feel insecure, he’s so good!” – Russell Morris (Australian music icon).
Taking cues from soul greats such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Bobby Bland, John McNamara delivers an emotionally charged performance, with fiery blues and slick guitar. John has found acoustic soul & blues to be the perfect showcase for his [...]
[ 9 October 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Hailing from the Blue Mountains, award winning Australian solo artist Claude Hay blends slide guitar, sitar, bass and drums to create music that invokes the best of stomping traditional blues, hard rock and booty-shaking funk, all delivered with chops to burn and a vocal range to match.
Claude is perhaps the world’s ultimate do-it-yourself musician – [...]
[ 26 September 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]
Be transported back to the roaring swing era with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra!
The CSO’s upcoming concert on 26 September, Canberra Weekly Matinee Magic: In the Mood, promises the familiar music we love, including Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, and of course Glenn Miller’s, In the Mood.
With the largest [...]
[ 9 October 2015 at 6:30 pm; 9 October 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
After the huge success of their inaugural concert in August, the Canberra Wind Symphony returns to the stage in October for their second installment for 2015.
Join this stunning wind orchestra – the freshest contributor to the international wind music conversation – for an evening of musical magic with compositions by James Barnes, Eric Whitacre, Philip [...]
[ 17 September 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]
Victor Valdes’ powerful, compelling voice, magical harp and passion for storytelling will take you on a sonorous journey through Mexico and Latin America rarely heard in Australia.
As a soloist and collaborative artist Victor Valdes has performed with Tlen Huicani, Placido Domingo, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Maya Jupiter, The Wiggles and Jimmy Barnes.
Now based in Sydney, [...]
[ 25 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
For decades Isaiah B Brunt has been a top Aussie production guy and studio owner who’s worked with Julio Iglesias orchestra, hosted the Goo Goo Dolls and rehearsed American Idol’s Randy Jackson and his band for their Australian touring.
Not only has Isaiah been behind the board for globally upper echelon bands, he’s been a go-to [...]
[ 18 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
It’s always amazing watching Wayne Kelly play and his own enjoyment is infectious!
Wayne is a uniquely talented Australian jazz pianist and has been a professional musician for over 25 years. At 15 years of age Wayne performed in his first working club band ‘The Motivators’, which also featured his brother Gavin on drums. Since then [...]
[ 6 September 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]
Queen Juanita and the boys play to dancers – swing, rockabilly, rock and roll, zydeco two step. They have caused hips to shake across several states including the Illawarra, Cobargo, Snowy Mountains and ACT Multicultural Festivals, numerous clubs, pubs, weddings, parties and dance hall jamborees. Their live CD “Dancehall Jamboree” is out now!
Juanita Cucinotta – [...]
[ 4 September 2015 at 6:30 pm; ]
Are you ready to be blown away?
If you like bad*ss massive sounds that swallow you whole, or sweet lilting melodies… if you like George Gershwin, blues, or if you want to hear 45 amazing musicians do an impersonation of a train…and if you’ve never been to a concert before, THIS IS THE CONCERT FOR YOU!
[ 4 September 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]
The gold standard for tough Texas shuffles, Chess-era Chicago blues, and greasy Louisiana-style swamp pop – the Groove Kings grew out of the legendary Blind Freddie and feature some of the fattest toned, dirtiest blues harp and guitar on the Australian blues scene.
Put on your high heeled sneakers, wear your wig hat on your head, [...]
Cassidy Richens has the kind of voice that’ll bring you delicate ballads, rowdy pub songs and all those Irish favourites you didn’t know you knew, delivered by a band with the ease and power that comes from playing together for ten years to audiences across Australia:
Sandy Gibbney plays the fiddle
Peter Richens plays guitar, banjo and [...]
Award winning blues divas Marisa Quigley and Ali Penney are set to take the stage as Ali accompanies Marisa for another fabulous Keller Sessions night. The pair have played together numerous times, including Bruthen Blues, Broadbeach and both of Quigley’s solo album launches in Melbourne.
Marisa has been described as “possibly the blackest white woman since [...]
[ 29 August 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]
Fiona Boyes plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles, her mostly original repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. She has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.
Winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis & nominated for 4 successive USA Blues Music Awards, she was the first [...]
[ 20 September 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]
Long John plays its originals and blues catalogue favourites, throwing in some Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, and Tim Buckley for good measure!
Long John’s groove loving John Stockdill (drums), John Coates (bass) and John Van Buuren (guitar/vocals) got together, wrote tunes and played the blues in their own way.
Enjoy an afternoon of funk, shuffle, ferocious boogies, [...]
Singer Mike Lang and producer duo, Daniel and Josh Pinkerton, have won the chance to feature in the national Mind Body Business advertising campaign.
Lang and the Pinkerton brothers collaborated to create the electronic song ‘Revolution in You,’ which took out the top prize over dozens of entries from across Australia.
Film production house Blue Clay Creatives [...]
[ 1 September 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] This two-hour workshop will provide the participant with the tools and knowledge to take their blues guitar playing to the next level.
The workshop will be a relaxed, informal discussion of blues music and guitar playing and will cover the following topics:
Chords, scales, chord progressions and arpeggios used in blues music
Techniques for squeezing the most amount [...]
[ 21 August 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
The Blues Preachers – Brother John on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Captain Bluetongue on harmonica, mountain dulcimer and vocals – will take you to another place and time, somewhere between 1920 and 1940.
Their music paints a landscape of pre-war struggle and determination with sounds reminiscent of the Deep South. They will make you want [...]
[ 16 August 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]
The 2015 Year 11 and 12 music students from Narrabundah College delivers its music with much skill and enthusiasm. This band of 11 seasoned musicians, who all picked up their instruments not long after they started walking, will be shaking it up as it hosts the August Jam!
When: Sunday 16 August 2015
Where: Harmonie German Club
[ 19 August 2015 at 7:30 pm; 20 August 2015 at 7:30 pm; ]
One of England’s most distinguished violinists, Andrew Haveron, will be making his Australian concerto debut with a performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra continues its tribute to Finnish composer Sibelius in his 150th anniversary year.
Recently appointed concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony, Andrew’s illustrious career has seen him lead celebrated orchestras including [...]
[ 14 August 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] The Mighty Bluzicians was formed when some of the best rock & blues musicians in Canberra came together 12 years ago with a dedication to musicianship & love of blues. Feel the passion of Rick Bamford – guitar, slide and vocals, Dean Edgecombe – bass guitar and vocals, Gavin “Larry Spoons” Kelly – drums, percussion [...]
Singer/songwriter Gelonese became an overnight star in the US in 2013 when his love ballad, titled “Every Dream” jumped to the top of Billboard Magazine’s list of hot singles.
When: Friday 7 August
Where: Harmonie German Club
I’m new to Canberra and play fiddle (but not very well). I’m keen to meet up with other not-very-good fiddle players so we can enjoy playing together, without worrying about being a bit rubbish. Anyone interested?!
I figure we can meet in someone’s home, or cheaply rent a church space or something, once a month to share [...]
[ 31 July 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Lone Wolf Promotions presents Friday Night Live with The Crossbones
The Crossbones’ power trio (George Jakovceski – Guitars and Vocals, Frank Piccolo – Drums and Backing Vocals, James Newhouse – Upright Bass and Backing Vocals) combines scorching Gretsch Guitars, pounding upright bass and pedal to the metal drums, to unleash their own brand of rockabilly, psychobilly, [...]
[ 24 July 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] This is the band to get you up and dancing. Mal Osborne (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Damien Spencer (lead guitar, vocals), Tim Spellmen (drums) and Paul Kinderman (bass, vocals) will have you moving to country rock classics – from Elvis through to Neil Diamond, and a whole lot more.
When: Friday 24 July 2015
Where: Harmonie [...]
[ 19 July 2015 at 2:00 pm; ] The simplest formula. The maximum impact. The Chris Harland Blues Band has the command and the precision to nail every number it plays. UK guitarist Chris Harland brought to Oz the tradition of British-made Electric Blues, the authentic riff-driven Chicago sound, a high-voltage heritage of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Peter Green.