Good music venues in Canberra?

By 14 January, 2013 19

Hi.

My name’s Lisa Richards,. I’m a singer-songwriter, and I’ve just moved to Canberra after living overseas for more than 20 years – 7 in New York City and 14 in Austin Texas.  I’d like to find out as much as I can about the local music scene – where to play, how to meet other musicians, local radio stations that might be interested in my music…

My new album ‘Beating of the Sun‘ is about to be released, kicking off in April with touring in Italy (poor me, I can hear you saying) and the Netherlands , and then Australia in June. I’m doing all the booking and publicity myself, so obviously I’m going to have heaps of spare time to get to know all there is to do with music and performing in my new home (joke).

I also teach voice, guitar and song-writing, with more than 20 years teaching experience, so if anyone’s curious, you can read about me and listen to my music at lisarichardsmusic.com or reverbnation.com/lisarichards. Any suggestions, ideas, requests for lessons or bookings, or even just a friendly hello would be more than welcome.

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19 Responses to Good music venues in Canberra?
#1
Sean9:29 am, 14 Jan 13

Phoenix and Transit in the city and The Front in O’Connor spring to mind.

#2
Thumper10:39 am, 14 Jan 13

Pot Belly, Old Canberra Inn, PJs Tuggeranong.

#3
Thumper10:43 am, 14 Jan 13

Also, send a copy of your record to Local n Live, 2XX.

Suite 3.01
Griffin Centre
Genge Street,Civic, ACT
2601

#4
Chop7111:00 am, 14 Jan 13

Stay away from any of the Canberra Labor Clubs and almost every other club. They see 10,000 “Pokie machines” as entertainment.

#5
schmeah11:09 am, 14 Jan 13

Sean said :

Phoenix and Transit in the city and The Front in O’Connor spring to mind.

Depends on the standard of music you play. I’ve seen great acts at the Pheonix but I’ve also sat through little more than a dude humming a tune and playing 5 chords. I used to enjoy going there but the constant toilet stench and the low life, povos that hang out there and give the staff grief particularly during the week, put me off forever.

Tilly’s in Lyneham -next to the front – does shows occasionally, most of a decent, entertaining quality. And the setting is much more enjoyable.

#6
Qu0kka1:35 pm, 14 Jan 13

The local folk society runs a gig most weeks at a venue known as the Merry Muse, currently in Turner I think. Have a look at them via their website. Venue can be ordinary, but they used to provide fairly decent sound, and the audience is there to listen.

#7
Tecko121:49 pm, 14 Jan 13

Hi, I have my own lighting and sound company in Canberra and always looking for more work. We would be happy to help you out if you needed any equipment hire ect in Canberra and surrounds. Thanks.
brenster_673@hotmail.com is the email to go for if you need Audio and lighting.

Thanks

#8
Brindabella1:55 pm, 14 Jan 13

Hey Lisa, I’ve been listening to your work – good stuff. Having spent so much time in Austin, I was kinda hoping for some raw and gutsy SRV blues, but I got a pleasant surprise.

I like your work. I think Tilleys would definitely be the venue for you.

#9
lisarichardsmusic2:23 pm, 14 Jan 13

Brindabella said :

Hey Lisa, I’ve been listening to your work – good stuff. Having spent so much time in Austin, I was kinda hoping for some raw and gutsy SRV blues, but I got a pleasant surprise.

I like your work. I think Tilleys would definitely be the venue for you.

Thanks Brindabella. I wasn’t sure if Tilley’s was still doing music. Opinions seem to be divided on that.

#10
lisarichardsmusic2:25 pm, 14 Jan 13

Tecko12 said :

Hi, I have my own lighting and sound company in Canberra and always looking for more work. We would be happy to help you out if you needed any equipment hire ect in Canberra and surrounds. Thanks.
brenster_673@hotmail.com is the email to go for if you need Audio and lighting.

Thanks

I will definitely keep your contact information

#11
lisarichardsmusic2:26 pm, 14 Jan 13

Thumper said :

Also, send a copy of your record to Local n Live, 2XX.

Suite 3.01
Griffin Centre
Genge Street,Civic, ACT
2601

Thanks Thumper. I will check out those venues.

#12
lisarichardsmusic2:26 pm, 14 Jan 13

Chop71 said :

Stay away from any of the Canberra Labor Clubs and almost every other club. They see 10,000 “Pokie machines” as entertainment.

will do. Thanks for the heads up.

#13
lisarichardsmusic2:27 pm, 14 Jan 13

Sean said :

Phoenix and Transit in the city and The Front in O’Connor spring to mind.

Thanks!

#14
lisarichardsmusic2:28 pm, 14 Jan 13

Qu0kka said :

The local folk society runs a gig most weeks at a venue known as the Merry Muse, currently in Turner I think. Have a look at them via their website. Venue can be ordinary, but they used to provide fairly decent sound, and the audience is there to listen.

Is the Merry Muse a venue or the name of the folk club?

#15
Overheard3:26 pm, 14 Jan 13

lisarichardsmusic said :

Qu0kka said :

The local folk society runs a gig most weeks at a venue known as the Merry Muse, currently in Turner I think. Have a look at them via their website. Venue can be ordinary, but they used to provide fairly decent sound, and the audience is there to listen.

Is the Merry Muse a venue or the name of the folk club?

http://www.merrymuse.org.au

It’s the performance venue of the Monaro Folk Society and currently at the Turner Bowling Club in Turner. There are performances usually every Friday night except the first of the month, but not when festivals in the region are on. There’s a gig listing at the web-site above.

#16
Overheard3:27 pm, 14 Jan 13

Another recent player across the border in Queanbyean is The Artists’ Shed.

http://www.artistsshed.com/Music/

#17
Qu0kka8:31 pm, 14 Jan 13

lisarichardsmusic said :

Is the Merry Muse a venue or the name of the folk club?

The Merry Muse is sort of a roving venue, currently hosted at the old bowling club (now Southern Cross Club) in Turner. It has existed at other locations, and has appeared at some festivals. I’ve seen some excellent acts there in the past, local and international. Not just traditional folk music, but folk/pop, bluegrass, whatever. http://merrymuse.org.au/wb/

The ‘Monaro Folk Society’ is the local folk club, and covers dance as well as music.

#18
lisarichardsmusic9:20 am, 15 Jan 13

Overheard said :

Another recent player across the border in Queanbyean is The Artists’ Shed.

http://www.artistsshed.com/Music/

Thanks. That looks like a very interesting space. I’ll give them a shout.

#19
lisarichardsmusic9:20 am, 15 Jan 13

Qu0kka said :

lisarichardsmusic said :

Is the Merry Muse a venue or the name of the folk club?

The Merry Muse is sort of a roving venue, currently hosted at the old bowling club (now Southern Cross Club) in Turner. It has existed at other locations, and has appeared at some festivals. I’ve seen some excellent acts there in the past, local and international. Not just traditional folk music, but folk/pop, bluegrass, whatever. http://merrymuse.org.au/wb/

The ‘Monaro Folk Society’ is the local folk club, and covers dance as well as music.

Thanks for the clarification. I will make myself known to them.

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