Tag Archives: live music

Friday Night Live with John McNamara

By 2 October 2015

[ 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 [...]

Friday Night Live with Claude Hay

By 29 September 2015
Claude Hay 2

[ 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 – [...]

Friday night live with Isaiah B Brunt

By 7 September 2015
Isaiah B Brunt

[ 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 [...]

Friday Night Live – The Wayne Kelly Band

By 3 September 2015
Wayne Kelly

[ 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 [...]

Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys at Harmonie German Club

By 2 September 2015
Queen Juanita

[ 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 – [...]

The Groove Kings at Harmonie German Club

By 31 August 2015
Groove Kings

[ 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, [...]

Marisa Quigley with Ali Penney at the Keller Sessions

By 27 August 2015
Marisa Quigley

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 [...]

Lone Wolf Promotions presents Fiona Boyes

By 26 August 2015
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[ 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 [...]

Long John hosts September Blues Jam

By 25 August 2015
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[ 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, [...]

Dreamboogie at Harmonie German Club

By 24 August 2015
dream boogie

[ 10 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

A modern Blues act, Dreamboogie’s repertoire is imbued with the classic tunes of Bessie Smith 1930s through to the Chess recordings of the 1950s.

Dreamboogie – Rebecca Davey (vocals), Sam Buckley (guitar), Connor O’Neill (bass) and Robert B Dillon (drums) – won the 2011 MBAS Blues Performer of the year, and rated #1 on the National [...]

Free gig: Dr Jawbone & the Restless Souls

By 22 August 2015
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[ 11 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Dr Jawbone, high energy swinging jazz & a little Latin featuring Ross Buchanan on keys, singer song writer Owen Cooper on Trombone & Ken Nosworthy on drums.

When: Friday 11 September
Time: 8pm
Where: Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah

Lone Wolf Promotions presents Blues Preachers

By 16 August 2015
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[ 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 [...]

Bundah Blues Band hosts August blues jam

By 14 August 2015
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[ 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
Time: 2pm
Where: Harmonie German Club
Tickets: [...]

Lone Wolf Productions presents The Mighty Bluzicians

By 12 August 2015

[ 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 [...]

Lone Wolf Promotions presents Vince Gelonese TONIGHT

By 7 August 2015

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
Time: 8pm
Where: Harmonie German Club
Free entry.

Chris Harland Blues Band hosts jam

By 18 July 2015

[ 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.

Together [...]

Friday night live – PJ O’Brien Band

By 16 July 2015
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[ 17 July 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His fat and funky fretwork has been turning heads across Australia, USA, UK and Asia. Along with frequent flyer points PJ has gathered a swag of awards including: Blues Song of the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year; Sydney [...]

Paulie Bignell & the Thornbury Two at Harmonie German Club

By 1 July 2015

[ 3 July 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Paulie is well known around Australia for his work with The Detonators. A band he formed over 12 years ago, that has covered every corner of this wide brown land.

Forming, touring, running, recording and playing in bands since his early teens, he has never let up. His drive and determination getting him through the ups [...]

The CherryPickers to host July Pro Blues and Roots Jam

By 26 June 2015

[ 5 July 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]

Comprising some of the finest talent on the local scene, The CherryPickers return to Blues and Roots Central to host the July Pro Blues and Roots Jam.

The Cherries combine the monster bass grooves of John Coates, John Van Buuren on searing guitar, outstanding percussion work from Jon Jones and the powerful dynamic vocals of Monica [...]

Backbeat Drivers host June Blues Jam at Harmonie German Club

By 16 June 2015

[ 21 June 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]

Backbeat Drivers is one of Australia’s most original blues/R&B acts, with Steve Hartnett on Vocals Harmonica and Guitar, Mike Hardy on Guitar and backing vocals, Ben Connelly on Bass and backing vocals and David “Doc” Rennie on drums.

The band is a local legend in Canberra and our longest continually gigging blues band, playing originals, as [...]

Ali Penny and the Money Makers and the Lachy Doley Group album launch

By 30 May 2015
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[ 5 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

An amazing pianist with an honest vulnerability in her vocals, rawness and emotion are what strikes you when you hear what Ali Penney and The Money Makers play for you. Ali knows how to put on a show – a funny and entertaining show – and play songs which get the audience toe-tapping and dancing. [...]

Geoff Achison at the Harmonie German Club 8 pm Friday 27 Feb

By 17 February 2015
Geoff Achison

[ 27 February 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Red hot blues & soul from one of Australia’s most respected guitar troubadours, Melbourne blues/roots artist Geoff Achison.

Geoff released his first solo album Big Machine in 1994. In 1995 Geoff represented the MBAS in Memphis, USA winning the Albert King Award and scoring an endorsement deal with Gibson Guitars and has since toured the US, [...]

Glenn Cardier and The Sideshow

By 6 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 11 October 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]

Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow will be bringing their ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ tour to The Harmonie German Club on Saturday 11 October 2014.

Joining Glenn is Rex Goh who is arguably Australia’s ‘most heard’ guitarist & on drums, Dave Fester who tours year round with some of Australia’s finest musicians.

Glenn A Baker (Author & Rock [...]

2013 Going out with a Bang at the Polo!

By 27 November 2013

[ 5 December 2013 to 6 December 2013. ]

The CMC stage at the Polo, lurking in the shadow of Canberra’s inner north real estate boom is winding up next week with some more awesomeness. On Thursday December 5 Tiger and Me with support from the Bearded Gypsy Band will start festivities.

Then on Friday December 6 The Crooked Fiddle Band will unleash their [...]

Live music at Smiths Alternative. A review


The Canberra Musicians Club is doing regular Wednesday night spots at the newly revamped Smiths Alternative in Civic.
Last night I braved the cold and wet to check it out.
The first thing any inner city venue needs is bicycle parking in spades. In this day and age driving to a gig is nothing short of tragic.
Smiths [...]

King of the North tour Canberra (With local supports)

By 22 April 2013

[ 24 April 2013; ] Awesome Melbourne band and Oz rock stalwarts ‘King of the North’ are heading our way to The Basement on 24th April.

Catch these guys before their rock explosion goes viral.

Following on from supporting ‘Cold Chisel’ last year and many residencies including the iconic Esplanade Hotel (home of RocKwiz), this surprisingly huge-sounding 2-piece are on an Australian [...]

Canberra’s live music scene – what happened?

By 21 January 2013

I don’t think it was that long ago that I used to be able to check out a gig guide and find a litany of upcoming fairly major Australian, and sometimes international acts. We’d get enough that my disappointment was generally around an inability to go to all of them. January/February was always a particularly [...]

Live music at the Belconnen Arts Centre

By 13 September 2012

[ 14 September 2012 at 5:30 pm; ] This has come in and looks interesting:

Live@BAC is thrilled to present acoustic music by local band The Burley Griffin and musician Adam Brown.

As we welcome in the warmer weather, unwind on a Friday in Belconnen Arts Centre’s spacious foyer, looking over Lake Ginninderra, and listen to live acoustic music by talented local musicians.

About The Burley [...]

Bryony Aziz’s EP Launch at Digress

By 20 May 2012

And so Digress on Akuna Street (formerly the Akuna Club) had a hitout as a live music venue.
With a very strong lineup supporting the launch of the popular singer-songwriter Bryony Aziz a good crowd was always on the cards.
The venue, however, has some bugs to iron out as a music venue. Not least of which [...]

Green Room canned

By 19 April 2012

Word reaches us that despite an successful trial and three weeks of fitout the Green Room’s tenancy at the Woden Tradies has been terminated.
Because heaven forfend the licensed clubs circa 2012 ever do anything of any value to the community.
Condolences to all those screwed over in this debacle.


By 20 February 2012

[ 1 March 2012 to 10 March 2012. ] “In A Band, It’s Always A Drama”

DATES: Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd, Thurs 8th, Fri 9th, Sat 10th March 2012
TIME: 7:30 pm
Show length: 2 hours with 20mins interval
Tickets: $28 ($22 concession or groups of 5+or Impro ACT members)
Street Two – The Street Theatre (15 Childers St, Canberra City West)
Book on 6247 1223 or

This [...]

The Greenroom returns

By 5 February 2012

Facebook informs that the legendary Greenroom is materialising in the Woden Tradies in March.
If things go well and you all go along it could be around longer!
For the month of MARCH the Greenroom shall take up residence at the Woden Tradies Club and test the waters of live music to incite a new permanent venue.
The [...]

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