Kristin Hersh is a founding member of the band Throwing Muses and 50 FT wave as well as having had an extensive and influential solo career.
Her memoir “Rat Girl” was widely praised from the New York Times to Rolling Stone which named it one of the top ten rock memoirs ever written.
“Don’t Suck, Don’t Die – Giving Up Vic Chesnutt” is her latest book, a memoir of her good friend, US singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt who sadly took his own life in 2009.
“Friend, asshole, angel, mutant,” is the way that Kristin describes Chesnutt, a quadriplegic who could play only simple chords on his guitar but nevertheless recorded seventeen critically acclaimed albums and was named among the top five best living songwriters by NPR before his death. Hersh chronicles her friendship with Chesnutt in a book that shares insights into both their mutual bond and the pain and creativity that haunted Chesnutt. Hersh offers the most personal, empathetic look at the creative genius and often-tormented life of Chesnutt that is ever likely to be written.
Kristin Hersh returns to Australia, her home away from home, to perform material from across her catalogue interspersed with readings from “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die”.
Fri 22 – The Paragon, Katoomba, NSW
Sat 23 – Gumball Festival, Belford, NSW
Sun 24 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Wed 27 – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Fri 29 – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, Vic
Sat 30 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Vic
Praise for “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die”
“Not only one of the best books this year, it’s one of the most beautiful rock memoirs ever written.” Michael Shaub, NPR’s Best Books of 2015
“A Stunning, difficult and beautiful chronicle. The true Vic comes alive.” Michael Stipe
“(Hersh’s) observations… always ring with a harsh lyrical truth….an eloquent, breathtaking testament.” Pitchfork
“A raw, poetic memoir….a last, wonderful example of Chesnutt at his most charismatically mischievous.” The Guardian.
“It paints a more honest, insightful picture oft he late singer-songwriter than any biography could…Beautifully, poetically told.” MOJO
"The book's great sadness is matched by the skill and vitality of Hersh's writing; it will make treasured and troubled reading for fans of Chesnutt and the author alike. "
ABBIE CARDWELL & THE TEXICANS- CINCO DE MAYO
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta time is here!
If you can't be in Mexico for this annual tradition you may as well do the next best thing and get thee to the Junk Bar.
In true fiesta fashion there will be Margaritas, Piñata's, guitaras and more!
What is Cinco De Mayo all about?
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "May 5th", or literally, "Five of May") is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.
THE FIESTA INCLUDES:
Abbie has been obsessed with Mexico for quite some time and every couple of years she returns to work with her other band Twin Tones. On May 5th you can exerience her singing some traditional songs in Spanish as well as her own Mexicana-Americana in English (and Spanglish) with her awesome band of chingon Aussie hermanos The Texicans. (plus hear Abbie’s vintage Mexican records in-between all the action)
Enjoy Junk Bar's famous Margaritas, Mexican Sunrise and The Paradise Found (Tequila based of course!) and if you get peckish there are the delicious Jalepeno bagels too!
The Visual Delight!
As usual Abbie shall go overboard with her costume and stage props (Any excuse to wear her outrageous handmade Mexican costumes and make props will do!)
The Games/ El Jugos!
Smash a piñata and learn a few Spanish words whilst playing Lotteria.
Due to the Aussie Fun-Police we are unable to stage traditional fireworks....but we do guarantee a fiesta to remember!
LIMITED TICKETS $20 PRESALE OR $25 AT THE DOOR
SS.Sebastian Nightmare Of 1984 single launch.
SS.Sebastian, along with full band James Lees, Katherine Cooke & Janey Mac (plus guests) return to The Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar for a very special performance, to mark the release of electro-folk single, Nightmare of 1984.
Special guest support act to be announced soon.
Listen, read reviews & download the single for free from Triple J Unearthed. [make whole sentence a hyperlink to https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/sssebastian]
M.E BAIRD ALBUM LAUNCH w/ JOEL EDMONSON
M.E. Baird will be joined on stage in the Skukum Lounge at the esteemed Junk Bar by regular collaborators Hannah Jane on violin/vocals and Julian Smith on double bass. Also welcoming into the ‘Fall’ fold for her first live show with M.E. Baird is new comer Miss Sali’B’ on piano. Special guest support is local Brisbane artist Joel Edmonson performing solo acoustic. Doors open at 7pm. All pre sale tickets include a copy of the haunting "Fall" album.
Tickets available from Oztix: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=61491
Read the 4 star review of new album by The Brag Magazine and Beat Magazine here:
To see the music videos for the lead single ‘Full of The Devil’ and the second single ‘Always Tuesday’ go to
ROBERT FORSTER & BAND.
Robert Forster returns for a one off show at Junk with his full band before heading off to Prima Vera in Barcelona. With songs spanning his illustrious career - and from his new critically acclaimed album "Songs To Play" don't miss this chance to see a legend up close and personal.Plus it's a Sunday afternoon show- 3.30 pm doors. Best Sunday in Brisbane.
NICK BARKER AND THE HEARTACHE STATE
Australian music stalwart NICK BARKER has been hitting the boards now for close to 30 years, from the Wreckery, to The Reptiles and now with longtime friend and guitarist Michael Hubbard (Down Hills Home, Jen Cloher) Nick is pleased to announce a one off acoustic show with band at The Junk Bar on May 20 presenting songs from last years release and some new ones.
NICK BARKER AND THE HEARTACHE STATE is Nicks new passion along with Justin Garner, Venom and Michael Hubbard on board as part of the new band, and they will be keen to bust out some songs in The Junk Bars intimate setting as well as playing a few hearty blasts from the past, all in acoustic mode(well mostly!).
FREYA HOLLICK w/ Joshua Seymour and Abbie Cardwell.
Freya Josephine Hollick is an Ol’ Timey Chanteuse hailing from the Victorian Goldfields, she is stretching her legs for her first East Coast wander up north with her young daughter in tow. Freya discovered her love for blues and country music in the junk shops and record stores of rural Victoria, ever searching for the buried gold. From The Orignal Carter Family, to Son House, from Ernest Tubb to Bessie Smith, Freya loves all that old world music, and it rings loud and clear in her desperate tales of love and loss wailed out in woeful blues melodies or gently crooned in chirruped country style.
The single mama of one, and long time folk songbird is fast approaching the much awaited release of her second album “The Unceremonious Junking of Me” due to come out this October. The record features Dobro and Mandolin played by Pete Fidler and gorgeous country Fiddle by Kat Mear. The trio recorded live to tape using beautiful old microphones in an historical gold rush building in the heart of Ballarat. This short East Coast tour marks the launch of the first single from this record entitled “My Sleepin’ Body”. A Carter Family-esque tune about the finding of a girls dead body in the forest (derived from a true story of a girl found in a lake outside Freya’s hometown.) Despite it’s dark lyrics, the melody and pace of the song have you fooled into thinking its sentiment is carefree.
Joining Freya on this leg of her journey are two special guests, much revered in the Americana and bluegrass circuits of Australia. The trio will make for a magical night of old world charm.
“Inspired by… early 20th Century music, Cajun styles and the blues of deep Louisiana, Hollick has a mesmeric and at times chirruped expression that straddles the line between namesake Josephine Foster and Hope Sandoval. Banjo, fingerpicked guitars, dobro and double bass frame the breathy narratives and help her songs dream in a black and white kaleidoscope of loveliness.”
Nick Argyriou, Rhythms Magazine
Tickets $10 on the door. Doors 7.30 pm. show start at 7.45 pm.
WALTER MARTIN (THE WALKMEN) US
January 29 2016 saw Walter Martin, co-writer, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist of the Walkmen, release Arts & Leisure—a collection of songs that take inspiration from Martin’s years of world travel as a musician, his younger days working in art museums and what he refers to as his “shaky grasp of college art history.” The inventive use of drums and percussion, conversational lyrical approach, and trademark vintage instrumentation that Martin brought to the Walkmen are employed to wondrous new effect on his first big production since the band split.
His solo debut was 2014’s much-loved kids’ album We’re All Young Together. This unexpected departure served as a palate cleanser for Martin after years in bands and, surprisingly for Martin, the album found miraculous success. As he explains, “I was about to apply for a job at Kinko’s or something and then suddenly all these great things started happening with the kids’ album.”
Most importantly, he credits We’re All Young Together with helping him find a way to write songs that made sense for Martin himself to sing. Walter explains, “Through writing songs about rattlesnakes and chimpanzees, I figured out how to write lyrics that express my inner self in a voice that’s indistinguishable from how I naturally talk and joke around. Thankfully I was able translate it to non-animal subject matters.“ After years writing for what he refers to as the "collective personality” of his previous band, Martin now finds himself writing for a personality that is all his own—one characterised by a unique blend of absurd humour and sincere emotion. “I’m no good at talking about the art I like but I feel like these songs express in an unfussy way some things that I like about certain artists and ideas.” Arts & Leisure was originally conceived as an “art- themed comedy album” but after two years of writing and rewriting, the album developed into something far richer. Martin explains, “I wrote all these funny songs and I got sick of them. Then I wrote all these serious songs and realized they were boring. Then I broke my back writing a two minute song about Alexander Calder’s miniature circus and I thought it was perfect—it was whimsical and weird but also had personal ideas about art tucked in there that gave it the depth and warmth I was looking for. So, lyrically, that was the starting point."
Whether he’s making prank calls from the switchboard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, admiring the high-back chairs in a tearoom in Glasgow, or casually dismissing all eighteenth century European art during a museum visit, Martin’s stories have the familiar warmth of a conversation with an old friend. These songs feel as much like a collection of personal letters as they do a rock ‘n’ roll album. While offering a perspective that is distinctly modern, Walter Martin’s Arts & Leisure is rooted in an old tradition and serves as a reminder that there is still sublime power in the marriage of great music and great storytelling.
THE WEEPING WILLOWS w/ Danny Widdicombe
The Weeping Willows, Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates, are a couple of old souls, steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery. They regale their audience with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.
The Willows are excited to play Brisbane's favourite cocktail venue The Junk Bar & launch their brand new album 'Before Darkness Comes A-Callin', recorded in Los Angeles with 4 time Grammy Award winning engineer Ryan Freeland (Bonnie Raitt,Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ray LaMontagne, Ramblin' Jack Elliott). This will be a celebration of not only the album but all of the wonderful Pozible supporters who helped make it happen!
"...timeless arrangements spanning folk, hillbilly and classic country sounds. It's fair to say The Weeping Willows are to Melbourne what Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch are to Nashville." ~ Country Update Magazine.
"With Before Darkness Comes A Callin’, The Weeping Willows have delivered a world class Americana album ingrained with integrity and a good tip of the hat to the traditional elements of the genre. If this is the current quality of Americana music in Australia, we’re in good hands..." ~Americana Australia.
"Their authenticity and craft as singers, as songwriters and in Andrew Wrigglesworth's sublime guitar playing makes this a hypnotic and alluring album. They've taken a detour down some darker and moodier paths this time and it works exceedingly well. Dark folk, blues and country musings on nature, death and doomed romance suit them well and puts Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates right up there with the finest Americana music you'll hear this year..." ~ theMusic.com.au.
The Weeping Willows are overjoyed that legendary Brisbane songwriter & musician Danny Widdicombe will be joining them for the night to help celebrate. Widdicombe's music is set within the realms of folk/country/blues, he has had 2 ARIA nominations, released 5 studio albums, overcome leukaemia three times and played lead guitar for Bernard Fanning & Tim Rogers.
With the release of four highly acclaimed and award-winning albums over the past decade, Sydney singer-songwriter Perry Keyes returns to the Junk Bar on Friday, July 8th.
Keyes will be playing in stripped back band mode - debuting songs from his upcoming fifth release as well as songs from all four albums.
Whether it’s the ‘love among the ruins’ approach of his first album, Meter (2005); the portrayal of the disappearing inner-city working class community on The Last Ghost Train Home (2007); the songs of volatile adolescence on Johnny Ray’s Downtown (2010); or characters coming to terms with the geographic dislocation and subsequent social exclusion of Sunnyholt (2015), Keyes’ song-writing maintains a capacity for cinematic sweep whilst at the same time exhibiting intimate and detailed storytelling.
It’s a rare chance to witness a bare bones approach to presenting his compelling songs and stories from the heart of the inner-city.
HUGO RACE (THE TRUE SPIRIT/THE FATALISTS/THE BAD SEEDS)
Hugo Race returns to the Junk Bar for a solo show whilst on tour promoting his first book, “Road Series”, a memoir of his life on the road and in music with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Wreckery, Dirt Music and various solo incarnations.
This will be your only chance to see Hugo this year before he returns to Europe to tour the latest Fatalists record, “’24 Hours to Nowhere” which he began work on during his last stay in Brisbane at Jamie Trevaskis’ Wild Mountain Sound Studio.