VIRGINIA SOOK, JESSICA BYRNE & OLD SEMEIL
Virginia Sook, Jessica Byrne and Old Semeil at Junk Bar
Come join three local bands for a night of expression that will journey through many musical styles- from folk to country to soul.
Local folk piece Virginia Sook is celebrating the release of their split EP with UK’s Lake Michigan. The split has received praise from strange and diverse corners of the globe and is a celebration of intimacy, powerful softness, and things gracefully ambling at their own pace. Virginia Sook bring humble tones and cavernous stories to a stage, honoring their roots and ancestry through their folk sound (Lindsay plays the Celtic harp), while exploring a unique style with curiosity and innocence.
Soul songstress Jessica Byrne is celebrating the release of her debut album ‘This Body, This House’. Jessica utilizes dark and haunting textures to create effortlessly emotive music. Byrne is a woman of style and natural ease and above all strives to connect with her listeners on a meaningful level.
Old Semeil is the solo project of the Mouldy Lover’s Gav Cook. Inspired by the folk songs and stories of his homeland Scotland, his raw, acoustic sound is accompanied by words that dance with adventure and memory.
Doors – 6:30
Tickets - $5
PETER LOVEDAY accompanied by JOHN WILLSTEED w/LUKE PEACOCK (THE PAINTED LADIES/HALFWAY)
Peter Loveday started his career in music with The Supports in late 70s Brisbane. He went on to co-found the bands Birds of Tin and Mute 44 at the beginning of the 80s before packing bags and heading for London with the band Tiny Town, recording three singles and an album there. Loveday then moved to Barcelona where he eventually fired up the furnaces and took the helm once more to record six albums in the company of his cubist Baroque chamber pop outfit with Naomi Wedman and Sarah Davison. Loveday possesses a special taste for injecting pastoral atmosphere into emotionally charged urban songs that fathom the darkness and joy of living in equal parts. On this occassion Peter Loveday will be accompanied on guitar by John Willsteed, playing a selection of songs from an impressive oeuvre and showcasing songs from a forthcoming album.
THE MIGHTY KIND
On the eve of their great Nashville adventure, The Mighty Kind hosts a night of Alt. Country and Americana tunes.
Aussie wanderer, Ash Constance, has spent most of her musical career travelling about and playing shows on sidewalks, in garages or down by the seaside in far-off places like the west coast of Turkey and the north of England. She now writes her stories into songs that reminisce about life on the road and tales of love and love lost.
Trevor Tolton, has been pickin' guitar and singing songs all across Australia for many years now. Tolton is an old soul picker with his roots deeply set in the music of bygone days. Taking inspiration from musicians such as Guthrie, Dylan and Ramblin' Jack as well as the pioneers of Australian country music, his sound echoes that of the past.
Together, blending their influences to create a unique sound, this duo of troubadours perform their original folk/ alt. country tunes as The Mighty Kind.
Joining them on the night will be Alt. Country and Americana acts: Ben Bunting, Cameron Milford and Dana Hassall.
TICKETS ARE $10 on the door. 7.30 doors and show start time.
ALDOUS HARDING w/ ANTHONIE TONNON & TOM COONEY
Fresh from a successful tour of the UK & Europe, which included shows from Scandanavia to Spain, Aldous Harding hits the easy coast for her first ever Australian headline tour.
Aldous has received praise and attention from some of the most illustrious corners of the music industry, with her debut self titled album receiving 4 stars in Mojo and Uncut (amongst others).
While the album was released nearly a year ago in New Zealand, it continues to breath new life, after releases in Australia and Europe. Following the Australian release, Aldous was invited to play the Sydney & Perth festivals and Golden Plains. She also toured with Tiny Ruins, Perfume Genius and Laura Jean. Southern Records then found out about it’s exploits and released the album locally in Europe.
BBC6 then picked up the single ‘stop your tears’ and heavy hitters Marc Riley, Mary Anne Hobbs, and Gideon Coe spoke of it’s charms. The album then received tasty reviews across Europe
and Aldous was invited to to come and play the Great Escape Festival and radio sessions on BBC radio. A 30 date tour of mainland Europe was then booked and apart from a couple of close calls
at bikie bars in Italy, all went off without a hitch.
Before settling down to write and record her new record, Aldous is heading home to New Zealand for a run of shows, before finishing off the tour in Australia. A big sound performance is also lurking
but more about that later. Stand by for a new video for ‘Stop Your Tears’ as well.
STEPHEN CUMMINGS w/SHANE O'MARA
The SPORTS Reunion shows in early 2015 saw the timelessly groovy CUMMINGS in action. The enthusiasm from those shows has prompted the singer/songwriter’s first proper tour across the country for 2015. It's difficult to jump right into describing what CUMMINGS will be doing because Stephen is a lot of things: It's going back to go forward; it's going back to before anyone ever heard of him. So it will be new, even though it's old. And Shane O’Mara, guitar master, will there by his side. Musicians with this extensive of a history are rare in Australia. See him while you still can.
JAMES THOMPSON AND THE PILGRIMS w/ JEN MIZE
James Thomson is launching his stunning new album ‘Cold Moon’ at the Junk Bar with his band The Strange Pilgrims for one night only in Brisbane.
Newcastle-based James Thomson released his self-titled debut in 2012 to critical acclaim. The influence of towering figures like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, and Townes Van Zandt on James’ song writing is clear, but as Rhythms Magazine noted he treats blues, folk and country forms with “...enough ingenuity and personality to render them bright and crisp...” James' laconic and natural style garnered national and international attention and soon saw him playing festivals and touring with the likes of Mark Olson (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers), The Gin Club, and most recently Robert Ellis and Johnny Fritz.
The sense of restlessness in James’ song writing is organic; he spent much of his early life shuffling between Sydney and rural towns in the central west and Hunter Valley regions of NSW. It was that same travelling spirit which saw James journey to the American South in late 2013; where he wrote the majority of the songs which would make up his greatly anticipated second album, Cold Moon.
The 12 striking songs that make up Cold Moon confirm Thomson’s considerable ability as a songwriter and artist; one confident and accomplished enough to both appreciate and explore the reach of his traditional influences. As such, Cold Moon sees James experiment with different writing and arranging styles by synthesizing elements of blues, soul, folk and country music into something altogether different.
James is supported by local Americana singer-songwriter, Jen Mize. Her songs are rich in imagery, and have the power to hold an audience captive while engaging each listener with passion and well-crafted subtlety. Jen’s new album “Fear, Pride & a few Stubborn Angels” is the first postcard from a winding journey – one that has taken Mize across America and around the world before setting her down more than seven thousand miles from home.
JESS RIBEIRO & THE BONE COLLECTORS
Kill It Yourself’ is the anticipated second album from Jess Ribeiro, arriving in August 2015 via Barely Dressed and Remote Control Records. To celebrate the release, Jess Ribeiro and band have announced an Australian tour for September.
No stranger to critical acclaim, Ribeiro’s 2012 debut, My Little River, was awarded ABC Radio National Album of the Year, Best Country Album at the 2012 AIR Awards and was shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize.
The new album is recorded in collaboration with Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and is representative of a significant and exciting departure from Jess’s folk-country roots.
M.E BAIRD w/GABRIELLA COHEN
“Serious stuff; serious meaning skilful, professional, timeless folk. A real winner with knowledge of melody and a fine sense of drama. M.E.Baird is a comfortable and capable singer with a good ear for a tune and his laid back groove suits his style well.” - The Age EG, Melbourne
"Australian singer-songwriter and folk artist M.E. Baird harnesses elements of Folk, Country Soul, Blues and Jazz with a Southern Gothic aesthetic to create his own unique and compelling approach to music and storytelling. His songwriting has a distinct visual richness and depth where each song is a cinematic vignette full of elegance beauty, tragedy and longing, The settings can range from haunting landscapes and frenetic city bars to sublime worlds of the imagination."
This will be a beautiful show- with a violin and a double bass player to accompany M E Baird's haunting sound.
He will be joined by local songstress Gabriella Cohen.
Tickets on the door- $15.00. Doors 7.30 pm
PETER MILTON WALSH (THE APARTMENTS)
_______________________________________________________________________ It's been a big year for The Apartments, the band which started in Brisbane in 1978 with singer/songwriter Peter Milton Walsh. The Apartments past was firstly beautifully captured back in April with Brooklyn's Captured Tracks' deluxe reissue of the first Apartments EP from 1979, singles and the legendary Rough Trade album of 1985, 'the evening visits...'. A week later across the Atlantic in Paris, a new record—the band's first album of new songs this century—was released, 'No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal.' Both albums have been rapturously received by fans and critics alike.
Now, straight off the back of a September French tour, Peter Milton Walsh is coming to Brisbane—the town where it all began for The Apartments—to play an intimate solo show on Sunday 11th October at The Junk Bar, Ashgrove. This visit to Ashgrove just goes to prove that there are no coincidences in art or love because it was in Ashgrove, as Walsh writes in the liner notes for “the evening visits...” reissue, that The Apartments first recorded song 'Help' was written ...“at the end of 1978, early '79, in the insufferable Summer in Brisbane. There in the January rain, in an Ashgrove lounge room in a house full of daylight and quiet with all the girls gone off to work, I got the first verse and chorus down onto cassette.”
Photo courtesy of © Anastasia Konstantelos 2015
DAN BRODIE ALBUM LAUNCH
In light of his 2013 face-off with mortality, you might think Brodie wrote these songs to pass time during cancer-busting treatments. The Melbourne maverick's reworked musings on life and his renegade ways now evoke that bigger picture. Back-catalogue gems feature (solo, Broken Arrows, Grieving Widows) plus covers of Sonic Youth's 100% and Spencer P. Jones' Missing.
Dan Brodie recently returned from a 3 month solo acoustic European tour playing back to back shows in France’s famed Cinema Utopia (presenting Ted Kotcheff's cult cinema classic "Wake in Fright"), a 3 star Michelin restaurant, a couple of dive bars in the Basque country, a Record Fair, a bookstore and finishing up with a sold out show in Paris and now returns home to present the Australian launch of “BIG HEARTED LOVIN MAN - A Retrospective 1999-2014” - a snapshot of his long and illustrious career, unadorned with just an acoustic guitar and a microphone. - THE AGE EG
After being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in early 2013, Brodie was forced to stop touring and recording music to undergo 10 months of treatment. In remission since 2014 he was invited to perform in the star- studded "Living Legends Series" alongside Paul Kelly, Adalita and Gareth Liddiard as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, honouring both Spencer P Jones and Charlie Owen on separate nights at the Tote Hotel in Melbourne.
In 2001, Brodie signed to EMI Australia and Last Call Records in France and since then has shared stages with a diverse range of artists including The Strokes, Steve Earle, Paul Kelly, You am I, The Saints' Chris Bailey, The White Stripes, Gillian Welsh, Kid Kongo and the Pink Monkey Birds and Ty Segal.
Brodie’s musical talents have taken him to the U.S., Scandinavia, U.K., France, Germany and Spain, playing such iconic venues as CBGB in New York, The Continental in Austin, The Exit/In in Nashville and The Olympia in Paris.
BIG HEARTED LOVIN MAN - A Retrospective 1999-2014 was recorded in one night in January, 2015 at Salt Studios in Melbourne, the self produced album (recently awarded 4 out of 5 stars in The Age EG) draws from Brodie’s early solo work, the twangin alt-country of the Broken Arrows through to his current incarnation in the Grieving Widows. “We set up a stool and a microphone on the Saturday afternoon and I proceeded to rummage through my back catalogue and recorded 20 songs straight to tape, allowing for two takes of each song, and then choosing the best version - by the end of the night we had an Award winning album!”
ROB SNARSKI- LOW FIDELITY LAUNCH - SONGS BY REQUEST 1
Rob Snarski - one of Australia's great romantic singers returns to Brisbane to launch his latest offering, "Low Fidelity (Songs By Request Volume 1).
A collection of songs requested by lovers of Rob Snarski's voice. Everything from Nina Simone to Pulp, Edwyn Collins to Glen Campbell; from classic songs to the more obscure. Recorded in the hills of Tecoma on an iPhone and embellished by guitarist/producer Shane O'Mara, it's an intimate and raw recording, unpolished but made with care.
Rob Snarski will play these songs for you, along with material from his acclaimed solo release from last year, "Wounded Bird" at Saturday 24th October at the Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar.