The Junk Bar.


Junk Bar is Brisbane’s first original hole in the wall suburban bar. Wedged between a fish and chip shop and a chinese takeaway- step inside the velvet curtains and forget who you are and where you have been before now.

Welcome to our world- The Junk Bar.


SKUKUM LOUNGE SHOWS- In the last two years since it’s been open- The Skukum Lounge has become one of Brisbane’s premier music venues. Strictly 50 capacity- we have hosted the likes of Robert Forster (The Go Betweens) Stephen Cummings (The Sports) Michael Hurley, Kristin Hersh, Ryley Walker, Kim Salmon, John Smith, Dave Graney and Mick Thomas just to name a few of the national and international acts that have graced it’s tiny stage.


For a peak at what The Skukum Lounge looks like check out Marcus Blacke’s film clip below.

 PLEASE NOTE- We are a strictly over 18 venue. No exceptions. All shows are 18 plus.








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Opening Hours


Junk bar is open Wednesday- Friday from 5pm, Sat and Sunday from 2pm.

We are open till late every night and always open on Friday and Saturday until 12 am midnight.

We are closed Monday and Tuesday.


The Junk Bar.


We do take bookings- and this is a good idea on the weekends as we usually fill up to our maximum capacity.


“Hi Mia. Just wanted to say thanks so much to you, Oscar and the team there for making Saturday such an awesome and special night! Everyone loved the venue, the cocktails and the food and we all felt very well looked after. Will definitely be recommending you to others! Can’t wait for my next visit .

Cheers- Candice xx” May 2015

Hi Mia,
We had such an amazing time- Oscar was absolutely awesome. Mum was very pleased with everything. My friends are all raving about The Junk Bar and I think a few of them are considering hiring your function room out next year. The bar tab worked really well and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect night.
Thank you so so so much for all yours, Oscars and your teams help ❤️ Lauren Oct 2015


We host the best parties and functions!  Bookings for 50 or under any night of the week now including Friday and Saturday nights in our brand new room The Skukum Lounge. Just email Mia on the contacts page for any enquiries.

Junk is the perfect venue for celebrations of any kind. We have a function food menu consisting of delicious platters from Cheese Platters to Thai and China Platters, Sushi Party Trays and even good old fashioned Pizza to complement our delicious 70’s inspired cocktails. Feel like you are hosting your own 70’s house party complete with table service so you and your friends can just sit back in your own section of the bar and let the waitresses look after you.

Your own couches, dim lamps, deer heads, amazing vinyl spinning all night long- check out what The Skukum Lounge looks like in Marcus Blacke’s film clip below.


Book in and spend the whole night.

Junk has a food menu that runs until midnight. Feast on our deliciously crafted Junk Plates- loaded with a selection of olives, cheese, junk made tasty dips and crackers – a -plenty. Add to your appetite our much talked about savoury or dessert bagels.

We also have a food menu that consists of Thai and Chinese options available through us courtesy of our neighbours- Pad Thai, Thai Curries and hand rolled dim sims and spring rolls are just some of what’s on offer.

If you feel like dessert- you can’t go past our creamy dessert cocktails! Oh- or Tim Tams!

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The Junk Bar.

Finding Us

It’s half the fun.

Junk is hidden on Ashgrove Ave, at the corner of 215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove.
No neon, no flashing lights- just look for the sliding door with the velvet curtains.

If you find somewhere and you don’t like it- it’s probably not the right place.

There is a constant stream of cabs and buses out the front, which makes getting to and from us easy.


You can now travel from Coorparoo, Wooloongabba, Stones Corner, The City and Paddington straight to the heart of Ashgrove on the Maroon City Glider.

It will drop you off at stop 44 on Stewart Road which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from us- and travels every 10 min in peak hour and every 15 minutes in off peak.

This service also operates till 12.25 am on Friday and Saturday nights so it’s never been so easy to get to and from Junk on public transport. This service stops in the city at The Cultural Centre, Ann St and Roma St stations. Call 131230 for more information.

If catching public transport, catch the 379, 380 or 381 from the city to St Finbar’s stop no 15/16 Ashgrove. (This is just across the road almost from us).


There are cabs ever ready out the front to take you home.

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Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge


APRIL 2017

Thursday 27th



2017 has already been a great year for Matt Henry.

Following the release of his critically acclaimed album Love Without Co-Dependency earlier this year, Henry played to packed rooms at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and was featured in The Australian for his memorable performance at Late Nite Alt. As well as receiving rave reviews in publications such as Rhythms Magazine and Q-Weekend, the lead single “The Best That They Could Do” also won the Rhythms Magazine Songwriting Competition for a spot at Mullum Music Fest.

On the back of this comes the announcement that Matt will be supporting DORI FREEMAN (US) on the Australian leg of her tour. Beginning on March 15th at the Caravan Music Club in Melbourne and continuing right through April. Matt Henry will be playing songs from Love Without Co-Dependency in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Byron Bay with regional dates in between.
Joining Matt on tour will be Jenny Mitchell (NZ), an incredibly talented young singer-songwriter, and his Brisbane show will be a joint headline show with country songstress HARMONY JAMES.

“… some incredible lyrics … a touch left of centre but really… songwriting at its purest from a great Australian songwriter” Henry Wagons – Double J – Tower of Song

“… with Henry’s disarming, laconic Aussie drawl, there’s an irresistible charm that works just as well in the record’s boot-stomping songs of triumph as it does on the quiet moments of introspection and hindsight” The Music .com

” … this is what listeners want to hear in songs; personality, originality – lyrics that produce a chuckle or make you want to deconstruct or de-code them” Blank GC

“The eleven tracks are littered with violin intros, harmonica prose, haunting lap steel and lightly touched piano – instrumental lyricists to Matt Henry’s carefully
written-with-a-twist songs. ” – Blank GC

Harmony James known as a competent solo writer, and a clever lyricist, Harmony’s songs have racked up 9 Golden Guitar finalist nominations. Encouraged by Australian music publishing icons Alberts, Harmony took on the challenge of co-writing with friends and musical inspirations such as Don Walker, Jenny Morris, Mark Sholtez, Kim Richey. The current album ‘Cautionary Tales’ showcases some of those collaborations, including the hit Skinny Flat White with Brooke McClymont, and featured on numerous International inflight entertainment playlists throughout the US and Europe.

In 2015 she was selected to tour with US cult favourites and song connoisseurs Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris for their Australian National tour.

Harmony James first came to the attention of the music industry as a complete unknown, winning the 2007 Country division of the International Songwriting Competition with her debut single ‘Tailwind’. The subsequent album was listed by The Australian newspaper of one of Australia’s top
20 country albums of all time. Early into her career Harmony signed to Warner Music Australia and is published by iconic Australian Publishing house J Albert & Son. Her song ‘Good Enough’ has been covered here on home soil by Americana duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, and a stunning bluesy cover also surfaced in the US.

With new songs in the works Harmony is looking forward to new collaborations and a more organic sound to underpin the moody vibe she wants to convey.

Saturday 29th


Silver Sircus present two very special shows performing and reinterpreting three of their releases in their entirety. Debut EP ‘Sovereignty’ (2008) and first album ‘To The Place That Is Home’ (2012) will be performed at Show #1 SOVEREIGNTY/HOME (Sat 25 March) and most recent release ‘Incarnadine’ (2016) will form the basis for Show #2 INCARNADINE/VARIATIONS (Sat 29 April).
Saturday 25 March 2017
Tickets: $15.00 (+ booking fee)
Saturday 29 April 2017
With Special Guest SS.Sebastian
Tickets: $15.00 (+ booking fee)
Many of the songs will be radically re-arranged/re-imagined specifically for these shows, some closer to their original demo ideas and others faithful to the studio recordings.
Very limited edition bundle of original ‘Sovereignty EP’, ‘Come Back As You’ Single, ‘Dark Back Garden EP’, ‘I Am Going To Find You’ Single and ‘To The Place That Is Home’ Album will be available on the night for $30.00. 
Sunday 30th



Sunday. The Lord’s Day. The day after Saturday. A day of rest…

Come this April, Sunday is your best chance to catch one of Brisbane’s finest – Mexico City – up close and intimate as they undertake a month-long residency at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove.

Every Sunday in April (except Easter Sunday), Mexico City will be joined onstage by some of their favourite songwriters and musicians to perform in the wood-panelled surrounds of the Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge.

The four-piece will be playing songs from their entire back catalogue, including 2016’s When The Day Goes Dark, which The Music described in its four-and-half star review as “thoughtful Australicana…[i]t’s the music of a faded weatherboard Queenslander, in the kind of inner-suburb street that hasn’t been gentrified yet”.

As well as old favourites and a few choice covers, the band will be debuting and road testing a host of new songs, ahead of recording their fourth album. This is your chance to hear the new songs for the first time and watch them take flight.

Tickets for each show are $10 and available from Oztix (link to come). Special album bundles are also available ($25 with CD or $30 with vinyl).

Doors open at 6pm and tickets are strictly limited. For more details see below or go to

Sunday 2 April

Supporting Rich Davies and the Low Road (Melb)

Sunday 9 April

Ben Ely (Regurgitator, Mexico City) in support

Sunday 16 April

Closed for Easter

Sunday 23 April

Zac Gunthorpe in support

Sunday 30 April

Hillsborough in support

Band bios

Mexico City

When The Day Goes Dark reconfirms Mexico City’s status as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Whether it’s the bittersweet trawl through Brisbane’s west of ‘Rosewood Line’, the punch-in-the-guts storytelling of ‘Easy Grace’ or the suburban malaise of the title track, the lyrics hit harder than ever before. But when the mood suits, Mexico City can still conjure up a racket. Take lead single ‘Down At The Beach’, which use a mutant surf guitar/roadhouse blues to retell the 2005 Cronulla riots; or ‘Shadow Of A Doubt’, which drops a feverish end-times vision over a tub-thumping piano stomp. For further details go to

Rich Davies and the Low Road

“A rousing and visceral foot-stomping contemporary folk attack” – Mick Thomas, Weddings Parties Anything.
Renowned for his captivating live shows and ‘superbly crafted songs dragged up from the depths of the soul’, award-winning singer-songwriter Rich Davies is gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most authentic and engaging artists. With a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Davies spent his formative years in the folk clubs of Scotland, steeped in the ethos and traditions of the genre. For more information go to

Ben Ely

Ben Ely is a Brisbane institution having played in bands for 25-plus years. From the earlier Huxley Family through Pangaea to the long-lived Regurgitator and many more, including Brisbane’s Mexico City. In 2015 Ben released his debut solo album, the stellar Goodbye Machine. Recorded over three days by the Junk Bar’s Jamie Trevaskis straight to two-inch tape, it’s a stark but beautiful collection of soulful ruminations about the world we inhabit. For more information go to

Zac Gunthorpe

Zac Gunthorpe has progressed in leaps and bounds since the release of his Long Lost Love Lies EP in 2012. His latest album, Glory Bound was recorded live in producer Andrew Morris’s studio at the Church Farm in Northern NSW. Gunthorpe called on members of some of his favourite bands to back him, enlisting members of The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Mexico City and The Living End to flesh out his artfully crafted compositions. For more details go to


There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stand alone and stare the world squarely in the eyes; whether he’s ready or not. It sure helps if he is holding a good-looking guitar and even better if he has a mic stand he can swing if things turn ugly. Phil Usher steps out from fronting Brisbane bands Grand Atlantic and the Sacred Shrines to play his sad cowboy tunes with a revolving collective of his friends. For more information go to

MAY 2017

Thursday 4th



Little Acorn Music is proud to present Tom West’s new single “Prescription for Reality.”


As part of the release, Tom will be heading out on tour, and is excited to return to The Junk Bar, for the Brisbane launch. Joining Tom for this show is Angharad Drake. PFR is the second single form West’s upcoming album due August 2017, and is a broody, contemplative track that features NLMA award winning performer Naomi Keyte’s vocals.



Friday 5th



‘Loving You’ is the new single from Sydney’s Frank Sultana, and it’s a cracker! A modern blues/soul masterpiece, ‘Loving You’ sounds like Ray Charles jamming with the Beatles on the roof of Abbey Road after a night on the whiskey listening to Otis Redding records! And if you think that’s a stretch, just check it out and make up your own mind! Showcasing his remarkable musicality (he plays every instrument on the recording) and his reverence for the classics, this is a strong release from this old school hard working blues man. Having played well over 300 shows over the last few years, as a solo act as well fronting his dynamic band the ‘Sinister Kids’, Frank Sultana is a seasoned performer who leaves audiences gob smacked everywhere he goes. On top of this demanding touring schedule he has also produced 4 full length albums and 3 EP’s of quality songs since his first release in 2011. With a voice that speaks to the pain, joy and longing reflected in his song writing, he is a masterful story teller, conjuring up places and characters as flawed and mysterious as the man singing them. Honest, raw and joyously uplifting, Frank Sultana is set to blow us all away again this year with more touring along the East coast of Australia in support of ‘Loving You’. He will also be bringing his old mate Lucas Road along as support for the tour. Do yourself a favour, get along to a show and discover your new favourite artist, or simply confirm what you already know……….that this is the real deal folks!

Thursday 11th


Seagull are coming to Brisbane riding the winds of their new album, 1000001 (read as one million and one). They will be summoning the forces of the wind via the instruments of guitar, drums, viola and voice. Notes will interact and collide, others will slide right by unnoticed. You can be there. You can be at the gig. Tom Cooney will be singing new songs with ancient sentiments, he will be sending a gift into the room with each breath.
Tix $12 on the door.
Sunday 14th


MOUSSELINE album launch w/McKISKO & ST AUGUSTUS at The Junk Bar

Mousseline is Adelaide-made, Brisbane-based writer/musician Ben Revi, formerly of Cheer Advisory Council and Humble Bee. ‘Mend Me With Silken String’ is his first solo album. On record: anxious sighs, frantic finger-picking, booming bass drums and swelling synths. (On stage: echoes.)

McKisko is haunting melodies, delicate arrangements, dark organs, shimmering guitars, hushed loops, towering incantations.

St Augustus is slow strums, dark feelings, deep baritone.

Doors 6pm / music starts at 6.15pm. $10 entry on the door.

Thursday 18th



Sara Tindley is launching her 4th album “Wild and Unknown” in Brisbane at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove with Abbie Cardwell opening the night.

This will be The Junk Bar’s first CINDER & PINE EVENT-a special night showcasing singer/songwriters that really are a cut above. There will be drink specials and it really will be a very special event with two very talented ladies.

Friday 19th



The Tall Grass is a collaboration between Sydney based singer/songwriters Peter Fenton (Crow) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke).

Both members rack up a very impressive and long history in the Australian independent music scene.

Peter Fenton is the charismatic frontman for Sydney legends Crow – a band with a formidable underground reputation and a catalogue of four outstanding albums. Fenton has also released a solo album, In The Lovers Arms, and worked regularly as an actor both in stage and in film.

Jamie Hutchings was the frontman for the equally iconic Bluebottle Kiss. The group released six albums and cemented themselves as one of Sydney’s
great cult acts. He has released a number of solo albums, worked as a producer and currently fronts experimental rock group Infinity Broke.

The duo are a potent and beguiling proposition, taking traditional songwriting forms and twisting them into one -off shapes that both spook and move the listener.

Their debut album, Down That Unmarked Road, saw the duo leave their regular Sydney environs to instead take up temporary residence in Melbourne producer and engineer Richard Andrew’s (Underground Lovers, Registered Nurse etc) Pharmacy studios. Many of the songs are co-sung, often into a single microphone with much of the random accompanying instrumentation also being provided by the pair. Special guests on the album also include Jesse Locke, Laura-Jean, Richard Andrew and Jerry Craib.


Don’t miss this very special collaboration as they launch their album in duo mode at The Junk Bar Friday May 19th.

Sunday 21st



K MAK w/ Alan Boyle

Don your sunvisor* and head to the Junk Bar as K Mak (Kathryn McKee) launches her latest single.

Strings, beats, keys and vocals serve up a cinematic, electronic, pop concoction to match your cocktail.

Joined by the Irish tones of heart-wrenching, soul-searching Alan Boyle, this is one night not to miss.

*Visors available on the night for those who “forget”.

6.00pm doors

6.30pm music

$10 tickets at the door or at [insert oztix link here]

Tuesday 23rd



“…seriously one of the most exciting drummers on the planet.” -Adam

“…deadly drum explosions…swatting his kit as if it were covered in
giant ants, with every component used to full effect – a tightly
orchestrated beating of skins and rims resounding over the ensuing flow of
inventive exploration” – Edwin Pouncey – The Wire

“Mr. Corsano is a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde.” – Nate Chinen, New
York Times

“Corsano is one of the best drummers of his generation” – Byron Coley,
Arthur Magazine

Voted one of the ‘100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music’ by Spin
Magazine (May 2013), Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the
intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise
music since the late 1990’s. He began a long-standing, high-energy musical
partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. Their style, which they
occasionally refer to with (semi-)tongue-in-cheek humor as “The Hated
Music”, infuses modern free-jazz’s ecstatic collectivism with the urgency
and intensity of hardcore punk. A move to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to
concentrate on his solo music, an always-spontaneously-composed amalgam of
extended techniques for drum set and non-percussion instruments of his own
making incorporated into his kit: e.g. violin strings stretched across drum
heads, modified reed instruments that transform the drums into resonators
which can, in turn, be used to incite strips of metal to react to the drum
membranes’ Chladni-plate-like modes of vibration, adding contact mics and
synthesizers to the mix in more recent years. In 2006, Corsano released his
first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively
throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and ’08 as the drummer on
Björk’s Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on
his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, C. Spencer Yeh,
and Jandek. Now living back in the US, Corsano’s dedication to collective
improvisation has led to collaborations with many kindred spirits and
resulted in his appearance on over 140 records and 1000 live performances
including with, among others, Michael Flower, Vampire Belt (with Bill
Nace), Rangda (with Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny), Paul Dunmall, Joe
McPhee, Okkyung Lee, Mette Rasmussen, John Edwards, Sylvie Courvoisier,
Nate Wooley, Jim O’Rourke & Akira Sakata, Merzbow, Jessica Rylan, Nels
Cline, Heather Leigh, Ken Vandermark, and Sunburned Hand Of Man (Manhand).
In addition to those mentioned above, he’s also worked with, among others:
Sunburned Hand Of Man, MV&EE, and Wally Shoup. Corsano’s latest releases
have involved collaborations with Bill Orcutt, Nate Wooley, Ghedalia
Tezartes and more.

There’s so much to see and hear we can only recommend you go and delve in
over here:

This rare appearance of Chris Corsano in Brisbane is not to be missed,
particularly in the intimate setting of the Junk Bar where every scrape,
scratch and thump will come out in splendid detail.

Warming up the evening for Corsano is the duo of drummer Tony Irving (a
legend of European improvisation we now get to keep in Brisbane, whose
drumming in bands such as Ascension greatly influenced Corsano’s generation
of players) and Brisbane’s own violin scraper Adam Cadell (The Scrapes,
Jive Canyon) delivering their own high energy free jazz hardcore maelstrom
as they have time and again locally and interstate and on record (available
here: ).

“Cerebral dreamscapes and cathartic nightmares” – Sonic Masala

This is an 18+ event.

Thursday 25th



Continuing to delve into her own eclectic tastes and influences, 21 year old Clea is making her mark upon the Australian music scene.

‘Polyester’, Clea’s enigmatic debut single, quickly racked up over two million plays on Spotify and earned acclaim from both Australian and international blogs alike. Next came the release of her second single, ‘Dire Consequences’, picked up by triple j and ushered onto a high rotation spot.

Clea’s new single ‘Bright Blue’ sees her shimmering vocals cut through pulsating instrumentation, her lyrics delving into the complexities of our broken democracy and the myopic optimism that keeps us from rebellion and change.  Clea’s forthcoming debut EP, ‘Fairweather’, was recorded in a mix of both challenging circumstances and inspiring surrounds; between coastal and rural Queensland abodes and inner city studios. Sublime and surprising in its simplicity, ‘Fairweather’ delves into family relationships, heartbreaking loss and existing in a world where we so desperately need and crave honest leadership.

Friday 26th



The Casuarinas are a band from Brisbane. Their EP, Into The Clearing, was produced by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. The sound ranges from folk to country and pop. The EP was recorded at Junk Bar owner Jamie Trevaskis’s Mt Nebo studio WILD MOUNTAIN SOUND STUDIO and is an all analogue recording, from two-inch tape to mastering by Don Bartley and pressing to vinyl in the U.S. The cover was painted by the band’s Maureen Hansen, also an acclaimed visual artist. “One of the venues we love the most is the Junk Bar,” says the band’s Ric Trevaskes. “That kind of intimacy just feels right for the stories that our songs have to tell.” This will be the only two shows this very special band will play all year- so get in quick and don’t miss out!

Saturday 27th



The Casuarinas are a band from Brisbane. Their EP, Into The Clearing, was produced by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. The sound ranges from folk to country and pop. The EP was recorded at Junk Bar owner Jamie Trevaskis’s Mt Nebo studio WILD MOUNTAIN SOUND STUDIO and is an all analogue recording, from two-inch tape to mastering by Don Bartley and pressing to vinyl in the U.S. The cover was painted by the band’s Maureen Hansen, also an acclaimed visual artist. “One of the venues we love the most is the Junk Bar,” says the band’s Ric Trevaskes. “That kind of intimacy just feels right for the stories that our songs have to tell.” This will be the only two shows this very special band will play all year- so get in quick and don’t miss out!

JUNE 2017

Saturday 3rd



John Kennedy started his music career in Brisbane in the 1980’s with his
first band JFK and the Cuban Crisis. With his new release on the Popboomerang label, titled “JFK and the Midlife Crisis”, John comes full circle, creating a concept album that relates the story of a mature musician reflecting on a life lived to an independent music soundtrack. The narrator of the songs looks back in equal parts with fondness and regret, over the life of a musician negotiating the twists and turns of love, loss, marriage, divorce, family and friends. New songs, From St Peters To Kings Cross and Strawberry Hills Forever continue John’s love affair with Sydney’s Inner West suburbs.

The band “John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special” features ex-Wiggle, Murray
Cook on guitar and former Pop Mechanics’ leader, Paul Scott on bass. The
band will perform some of John’s urban and western hits along with a selection of songs from the new album.

Together with Brisbane’s own River Heads, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback
Special will create a night of memorable music taking people on their own
independent music journey.

Saturday 10th



Taasha Coates, front woman from much loved and multi ARIA winning folk duo The Audreys, released her debut solo album late last year, Taasha Coates and her Melancholy Sweethearts. Working with fellow singer-songwriter and producer Shane Nicholson, Taasha found herself going a little more country and a whole lot more personal. Come and see her perform all the tunes from the album with her trademark sassiness and style.

Taasha Coates on FACEBOOK

Lay Me Down: Rockwiz

Neil Young’s Comes a Time: Rockwiz w/ Pete Murray

Thursday 29th



JO JO SMITH celebrates her 50th year as a performing musician! with very special guests LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART

JO JO SMITH is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the biz. To celebrate this extraordinary, generous life of music-making, Jo Jo is hitting the road with her dear friends and musical comrades LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART, playing dozens of their favourite intimate venues across the land – including The Junk Bar on Thursday 29th June.

A radical exponent of the power of love and music – and certainly under-known given all the heavyweights from across the decades and genres whom she’s worked with and influenced – Jo Jo Smith has a somewhat cult status, deeply revered by fans and peers alike. As Thorne puts it, “I sure don’t know any half-arsed Jo Jo fans. You’ve either experienced the joy and wonder that is being in the same room as this woman singing and playing, or…you haven’t heard her yet!”

Lucie Thorne & Jo Jo Smith first met nearly a decade ago, and became fast friends and huge fans of each other’s work. Lucie has been recording and touring in a sensational duo collaboration with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart for nearly a decade too, quietly carving out their singularly poetic spacious sound. Jo Jo and Hamish have worked together numerous times throughout the past 30 years.  The undeniable creative camaraderie and chemistry between all three artists will underpin the live format of the tour featuring Smith, Thorne and Stuart in various combinations. This tour brings together three  of our country’s finest talents for a series of unmissable, powerful, joyful, intimate concerts that are bound to be the stuff of more legendary stories in Jo Jo Smith’s full musical life.

“Jo Jo Smith drops jaws and melts hearts with every performance” Colin Thompson, Bendigo Blues Festival Director

“I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with Jo Jo’s music. But I do remember a specific moment at an intimate show when it hit me how brilliant she was. There was this deft capturing of the crowd with her rich vocals, they flowed over us almost visibly (like amber, like honey, like the love light she sings about!) Then prickles of joy. I realised I was in the presence of a master. And boy did it feel good” Ella Hooper

“Jo Jo has been an inspiration to myself and many other musicians in Australia for many years” Renee Geyer

“Jo Jo Smith is a true soul singer. She sings soul music. She sings with and through her soul. Smith has a mighty weapon in her voice, she reserves its power striking only when necessary” Marty Jones, Rhythms Magazine

“Thorne writes some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” **** The Age


Saturday 1st

ISIS - ACOUSTIC 6pm show.

ISIS - ACOUSTIC 6pm show. at The Junk Bar

Iconic Brisbane band ISIS will perform an intimate shows in acoustic mode at Skukum Lounge, The Junk Bar. The band blazed a trail throughout their home city and the nation during the 1990s, becoming known and loved for their elaborately staged shows, their genre-hopping music and the luscious entwined voices of the band’s three singers, Lucinda Shaw, Rozi Pizzey and Toni Lawson. Most recently the band performed for The Zoo’s 20th Anniversary (2012) and for Brisbane Pride Festival (2016). For this special show, ISIS will perform songs from their three albums, as well as new material, and will be joined by guest musicians Kevin Haigh and Ruth Gardner.

Saturday 1st

ISIS- ACOUSTIC- 8.30 show.

ISIS- ACOUSTIC- 8.30 show. at The Junk Bar

Iconic Brisbane band ISIS will perform an intimate shows in acoustic mode at Skukum Lounge, The Junk Bar. The band blazed a trail throughout their home city and the nation during the 1990s, becoming known and loved for their elaborately staged shows, their genre-hopping music and the luscious entwined voices of the band’s three singers, Lucinda Shaw, Rozi Pizzey and Toni Lawson. Most recently the band performed for The Zoo’s 20th Anniversary (2012) and for Brisbane Pride Festival (2016). For this special show, ISIS will perform songs from their three albums, as well as new material, and will be joined by guest musicians Kevin Haigh and Ruth Gardner.

Sunday 9th


STEVE GUNN (US) at The Junk Bar

Mistletone presents consummate American singer-songwriter & guitarist *Steve Gunn <>, *coming to Australia for the first time on a soul expanding solo tour. Witness the contemplative magic of *Steve Gunn* in the cozy intimacy of The Junk Bar.

“Brooklyn’s Steve Gunn is the Ty Segall of Americana, a prolific musician who has released 13 albums since 2007, some with like-minded strummers such as Kurt Vile and Hiss Golden Messenger, others solo records such as 2013’s acclaimed Way Out Weather. In other words, he’s the hipster-friendly guitar slinger of the moment, in the spirit of John Fahey or Robbie Basho, with a lovely sun-glazed lilt to his fluid fingersmithery. On Eyes On the Lines, he pairs his pastoral leanings with tales of uncertainty; Night Wander meanders through nocturnal roots with the repetitiveness of a raga; Conditions Wild’s boppy pace and falsetto channels the 1960s; Park Bench Smile coasts along on rolling drums and a shamanic, moonlit arrangement. Gunn’s voice is so mellow that the songs’ words fade into the background at times – but then the guitar is the frontman here”* – THE GUARDIAN ★★★★ four stars.

*Steve Gunn*’s music has always embraced expanse and movement. It springs from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. Gunn’s most recent album and his debut for Matador, *Eyes On The Lines* (out now via Remote Control), is his most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet. His brilliant previous album *Way Out Weather*(Mistletone, 2014) is still available on Mistletone mail order

Gunn’s roots in the underground run deep, from his days in GHQ to his collaborations with Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper. He’s toured and recorded with Michael Chapman, and released two remarkable duo albums with drummer John Truscinski. His solo ventures, emerging over the past decade and culminating most recently the highly-acclaimed *Way Out Weather*, have been pastoral, evocative affairs. Here he embraces his urban surroundings through a series of songs that fully showcase his extraordinary ability to match hooks to deftly constructed melodies. Gunn is a consummate guitarist, that rare fingerpicker who can harness the enigma of the American Primitive vernacular without lazily regurgitating it. His playing is inventive and full of personality. His instrumental virtuosity calls upon a vast library of technical skills at will, but he’s never showy — his riffs and runs are always in the service of the song at hand.

And what a pleasure to have this music presented in intimate solo mode on Steve Gunn’s first Australian tour!

Saturday 15th



Brisbane’s eleventh favourite periodical prerogidal son Ben Salter is making one of his biannual visits to the smallest and best boozer in Brisbane, The Junk Bar, to ostensibly do a special acoustic preview of his new album “Back Yourself”. However he’ll probably just play the usual mix of songs from his first two albums, some Gin Club songs, and some cover versions of songs he heard in video game soundtracks.

Back Yourself is Ben’s third full length album. Recorded over three months in the wilds of Tasmania’s Huon Valley, Back Yourself was written almost entirely on the spot, in the studio. It has stadium rock bangers, positive self image anthems and semi-spoken word blathant garde ‘experimental’ pieces (album filler). It’s Salter’s most audacious folly yet and is sure to fail to win him the mainstream audience and acceptance he has so artfully evaded for the past twenty years. It will most likely be released in some sort of odd format (a book? a magazine? a cassette?) alongside a fairly conventional one (a vinyl? a CD?) in an effort to garnish more inneress. A very special support will be announced very soon. The price of tickets has been jacked up since last time, by $5, to reflect Ben’s increasingly ravenous appetite for food. He’s going to play for a good hour and half though. See you there, South-East Queensland!