The Junk Bar.

Welcome

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Junk Bar.

Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING HOURS

Junk bar is open Wednesday- Friday from 5pm, Sat and Sunday from 3pm.

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.

Functions

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

JUNK PARTIES AND FUNCTIONS-

“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!

The Junk Bar.

Contact

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.

NEW CITY GLIDER MAROON BUS SERVICE-

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.

If you’re looking for accommodation nearby, check Hotelscombined and go to

http://www.hotelscombined.com.au/Place/Junk_Bar.htm

 

 

The Junk Bar.

Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

2017

JUNE 2017

Sunday 25th

VICTORIANA GAYE- CANCELLED

VICTORIANA GAYE- CANCELLED at The Junk Bar

Victoriana Gaye are returning to Brisbane to play a one off gig at THE JUNK BAR in Ashgrove,  this coincides with Jeff’s art exhibition at Heiser gallery in Fortitude Valley. Jeff and Vicki have just released their 5th album “The Freest of the Free”. Recorded in the hills above Mullumbimby in the Winter of 2016. Songs about Love, flood babies, finding your own true gang and the inherited weight of the world.

Victoriana Gaye don’t particularly sound like anybody else! Their genre defying style is apparent from the word go.                                  Vicki and Jeff write all the songs together, and cite their influences as jazz, classic movie soundtracks, psychedelia and their own blend of indie/folk/rock.

Vicki Gaye Philipp and Jeff Raglus come from Aireys Inlet on the South West coast of Victoria and have packed a lot into the 8 years since they formed. Recording 5 albums, ‘Five Songs’, ‘Our Pleasure’, ‘Holy Roll’ ,’Red Moon Ray’ and now ‘The Freest of the Free’. They have played their original tunes at festivals and venues in The UK, Europe, Japan, New Caledonia and continue to tour around Australia. 

Thursday 29th

JO JO SMITH w/ LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART

JO JO SMITH w/ LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART at The Junk Bar

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

www.jojosmithsoul.com

www.luciethorne.com

JULY

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 2nd

JESSICA O'DONOGHUE- EMERGE LAUNCH w/GEORGIA ROSE.

JESSICA O'DONOGHUE- EMERGE LAUNCH w/GEORGIA ROSE. at The Junk Bar

“A mercurial talent, Jessica has created songs with real depth. Listening to the album is a full-bodied experience: theatrical and intimate, operatic and haunting, raw and urgent, at once dark and contemplative and inspiring. It’s pop music with a difference.” – Ashleigh Wilson (Arts Editor at The Australian)

“Hypnotic, powerful and haunting. The vocals remind me of Sarah Blasko, soaring with an unrestrained strength. The production has so much depth, and a uniquely raw edge that keeps me completely captivated. It’s safe to say that I’m a fan.” – Delia Bartle (Journalist for Indie Shuffle)

“This was a standout. Hypnotic composition, skilful delivery.” – Jessie Cunniffe (Music Critic for SMH)

Following on from the successful release of her first two singles ‘Parachute’ and ‘Flow’ which both launched to sold out shows in Sydney, Jessica is now launching her debut EP ‘EMERGE’, featuring her brand new single ‘Run Away’. With shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in July 2017 and with a host of special guests, this is going to be one grand celebration.
More than a decade has passed since Jessica turned her back on an opera career to pursue eclectic musical experiences bound only by imagination. Her projects ranged from pop music, particularly with the Sydney band CODA, to jazz, cabaret, musical theatre, Renaissance music and (yes) contemporary opera. She has performed in festivals and venues around the world including VIVID Festival, Sydney Festival (Opera House), Adelaide Festival (Adelaide Festival Centre), Melbourne International Arts Festival (Malthouse), Movimentos Festival (Wolfsburg), Georgetown Festival (Penang), and multiple festivals around Europe.
Jessica’s creative ambitions have culminated in Emerge, a remarkable statement of intent from a singer confident in her own sound. It was recorded and produced in Sydney by Neal Sutherland, an ARIA-award winning artist who has worked closely with the likes of Bertie Blackman, Jack Ladder, Sarah Blasko, Megan Washington, Josh Pyke, Julian Hamilton (Presets) and Sophie Lowe.
And in a remarkable endorsement from the independent music industry, Emerge was recently announced as a finalist in the 2016 MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards.

Wednesday 5th

DRAWN FROM BEES- GRAVITY LAUNCH PARTY

DRAWN FROM BEES- GRAVITY LAUNCH PARTY at The Junk Bar

Drawn from Bees ‘Gravity’ Launch Party
Junk Bar | Wednesday 5 July
$15 at the door
7:30pm for 8:00pm show

Gravity, the new Drawn from Bees single, is a return to form for the perennial Brisbane art-rockers. From the swelling synths to the driving bass, the song propels the listener across space and time in a retro-futuristic space odyssey.

Accompanying the single release is a music video that takes the space adventure theme, drawing on inspiration from classic 80s space adventure cartoons, such as Ulysses 31, to create a cosmic adventure complete with lost love and space monsters.

Thursday 6th

DIDIRRI (MELB) w/ WEARN

DIDIRRI (MELB) w/ WEARN at The Junk Bar

With gentle disposition and threadbare six-string, Didirri’s bittersweet melodies tumble between the bookends of his own biography. Spinning tales of joy and sorrow, his presence consumes listeners into the belly of contemplation, and washes the room with silence.

Hailing from Warrnambool, Didirri was born the son of a painter and a children’s performer. A liking for tune, rooted in Sundays spent singing in church, inspired him to learn piano from an early age. On his arrival to Melbourne he picked up the guitar and founded an ambient-folk act as a platform for his narrative. Often underscored by double bass, fiddle, and electric guitar, collectively they are as effervescent as they are deftly reserved.

His way of life is reminiscent, residing in a humbled corner of Northcote. His unusual dwelling, spattered with curious relics, is an unassuming shed
behind his communal home, a sanctuary apart from the saturated humdrum of modernity. Artwork, plants, and anatomical drawings adorn the walls while guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, and an air traffic control microphone feed into a bulky eight-track tape recorder where he tinkers out the character of his journey.

Drawing influences from the genius of Joni Mitchell, Glen Hansard*, *Jeff Buckley, Stephen Fry, and Tina Fey, he is reluctant to seek shelter beneath
the arrangements of symmetrical songwriting. Waxing lyrically the mutable boundaries of the soul, his music obsesses over fluid momentum, compounding dissonance with subsequent resolution.

Didirri’s elegant composition spotlights his pervasive narrative, inciting emotive clarity harnessed by music’s most fabled storytellers. Formulating
bottomless soundscapes, he skates between an optimism and poignancy that will draw you closer and betray your expectations.

He will be joined on this very special night by the wonderful young Brisbane talent that is WEARN.

Friday 7th

SHIFTING SANDS FUNDRAISING SHOW

SHIFTING SANDS FUNDRAISING SHOW at The Junk Bar

Brisbane’s enigmatic Shifting Sands blow back into the Junk Bar on Friday 7th July to hum a tune and rattle a cup in preparation for their imminent European vacation.

Shifting Sands jet to sun-soaked France in late July for a run of shows, including primo slots at the Binic Folks Blues Festival in Bretagne and they need your hard-earned Euro to drop on Le Specs, Le Tan and Le Booze.

Yes it’s real. You can make rock and roll dreams come true by supporting this worthy cause and purchasing your ticket on the link below.

Sunday 9th

STEVE GUNN (US) EARLY SHOW

STEVE GUNN (US) EARLY SHOW at The Junk Bar

4PM SHOW. TIX AVAILABLE

7PM SHOW SOLD OUT

Mistletone presents consummate American singer-songwriter & guitarist *Steve Gunn <http://www.steve-gunn.com/>, *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
<http://mistletone.net/stevegunnshop>.

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!

Thursday 13th

PAT TIERNEY & BREE BULLOCK

PAT TIERNEY & BREE BULLOCK at The Junk Bar

“Pat Tierney and Bree Bullock will bring together their respective folk,roots and blues stylings for a magical duo show at the Junk Bar in Brisbane this July.

 

After guest spots on each others albums and a string of live performances together, the pair will team up for another unique instalment of the annual all in sing – along.

 

Together the pair will perform an eclectic mix of originals and some unique cover songs from their favourite artists including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and many more.

 

Bringing together soulful harmonies, acoustic and slide guitar for an intimate one off performance for 2017. Joined in support on the night by local folk darling Charlotte Emily. “

Friday 14th

THE TESKEY BROTHERS

THE TESKEY BROTHERS at The Junk Bar

Honouring that old school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, The Teskey Brothers launch their debut album Half Mile Harvest with a run of headline shows in July and August. Written by all four band members, the album was self-produced in their own studio and released independently. Soul and blues flavours throughout, Half Mile Harvest talks to notions of heartbreak and embodies common themes of working through broken relationships. Listening to the record you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the work of Stax Records alumni in Memphis circa ’67 and not that of a group of twenty-somethings from the Yarra Valley. The band is in dynamite live form having sold out a string of recent Melbourne shows.

Saturday 15th

BEN SALTER- "BACK YOURSELF" ALBUM PREVIEW & OLD FAVS.SOLD OUT

BEN SALTER-

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!

Sunday 16th

BEN SALTER - 2ND SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED.

BEN SALTER - 2ND SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED. at The Junk Bar

By popular demand- second show on sale now.

Sunday 16th July. See above.

Thursday 20th

MEXICO CITY & M.E BAIRD- CINDER & PINE SHOWCASE

MEXICO CITY & M.E BAIRD- CINDER & PINE SHOWCASE at The Junk Bar

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST CINDER AND PINE SHOWCASE AT THE JUNK BAR.

Nights that show off a very special selection of musicians- handpicked by owner Jamie Trevaskis.

Deeply evocative, M.E. Baird is driven by emotion. Whether in the carefully crafted lyrics or the music itself, emotion drips from everywhere, it trickles down walls and pools on the floor. It aches and hurts…and it’s beautiful.” Samuel J Fell, Rhythms Magazine, Australia, 2016

“The slowly developing, intimately held tracks, which are neither folk nor country, but maybe a Leonard Cohen interpretation of both, are meant for the small, dark, alone spaces of your life.” ??? Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald, 2016

Baird speaks of lost loves and scarred hearts, and while he paints life in a harsh light, he still finds something to hold onto, be it a memory or a dream not yet faded. This is folk; sad, bitter and beautiful.” ???? Chris Martin, The Brag Magazine, Sydney, 2016 *Mexico City return to the Junk Bar for Cinder and Pine*
After a successful month-long residency in April (including a sold-out last show), Brisbane’s Mexico City are returning to the Junk Bar on Thursday 20 July for Cinder and Pine.
A specially curated run of shows, Cinder and Pine will see some of the Junk Bar’s favourite artists coming together for your listening pleasure.
Mexico City will be playing a selection of favourites from their back catalogue – including their latest release, 2016’s*When The Day Goes Dark* – plus a host of new songs from their in-the-works fourth album, *Fake News*.

Friday 21st

SABRINA LAWRIE & CHARLIE MARSHALL ( ALBUM LAUNCH)

SABRINA LAWRIE & CHARLIE MARSHALL ( ALBUM LAUNCH) at The Junk Bar

Sabrina Lawrie will be bringing a stripped down Hunting Party into the Skukum Lounge at Brisbane’s much loved Junk Bar on July 21st to join Charlie Marshall (Melb) in launching his new album ‘Sublime’.

This will be a very special show for Sabrina, seeing her perform material to be included on her next record, which has not been played live yet as well as some of the current songs from her debut album ‘Hush The Mountain.’ It will be an emotive set with a thread of dark undertones weaving throughout the songs but leaving you still with a sense of hope.
You can purchase Sabrina’s album now through www.pigcityrecords.com and view her latest single No Rules HERE!

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj-089s5x30> (link to film clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj-089s5x30 )
www.sabrinalawrie.com
www.facebook.com/sabrinalawriemusic
Melbourne singer songwriter Charlie Marshall will be performing in solo acoustic mode to launch his new album ‘Sublime’. He’s been the guitar-slinging backbone for many of Melbourne’s finest bands over the past four decades starting with the much loved *Harem Scarem,* followed by *The Body Electric*which included a dream team of band members from The Dirty Three, Beasts Of Bourbon and Avalanches.
His songs are poetic, romantic meditations on life, love, philosophy and the universe, and the new album is a unique blend of music, politics and science. In solo mode he’s a passionate, foot stomping force ranging from gentle, intimate moments to raging, beguiling intensity when in full flight.
http://www.charliemarshall.com.au/
www.facebook.com/charliemarshallandthecuriousminds

 

Thursday 27th

CHARLES JENKINS- THE LAST POLAROID SHOW

CHARLES JENKINS- THE LAST POLAROID SHOW at The Junk Bar

Charles Jenkins will be bringing his brilliant new album The Last Polaroid to Queensland in late July. He’ll be playing in Brisbane on Thursday July 27 at
the Junk Bar. Don’t miss out on the chance to see one of Australia’s finest songwriters in the intimate beauty that is the Junk Bar.

Friday 28th

THE WORLD'S SMALLEST FESTIVAL

THE WORLD'S SMALLEST FESTIVAL at The Junk Bar
We are back.  After having a good hard look at ourselves we thought why not.
STRESS OF LEISURE
Yep, having carved out kind of their own genre, we are super charged to have SOL headline the festival.  Combining a number of influences and churning out something new, their music and live show is what you need.
SEJA
Yes, we have had Seja in our sights for a while and she has found some free space for her to be able headline the solo stage.  Expect part acoustic, part electonic and always melodic, a genuine delight to listen too her pop delights.
GREG BRADY AND THE ANCHORS
Your hosts are making their way out of the backroom to see the sunlight and then the dark.  Just released a new e.p. “big man on campus” there should be some newer tunes and some old kind of favourites.  Special guest on drums.
ZODIAC LOVE BONE (AKA BOB MOORE)
Confused?  you should be.  Bob is a renowned artist and puts his hand in music production hanging around with the likes of Jae Laffer, Custard, Cunningham, The Melniks to put you in the picture.  He also shapes surfboards, makes clothes and generally seems to fit more into a lifetime then most of us.  What to expect music wise…he could tell you but would have too….
Saturday 29th

THE BOWLS CLUB ALBUM LAUNCH w/HILLSBOROUGH

THE BOWLS CLUB ALBUM LAUNCH w/HILLSBOROUGH at The Junk Bar

Rational Animal, the second full-length offering from capricious east coast outfit The Bowls Club, is one of those rare finds of wondrous and compelling beauty; like a missing Manet uncovered in a dusty Parisienne attic.

Rational Animal sees the trio darken the technicolour of previous recordings (2007’s eponymous EP and 2014’s Pretty Rosey), and apply softer textures and more subtle shades to a coppery canvas of piano, bass and drums (with guitar and musical saw overdubs added later). The results are striking; the whole thing is dripped in warm analogue acoustics and natural atmosphere, masterfully crafted and captured to two-inch tape by Jamie Trevaskis at Wild Mountain Sound, Mt Nebo (check studio name). To celebrate its unveiling, the Bowls Club will perform Rational Animal in its entirety in the dimly-lit, Lynchian log cabin confines of The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge on 31 July 2017.

With the simplified palette comes a shadowy mood, a foggier feel from the outset; the brushstrokes are thicker, the tones darker, and the air heavier. “A train wreck, that’s my life” descants Chris ‘Cosi’ Costello (voice, keys, guitar) over the opening track, to a singular, sparse bassline courtesy of Conrad Taylor and a deliberate, measured, almost lagging, backbeat provided by Ben Carstens. Danny Widdicombe’s sublime slide guitar also features on this track, and the train wreck is simply beautiful to behold, which makes it impossible to tune out or look away.

It’s not all brooding and melancholic, mind you, and there are some breezier moments to offset the heavy lyrical pondering and introspection. Light at the End of the Tunnell, self-castigating lyrics aside, feels a bit like an afternoon stroll along the boulevard or a friendly game of beach volleyball in Southern California; and the skipping, jaunty refrain of Smile, Smile, Smile evokes Randy Newman’s buoyant yet typically ironic moments.

Still, it’s the tenebrous and misty tunes that set Rational Animal apart. Although comparisons are mostly unhelpful, Nick Cave and Tom Waits fronting the Black Heart Procession gives some idea of what listeners at the Skukum Lounge can expect. The Bowls Club will also play a few earlier hits and perhaps even a carefully-curated cover version or two.

The whole evening promises to be an affair to remember. Tickets are just $18.00, which includes a copy of Rational Animal on CD. Joining The Bowls Club on the night will be local legends Hillsborough (Phil Usher and Beata Maglai) with their unique surf/mod/sad cowboy/cowgirl stylings. Justice for the 96.

 

AUGUST 2017

Thursday 3rd

DAN BRODIE- LOST NOT FOUND ALBUM LAUNCH

DAN BRODIE- LOST NOT FOUND ALBUM LAUNCH at The Junk Bar

*A formidable live performer, Brodie managed to bash his guitar like a country singer attacks the bottle..with a million broken strings tonight just to complete the tragedy…his vocal is the aural equivalent of watching a last ditch drunk fighting for his life in a back country bar – Jake Stone*
*Dan Brodie is an acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter. *
*Since 1999, Brodie has captured audiences around the world, releasing a succession of albums (seven in total) which have been nominated for numerous awards. *

*His musical talents have taken him to the U.S., U.K., France, Spain and New Zealand playing such iconic venues as CBGB in New York, The Continental in Austin, The Exit/In in Nashville and The Olympia in Paris.*
*In 2017 Dan Brodie returns to present LOST NOT FOUND, a collection of other people’s songs, reinterpreted. *
*“I didn’t want to make an Album of straight up copies of the originals, I felt like that has been done to death, instead I looked for some of my  favourite artists whose lyrics resonated with me, and created my own musical palette on which to present them.”*

Brodie recorded the Album in his home studio in Melbourne, playing the majority of instruments including guitar, bass, synthesiser and percussion, working relentlessly to flesh out the blood and guts of the original song.
For Brodie, choosing the songs all came down to the story telling and emotional power of the lyrics,
*“It all came down to the lyrics, which surprised me, as I always assumed that every so called great song could be reinterpreted, but for me that was not the case. Some songs are of their time, but to reach across time they also need a great lyric as a foundation in which to lay down your own
interpretation and story ”*
The results are a spectacularly dark and brooding album sparkling with both familiarity and mystery.

From the visceral Bob Dylan opener, *“Standing in the doorway”* to a meditative take on Iggy Pop’s *“The Passenger”*, through to Paul Simon’s *“You can call me Al”* minus the horns and upbeat cheeriness to the melancholy reworkings of Motorhead’s *“Damage Case” *and to the terrifying cautionary tale, *“Swine”* an underground grunge punk classic penned by Aussie performer, Stu Spasm, the audience is transported into the dark underbelly of Brodie’s haunting musical arrangements and presentation, leaving plenty of room for the listener to draw their own conclusions from the songs.
Brodie also had time to include three originals compositions, his own songs holding their own and standing proudly alongside the other more famous and infamous, especially in the beautiful piano ballad, “Words of a drunken man” and in the sweet waltz “I aint got nothing (if I ain’t got you)”, the
delicious pedal steel tones provided by longtime collaborator and brother, Chris Brodie.

*LOST NOT FOUND *represents a high water mark for Brodie, coming after his 2013 diagnosis and successful treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma, a Retrospective album in 2015 and two lengthy tours of Europe both solo and with his band The Grieving Widows and finds our hero lacking none of his
intensity and commitment to making music that not only survives but endures.

 

Friday 4th

BRAD BUTCHER ALBUM LAUNCH w/ HAYLEY MARSTEN

BRAD BUTCHER ALBUM LAUNCH w/ HAYLEY MARSTEN at The Junk Bar

Recorded with highly acclaimed and multi Aria & Golden Guitar Award winning Australian producer Matt Fell, at Sydney’s Love Hz Studio. FROM THE BOTTOM OF A WELL encompasses Butchers take on Americana music, a great blending of genres, to create a sound that is uniquely his. It also showcases the further development and outstanding quality of Butchers songwriting and vocal prowess.

Touring nationally throughout August with special guest HAYLEY MARSTEN

Grab your tickets now from the link below.

Saturday 5th

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE EARLY SHOW- 4.30 PM

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE EARLY SHOW- 4.30 PM at The Junk Bar

AS BELOW.

Saturday 5th

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE- SOLD OUT 7.30 SHOW

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE- SOLD OUT 7.30 SHOW at The Junk Bar

Playing songs from throughout their career and also from their current album ….Let’s Get Tight!
2017 album from *Dave Graney and Clare Moore*. CD and digital release.
Melbourne, Australias’ Dave Graney and Clare Moore. The World’s Dave Graney and Clare Moore (songwriters-players-performers-they’re out on their own). The Moodists’ Dave Graney and Clare Moore. The Coral Snakes’ Dave Graney and Clare Moore. The mistLY Dave *Graney and Clare Moore*.
Recorded from Feb 2016 to March *2017*. Concentrating on writing, recording and releasing a digital single every month.
Recorded and mixed at their studio in the hills of Melbourne, the Ponderosa. *Dave Graney* sings, plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass and some
keys. *Clare Moore* plays drums, percussion, keys, vibes and marimba and also sings.
Guests on the album include mistLY bass player Stu Thomas on trumpet and backing vocals, Matt Walker on harmonica, Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett from Go Go Sapien on backing vocals. *Drifting Donna Reed* is based on a 2007 track recorded by Dave Graney and the mistLY called *I Like To Be Haunted *and features Stu Thomas on bass, Stuart Perera on guitar and Mark Fitzgibbon on keys. Georgio “the dove” Valentino plays guitar on *I’m Never Off*.
All tracks recorded, mixed and produced by Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Remastered for CD release for people who prefer physical musical artefacts. Cover art by Tony Mahony who has worked with Graney and Moore since *Lure Of The Tropics* in 1992.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore played in *the Moodists* in the 80s and then *Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes* and now *Dave Graney and the mistly*.

Sunday 6th

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE at The Junk Bar

Playing songs from throughout their career and also from their current album ….Let’s Get Tight!
2017 album from *Dave Graney and Clare Moore*. CD and digital release.
Melbourne, Australias’ Dave Graney and Clare Moore. The World’s Dave Graney and Clare Moore (songwriters-players-performers-they’re out on their own). The Moodists’ Dave Graney and Clare Moore. The Coral Snakes’ Dave Graney and Clare Moore. The mistLY Dave *Graney and Clare Moore*.
Recorded from Feb 2016 to March *2017*. Concentrating on writing, recording and releasing a digital single every month.

Recorded and mixed at their studio in the hills of Melbourne, the Ponderosa. *Dave Graney* sings, plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass and some

keys. *Clare Moore* plays drums, percussion, keys, vibes and marimba and also sings.

Guests on the album include mistLY bass player Stu Thomas on trumpet and backing vocals, Matt Walker on harmonica, Will Hindmarsh and Emily Jarrett from Go Go Sapien on backing vocals. *Drifting Donna Reed* is based on a 2007 track recorded by Dave Graney and the mistLY called *I Like To Be Haunted *and features Stu Thomas on bass, Stuart Perera on guitar and Mark Fitzgibbon on keys. Georgio “the dove” Valentino plays guitar on *I’m Never Off*.
All tracks recorded, mixed and produced by Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Remastered for CD release for people who prefer physical musical artefacts. Cover art by Tony Mahony who has worked with Graney and Moore since *Lure Of The Tropics* in 1992.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore played in *the Moodists* in the 80s and then *Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes* and now *Dave Graney and the mistly*.

Thursday 17th

KEEGAN JOYCE

KEEGAN JOYCE at The Junk Bar

Keegan Joyce performs his debut album “Snow on higher ground” featuring Jane Patterson.

Hear Keegan Joyce’s debut album “Snow on higher ground” in The Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar, Ashgrove.

Joined by friend and talented musician Jane Patterson, Keegan plays tracks from “Snow on higher ground”, and some tracks that inspired his debut album.

Whether you’re a fan of Keegan’s music work, or his characters on Rake and Please Like Me, get up close and hear the pain in his subtle strains and melodies.

Information and Merchandise available here:

keeganjoyce.com

Wednesday 23rd

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS at The Junk Bar

Electric Moon [Miniatures] Presents

FIRE WALK WITH US

The Music Of Twin Peaks

FIRE WALK WITH US is a live reimagining of songs and music from both the Twin Peaks TV series soundtrack (1991) and the prequel film Fire Walk With Me (1992). Composed by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch, this music is a masterclass in minimalist atmospheres, the haunting female vocals of Julee Cruise and sinister soundscapes.

To reinterpret these works, Electric Moon’s James Lees brings together a broad range of musicians from the jazz based, to avant-grade noisemakers, to the four diverse vocalists – all bound together by a deep love for Lynch’s most celebrated work.

Presented in the Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar – which in itself could be a scene out of a Lynch production- each show will present the music performance as an immersive experience to an intimate audience.

THE SINGERS

Mia Goodwin

Lucinda Shaw

SS.Sebastian

Tylea

THE BAND

James Lees (drums/percussion/director)

Helen Svoboda (double bass)

Parmis Rose (keys)

SS.Sebastian (guitar/keys)

Jamie Trevaskis (guitar/saw)

Andrew Saragossi (sax/clarinet/flute)

Thursday 24th

FIRE WALK WITH US-THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS

FIRE WALK WITH US-THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS at The Junk Bar

AS ABOVE

Friday 25th

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS at The Junk Bar

AS ABOVE- DOORS FOR THIS SHOW 6.30 PM.

Saturday 26th

JOHN LEE HOOKER'S WORLD TODAY- HUGO RACE & MICHELANGLEO RUSSO

JOHN LEE HOOKER'S WORLD TODAY- HUGO RACE & MICHELANGLEO RUSSO at The Junk Bar

Hugo Race and Michelangelo Russo are no strangers to either Hooker or the blues. Hailed as a supreme influence on the music of their band Hugo Race &
The True Spirit, Race and Russo’s reimagining of Hooker is simultaneously blues, electronica, avant-garde and ambient, a homage to one of the greats of rock and roll prehistory. Recorded in a single, continuous day and night live session at the Berlin studio of Einsturzende Neubauten engineer Boris Wilsdorf, this is an epic album of sonic sorcery suspended in time and place on the 100th anniversary of Hooker’s birth.

SEPTEMBER

Thursday 7th

MARK OLSON ( JAYHAWKS ) & INGUNN RINGVOLD w/HALFWAY ( DUO )

MARK OLSON ( JAYHAWKS ) & INGUNN RINGVOLD w/HALFWAY ( DUO ) at The Junk Bar

EARLY SHOW- 6.30 PM DOORS 6.45 START

Kaleidoscope Music presents Mark Olson (ex-Jayhawks/Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers) and Ingunn Ringvold in support of their new album ‘Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun’, this will see them comprehensively tour Australia playing intimate venues in many cities for the first time. Mark and Ingunn will play Junk Bar in Brisbane on Thursday 7 September with limited capacity.

Thursday 7th

MARK OLSON (JAYHAWKS)& INGUNN RINGVOLD w/HALFWAY (DUO)

MARK OLSON (JAYHAWKS)& INGUNN RINGVOLD w/HALFWAY (DUO) at The Junk Bar

LATE SHOW- 9PM DOORS- 9.15 START

Kaleidoscope Music presents Mark Olson (ex-Jayhawks/Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers) and Ingunn Ringvold in support of their new album ‘Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun’, this will see them comprehensively tour Australia playing intimate venues in many cities for the first time. Mark and Ingunn will play Junk Bar in Brisbane on Thursday 7 September with limited capacity.

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