The Junk Bar.

Out in Ashgrove is one of Brisbane’s first and finest hole-in-the-wall bars, The Junk Bar.

Don’t let the name confuse you – there’s nothing garbage about Junk!

Settle in to the cloud-like comfort of Junk’s vintage couches with a drink, and listen to our hand-picked vinyl soundtrack. We’re famous for our delicious cocktails and our completely unique, intimate, eclectic vibe.

Feeling peckish? We have options: from Cheese Platters and Asian nibbles, to Thai curries and stir fries and gourmet burgers Thurs-Sunday you won’t go hungry.
We’re so accommodating that you can also BYO your own food from the Fish & Chip shop next door, or grab yourself a pizza from across the road.

…or why not UBER EATS and get whatever you desire delivered straight to your very own couch?

If you happen to head along on a night that The Skukum Lounge opens you’ll be able to catch intimate live performances from our curated music line-up.

Different from anywhere you’ve been before, The Junk Bar is so much more than a bar.

PLEASE NOTE- OUR OLD TELEPHONE NUMBER IS CURRENTLY NOT WORKING DUE TO A TECHNICAL UPGRADE.PLEASE CALL 0431460910 OR
PLEASE EMAIL US DIRECT VIA THE CONTACT PAGE OR FACEBOOK MESSAGE US.

SKUKUM LOUNGE SHOWS- In the last five 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.

JUNK BAR PARTIES & FUNCTIONS.

The Skukum Lounge is the perfect venue for your party or next celebration.

It holds 20-50 people- see the FUNCTIONS page for more info.

WE ALSO HIRE OUT THE VENUE FOR PHOTO SHOOTS AND MUSIC VIDEOS. Just email us with any questions.

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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The Junk Bar.

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

There’s a secret bar inside Junk, called The Skukum Lounge. It’s perfect for parties and functions.
The Skukum Lounge fits up to 40-45 people, with sitting, standing and dancing space. It’s soundproof, and private and separate from the main room.

Skukum has its own self-contained bar and vinyl sound system and if you hire Skukum, you’ll have your own private cocktail waitress to keep the records spinning and the drinks flowing.
All you have to do is relax and enjoy yourself, and soak up the adoration and admiration of your guests.
This is where you want your next party or function. There is no venue hire fee, just a minimum booking of 20 people, and a minimum spend of $700 on the bar (this represents around 2 drinks per person, so a comfortable target to reach, remembering you don’t have to pay for this yourself- your friends can buy their own drinks.)

And we’ve got options, baby:
• If you want you can run a tab for an amount of your choosing, or if it’s easier just have everyone buy their own drinks – we want to make it easy for you.
• We can also help you customise your drinks tab. We’ll be happy to send you costings on how much a white, red, champagne, premium beer and basics tab is for your group.
• Special event and you want cocktails on offer all night? We can do that too.
• Cocktails on arrival and then basics after that? Whatever you need we can make it happen.

The music for your party will be drawn from our awesome collection of vinyl – this is what our bar is all about. We are happy to take record requests in advance and curate a vinyl playlist for you. Let us know if there is a genre you love (70’s/soul/rockabilly etc, – our vinyl library is amazing).
You can also create your own playlist and play it off your own device – just let us know this in advance.
The function space does not include the use of the stage or the PA for live music.

When you hire Skukum, our space becomes your space. The Skukum Lounge is quirky and unique with a vibe that’ll ensure a great night; there’s nothing quite like it in Brisbane. Having a function at Skukum is all about escapism, warm attitudes and fabulous drinks. We’d love to look after you.
For more information just go to the contacts page and email Mia. She will be happy to help with any questions you have.
Or call the bar direct on 07 31682993.

“Hi Mia,
Jae and I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your amazing crew for letting us have a spectacular party on Sunday.
The Skukum lounge is awesome and are only outshone by how fantastic you and your staff are.”
Anna- 2018.

“Hi Mia, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making our evening so fabulous! You were all so attentive and the food and drinks were all perfect. Thank you for cutting up the cake too.Thank you again for making it so easy to organise and for being so flexible with options. You really have created such a cool venue and I felt so grateful to be able to gather some of my closest friends together at The Junk Bar!
Please thank all the other wonderful staff that helped to make our night special.
Kind regards
Susan ” 2017

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Contact

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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

 

 

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Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

Sunday 23rd February

JAZZ ON A SUNDAY VIBE

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6pm.
A monthly event showcasing some of the best jazz talent Brisbane and the country has to offer.
Curated by Katie Noonan and Zac Hurren.

Friday 28th February

SISSYBONES w/Ben Ely 7.30 pm.

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Falling somewhere between the worlds of blues, folk and country music is Paddy Dempsey’s Sissybones. Fuelled by their mutual passion for a beautiful melody, a haunting refrain and a well turned phrase, they offer a sound both memorable and moving. On Friday February 28th 2020 we ask you to join Sissybones in the launch of their new single “Youngbloods” at the hauntingly beautiful Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge for a magical night of music and storytelling through song. Supported by Ben Ely with his own tales to tell.

Sunday 1st March

DRIED SPIDER w/ NIIKA MATINEE

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Dried Spider is the project of Matty Witney. Born in Gympie, QLD, Matty has lived and made music in Brisbane, Melbourne, Alice Springs, and Lismore, developing his unique flavor of soft psychedelic soul music along with the budding Australian music scene. For the past few years, he has been living in Chicago, and is back in Brisbane sharing a new body of work prior to his forthcoming album release. Come along to hear him share new and old songs about the bush, the city, dear friends, and the experience of oneself through moments of pain, meditation, and humility.

NIIKA is the project of Nika Nemirovsky. Russian-born and Chicago-raised, NIIKA began writing and performing music in Australia in 2014. She returns to Brisbane now to share new music from her forthcoming LP ‘Close But Not Too Close’ (due out May 2020). NIIKA blends the melodic stylings of dreamy pop, indie art rock, and neo-soul through lyrics that ornament themes of intimacy, body, love, and nature.

Sunday 1st March

DISTRICTS 001: BNS w/ LAST LAKES

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Berardi/ Newcomb, Sandon
Kristin, Steve and James have appeared in trio format only a handful of times. Each show so far has explore a theme, whether standard repertoire or songs from their own ‘originals’ catalogue. With a vast array of style periods to choose from, BNS select some of their loved favourites to utilise as vehicles for their own artistic journey – whether centred on lush and surprising harmonies, or melodies and forms loved the world over.

Monday 2nd March

HAND HABITS (US)

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Mistletone proudly presents Hand Habits, playing an intimate Junk Bar show on their first Australian tour.

Meg Duffy grew up in a small town in upstate New York and they cut their teeth as a session guitarist and touring member of Kevin Morby’s band. The Hand Habits project emerged after Meg moved to Los Angeles; it started as a private songwriting outlet but soon evolved into a fully-fledged band with Meg at the helm.

Hand Habits’ debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), was released by Woodsist Records in 2017. The LP was entirely self-produced and recorded in Meg’s home during spare moments when they weren’t touring. This lush, homespun collection of folk songs that found Meg in an exploratory state as an artist moving out on their own for the first time. Two years later, Hand Habits returned with the stunning album, placeholder, released locally by Milk! Records.

To make this album, Meg chose to work in a studio and bring in collaborators, entrusting them with what had previously been a very personal creative process. Over the course of 12 tracks, Meg emerges with new confidence as both a bandleader and singer. placeholder is as tender and immediate as anything Meg’s ever written, but it’s also intensely focused and refined, the work of a meticulous musician ready to share their singular vision with the world.

The name placeholder stems from Meg’s fascination with the undefinable. Their songs serve as openings –carved-out spaces waiting to be endowed with meaning. As a lyricist, Meg is drawn to the in-between, and the songs on this new album primarily confront the ways in which certain experiences can serve as a stepping stone on the road to self-discovery. “A big aspect of my songwriting and the way I move through the world depends on my relationships with people. The songs on placeholder are about accountability and forgiveness,” Meg says. “These are all real stories. I don’t fictionalize much.”

placeholder opens with the title track which on its surface is about a breakup. “Oh but I was just a placeholder/ A lesson to be learned,” a scorned Meg sings over a lush bed of twangy guitars. The blame quickly shifts, though, as Meg begins to take on partial responsibility for the partnership’s collapse: “Oh but now you are just a placeholder/ Blinded by desire/ Oh now you’re just a placeholder for someone wasting time.”

Nothing in Meg’s world is as simple as black and white, right or wrong. An openness to nuance drives revelation in these songs. “I value the closeness I share with my chosen family and I’m interested in queering relationships in my music. The relationships in my life expand my capacity to love because the lines between romance and friendship are often blurred,” Meg explains.

The bonds Meg addresses on placeholder extend beyond the bounds of romance. On “can’t calm down,” Meg contemplates inherited trauma and questions whether it’s possible for someone to upend patterns of familial suffering. Relatedly, the closing track, “book on how to change part II,” refers back to Meg’s mother, who died when they were young. It’s a simultaneously aching and reassuring song, buoyed in part by a saxophone and Meg’s pointed harmonies that bring levity to painful subject matter.

Wildfires raged in Southern California when Meg wrote the bulk of placeholder, and the anxiety that came with living in L.A. during that time exposes itself throughout these songs. “Fire is such a powerful symbol. It’s destructive, but it’s also generative,” Meg says. References to that particular mindset abound on placeholder, most notably on the stand-out track “wildfire,” but it creeps into other songs, too. Separating side A from side B is a MIDI interlude titled “heat,” which finds Meg repeating, “Heat beyond the lines of passion,” a line borrowed from Jeanette Winterson’s novel The Passion. Later, on the sweet and yearning “what lovers do,” Meg likens desire to a glowing fire in a cadence that recalls Sharon Van Etten.

The flames that fuel placeholder occasionally billow out, but most often these songs are warm and comforting –a space listeners can return to again and again when theoutside world starts to overwhelm. Meg describes these songs as their most direct to date, crafted with clear intention. “It’s less of a submerged landscape and more a concise series of thoughts,” Meg explains.

Instrumentally, placeholder can be situated alongside some of Meg’s folk-adjacent contemporaries like Angel Olsen or Big Thief, and the guitar work on this album proves that Meg continues to be one of the finest young musicians working today. placeholder is another entry in the Hand Habits songbook, but it’s also a valuable testament of our time. While placeholder inspires a sense of ease, simple questions rarely beget easy answers and Meg honors the indescribable joy and profound sorrow that comes with figuring things out, one step at a time.

Friday 6th March

HUGO RACE

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Hugo Race is a prolific and visionary performer. A founding member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and the seminal Australian 80s cult band The Wreckery, Hugo has released 20 albums and collaborated with artists from Sao Paolo to Rome, Berlin, London, Tucson, Brussels, Warsaw, Mali, Africa and beyond. Born in Melbourne, Hugo has spent most of the last 25 years living in Italy, France, Germany, UK and the USA.

He returns to the Junk Bar completely solo to play songs from all parts of his career.

www.hugoracemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/hugo.race

Saturday 7th March

STEPHEN CUMMINGS

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Iconic performer, songwriter & Performer Stephen Cummings – took his bow to Australian audiences during his farewell tour at the start of 2019. Cummings was supposed to have retired after he finished touring his albums, ‘Prisoner of Love’, and 50 song collection, but he grew bored of the down time and decided to perform a limited number of acoustic shows from February to May 2020. There would be no more talk of stepping down! A new album of self-penned country blues would follow at the end of 2020. Cummings insists, “You will see me at the height of my powers, taking you on a wonderful spiritual journey you’ll never forget with my guitarist Sam Lemann.

Saturday 7th March

STEPHEN CUMMINGS (Late show)

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Iconic performer, songwriter & Performer Stephen Cummings – took his bow to Australian audiences during his farewell tour at the start of 2019. Cummings was supposed to have retired after he finished touring his albums, ‘Prisoner of Love’, and 50 song collection, but he grew bored of the down time and decided to perform a limited number of acoustic shows from February to May 2020. There would be no more talk of stepping down! A new album of self-penned country blues would follow at the end of 2020. Cummings insists, “You will see me at the height of my powers, taking you on a wonderful spiritual journey you’ll never forget with my guitarist Sam Lemann.

8.30 pm.

Saturday 7th March

FRED SMITH- DOMESTIC CD LAUNCH- MATINEE

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Fred Smith will be playing a special matinee performance to launch his new CD ‘Domestic’. This effervescent new record combines Fred’s musings on 21st Century Australia with love songs for middle-aged people. This is his first album in 8 years not to contain songs about war and death.
On Saturday 7 March 2020 at 2:00pm

Sunday 8th March

GALLIE

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After an epic year of touring the
world with shows in France, Brazil, Ireland, Australia, Spain
and England, Gallie returns to tour Western Australia in
February 2020.
Since the release of his debut album ‘The Occoquan River’
Gallie has been going from strength to strength, playing sold
out shows in his adopted home of Australia and all across
Europe. In November 2018 Gallie headlined the Folk stage at
Brazil’s largest Blues and Roots festival “MDBF”. He returned
again November 2019 to play with The Caxias’ Symphonic
Orcestra, a forty piece orchestra that put arrangements to his
songs before returning to the MDB Festival to headline the
folk stage again. He returns to Australia in December to record
his eagerly awaited follow up to ‘The occoquan river’.
Gallie
If you haven’t heard of Gallie until now you’re in for a real musical
awakening…. If you like artists like Ray Lamontagne , Tom Waits, John Martyn or Wilco, then it is time to
embrace the musical talents of Gallie.
With his amazing debut album the Occoquan River, Gallie has a remarkable talent of imagery that can
transport you from the bloody battlefields of the American Civil War to the soft comfort of your lovers bed
within the length of one tune.
Gallie’s shows are like no other, he has the capacity to reach a large
audience on a one to one level and make a large room seem like a
small venue, due to the warmth that he brings through his songs and
story telling. The stories are sometimes comical, sometimes tragic but
the delivery is always from the heart.
His songwriting speaks for itself with critics hailing his album ‘The
Occoquan River’ in their top albums of the year. Gallie has been
drawing large crowds to his gigs over the last year and has been a
favourite at a number of festivals including MDBF (Caxias Brazil), Little World Festival (France), Altitude
Festival (France), Queenscliff Music Festival,
Portarlington Celtic Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, St Albans
Folk Festival, Nannup Music festival, Fairbridge Music festival, Nanga Music festival and Maleny Music
Festival.
“An album that came out of no where and just blew me away! From start to finish each song tells its own story.
Already one of my albums of 2018.” Jimmy Stafford, Highland Radio
“You can hear every mile traveled by Gallie on his adventurous journey to making The Occoquan River… it is a
beautiful piece of work, that takes you on Gallie’s literary journey and wraps you in the emotional truth of his music.”
Fiachna O’Braonain, Hothouse Flowers and RTE Radio 1’s Late Date
“One of the outstanding releases this year….’The Occoquan River’ is brilliant.” Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC
Radio National.

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Wednesday 11th March

LENKA

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Don’t miss Lenka on her Australian tour to support her forthcoming twin EP Recover/Discover!
Lenka is an Australian singer/songwriter, formerly of the band Decoder Ring, who has been releasing solo albums and touring worldwide for the last decade. She is best know for her songs The Show, Trouble Is A Friend and Everything At Once, which have all had wide international success, especially in the world of film and TV placements, such as Moneyball, Easy A and Ugly Betty.
This rare show at The Junk Bar Brisbane will be a chance to see Lenka solo in an intimate setting.

“Lenka’s gentle tone wraps snugly around folk electronic minimalism and flirts with far grander, sweeping pop… Blue skied optimism, fragments of world beat fun, all bouncy and up-beat, glossy and positive.” Jonny Nail, Rolling Stone.

Friday 13th March

BLACK DOG CAT BAND w/ JIM GRIFFIN

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Black Dog Cat Band:

Born through the transmutation of undefined emotion into tangible song, Black Dog Cat Band started as a solo act and quickly grew into the five piece heard today. Including members of Belligerent Goat, Bricklayers, the now defunct Swamp Jenson, Double D’s, and a couple of fresh faces.

The band has been gigging around Brisbane since July 2019 and is just hitting their stride. With a full length album in the works, their first single ‘Glass Harley Houses’ is about to be released into the world.

Unconventional drum beats meld with bass hooks; angelic vocal harmonies, lead licks, piano, and ethereal slide guitar adorn the unhewn guitar driven songs to create a unique sound. Described as Gumleaf rock this is an exciting new outfit not to be missed. Enjoy. X

Jim Griffin:

Jim Griffin is a 27 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter. Formerly from Brisbane he now resides in the Channon, NSW. Jim cut his teeth as the lead guitarist of the Belligerents and over the years has also performed with Morning Harvey, Family Jordan and The Furrs. In 2017 Jim formed Gooby Jim and the Goobs with Belligerents drummer Samuel Sargent and former housemate Johnny Mort. The trio recorded their debut release ‘Roundhouse’ under the guidance of Samuel Joseph (kg&tlw, Family Jordan) the EP was released independently on vinyl mid 2018. The band then added guitarist Nick McGregor and multi instrumentalist Ben Mulheran for their 2019 release ‘Can’t be here’. Jim has been working on a debut solo record with help from friend and fellow musician JB Paterson. The songs see Jim moving into a more traditional singer songwriter sound, taking influence from the classics he enjoys and all he has learnt on his journey thus far.

Saturday 14th March

POETRY IN MOTION MATINEE w/Sue Ray, Chanel Lucas & D.G Gray and Co.

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Poetry in Motion is a boutique show that creates the perfect atmosphere to promote the unique qualities of Brisbane singer songwriters!
” I like to take the writer out of their band and get them to perform solo, so the audience can experience the songwriters craft in it’s rawest form” .. The Skukum Lounge is the perfect place to perform this type of show, as it creates a warm homely atmosphere, where the audience have the feeling that they are in the lounge room listening the each performer sing for only them…

What a great lineup of local singer/songwriters for the next edition of PiM .. Sue Ray, Chanel Lucas and Daz Gray!

Sue Ray is an Australian Indigenous multi-award-winning singer/songwriter that captivates audiences with her haunting emotionally charged lyrics, considered compositions and smoky voice. Sue recently returned to Australia after being based in Nashville, where she worked alongside industry greats and connected into the scene, gigging and writing. In early 2017 she released her third album “Live at the Junk Bar” and later that year the long-awaited EP “I Would Never Do That”.
www.sueraymusic.com

Chanel Lucas
Warm, pure vocals and gentle folk guitar are Chanel’s signature sound. Her music allows you to stop and take a breath, and enjoy the moments outside of the busy day-to-day. A writer and songwriter, she has travelled across the world with Brisbane folk-pop act ‘women in docs.’ Recently, she has teamed up for performances with guitar virtuoso Jamie Clark and is writing songs for her solo project.
www.chanellucas.com
www.facebook.com/chanellucasmusic

D.G. Gray & Co. is Americana/Folk songwriter Daz Gray and usually anyone else that turns up on the day, however he’ll be playing Poetry in Motion in solo mode. For someone known for his in depth story-songs, Poetry in Motion is the perfect opportunity to go behind the lyrics for an insight into where these stories come from. For a happy guy, he sure writes a lot of sad tunes, but it is his inability to avoid confronting topics and attention to detail that keep audiences enthralled. He also doesn’t know when to shut the hell up, so these sad stories are often offset by hilarious anecdotes from his often troubled past. Come for the songs, stay for the stories.

Sunday 15th March

THE OCELOTS (IRE) w/ Sian Evans 7pm.

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The Ocelots (IRL) are heading back to Australia in early 2020 to play a huge number of shows and festivals all over the country, showcasing a set list of new songs to be released on their album due out March 27th 2020.

Situated in Wexford Ireland, 22 year old twins Brandon and Ashley combine to create The Ocelots.

They have crafted their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk. Their music perfectly embodies the breezy effortlessness of early Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel.

The Ocelots have performed all across Ireland, UK and mainland Europe and also toured with acts such as Jack Johnson, Glen Hansard, Hudson Taylor and Isaac Gracie.

The Ocelots live set combines all that is great about folk music, so come and be charmed by the charismatic duo.

Links:

Website: http://theocelots.com/
7pm.

Sunday 15th March

CARUS THOMPSON – MATINEE 3PM

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Globe trotting troubadour Carus Thompson has toured the world alongside The John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Xavier Rudd, Jack Johnson & Pete Murray, selling over 30,000 albums along the way.

A renowned songwriter and storyteller in late 2019 his 7th studio release Shakespeare Avenue came out to critical acclaim and solid radio play.

For the recording of Shakespeare Avenue, Thompson moved his family to the South-West of England, to immerse himself in folk traditions and to write and record with a new approach. His narrative, character based emotive songs have long earned him comparisons to Springsteen and Mellencamp, however this time there is also a distinct Richard Thompson, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Anglo-Cetlic Edge.

Part of the lure of England was Thompson’s connection to Folk star Seth Lakeman (who has spent the last two years touring the world with Robert Plant) and his Mercury nominated producer brother Sean Lakeman. These two, alongside Sean’s partner Kathryn Roberts are a “virtual folk dynasty” – highly respected on the international folk scene.

Sean produced Shakespeare Avenue, and the entire trio feature on the record – lending their considerable musicianship and heavyweight folk expertise. The connection with them, together with the move to England has paid dividends, resulting in Thompson’s most artistically direct to date.

A renowned live performer, Thompson will deliver these new songs as well as old over two set sets, all with the energy and passion that has made him one of Australia’s favourite acoustic artists..

“This is quality songwriting” – Jeff Jenkins, Living in the Land of OZ

“A treasure in the Australian musical landscape” – The Dwarf

www.carusthompson.com

Sunday 15th March

CARUS THOMPSON MATINEE

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Globe trotting troubadour Carus Thompson has toured the world alongside The John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Xavier Rudd, Jack Johnson & Pete Murray, selling over 30,000 albums along the way.

After selling out The Junk Bar on his album launch tour in December, he’s back for an encore performance. Grab your tickets early as there is an intimate limited capacity of only 50!

A renowned songwriter and storyteller in late 2019 his 7th studio release Shakespeare Avenue came out to critical acclaim and solid radio play.

For the recording of Shakespeare Avenue, Thompson moved his family to the South-West of England, to immerse himself in folk traditions and to write and record with a new approach. His narrative, character based emotive songs have long earned him comparisons to Springsteen and Mellencamp, however this time there is also a distinct Richard Thompson, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Anglo-Cetlic Edge.

Part of the lure of England was Thompson’s connection to Folk star Seth Lakeman (who has spent the last two years touring the world with Robert Plant) and his Mercury nominated producer brother Sean Lakeman. These two, alongside Sean’s partner Kathryn Roberts are a “virtual folk dynasty” – highly respected on the international folk scene.

Sean produced Shakespeare Avenue, and the entire trio feature on the record – lending their considerable musicianship and heavyweight folk expertise. The connection with them, together with the move to England has paid dividends, resulting in Thompson’s most artistically direct to date.

A renowned live performer, Thompson will deliver these new songs as well as old, all with the energy and passion that has made him one of Australia’s favourite acoustic artists..

“This is quality songwriting” – Jeff Jenkins, Living in the Land of OZ

“A treasure in the Australian musical landscape” – The Dwarf

www.carusthompson.com

Thursday 19th March

BEN SALTER AND DOMINIC HOEY

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It is the year of our lord 2012. Jaded wannabe rock star now jaded solo performer Ben Salter & recovering rap star cum stand up poet slash budding novelist Dominic Hoey first meet in the tiny fishing village of Skagaströnd, in the wind-swept wilds of northern Iceland. Dominic is writing a book about growing up in a shitty Auckland suburb (later published as his debut novel, Iceland), while Salter is three months into a five month European songwriting grant, writing and performing with musicians and fellow derros across the continent. Bereft of companionship and half mad with homesickness and culture shock, they quickly bond over the high price of Icelandic beer, The Velvet Underground, and Dominic’s bad tattoos.

Fate has brought them together and the two men fall deeply in love against the backdrop of the endless Icelandic sky; collaborating, laughing, raiding the service station for .5% beer. They ascend to the summit of the local mountain Spakonufell where legend has it the priestess Thordis has hidden a fabulous treasure. And while they find no gold, they are rich with the bounty of each others friendship.

That first flush of new love has long since faded, and while the two men have grown apart, their trans-Tasman affair lives on, from sketchy airbnbs in Berlin to the pubs and share houses of Brunswick, the bright lights of the Queensland Poetry Festival in Brisbane, and a string of tours and performances together across the span of Aotearoa, Salter complaining about the standard of accommodation every step of the way.

Now at last Hoey & Salter’s heckers schedules have aligned and they are embarking on a tour of Terra Australis. Come March they’ll traverse Australia’s highways and byways, regaling audiences with music and poetry. Fellow musicians and poets will join them along the way for an evening filled with tall tales, love poems and songs about outer space: a dive bar cabaret for the end of time.

Hoey & Salter would like to acknowledge that this tour takes place on stolen land. Sovereignty was never ceded. They acknowledge the traditional owners, the Australian aboriginal people, and all the elders past, present & emerging.

For more information:

www.bensalter.com.au

www.dominichoey.com

Friday 20th March

SHIFTING SANDS EURO FUNRAISER

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Shifting Sands are heading back to France to ride the beaten track and some new uncharted territory. Fresh on the back-up of sophomore release “Crystal Cuts” and the new (4th) pressing of the stellar debut “Beach Coma” return to damage some Ricard et vin rouge like no other. We’re putting together a travel fund to cover the necessities.
Shifting Sands will be playing (a few)new songs from the third release out late 2020.
Let’s get low.
Together.
Bisous.

Saturday 21st March

EMMA DEAN- matinee 3pm

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Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical
pop songs about love and the human spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany,
Costa Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten independent original albums.

“….It’s just right. Move over Rufus and Tori. You have company.”
– Noel Mengel, Courier Mail

Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx
Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre shows
such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show ‘Imaginarium’ was performed on OffBroadway and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The New York Post after
featuring on the US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM. She is also a recipient of
the prestigious ‘Under Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy superstars, Tim
Minchin and Sammy J.

In 2018, Emma was a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, singing
John Farnham’s iconic song – You’re The Voice.

When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral arrangements for choirs and
musicians, including John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan and Glenn Shorrock (Little
River Band). She is a passionate advocate for the magical healing qualities of group singing and
proudly leads a colourful community choir in Brisbane called Cheep Trill who she considers to
be her extended family. This year, Cheep Trill took part in the Cork International Choral Festival
in Ireland. The choir won the hearts of the locals and it soon became apparent that the
adjudicators loved them too! Despite signing up as a non-competitive choir, Cheep Trill ended up
winning the International Choral Competition PEACE Award for the choir that most embodied
the spirit of the festival!

“….Just sample her monster Broadway single “Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked” and
50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find an unavoidable sound worthy of the
repeat button.” – The New York Post

Emma’s show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love toured around Australia from
2017 – 2019 and received rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. She is currently writing a
new show called The Intervention, inspired by the current climate crisis, with Katherine LyallWatson.

“A highlight of the fringe”
★★★★★ Ed Fringe Review

“Dean’s unicorn-ego is no wilting cupcake, it’s forged in the fire of heartbreak, and bathed
in the fury of her own awakening.”
★★★★ Musical Theatre Review

For more information please visit www.emmadean.com

Sunday 22nd March

EMMA DEAN- MATINEE 3PM

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Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical
pop songs about love and the human spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany,
Costa Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten independent original albums.

“….It’s just right. Move over Rufus and Tori. You have company.”
– Noel Mengel, Courier Mail

Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx
Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre shows
such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show ‘Imaginarium’ was performed on OffBroadway and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The New York Post after
featuring on the US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM. She is also a recipient of
the prestigious ‘Under Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy superstars, Tim
Minchin and Sammy J.

In 2018, Emma was a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, singing
John Farnham’s iconic song – You’re The Voice.

When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral arrangements for choirs and
musicians, including John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan and Glenn Shorrock (Little
River Band). She is a passionate advocate for the magical healing qualities of group singing and
proudly leads a colourful community choir in Brisbane called Cheep Trill who she considers to
be her extended family. This year, Cheep Trill took part in the Cork International Choral Festival
in Ireland. The choir won the hearts of the locals and it soon became apparent that the
adjudicators loved them too! Despite signing up as a non-competitive choir, Cheep Trill ended up
winning the International Choral Competition PEACE Award for the choir that most embodied
the spirit of the festival!

“….Just sample her monster Broadway single “Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked” and
50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find an unavoidable sound worthy of the
repeat button.” – The New York Post

Emma’s show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love toured around Australia from
2017 – 2019 and received rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. She is currently writing a
new show called The Intervention, inspired by the current climate crisis, with Katherine LyallWatson.

“A highlight of the fringe”
★★★★★ Ed Fringe Review

“Dean’s unicorn-ego is no wilting cupcake, it’s forged in the fire of heartbreak, and bathed
in the fury of her own awakening.”
★★★★ Musical Theatre Review

For more information please visit www.emmadean.com

Sunday 22nd March

EMMA DEAN SOLD OUT

Artist photo

6PM SHOW

Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical
pop songs about love and the human spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany,
Costa Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten independent original albums.

“….It’s just right. Move over Rufus and Tori. You have company.”
– Noel Mengel, Courier Mail

Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx
Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre shows
such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show ‘Imaginarium’ was performed on OffBroadway and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The New York Post after
featuring on the US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM. She is also a recipient of
the prestigious ‘Under Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy superstars, Tim
Minchin and Sammy J.

In 2018, Emma was a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, singing
John Farnham’s iconic song – You’re The Voice.

When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral arrangements for choirs and
musicians, including John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan and Glenn Shorrock (Little
River Band). She is a passionate advocate for the magical healing qualities of group singing and
proudly leads a colourful community choir in Brisbane called Cheep Trill who she considers to
be her extended family. This year, Cheep Trill took part in the Cork International Choral Festival
in Ireland. The choir won the hearts of the locals and it soon became apparent that the
adjudicators loved them too! Despite signing up as a non-competitive choir, Cheep Trill ended up
winning the International Choral Competition PEACE Award for the choir that most embodied
the spirit of the festival!

“….Just sample her monster Broadway single “Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked” and
50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find an unavoidable sound worthy of the
repeat button.” – The New York Post

Emma’s show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love toured around Australia from
2017 – 2019 and received rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. She is currently writing a
new show called The Intervention, inspired by the current climate crisis, with Katherine LyallWatson.

“A highlight of the fringe”
★★★★★ Ed Fringe Review

“Dean’s unicorn-ego is no wilting cupcake, it’s forged in the fire of heartbreak, and bathed
in the fury of her own awakening.”
★★★★ Musical Theatre Review

For more information please visit www.emmadean.com

Thursday 26th March

MCDERMOTT & NORTH

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Presented by: Jameson Irish Whiskey & Main Street Agency
McDermott & North are travelling cross country this March. See them live at their Brisbane homecoming show at The Junk Bar.

**Limited Capacity**

🎫 THUR, MARCH 26 | $10 pre-sale, $15 Door | 18+ 🎫
🌹 Doors 6pm

Drawn together by a chance meeting at an open mic night, Brisbane’s McDermott & North have graced the stages of Hidden Lanes Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and Bluesfest Byron Bay. Their all original material has captured the hearts of many, with their astonishing dual harmonies and honest songwriting presenting the perfect blend of Dope Lemon Meets the Beatles.

They’re taking to the road this March to tour the east coast in support of their single, ‘Everytime’ (I’m A Little Bit Like You) complete with an appearance at, A Day in the Orchard Festival. The song’s dynamic plays to the up & downs of youthful love, with its soulful vocal harmonies carrying across the weight of feeling in every note.

The single follows up from their debut release, ‘The Lemon Tapes’ which achieved no.14 on the Apple Music Singer-Songwriter chart.

Friday 27th March

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE

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Late last year, Dave Graney and Clare Moore from famed acts The Moodists, Coral Snakes and MistLY) released their second album for 2019.

ONE MILLION YEARS DC was recorded and mixed at their studio in the hills of Melbourne, the PONDEROSA. This album follows ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? an album recorded with their band the mistLY which came out in May 2019 and featured the modern classics ULTRAKEEF, SONG OF LIFE and BABY,I WISH I’D BEEN A BETTER POP STAR.

The two are companion pieces, in a way. Many songs recorded over the same period.

They are playing national dates for ONE MILLION YEARS DC. Its an album of songs rather than a representation of a band. Its all to do with their sensibility. They are rock’n’roll people and are steeped in rock’n’roll culture.

They will be playing songs from across their career and also nods to artists who have inspired them.

Whatever they do, it will be straight from the fridge (i.e. cool). As ever they’re on a Birdseye kick, man!

Catch them when you can. It’s always a live show, jumping off the plate, baby.

http://www.davegraney.com

Saturday 28th March

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE

Artist photo

Late last year, Dave Graney and Clare Moore from famed acts The Moodists, Coral Snakes and MistLY) released their second album for 2019.

ONE MILLION YEARS DC was recorded and mixed at their studio in the hills of Melbourne, the PONDEROSA. This album follows ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? an album recorded with their band the mistLY which came out in May 2019 and featured the modern classics ULTRAKEEF, SONG OF LIFE and BABY,I WISH I’D BEEN A BETTER POP STAR.

The two are companion pieces, in a way. Many songs recorded over the same period.

They are playing national dates for ONE MILLION YEARS DC. Its an album of songs rather than a representation of a band. Its all to do with their sensibility. They are rock’n’roll people and are steeped in rock’n’roll culture.

They will be playing songs from across their career and also nods to artists who have inspired them.

Whatever they do, it will be straight from the fridge (i.e. cool). As ever they’re on a Birdseye kick, man!

Catch them when you can. It’s always a live show, jumping off the plate, baby.

http://www.davegraney.com

Friday 3rd April

PAT TIERNEY w HELLO JANE

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Pat Tierney brings his eclectic folk and slide – guitar sounds to The Junk Bar in Brisbane for a special, intimate, one-off show.

Fresh off a huge national tour in celebration of his second album ‘Red Moon’ in late 2019, Pat will road test an array of new songs and some unique covers.
With special guest Hello Jane

** $1 from every ticket will be donated to WWF Australia in support of the Wildlife Bushfire Relief

“Roots singer-songwriter Pat Tierney launched his debut album Wild World Blues in 2015. It comprised a mix of blues and folk and included a couple of short instrumentals.

That album made Tierney’s mark as a man with a delicate touch in both his rich vocals and fine musicianship. Now he’s back with his sophomore LP Red Moon with more wistful songs expressing a blend of sorrow and happiness.

The record commences with the whispering guitar of The Midnight Bloom. Notes from the Weissenborn lap steel guitar curl away, sparkling and fading as they rise softly into the air. The folk song becomes more determined as it progresses, as Tierney’s mellow, echoed vocals slip in with a fragile beauty and a slight blurry edge to his singing. Atmospheric lyrics express emptiness in this love song of loss and regret at what he has let slip away.

Acoustic strummer Tomorrow is a Long Time is another song of pining for an absent love, followed by the haunting track Angels which contemplates death and what follows after. Bold use of the lap steel produces a tragic aura as Tierney sings, ‘Want to get to heaven but I ain’t got no say, I know that I will die someday.’

The instrumental The Light of Day brings one of the best melodies on the record. The track is underscored by a mysterious, muted roaring, sounding like skateboard wheels on asphalt.

The album closes powerfully with the title track, whose strident percussion and robust guitar strums give it a hypnotic quality.

Red Moon impresses with the pulling power of the simple yet entrancing lyrics, and the captivating voice in perfect balance with the superb instrumentation. ”

Saturday 18th April

MASAMI KAWAGUCHI (JAPAN) + SPECIAL GUEST

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Japanese underground legend, Kawaguchi Masami returns to Australia this April. Masami performs his only solo Australian show on this trip in Brisbane at The Junk Bar.

Thursday 7th May

FLOODLAND // REWORKED & REIMAGINED THURSDAY

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Electric Moon [Miniatures] presents The Sisters Of Mercy 1987 masterpiece drastically reworked and reimagined as a dark cabaret, acoustic/electric chamber performance. Presented in the intimate Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar, the show brings together the dual lead vocals of Lucinda Shaw and Sandro Colarelli with a 5-piece band to to perform the album in its entirety, along with a trio of extra songs from the 1984-87 era.

Reinterpreted for piano, cello, bass, percussion and guitar, this rework of FLOODLAND takes the grandiose production and epic arrangements of the original and turns them into a much more intimate experience, revealing the beautiful songwriting of Andrew Eldritch and focussing in on the music’s simmering tension, sense of authority and dark power.

FLOODLAND // Reworked & Reimagined
Lucinda Shaw & Sandro Colarelli // Vocals
James Lees // Drums/Percussion/Musical Director
Mark Angel // Guitars
Stephanie Ganfield // Piano/Backing Vocals
Wayne Jennings // Cello/Backing Vocals
Karl O’Shea // Bass Guitar

THREE SHOWS ONLY

Friday 8th May

FLOODLAND // REWORKED & REIMAGINED FRIDAY

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Electric Moon [Miniatures] presents The Sisters Of Mercy 1987 masterpiece drastically reworked and reimagined as a dark cabaret, acoustic/electric chamber performance. Presented in the intimate Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar, the show brings together the dual lead vocals of Lucinda Shaw and Sandro Colarelli with a 5-piece band to to perform the album in its entirety, along with a trio of extra songs from the 1984-87 era.

Reinterpreted for piano, cello, bass, percussion and guitar, this rework of FLOODLAND takes the grandiose production and epic arrangements of the original and turns them into a much more intimate experience, revealing the beautiful songwriting of Andrew Eldritch and focussing in on the music’s simmering tension, sense of authority and dark power.

FLOODLAND // Reworked & Reimagined
Lucinda Shaw & Sandro Colarelli // Vocals
James Lees // Drums/Percussion/Musical Director
Mark Angel // Guitars
Stephanie Ganfield // Piano/Backing Vocals
Wayne Jennings // Cello/Backing Vocals
Karl O’Shea // Bass Guitar

Saturday 9th May

FLOODLAND // REWORKED & REIMAGINED SATURDAY

Artist photo

Electric Moon [Miniatures] presents The Sisters Of Mercy 1987 masterpiece drastically reworked and reimagined as a dark cabaret, acoustic/electric chamber performance. Presented in the intimate Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar, the show brings together the dual lead vocals of Lucinda Shaw and Sandro Colarelli with a 5-piece band to to perform the album in its entirety, along with a trio of extra songs from the 1984-87 era.

Reinterpreted for piano, cello, bass, percussion and guitar, this rework of FLOODLAND takes the grandiose production and epic arrangements of the original and turns them into a much more intimate experience, revealing the beautiful songwriting of Andrew Eldritch and focussing in on the music’s simmering tension, sense of authority and dark power.

FLOODLAND // Reworked & Reimagined
Lucinda Shaw & Sandro Colarelli // Vocals
James Lees // Drums/Percussion/Musical Director
Mark Angel // Guitars
Stephanie Ganfield // Piano/Backing Vocals
Wayne Jennings // Cello/Backing Vocals
Karl O’Shea // Bass Guitar

Friday 29th May

REBECCA BARNARD + JODI PHILLIS

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Legendary singer songwriters Rebecca Barnard and Jodi Phillis will play together again for a run of shows, to follow up their warmly received mini tour of 2017.

They will play a set of their original tunes, including a few Clouds and Rebecca’s Empire songs, plus some favourites from their solo albums and some brand new, yet to be recorded gems in gorgeous harmony, with ridiculous yet highly informative banter in between!

The women will also preview a few tunes from a show they are writing together, to debut in late 2020. This will resonate with anyone who grew up in front of the TV in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
That’s all we’re saying right now. You’ll have to come along to find out what it’s all about!

The Junk Bar.

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