Grumpy Neigbour
Aug
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Grumpy Neigbour

On Saturday evening, 19th August, in the convivial surrounds of the Charles Weston Hotel, the Grumpy Neighbour duo will present an evening of songs based on the personal, geographical and historical perspectives of an island continent. Rich, deep melodies are aided and abetted by soaring harmonies, while various instrument combinations provide an evolving soundscape to entice the listener.  Along with the wealth of original material, they also own a select number of pre-loved covers guaranteed to raise eyebrows and delight in their rendering.

The duo have been variously been described as Steampunk folk, Contemporary Old Time, and even Quirky Tasmanian Folk. Grumpy Neighbour borrows from a great many traditions of acoustic music to create their diverse approach to Australian song.

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Louie & The Pride (trio)
Aug
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Louie & The Pride (trio)

Louie and the Pride are family/friends/tribe, brought together by their creativity and joint taste in music that hopscotches across the decades. Their sense of humour and affection for each other binds them. Original Songs using harmonies, piano accordion, guitars and drums, performed with love, nostalgia, sadness and laughs with the intention to draw you in and swill you around in their atmosphere.

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Brooke Russell
Sep
2
6:30pm 6:30pm

Brooke Russell

With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country.

“Brooke Russell and the Mean Reds’ country-inflected take on timeless pop that you’ll dig if you like Caitlin Rose.” - Nashville Scene

“She’d be at home in the Nighthawks diner, except that she’s maybe not jaded enough. There’s an innocence and hope to most of her songs that feels like a balm.” - McKinley Valentine, unpaved.com.au

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Brooke Russell
Sep
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Brooke Russell

With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country.

“Brooke Russell and the Mean Reds’ country-inflected take on timeless pop that you’ll dig if you like Caitlin Rose.” - Nashville Scene

“She’d be at home in the Nighthawks diner, except that she’s maybe not jaded enough. There’s an innocence and hope to most of her songs that feels like a balm.” - McKinley Valentine, unpaved.com.au

Website // Bandcamp // Twitter / Instagram // Facebok

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Imogen Pemberton Duo
Sep
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Imogen Pemberton Duo

Always in the search of a rawer, more heartfelt sound within her songwriting, Imogen Pemberton mesmerises audiences with her broad vocal range, soaring melodies and sophisticated guitar playing. Within her folk ballads she touches on many genres but always stays true to her own unique sound. Her pure organic tone and honesty within her lyrics displays a maturity beyond her years that reaches listeners on a personal level. Of recent Imogen has been performing with Cellist Oliver Downes. Together the dynamic duo present a hauntingly beautiful soundscape that both nourishes the soul and breaks the heart.

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Anthony Rea and the Charm Offensive
Sep
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Anthony Rea and the Charm Offensive

Anthony Rea and the Charm Offensive bring their unique blend of folk, blues, alt country, power pop and swamp rock to the intimate surrounds of the Charles Weston on Saturday 16 September. In a stripped back, acoustic format, this promises to be a great night of original and familiar tunes, delivered by a group of talented and versatile musicians.

The band will play two sets, drawing on Anthony’s catalogue of strong original material including his 2007 album, ‘Separation Street’, newer original material from the Charm Offensive, and interpretations of tunes from our favourite songwriters.

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Imogen Pemberton Duo
Sep
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Imogen Pemberton Duo

Always in the search of a rawer, more heartfelt sound within her songwriting, Imogen Pemberton mesmerises audiences with her broad vocal range, soaring melodies and sophisticated guitar playing. Within her folk ballads she touches on many genres but always stays true to her own unique sound. Her pure organic tone and honesty within her lyrics displays a maturity beyond her years that reaches listeners on a personal level. Of recent Imogen has been performing with Cellist Oliver Downes. Together the dynamic duo present a hauntingly beautiful soundscape that both nourishes the soul and breaks the heart.

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James Hickey and the Fair Weather Riders
Sep
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

James Hickey and the Fair Weather Riders

Hickey is a bold performer who strives to go beyond the realm of public recital and into the spectrum of entertainer. He is both light-hearted and heavy handed in his approach to song writing, throwing the first punch and taking the last hit. Watch the pop-groove flow down the sidewalk, feel your toes tap out the inner urban rhythm and catch yourself humming his tunes all the way home.

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Imogen Pemberton Duo
Sep
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

Imogen Pemberton Duo

Always in the search of a rawer, more heartfelt sound within her songwriting, Imogen Pemberton mesmerises audiences with her broad vocal range, soaring melodies and sophisticated guitar playing. Within her folk ballads she touches on many genres but always stays true to her own unique sound. Her pure organic tone and honesty within her lyrics displays a maturity beyond her years that reaches listeners on a personal level. Of recent Imogen has been performing with Cellist Oliver Downes. Together the dynamic duo present a hauntingly beautiful soundscape that both nourishes the soul and breaks the heart.

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James Hickey and Friends
Sep
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

James Hickey and Friends

Hickey is a bold performer who strives to go beyond the realm of public recital and into the spectrum of entertainer. He is both light-hearted and heavy handed in his approach to song writing, throwing the first punch and taking the last hit. Watch the pop-groove flow down the sidewalk, feel your toes tap out the inner urban rhythm and catch yourself humming his tunes all the way home.

Youtube // Website // Facebook

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Ivan Zar
Aug
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Ivan Zar

Ivan moved to Perth via his birthplace Alexandria, Egypt in the 1960s and has been playing in blues combos and solo for over 5 decades. He has worked with and supported some of the blues' best known artists including Mick Jagger ('95 solo tour), Dutch Tilders, Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf) and many others. 

His raw, down home style of blues is a rare gem, heavily undervalued and undeserving of the obscurity so many great musicians remain in to this day.

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The Hack Ensemble
Aug
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Hack Ensemble

Hack is a 3-piece improvisation collective, with Harry Cooper on sax, Arty Witherby on bass and Chris Tito Uson on drums/percussion.  Having played together in various groups for many years, Hack has a dynamic sound drawing together a diverse range of influences from Jazz, Trad Soul, Hip-Hop and contemporary groove.

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Anna Smryk (trio)
Aug
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Anna Smryk (trio)

Free in the front bar, Anna Smyrk will warm your winter cockles with tunes inspired by much hotter places. Joined by friends on banjo, violin and dobro guitar she plays delicate folk songs that tell beautifully-crafted stories about two years spent living and working in Asia and the Pacific. Described by ABC Radio National as "exquisite", Anna is back in town for a short time before she heads out on a national tour in September. 

Website // Facebook // The Murder of Alan Beyne - Live

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The Hack Ensemble
Aug
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Hack Ensemble

Hack is a 3-piece improvisation collective, with Harry Cooper on sax, Arty Witherby on bass and Chris Tito Uson on drums/percussion.  Having played together in various groups for many years, Hack has a dynamic sound drawing together a diverse range of influences from Jazz, Trad Soul, Hip-Hop and contemporary groove.

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Anna Smryk (trio)
Aug
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Anna Smryk (trio)

Free in the front bar, Anna Smyrk will warm your winter cockles with tunes inspired by much hotter places. Joined by friends on banjo, violin and dobro guitar she plays delicate folk songs that tell beautifully-crafted stories about two years spent living and working in Asia and the Pacific. Described by ABC Radio National as "exquisite", Anna is back in town for a short time before she heads out on a national tour in September. 

Website // Facebook // The Murder of Alan Beyne - Live
 

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SECRET NATIVE
Jul
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

SECRET NATIVE

 

Secret Native are a double guitar quartet led by Zeb Vescio. Rooted in the energy and language of bop, the group perform compositions new and old, original and standard, and explore the textures unique to 16 strings in a context where 4 would regularly have been plenty. Expect all things guitar and all things not. Secret Native are Zeb Vescio - Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Nick Kyritsis - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Robbie Finch - Bass, Luke Andresen - Drums. 

Free, front bar

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BRETT LEE
Jul
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

BRETT LEE

A Ngiyaampaa man from the Wangaybon Nation in Western New South Wales, Brett grew up off country next to the Pacific Ocean in a little town called Forster 300km north of Sydney. Having spent his pre-20’s as an athlete, he began his musical journey at the age of 20. He quickly started crafting his own songs and now finds himself residing in the music metropolis of Melbourne, making tunes for the malleable hearted. There will be some special guest performances joining him at different points throughout this mini residency. 

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SECRET NATIVE
Jul
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

SECRET NATIVE

Secret Native are a double guitar quartet led by Zeb Vescio. Rooted in the energy and language of bop, the group perform compositions new and old, original and standard, and explore the textures unique to 16 strings in a context where 4 would regularly have been plenty. Expect all things guitar and all things not. Secret Native are Zeb Vescio - Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Nick Kyritsis - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Robbie Finch - Bass, Luke Andresen - Drums. 

Free, front bar

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BRETT LEE
Jul
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

BRETT LEE

A Ngiyaampaa man from the Wangaybon Nation in Western New South Wales, Brett grew up off country next to the Pacific Ocean in a little town called Forster 300km north of Sydney. Having spent his pre-20’s as an athlete, he began his musical journey at the age of 20. He quickly started crafting his own songs and now finds himself residing in the music metropolis of Melbourne, making tunes for the malleable hearted. There will be some special guest performances joining him at different points throughout this mini residency. 

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BOADZ
Jul
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

BOADZ

Dale 'Boadz' Boaden has roared onto the Melbourne blues scene over the last 2 years, playing shows to packed rooms throughout Victoria and earning a reputation as one of the most promising up-and-comers working today. Particularly well known for his tribute performance of the 'Complete Works of Robert Johnson', Boadz possesses a deep understanding of the history of the blues. Combined with the background of an accomplished jazz improviser, a sound has emerged that is rough and earthy yet sleek and sophisticated; contemporary while also deeply entrenched in tradition. 

Free, front bar

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Jul
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

LISA CRAWLEY

With a back catalogue that boasts two albums and three EPs, coupled with countless collaborations, tours, television appearances and acclaimed music-based projects, Lisa Crawley has well and truly earned her reputation as one of Australasia’s most well-respected musicians.

Her recently released EP ‘Up In The Air’ five-track EP is produced by sought-after Australian producer Ryan Ritchie(Kimbra, The Rah Project), whose work with Kiwi singer Kimbra on ‘Cameo Lover’ earned him an ARIA.

http://www.lisacrawley.com

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BOADZ
Jul
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

BOADZ

Dale 'Boadz' Boaden has roared onto the Melbourne blues scene over the last 2 years, playing shows to packed rooms throughout Victoria and earning a reputation as one of the most promising up-and-comers working today. Particularly well known for his tribute performance of the 'Complete Works of Robert Johnson', Boadz possesses a deep understanding of the history of the blues. Combined with the background of an accomplished jazz improviser, a sound has emerged that is rough and earthy yet sleek and sophisticated; contemporary while also deeply entrenched in tradition. 

Free, front bar

Check Boadz on Facebook // YouTube

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Jul
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

LISA CRAWLEY

With a back catalogue that boasts two albums and three EPs, coupled with countless collaborations, tours, television appearances and acclaimed music-based projects, Lisa Crawley has well and truly earned her reputation as one of Australasia’s most well-respected musicians.

Her recently released EP ‘Up In The Air’ five-track EP is produced by sought-after Australian producer Ryan Ritchie(Kimbra, The Rah Project), whose work with Kiwi singer Kimbra on ‘Cameo Lover’ earned him an ARIA.

http://www.lisacrawley.com

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FRANCES GUMM FRONTIER
Jul
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

FRANCES GUMM FRONTIER

Frances Gumm Frontier are a band based out of Melbourne, combining the forces of five established musicians from a swag of musical and artistic projects. Their sound is a whole lot of country with a whole lot of twang and is as catchy in moments as it is heart wrenching in others.

Led by the enticing vocal harmonies of Danny Suran and Erin Fischer; their songs tell the stories of history's lovesick, downtrodden and world weary. Danny’s guitar playing is straight out of Nashville and will get deep under your skin with its edible licks. Renowned pedal steel player Mark Thomas dips and soars throughout the set, creating a dream-like aural landscape that is the essence of country music. Nick Donaldson on drums and Danny Rosner Blay on bass are a tight backline, providing a hallmark rhythm section that has groove and tenderness.

See Frances Gumm Frontier at the Charles Weston Hotel on July 1st performing both an acoustic and full band set. Free in the front bar.

www.francesgummfrontier.com

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PATRICK WILSON
Jun
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

PATRICK WILSON

Free, front bar

Patrick Wilson & the Bare River Queens tote an especial sound of traditional and alternative country, all the while drawing comparisons to the groove of The Band and spontaneity of Van Morrison in their live performances. Featuring their music around the trials and tribulations of rural life, front man and songwriter Patrick Wilson knows this first hand having originated from a Victorian surf-coast town where he worked tirelessly as an apprentice butcher. Wilson, now at the forefront of the thriving Melbourne Americana scene is continuing to make waves alongside his band of accomplished instrumentalists.

Originally performing as a solo musician around the Geelong/ Melbourne area for several years prior, The Bare River Queens formed within the halls of their music university over the shared intrigue of country music and its ability to completely tell a story through song. It was there that the group full of twang, nostalgia and the odd hint of 60s Roy Orbison “doo-wop” began.

Since the release of debut EP, ‘Ryan the Moth’, Wilson has graced the stages of Tamworth Country Music Festival 2013 as well as regional music and arts festivals, Spring Fling Festival 2014 and Birregurra Music and Arts 2015. Most noted, the band enjoyed a two night run opening for country royalty, The Bellamy Brothers on their 2014 Australian tour, with the Brothers acknowledging Wilson on his “thoughtful and diligent” song writing. Following this, their 2015 self-titled debut album has allowed the band recognition from seasoned Australian country musician, Bill Chambers.

“I heard Patrick Wilson sing for the first time in a small studio in Melbourne. His voice and his songs blew me away.”- Bill Chambers

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Dan Watkins & Paddy Montgomery
Jun
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

Dan Watkins & Paddy Montgomery

Free, front bar. 

Back to back winners of the 2013/2014 winners of the Davidson Brothers Bluegrass scholarship, Dan (guitar, vocals) and Paddy (mandolin, vocals) moved to Melbourne around the same time 6 years ago and found themselves in what became a year and a half residency at The Charles Weston (formerly The Sporting Club Hotel).

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REFRACTION
Jun
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

REFRACTION

Free, front bar

Melbourne-based jazz piano trio Refraction are performing material from their two albums as well as new music recently recorded for a forth-coming album in 2017, in addition to a selection of standards from the jazz repertoire. The trio is Chris Broomhead on drums, Brenton Foster on Piano and Jordan Tarento on double bass.

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DJ NITA
Jun
11
to Jun 12

DJ NITA

DJ Nita weaves together the kind of threads that connect Enya to The Knife or The Cramps to Rufus Thomas. With a soft spot for new wave gems, garage rock and local indie magic, her sets are always eclectic and fun with a rock n roll heart. 

free x

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REFRACTION
Jun
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

REFRACTION

Free, front bar

Melbourne-based jazz piano trio Refraction are performing material from their two albums as well as new music recently recorded for a forth-coming album in 2017, in addition to a selection of standards from the jazz repertoire. The trio is Chris Broomhead on drums, Brenton Foster on Piano and Jordan Tarento on double bass.

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KHRISTIAN MIZZI & MEGAN BERNARD
May
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

KHRISTIAN MIZZI & MEGAN BERNARD

Folk Troubadour brings his new songs to Brunswick.

To celebrate the release of his newest EP, award-winning songwriter Khristian Mizzi will appear at the Charles Weston Hotel, performing his hypnotic, and soul stirring songs. He has been described as “a genuine troubadour of our times…with songs for the heart sung with a voice like a warm hug”. Khristian has a folk sound that recalls the greats of the 1970’s Contemporary Folk movements, creating a connection with the past while offering a fresh new voice to the 'words and chords' tradition.

Khristian will be joined by Art Pop songwriter/guitarist Megan Bernard. Bernards catchy and mesmerizing tunes display a depth and beauty that is uniquely her own. An angelic voice and a world class electric guitar style, she is a must see.

Khristian Mizzi and Megan Bernard will be appearing at the Charles Weston Hotel on the 6th and 27th of May.

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TIARYN
May
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

TIARYN

From as early as she can remember, Tiaryn has been deeply connected to the emotional power of song and the art of expressing the human experience. Her effortless stage presence and soaring voice gracefully combines pop, electronic, and soul elements. Along with her 5 piece band, Tiaryn has a unique and modern sound featuring catchy synths, lush harmonies, dirty beats and compelling stories..

Free Entry

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ANNIE-ROSE MALONEY
May
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

ANNIE-ROSE MALONEY

Annie-Rose Maloney is re-connecting with the Melbourne music scene this May as she embarks on a new solo project.  Currently living in the Sunraysia town of Robinvale and working on an Almond Farm, the former Murdena front-woman is going to be quietly easing back into the swing of things with her guitar and her harmonica. Join Annie at The Charles Weston Hotel in Brunswick on the 20th May for a couple of sets of old and new acoustic tunes, as you munch through some quality pub grub.

Free Entry

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TIARYN
May
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

TIARYN

From as early as she can remember, Tiaryn has been deeply connected to the emotional power of song and the art of expressing the human experience. Her effortless stage presence and soaring voice gracefully combines pop, electronic, and soul elements. Along with her 5 piece band, Tiaryn has a unique and modern sound featuring catchy synths, lush harmonies, dirty beats and compelling stories..

Free Entry

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TIM GUY
May
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

TIM GUY

Tim Guy’s five richly varied albums (from the assured debut of 2004’s Blazey, up to the polished, faceted gem that is 2015’s ‘Chords’) chart the growth of one of Australia’s most unique songwriting voices.

He’s lived and played throughout Australia, Europe and an extended stint in New Zealand, before settling back in Melbourne.

Rolling Stone says “There’s a honeyed overlap of AM-radio twang…   reanimated with giddy enthusiasm and a rare lightness of touch”.

                         https://timguymusic.bandcamp.com/

                       https://www.facebook.com/timguymusic/

Free Entry

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STEPH BRETT
May
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

STEPH BRETT

Steph Brett plays sings and plays a nylon string guitar. Taking inspiration from folk music, bossa nova, western swing, old country blues, italian romantics, hot rancheros, soul, disco and jazz standards, she brings a large and meandering repertoire. She is currently working on an album of original material helped along by the talent of special local musicians. Free Entry.

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