Madeleine Duke

Friday 3rd July

Madeleine Duke is an indie folk songwriter who has been performing regularly in Melbourne since 2014. She has previously played and toured Australia as part of notable bands The Finks, Courtney Barnett and Merri Creek Pickers.

Her solo sound is bright and poignant, and taking influence from self reflection
as well as observation of others. Clean and pretty melodies with melancholic yet often quirky themes.

Madeleine won the 2014 Darebin Music Feast Songwriters' Award with her song "Joshua”.

Her debut solo EP, produced by Tony Dupe (Grand Salvo, Holly Throsby, Sui
Zhen) is due for release in August 2015.



Friday 3rd July

Since starting in 2008, Melting Pot's Songwriters in the Round has gained the reputation of being one of Australia's premier regular acoustic events.

Featuring a unique concept of 3 highly talented singer-songwriters seated facing each other in a circle in the middle of the band room, they each take turns in playing their tunes, one by one, and so it goes 'round'.

It's intimate, often interactive and incredibly special to be part of for both the artists and audience members alike!

Wesley Anne Band Room
singer songwriter

Grain of Truth

Saturday 4th July

Grain of Truth is a comedy podcast with a difference, recorded live at The Wesley Anne. Under the vague pretence of an academic quiz, Grain of Truth challenges some of Melbourne's cleverest comedians, improvisers and academics to respond to ridiculously absurd questions, scenarios and topics. Whoever wins the most points wins the coveted Grain of Truth prize.

Chairing the panel is Melbourne comedian, writer, improviser and creator of the show David S. Innes (Innes Lloyd, The Impro Box, This Can't End Well). Runs for approximately 90 minutes with a ten minute break in between.

"Cancel all plans for the first Saturday of the month. We don’t give a s**t even if it’s your nan’s 90th birthday – you have to go and see Grain of Truth instead. This is goddamn hilarious." - **** Beat Magazine

Wesley Anne Band Room

Cold Irons Bound (Duo)

Saturday 4th July

Cold Irons Bound are a Melbourne four piece who recall the tuneful, country tinged distortion of the best indie rock bands of the last 25 years. Think big harmonies, slide guitar and songs that get stuck in your head. Rock with a touch of country. Imagine Tom Petty jamming with Teenage Fanclub.


Birdshit Brothers

+ Slim Belly Brown
Saturday 4th July

Featuring members of the RACV, Costco and Top Video Northcote, The Birdshit Brothers are half-arsed 9-5'ers letting loose on a small number of balance sheet boogie tunes. Making assets a liability, you know how it is. Tightening up would mean spending more time together. Not an option. Take it or leave it.

$Gold Coin Donation

Elle et La Contrebasse

Sunday 5th July

Elle et La Contrebasse are a Melbourne based French acoustic three piece. The sultry Xaris Miller leads the outfit with her sensual vocals and nylon guitar, supported by double bass and mandolin. The band meanders through French jazz, pop beats and Latin, inspired by singers such as Zaz, Pauline Croze and Yves Jamait.


Moulin Beige

Tuesday 7th July

"It’s a treat of a night” Australian Stage

Melbourne's most extraordinary and entertaining comedy cabaret. Featuring experimental local acts and world class internationals from the other side of the tracks. See the new and the tried and true, up and coming and the award winning. Featuring clowns, physical comedians, character comedy, theater of the absurd, circus, cabaret and comedy that delights and simply cannot be defined. "Expect the unexpected" The Herald Sun. "A night of frivolity and fun” Heckler

Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are $12 for the show or $25 show and meal deal.

The Moulin Beige will sell out so it is always best to book!

Wesley Anne Band Room
$25 with meal or $12 on the door

Tim Woodz And Friends

Thursday 9th July

Tim Woodz plays odd-ball folk songs, to likes of Arlo Guthrie, Paul Kelly and Greg Champion. He tells interesting stories through great melodies and funky rhythms. He plays jazzy acoustic guitar, driving blues harmonica and sings with deep smokey vocals. A quirky entertainer you can't miss.


Birds Of A Feather

Featuring Jacqui Sterling, Sarah Carroll + Harmony Byrne
Thursday 9th July

Birds of a Feather… This trio of female songwriters will set hearts soaring, get feet stomping and audiences will leave feeling they’ve shared a secret with an old friend.

Jacqui Sterling's music is an eclectic blend of progressive folk, celtic roots and storytelling, her music is imbued with traces of this Irish heritage with rhythmic foot to floorboards accoustic guitar and hauntingly beautiful vocal melodies. She has shared the stage with Clare Bowditch, Declan O’Rourke, Josh Pyke, Lanie Lane, The Pierce Brothers, and Glen Hansard to name a few. This will be her farewell gig before she heads off to Ireland to once again tour there.

Sarah Carroll, a seasoned and very well versed singer/songwriter and performer, well known for her work with The Junes, The Cartridge Family, The Pirates Of Beer and partner Chris Wilson . Sarah's music reverberates with her wide and various influences, she is known for her earthy, wry and heartfelt songs and has rhythm and blues in her heart!

Completing the trio is Harmony Byrne, Melbourne-born songstress. Some say she is the love child of Jeff Buckley and Joni Mitchell. Her vocal tones glide effortlessly through any melody, dancing between raw and angelic. Through simple but accomplished instrumentation and fearless vocals, Harmony seeks to embody truth- both heart aching and elevating.

It promises to be an intimate night of passionate, fierce and heartfelt female singer song writers sharing their passion through song.


Central Rain (Duo)

Saturday 11th July

Central Rain is the first solo project for Melbourne musician Luke Thomas (The Pictures, Deserters, The Ronson Hangup). Never one to pander to mainstream radio tastes, Thomas writes from the heart and his atmospheric, reflective songs, reminiscent of writers such as Steve Kilbey, Neil Finn and Grant McLennan, are produced without studio trickery and performed with a refreshing honesty. In duo mode he is joined by long-time collaborator Mal Pinkerton (The Anyones, The Ronson Hangup) on guitar and cello, playing two sets of Central Rain songs along with some old favourites on three Saturdays in July.


Tom Stephens

+ Dylan James + Rough River
Friday 17th July

2014 was a big year for Stephens with glowing reviews of his folk-infused sophomore release, Embers.  Critics likened his resonant, introspective voice to greats like Nick Drake, and praised his tender portrayal of life and place.  As a consequence of this, Stephens supported blues troubadour Steve Smyth and Australian songwriting legend Shane Howard.

Despite this success, Stephens has decided to exchange the rustic and countrified vibes of his sophomore folk release, for a more robust rock-meets-bluegrass sound.  Rather than paint pictures of green gums, salt and sea, Stephens has opted to give voice to naked city streets, blinkers and billboards.

After a year of sonic exploration, Stephens is set to release his debut album.  This time around, he has accompanied his dulcet storytelling with more than the rarefied flick and pop of the guitar.  Rather, Stephens has worked to build rich soundscapes with multi-instrumental layering and thick percussive lines.  By so doing, he hopes to reflect, in his music, the subtleties of Sydney's urban sprawl; the hum of cars amidst throngs of pulsing pedestrians in a violent-gentle city.


Burn Antares

Saturday 18th July

Acquainted by a mutual love of 60’s and 70’s rock n’ roll, Grace Farriss (vocals, acoustic guitar), Sean Casey (keyboards), Daniel Murchison (Electric Guitar), Tom Hoglund (bass) and Thom Eagleton (percussion), formed BURN ANTARES in 2012. Since then, they have been finely honing their sound on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, preparing their famous cups of rocket love for your auditory pleasure.

BURN ANTARES quickly established themselves as a regular on the Sydney live music scene playing gigs including Surry Hills Festival, Oddley Wholesome Festival, Sounds of the Suburbs, Yardfest, Chugg Music’s ARIA Showcase and support spots for The Growlers, The Babe Rainbow, Little Bastard and The Murlocs on national tours.

Intrigued by BURN ANTARES’ unique sound, superstar artist manager Guy Morrow (previous manager of Boy & Bear and Movement) boarded the lyrical soul train in late 2014 and is now at the helm. His expert navigation has propelled the band to new heights, whilst creating room for the band to focus on what they do best.

With their second east coast tour under their belt, the band are set to release their new EP ‘Fur Coat & the Peace Boat’ in June 2015. The product of many hours of melodic wrangling, the album was produced by the delightful music industry identity and producer Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Andy Bull, Tim Finn), and will be distributed through MGM.


NMIT Showcase

Tuesday 21st July
Wesley Anne Band Room

Laura Function pencil

Saturday 25th July

Sara Jane Neep

+ Charlie Lane + Tiaryn
Friday 31st July

Sara Jane is a singer songwriter from the beautiful state of Tasmania, who moved to Melbourne 2 years ago to pursue her musical journey. Initially playing solo, Sara Jane is now supported by a great band consisting of a super talented and creative group of musicians: Joel Macintyre on guitar, Adrian ‘Jack’ Jackson on Bass, Nic Symons on drums and Dan Doyle on Saxophones. Sara Jane on Vocals and keys.


A High St Winta Session

The Fondue Set + The Ukulele Ladies + Queen Beaver
Saturday 1st August

The High Street sessions (rocking various High St venues since Midsumma 2014) brings it back to the Wesley Anne where it all began! This year’s first line-up, put together exclusively for Midwinta, brings you headliners The Fondue Set - glammed up for your viewing pleasure this six-piece ensemble plays an eclectic mix of late 60’s and 70’s hits and lesser known B sides from the golden era of Australian AM radio (seriously, if you haven’t danced to their version of Blinded By The Light you haven’t lived!). Also on the bill are the toe-tapping, thigh-slapping, stocking-snagging, head-banging musical comedy duo that are The Ukulele Ladies, decked out in gorgeous outfits and playing the entire gamut of musical genres - a touch Hawaii, a bit Vegas and a tad Tamworth. Rounding off the line-up are regular sessioners Queen Beaver, a charming three-piece who’ll kick off the show with their trademark comic antics and twisted covers (expect anything from Meatloaf to Lorde) as well as their country and blues inspired originals. Three bands for the price of one, so what are you waiting for? Nestle into the warm hospitality of the Wesley Anne, while getting down to queer chicks in charge of instruments to rock your Midwinta!

$15/$10 Concession

Barc Beats

Featuring Elk + Mammoth, Low Rent + Kingston Crown
Saturday 8th August

This is a fundraising event for a group called BARC who are a Bali dog adoption and rehabilitation centre. BARC relieves the suffering, starvation, abuse and neglect of the Bali street dogs with care, community awareness and education. Please join us to raise much needed funds for BARC at our upcoming fundraiser BARC BEATS!
To learn more about BARC please follow this link