Andy McGarvie

Friday 28th August

Ever since hearing Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ on his parent’s record player, Andy McGarvie has devoted his life to playing music. One of Melbourne’s busiest musicians, you might find Andy playing with any number of bands around the city, having spent half his life as both a full time member or session player with numerous bands, and on numerous instruments.

It is under his own moniker, however, that McGarvie really honed his craft, having found the liberty to truly and freely express himself. This freedom is never more evident than during one of his live performances. Old songs take new form and McGarvie cuts a captivating figure on stage; a wild man on guitar with a vocal delivery that shifts between a velveteen croon and snarling war cry. Andy was a finalist in the 2014 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society 'Blues Performer of the Year' as well as a finalist in the prestigious ‘Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition’ in the same year. In 2015, the debut full-length album from Andy McGarvie will be released.

Whether with his band or playing solo, he takes audiences on a guitar-fuelled journey through blues, soul, funk and rock. Introspective yet inclusive, McGarvie’s music will find resonance with both music aficionados and the casual listener alike.


The Beautiful Losers

+ Philippa Sings (Feat. Philippa Nihill & Glenn Bennie from The Underground Lovers) + Jules Douglas (The Panics)
Friday 28th August

The original line-up of the Beautiful Losers was formed in 1987 and gigged around Perth until early 1989, releasing on vinyl a single (Ten Lies, b/w Deadly Game) and an album (Lover/Saint).

In 2014 the Beautiful Losers made a triumphant return to the live scene in Perth with Greg and Cliff (the only members to have played in every line-up of the band over the years) joined by Shaun Hoffmann on drums and Hurb Jephasun on piano and organ. The current line-up has played several shows since their return gig, performing several of the band’s popular songs from the 80s, several songs from Greg’s previous band, The Holy Rollers, and several new songs of Greg’s. The inclusion of keyboards instead of a second guitar has given the old songs a new lease of life and has broadened the scope of the current band.

The material continues to be a unique blend of grungy ballads and quirky pop, with the emphasis on simple structures and beguiling lyrics that tell stories in images and suggestive disjointed scenes. The lyrics in the new songs, as in the older songs, blend dark humour with tenderness and strong emotion.

This new line-up of the Beautiful Losers is recording an album of new songs for release later in August 2015.


Tim Durkin

Saturday 29th August

The frontman of local rabble rouses Cherrywood has decided to do a few solo shows for shits and giggles. A mixture of Cherrywood songs and eclectic covers shall be the order of the day, with no doubt some hilarious and or awkward banter in between.


John Flanagan

+ Liz Frencham
Saturday 29th August

Combining 70s folk singer/songwriter influences with a contemporary Americana sound, John Flanagan’s star is on the rise since recording his latest album ‘There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going’ in Nashville with producer Viktor Krauss. On 31 July 2015 he releases his new single ‘Whatever Makes You Happy’, as the first taste of the upcoming album release. The live single launch will take place at the Wesley Anne, Melbourne (29 Aug) followed by an expansive National co-headline tour with festival favourite Liz Frencham during September and October.

The new track was co-written with NSW based musician Timothy James Bowen and features vocal harmonies from alt-country songstress Brooke Russell.

Flanagan’s engaging, honest lyricism and timeless melodies have seen him win over fans at major folk festivals around Australia and he won the respect of the Australian country & roots music scene when he took out the prestigious Gympie Music Muster Talent Search in 2013.

There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going’ is out in Feb 2016.


Cold Irons Bound

Sunday 30th August

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.... Cold Irons Bound are currently recording their debut LP with Brooke Penrose at Captain B Studios (Saint Jude / Cash Savage).


Moulin Beige

Tuesday 1st September

"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

Jackson McLaren

Thursday 3rd September

By the age of 17, Warrnambool's Jackson McLaren and his folk-inflected songcraft had caught the ear of Josh Pyke, who produced Jackson’s debut self-titled EP. A move to Melbourne later, the breakthrough came with ‘A Whole Day Nearer’ from 2011’s Mirrors and Strings EP.

In 2013 it was followed by the haunting single ‘Some of My Friends’ – a waltz-time tribute to the way that life changes us all, driven by an insistent fiddle and a melody Mumford & Sons would have killed for – and now McLaren and his trusty sidemen, the Triple Threat, present their debut full length album: Songs to Greet the Dawn.

The album’s been a long time coming, but that’s because McLaren knows you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

See him solo in the front bar on Thursday nights in September!


Anna Cordell

Friday 4th September

Anna Cordell is arguably one of Melbourne's brightest emerging folk artists. Her single I'LL WAIT HERE has garnered much acclaim since it's release in May this year with triple j's Caz Tran describing it as: "Delicate and haunting, this song comes from a patient and knowing heart and will stir a yearning in yours."

After heading back into the studio with producer Dave Manton (LULUC, Matt Walker, Gossling), she now has an EP of five harrowingly beautiful songs to share.

Anna Cordell creates tender yet deceptively complex folk music. Her voice is rich and soothing though lyrically her music is filled with angst and conflict, an emotional impact that is heightened by the penchant for the minor key that she share with her main influences, Nick Drake, Townes Van Zant and Radiohead.

Cordell’s music went and lost its priority after she completed university as she started a family and her own business. Now that her children are, mostly, at school – the 32 year old has four girls all under 10 – Cordell has been able to focus more on her music. Since 2013 Cordell has been gigging profusely at many Melbourne venues and has played alongside artists such as esteemed folk artist Luke Legs, Bill Jackson, Matthew Kenneally (Canary) and emerging talent Jackson McLaren.


Steph Mascetta

+ Finding Isla + Nick Hermanus & Dan Berry
Friday 4th September

Melbournian Singer Songwriter of Alternative and Indie Pop, Stephanie Mascetta and her wonderfully creative band, have been performing together for over five years. After having travelled the world and experienced an assortment of beautifully inspiring life moments, Stephanie is ready to launch new original music in addition to the performance of much loved older material. Joined by her band consisting of Tully Ingamells (Keys), Daniel Berry (Drums &Percussion) and Scott Mealy
(Bass) and supported by incredible musical groups of friends, this is a night not to be missed. Come along and experience nothing short of an evening of storytelling, warmth, excitement, love, friendship and beer.

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Grain of Truth

Saturday 5th September

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

Jukai Forest Duo

Saturday 5th September

Jukai Forest are a three piece indie band who have been playing around Melbourne for a couple of years to increasing appreciation. Their live sets have been compared to the Go-Betweens, The Clean, Ride, Sonic Youth and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. They have played at all sort of legendary Melbourne venues such as The Tote, The Espy and Cherry Bar, The Evelyn and The Old Bar. They released their debut ep 'South Meringue' six months ago. Music Blog Beach Sloth gave out high praise in their review of the ep: "“South Meringue” is what more bands want to sound like but few can achieve. Through a careful combination of balance, execution, and warmth, Jukai Forest define how good indie rock can get on “South Meringue”. Now, with drummer Ritchie away for a while, Mel and Matt will be playing as a duo, putting a new spin on songs old and new.



Saturday 5th September

KAISHA are an exciting up-and-coming band from the hills of Melbourne. Forming as a trio in 2012, but with a collective musical history of 15 years behind them, KAISHA are a distinct fusion of Middle-Eastern rock, and progressive, shamanic sound-scapes. With diverse influences such as The Tea Party, A Perfect Circle and Dead Can Dance, KAISHA are carving out a unique sound previously unheard in the Australian music scene. KAISHA are: Kaisha Hekimian on lead vocals, oud and twelve-string acoustic guitar, Leah Blankendaal on keyboards, piano accordion, flute and vocals, and Djulz Chambers on djembe and darbuka.

After winning 2 NCEIA awards and a Darebin music feast award KAISHA’S current EP, The End Of The Divide – Part 2 has been described as "…[the] haunting tension, a masterful effort." by Inpress Magazine.
2015 so far has been a very busy and exciting year for the band, with the hugely successful release of their first single Devils Tongue off their second album, to be released in late 2015. Their launch coincided with the commemoration of 100 years since the Armenian Genocide. This had great significance to lead singer Kaisha Hekimian being half Armenian. KAISHA also played at Seven Sisters Festival earlier this year as well as The End Of The Line Festival and Progfest in 2014.


Folk Songs

with Happy Enchilada - Redwood - Alexandra Pye
Sunday 6th September

Folk Music duo Happy Enchilada perform a mixture of contemporary and traditional folk and country songs on various acoustic instruments with great harmonies. Joined by folk music acts; Redwood and Alexandra Pye.


Basement Spaceman

Friday 11th September

Basement Spaceman is the creative vehicle for Melbourne based singer/songwriter Andy Brown. Brown presents a bizarre world of back masking, subliminal messages, sexy UFOs and freaky speakers.

The self titled long player has received some very healthy airplay on Melbourne's RRR, PBS and ABC National's 'Inner Sleeve'.

The album has also reached number two on the 'Record Paradise' album charts and is proving popular with vinylists locally.

Sounds like : The Beatles in a Blender!!!


Jemma Nicole

Saturday 12th September

When you witness Americana songstress Jemma Nicole perform, you will no doubt be drawn in by the vulnerability in her vocal delivery and stage presence. This is reinforced by Jemma’s husky vocal tone that enriches every song lyric she has carefully and truthfully written. With a tendency to acquire inspiration during the colder months, this is evident in her songwriting as she is certainly not afraid to bare her dark side and true feelings in her music no matter how offensive, brutal or confronting her feelings are. Penning songs about, longing, loneliness, anger and heartache with a no fluff attitude is what comes naturally for her. Jemma Nicole’s style is remnicent of artists such as Gillian Welch, Sarah Jarosz, and Lucinda Williams.


Jane McArthur

Sunday 13th September

Jane McArthur offers audiences a raw and honest experience where lyric is king and the blues got soul. Jane is currently wooing Melbourne audiences with her solo shows, and is widely admired for her soulful vocals, poetic writing and bluesy undertones. Her current project is recording and releasing a new song every month for ’12 Months 12 Songs’. She released her debut solo album - 'Lemon Tree' in 2012. Hailing from Tasmania, she started out as front-woman for blues/funk/soul outfit Let The Cat Out. She has recorded two albums of her own material with Let The Cat Out ('Get It Like That', 'Swimming Upstream’).


NMIT Showcase

Tuesday 15th September
Wesley Anne Band Room

The Flaming Mongrels

+ Owen Thomas
Friday 18th September

The Flaming Mongrels features luminaries of the Melbourne country and blues scene. If you’re in the mood for some Outlaw country or some down-home blues, The Flaming Mongrels is the band to see.

Hannah Riley (vocals), Gary Watling (guitar), Adam Duffy (Drums), Malcolm Beveridge (bass), Joel Reed (Sax / Keys)

Support Act:
Melbourne-based singer songwriter Owen Thomas will be performing a solo set of original music. Owens original compositions are influenced by folk, blues and country music traditions; yet retain a unique and individual quality.


Madeleine Duke EP Launch

+ Tim Haines
Saturday 26th September

Madeleine Duke has a penchant for finding whimsy and poignancy in the humdrum of the everyday. An award-winning songwriter, Madeleine first began performing solo in 2014 and has since been playing regularly around Melbourne. Her sound is bright and sincere, her effortlessly pure voice humbled by an understated performance style.

Join Madeleine for the launch of her debut self-titled EP on 10” vinyl, with support from Tim Haines. Recorded by Tony Dupé (Grand Salvo, Holly Throsby, Sui Zhen), this first release brings to life a small collection of songs written over a number of years. The first single 'A Drunken Bee' is now available on bandcamp.


Improv Idol

Thursday 1st October

Improv Idol – one part talent show, one part music improvisation laboratory, with bucket loads of audience participation and fun. Think ‘Make It Up Club’ meets some TV talent show.

On Thursday 1st of October 2015, at the The Wesley Anne, we will choose the greatest improviser in Australia. Guided by an panel of expert judges, YOU will vote for the best performer in an ensemble. The winner then moves onto the next round, continuing their Improv Idol journey.

You the audience will decide who continues through Improv Idol, and the manner in which they improvise!

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the king or queen of Australian improvised music? Contestant applications open on our website on Monday 17 August (no application fees)

Lineup to be announced 17 September.


Darebin Music Feast - Tobias Hengeveld

+ Ben Mason & Band + Madeline Duke (solo)
Friday 23rd October

Longtime Darebin tunesmith, Tobias Hengeveld sings rare and valuable stories - swaying between local landscapes and otherworldly themes. Like a melodic Cormack McCarthy, Tobias plants honest narratives in the Australian psyche. His steady-burning 2014 release The Daylight Express is an acclaimed collection of rousing rock tunes, poignant riff-based reflections, and magnetic ballads.

The album was written during an artist residency at Brunswick Railway Station, then recorded and produced in Darebin with local artist Robbie Rowlands.

Gaining a nomination for The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards, Tobias and band went on to play a Falls Festival Lorne slot at the end of 2014. The Daylight Express live show continues to gather attention around town. For this Darebin Music Feast Show Tobias Hengeveld features songs from the album as well as sneak-peak at some fresh fodder for an upcoming new release.


Darebin Music Feast - Nick Batterham

Saturday 24th October

Nick Batterham is a Melbourne singer songwriter with 25 years experience performing around the country and the world in bands including Blindside, The Earthmen and Cordrazine. As a solo artist, he writes self-effacing ballads and delivers them with his unique dry humour. He recently released his fourth solo album, Self Inflicted, No Sympathy.

- "...finding beauty in our blackest moments; mining the depths of our despair for gold. A celebration of sadness beautifully done" -

- "...somewhere between Dylan drawl and Go-Betweens’ love of pop" -

- "Self Inflicted, No Sympathy is a triumph" 4 1/2 Stars - Courier Mail

- Three D Radio Album Of The Week