Need a reason to help you get over the hump?
Come down to Simply Acoustic on Wednesday’s and discover some of Melbourne’s finest Acoustic talent free in the band room.
Make a night of it, catch up with friends, have a meal a few drinks but be home early as we kick off 3 talented acts from 7.30 and finish at 9.30pm.
4 studio albums with the most recent being 2013's Dreaming of a Night Mango.
"Stefan Grossman’s name is synonymous with most aspects of the acoustic guitar experience. Stefan witnessed the astonishing appearance of blues rediscoveries — Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Bukka White and he learned from them all. Most of all he learned from the great Rev Gary Davis and he acquired his ‘Kid Future’ nickname from being able to play Willie Brown’s arrangement of Future Blues. He met John Fahey, Ry Cooder and Steve Mann. “If you could play guitar,” says Stefan, “you were accepted anywhere. In 2012 Stefan Grossman returned to Australia for his first tour in 30 years.
The ‘Fingerstyle Guitar - Blues, Ragtime to Beyond’ tour.
Sam Page, Chelsea Morgan and the Woven Soles and Alex and The Shy Lash Lies Friday the 14th March is set to be a spectacular night of folk, indie-pop and rock tunes at the Wesley Anne, with the Heymus trio from Adelaide headlining the evening.
The Heymus trio consists of the folkie, pop-tinged guitar and vocals of James Hickey with elegant backing by Craig Kelly on double bass and Rory cKinnon on saxophone.
"The Pink Pearl Dragon expertly captures an empathy within the listener that parallels the experience of such gorgeous colors and the sort of emotional content that makes tears slightly sting the eyes as they well up, but feeling relaxed and unburdened all at once". Andrew James -
Catch The Wild Comforts just before they go into the studio to record their second full length album, produced by Bill Chambers. Come along for two intimate sets filled with alt-country gold. Going into the studio at the end of March; The Wild Comforts have been busy rehearsing and songwriting and are excited to play The Wesley Anne to showcase all their hard work. The Wild Comforts are dedicated to bringing their brand of country and quality songwriting to whoever will listen.
Andy's back from his European tour where he's played shows in Italy, Ireland and all over the UK. He's excited to play new songs from How Things Are and to team up with Sebastian White and Katherine Adés [Sebastikat!] on bass and drums.
Andy's series of shows at the The Wesley Anne in Northcote are building and it'd be great to see you there for an evening of stories, tall tales, troubadour soul and rock'n'roll.
Live recording Tim Woodz and the dirty shoes (duo)
with very special guest, Isobel Caldwell
Tim Woodz composes stories into abstract and upbeat folk songs. He is an engaging oddball performer who has raised more eyebrows than a facial hair farm, captivating audiences with his easily sing-along-able tunes. Tim’s a folk festival favorite winning Maldon’s Minstrel award in 2011 and stunning audiences at Wallaby Creek festival in North Queensland.
A 17 year old singer/songwriter from Melbourne, blends storytelling lyrics with a mixture of dynamic and calming melodies.
Introducing a new stand up comedy night!
This FREE weekly event promises to deliver joy and laughter to your Mondays from 8pm. With a host of Melbourne’s best up and coming comedians, also keep your eye out for special guest performers dropping in to do their stuff.
The Wesley Anne at 250 High Street Northcote is renowned for its performance space offering a perfect setting to be seduced by laughter. At
the bar you’ll find a selection of tap beer delights together with 2 for 1 meal deals to enjoy whilst having a laugh.
Do yourself a favour and check it out!
Exiting new Melbourne traditional Cajun trio The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Trio plays old time Cajun and Creole Two Steps, One Steps, Waltz’s, Blues and Stomps from the Swamps. Featuring Craig Woodward (Cajun Accordion, Fiddle and Vocal) Sue Shaw (Guitar, Cajun Triangle and Vocal) and Campbell Shaw (Fiddle)
‘Cajun’ music is the tradition music of South West Louisiana with highly rhythmic and driving archaic melodies accompanied by Louisiana French vocal and led by intertwining Button Accordion and Fiddle riffs……
The Stain present…Blue Bayou, an intimate evening of reinterpreted song. Having ended 2013 with a sold out season of their acclaimed show In the Heart of Darkness and welcomed 2014 with a knock out performance at Melbourne’s own Grrlfest, The Stain embark on a new exploration of the delicacies found in iconic pop and rock songs, old blues tunes and some originals thrown in for good measure.
Blue Bayou is The Stain stripped back to guitar and voice, to deliver a raw and alluring evening of song. Featuring special guests, singer/songwriting folkstar beauty Brandon Davey and ever delightful country and blues explosion The Houndlings.
Doors 730pm. Music 8pm. $10
Country music as nature intended
Come and enjoy the music of Crafty Anne and the great food on offer at the Wesley Anne on the last Tuesday of the month, 28th January. Crafty Anne play an eclectic mix of popular hits, ballads and crunchy blues, and this month they're supported by 2/3 Actual Size, playing a range of popular songs, with a touch of madness. Entry is free.
Canberra-based alt-folk pioneers Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have been performing in their hometown for several years when they came to national attention in 2012. ‘Little Surprises’, the first single lifted from their LP Family Pets, saw the outfit Unearthed through national youth broadcaster Triple J - scoring an exclusive masterclass with the likes of Gotye and Adalita as part of SongSummit 2012.
Since the release of their album Family Pets, the band have received airplay across Australia, and all sorts of praise from the Australian and international blog-o-sphere, with the broad consensus being that the band are destined for great things’. JDSS have also enjoyed in-the-flesh highlights including being invited to sing onstage with urban-folk songwriter, Darren Hanlon, playing the National Folk Festival, Corinbank festival, being nominated for Best Folk Act at the MusicACT Awards, playing live on ABC Radio National for the youth Heywire competition, and playing their first national headline tour over Autumn. The band have shared the stage with Australian music icons including Tim Rogers (You Am I), Kate Miller-
Heidke, and international acts including Newton Faulker and Wendy Matthews Julia’s secret dream come true!).
THE MOULIN BEIGE- 1st
April Fools Day Special
Roll Up! Roll Up! To Melbourne’s quirkiest comedy vaudeville night. The
Moulin Beige takes place on the first Tuesday of the month at The Wesley Anne in Northcote. Se Melbourne's most unique and experimental
comedians, cabaret artists and variety performers! Hosted by comic accordionist Liz Skitch our April Fools Day Special features Melbourne’s most loved physical comic and clown DANIEL OLDAKER and the Internationally acclaimed contortionist RUBI RUBBERLEGS. This is a great night out where you can enjoy a yummy meal while you watch the show (show and meal deal only $20)
"A night of frivolity and fun" Heckler
@ The Wesley Anne, 250 High St, Northcote, 3070 (the southern end of
Northcote, just opposite the Uniting Church -catch 86 Tram)
Dinner and Show Package $20 (This package is available to limited numbers
and WILL SELL OUT- best to BOOK in advance)
Acclaimed singer Gian Slater’s prodigious musical output ranges from electronica, pop and jazz to her acclaimed 18-piece vocal ensemble Invenio. For this very special gig, Slater launches her most intimate and personal project to date featuring her brother Nathan Slater and partner Christopher Hale. Their album Still Still is a subtle, powerful and deeply emotional suite of songs, setting Slater’s pure, distinctive voice alongside intricately arranged guitars. With arresting honesty and deep craft, Slater’s music is playful, compelling and sublime.
The podcast panel game show where comedians, improvisers and academics have a battle of wits as to who can come up with the best answers to the most ridiculously absurd questions. It's a cross between Whose Line is it Anyway? and Rock-Wiz, with a dose of TED Talks and a smidgeon of MacGyver. Let your brain out for a laugh. Directed by David S. Innes (The Impro Box, Time Lord).
The Elbow Room Series offers an opportunity for the performance of your electro-acoustic works, improvisation works, works for which you already have performers, works you would like to perform yourself, music-theatre works, music and movement works, works for music and visuals, or other possibilities which cannot usually be
catered for within a conventional concert framework.
David Bramble made an album. If it was a boat he would probably call it 'Infernal scratchings' and it would have sails but would probably mostly run on an old diesel engine, it would be weathered and a little slow but you'd love to be in cos it keeps you out of the sea and is potentially going somewhere. And like a boat he is going to launch it. He is also heading off for America two days later.
Its all a bit exciting really, the albums got some country, some sweet duets, some rock and blues and wierd stuff and wurlitzer and a lumberjack choir and sad songs and happy ones and heaps. Think of the love child of Paul Kelly, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Van Morrison. Mmmmm. Now imagine them all riding a winged salamander on clouds made of goats cheese. Mmmm. He's got a band together for the launch so its gonna be something.
He'll be supported by the Weeping Willows who are great tasty country duet. Here is some words about them. The Weeping Willows, Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates, are a couple of old souls, steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery. They regale their audience with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.
With a debut single “Planets” currently setting Soundcloud alight, Sydney newcomers Little Earthquake are taking to the stage to introduce audiences to their sound.
Based on the Central Coast, the brothers grew up in bands together at school before heading to the states where they toured as guest members of US indie rockers Lydia, crossing the country and getting a taste for the road.
It was winding their way across American highways that the brothers began writing together for a new project, creating tracks which would go on to become the basis for Little Earthquake.
Diana Rouvas has always embraced music as a way of life. Starting vocal training at the age of 4, and writing original material at the age of 8. At the age of 17, Diana joined the multi ARIA award-winning Tina Arena on backing vocals on a tour of France, where she performed to capacity crowds at the legendary Olympia Hall. Diana has been invited to represent her home of Australia at the Annual
Australia Week G’day LA Celebrations held in Los Angeles, celebrating US achievements by Australians including Mel Gibson, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman,
Cate Blanchett and Olivia Newton John.
Wielding masterful poetic and soulful integrity, Diana Rouvas is bewitching in live performance mode. This singer-songwriters sound is home to the raw tenacity of the music industry in the 60’s and 70’s….And her life’s work shows in her will to maintain her integrity & the skill to be able to back it up.
Diana has also had the privilege of recording her original material with legendary soul funk band "RUFUS" from "RUFUS & CHAKA KHAN" in 2006.