At Last – Jazz is Back at Montsalvat!

Montsalvat proudly announces a new Jazz Concert Series in the Montsalvat Barn Gallery in December.  Celebrated Australian artists John McAll and Debra Byrne will join us to present a rich and intimate jazz program that will delight fans and those new to the genre alike at the program launch. Montsalvat is bringing ‘all that Jazz’ back for your thirsty ears!

John McAll, graduate of the inaugural VCA Jazz Program, pianist and musical director, was a member of the ‘80’s band I’m talking and also the legendary Black Sorrows.  He has performed internationally and nationally and has an enviable list of recordings, including his 2009 instrumental Gold Album Black Money.

Grammy and Aria award winning queen Debra Byrne has extensive stage, television and concert experience across the musical spectrum. She has superb range as a vocalist and brings an absolute pro’s smoothness, heart and maturity to the songs she now chooses to sing.

Both artists are well known individually to Australian and international audiences. Together they bring their finely-honed artistry and a truly unforgettable jazz performance to our stage.

Series creator Ron Brown said, “After a decade of The Montsalvat Jazz Festival in the 80s and 90s there are still many jazz lovers with fond memories of those concerts who will welcome jazz back to this very special place. There is nothing like Montsalvat to experience  a fine jazz gig and I am excited and honoured to see these two legendary performers kick start the new Montsalvat Jazz Series.”

Traditionally Jazz has been an important part of Montsalvat with the Montsalvat Melbourne International Jazz Festival running annually from 1988 until 1999. Musicians from all over the world came, most with their bands, to perform and hold masterclasses at Montsalvat. Then the festival was a large-scale, sponsored event and the small surpluses raised were ploughed back into Montsalvat for improvements to the grounds and buildings.

This new concert series is taking on the dual role of supporting our Jazz musicians in providing a rich Jazz concert experience for audiences whilst raising funds for much needed maintenance and restoration work at Montsalvat. All proceeds from the concert after artists are paid will go the Montsalvat Foundation.

The December concert promises to be a truly unique experience and fitting launch of the Jazz Series which will follow on the last Sunday of every month until June 2023.

This concert will be held Sunday December 11 in the Barn Gallery. To book tickets go to www.montsalvat.com.au
Tickets are limited to 140 guests so get in quick!

For further information contact:

Ron V. Brown, Exec Producer, Ozflix TV and concert organiser on 0414 097 290.

For interviews, photos and more info please contact Karen@karenconradpublicity.com or ring 0400527365.

The Legends of Sunbury – 50th Anniversary Show: Brunswick Ballroom Sunday 20 March 2022 – Spectrum * Madder Lake * Broderick Smith w/Shannon Bourne

In March Melbourne celebrates the 50th anniversary of its response to Woodstock – the very first Sunbury Pop Festival, a three-day festival of music, fun, love, and peace. A special anniversary show featuring bands who appeared at that very first Sunbury Festival, Spectrum, Madder Lake and Broderick Smith with Shannon Bourne play the Brunswick Ballroom 2pm, Sunday 20 March.

Read on for more info and show details…

Single release by Anita Quayle and Nick Delaney – Beyond The Lake – ‘Mountain Peak’

Anita & Nick  – Beyond The Lake – are happy to present their second single ‘Mountain Peak’ live at  Jazzlab, 27 Leslie St, Brunswick on Wednesday, 9th February. 

BOOKING LINK: https://thejazzlab.com.au/event/beyond-the-lake-mountain-peak-single-launch/ 

‘Mountain Peak’ is the second single from Beyond The Lake’s forthcoming studio album ‘Coming Home’ which has so far garnered airplay on PBS, 3RRR, 4ZZZ, 2SER, ABC radio and SBS Chill. Read on for more info and show details…

Beyond the Lake release their first single ‘Towards Hope’ today!

What Lies Beyond The Lake – A modern fable

Once upon a time in a land not far away, there was a musically adventurous and curious couple who made beautiful sounds together during lockdowns in Melbourne. They started to wander ‘Beyond The Lake’ and became immersed in the detail, mystery and natural beauty they found there.

Cellist Anita Quayle’s and Nick Delaney’s travels took them to places unknown and they made ambient, soothing music that suited their Yoga and meditation practices and helped them and their audience relax and calmed them every evening.

The music they have created is auditory and almost tactile. Listeners feel it and hear it. It has a heart that beats.Read on for more info and show details…


Enigmatic and cinematic rock band Mantis and the Prayer are returning with a double single release live at Swamplands Bar in Thornbury on 2nd July! They will also be premiering a special art house film clip release online on the same day.

‘Murder Ballad and the Blue’ features the songs ‘I Know You’ and ‘Go Too Far’ which are written on themes of tragedy and disconnection. The EP juxtaposes the melancholy subject matter with pop sensibilities and upbeat catchy rhythms. Their vocals capture the drama and energy of Mantis and the Prayer – think Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd meet Bowie for reference.

Read on for more info and show details…


LaNCE TV Ballarat hosts Lance DeBoyle and Gabriella Labucci are thrilled to announce that they have been invited to host the Channel 31 Antenna Awards from Deakin Edge in Melbourne on May 29th.

OH! And they have also been nominated in these categories:
*Best Factual, Current Affairs or Interview Program
*Best Live and/or Outside Broadcast Program
* Outstanding Technical & Creative Ingenuity During Lockdown
* Personality of the Year – Lance DeBoyle

Read on for more info and show details…

Transgender Day of Remembrance with LaNCE TV on Channel 31

LaNCE TV hosts Lance DeBoyle and Gabriella Labucci are honoured to present a very special episode to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November.

Always a variety show with a difference, LaNCE TV will shed its standard jaunty and boisterous format to host this special day by featuring an expert panel of notable trans* voices from across urban and regional Victoria.

Please join them in welcoming Michelle C Sheppard (JOYfm), Sally T Conning (regional Trans Elder), Dee Chryssomallos (Mr. Trans* Leather 2014/15) and Alexander Bravo (Peer Navigator – Ballarat TGD Clinic) – and more TBA.

Being part of the broader rainbow family, means we must hold space for all voices to share their stories.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is the annual observance, on 20 November, to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives due to acts of anti-transgender violence.

Now in its third year, LaNCE TV streams live from Ballarat in Western Victoria and shares the love directly from C31 in Geelong and Melbourne and also to Facebook every Friday night from at 9pm AEST.

Lance DeBoyle and Gabriella Labucci look forward to bringing you this thought-provoking and heartfelt episode in remembrance.

Tune in to C31 or log in to Facebook at:

For interviews/photos/media queries please email or ring Karen at Karen@karenconradpublicity.com or on 0400 527 365

Cam Giles pens an open letter to Leonard Cohen on the occasion of his birthday

Dear Leonard,

Happy birthday!

We all miss you here on this spinning rock, so I thought I’d record a few of your most celebrated songs. Just a little birthday tribute to you and all of us who love your touching heartfelt words and music.

I hope you like my interpretations of your works and enjoy listening to them as much as I have enjoyed recording them. I’d like to thank you, Leonard, for writing some of the greatest songs of all time. Your words and are so truthful and have given me the drive and reason to keep making musical art. Even during global Pandemic, your words shine like diamonds in the dark.

Due to the pandemic the band and I are unable do a proper live performance of these works until March 2021. So in light of this, here is a YouTube link to the album.

You can also stream it on Spotify later this month, in case you have streaming devices in The Great Beyond.

You were so right, Leonard, there is a crack in everything and that’s how the light gets in.

Much Respect and Many Thanks to you on your birthday.

Cam Giles

Cam Giles—D A R K E R The Songs Of Leonard Cohen is out through Ambition Entertainment / Sony.

Lake Minnetonka launch debut album ‘Melbourneapolis’

“If you’re a fan of the mid-late 80’s era of Prince, this album is definitely for you…we can confidently award this new release Melbourneapolis with our highly regarded 5 out of 5 afros.” — Funkatopia.com 

Dearly Beloved,

It’s been a long time coming, but the debut full-length album from Lake Minnetonka is finally here and our purple hearts are bursting with pride and excitement!

The slammin’ Melbourneapolis party will strut in to Howler on Friday, February 23 at 7pm and you can get your tix through lakeminnetonka.bandcamp.com.