MARY COUGHLAN (Ireland) – Australian Tour Dates – May/June 2018

Mary Coughlan is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. “Her lifestory gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” — The Guardian Continue reading “MARY COUGHLAN (Ireland) – Australian Tour Dates – May/June 2018”

The Acfields’ new album ‘A Road Of Dust and Stone’: Australian tour dates announced!

We are very pleased to be working with sibling duo Hannah and Dan Acfield on the launch of their gorgeous new album in April!
More news, another date or two and a new video are all yet to come so please watch this space and visit Dan and Hannah at theacfields.com.
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Naturally charismatic performers”

— Jeremy Millar, Beat Magazine

“There’s no denying the power of their sibling harmony and they have a striking ear for song crafting and instrumental arrangement ”
— Rhythm Magazine

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Werewolves of Melbourne ‘Crossing The River’ album launch, Catfish Hotel, Saturday April 28th

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Hello Fellow Howlers!
Following hot on the heels of their Gasometer Hotel launch for their blues-infused psychedelic new single ‘Close To Me,’ Werewolves of Melbourne are proud to launch their full length album titled ‘Crossing The River’.

The band will be holding the event at The Catfish Hotel, 30 Gertrude Street Fitzroy on Saturday April 28th. Doors at 8pm Continue reading “Werewolves of Melbourne ‘Crossing The River’ album launch, Catfish Hotel, Saturday April 28th”

Werewolves of Melbourne launch ‘Close To Me’ at The Gasometer Hotel, 7 February with special guest Maya!

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Hello Fellow Howlers!
Werewolves of Melbourne‘s 1st single ‘Close To Me’ is here just in time for the 1st new moon of the year!

Download Link: https://soundcloud.com/werewolves-of-melbourne

From their forthcoming album ‘Crossing The River’, ‘Close To Me’ is a blues infused psychedelic guitar trip with soul vocals & a heavy groove back beat. Continue reading “Werewolves of Melbourne launch ‘Close To Me’ at The Gasometer Hotel, 7 February with special guest Maya!”

Direct from Spain: Vocalist/ Composer Nancy Ruth – Sangria Jam. 

Nancy Ruth‘s latest release ‘Sangria Jam’ is a musical journey recounting her travels and life in Spain. Combining her influences of jazz, latin and flamenco, she says: I write what flows freely… I’m not trying to create a fusion, I just play what I feel. I’m a product of my experience and surroundings.”

Having toured Spain and Latin America in 2017, Nancy is looking forward to returning to Australia with shows in Adelaide, Drysdale, Ballarat, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

“Nancy Ruth, a powerful and talented singer, combines together jazz, flamenco and Latin rhythms in a natural way, creating a fresh genre that fits into all three idioms.” – Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene  Continue reading “Direct from Spain: Vocalist/ Composer Nancy Ruth – Sangria Jam. “

Ann Vriend returns to Australia with tour and new single ‘All That I Can’

Canadian performer and songwriter Ann Vriend is best known for her soaring, evocative vocals. She ain’t too bad at the piano, either.

With a compelling combination of defiant resilience and heartfelt vulnerability she delivers her unique brand of gritty, inner-city soul and sometimes quite the funky old-school dance party.

Ann shows off her style with her latest single, the gospel-style ballad ‘All That I Can’ from her most recent EP ‘Anybody’s Different’. The track made it to many Top 20 of 2017 radio charts and lists, and was awarded the Cobalt Music Prize at the 2017 Maple Blues Awards. Continue reading “Ann Vriend returns to Australia with tour and new single ‘All That I Can’”

CLOTILDE AND ALEXANDRE (FRANCE) PRESENT ‘MADELEINE & SALOMON’ IN AUSTRALIA

The humanist and rebellious French duo Madeleine & Salomon –  Clotilde & Alexandre are bringing their beautiful musical collaboration to Oz!

‘Madeleine & Salomon’ is the meeting of two artists with well-established musical visions: the vocalist and flautist, Clotilde Rullaud, and pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Alexandre Saada.

Together, their show ‘Madeleine & Salomon’ embraces with ardour the feminist American songbook, covering it with loving-kindness tinged with minimalistic music and with a deep and incandescent chant. Continue reading “CLOTILDE AND ALEXANDRE (FRANCE) PRESENT ‘MADELEINE & SALOMON’ IN AUSTRALIA”

New Tour Dates Announced for YolanDa Brown!

Award Winning British Saxophonist and Broadcaster YolanDa Brown announces first national Australian tour as part of her 10 year anniversary celebrations.

YolanDa Brown is the UK’s leading female saxophonist with a flourishing career, known for seamlessly blending jazz, reggae, and soul. She has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Reggae Legend Bob Marley’s son Julian and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

March 2018 sees YolanDa Brown return to Australia, this time for a National Tour.

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Karise Eden: Live & Acoustic 3 gigs!

Karise Eden is arguably Australia’s best new female blues vocalist. All natural talent with a soulful voice borne of a hard knock life, the depth & feeling she expresses when she sings makes it hard to believe she is still only 25 years old. Karise has broken ARIA chart records and sold platinum and gold albums but it’s her intimate, acoustic shows where her visceral connection is most apparent. For one weekend in November Karise Eden will perform live and acoustically at select Melbourne venues. Karise Eden will be road testing a few new songs while in Melbourne, too, so don’t miss out on these three initimate gigs!

Fri 3 Nov – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne VIC

Sat 4 Nov – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC

Sun 5 Nov – Flying Saucer, Elsternwick VIC

Ticket info from www.kariseeden.com.au

Lake Minnetonka launch their slammin’ new single, ‘There It Is’, at Bird’s Basement Sat. 18 November!

The band is doing an early show (7:30pm) and a late one (10pm) on Saturday 18th of November and have promised to turn Melbourne’s classiest jazz club all shades of neon!

Funklords Lake Minnetonka have been bringing infectious jazz riffs and bouncing funk beats to Melbourne since 2013, jetting between hometown Melbourne and the soulful Minneapolis that has been influencing their sound.” – Speaker TV

Lake Minnetonka features bandleader and composer Adam Rudegeair (PBS FM’s ‘Black Wax’, The Bowie Project) on keytar and synths, Jack Wieseler on guitar, Ann Metry (Sol Nation) on bass, Emily Shaw on drums and ‘AJ’ Jackson on sax.

2017 has so far seen Lake Minnetonka play the Sydney Road Street Festival in March and the Stonnington Jazz Festival in May, as well as recording with Paul Peterson (The Time, fDeluxe/The Family) when he was here in April, playing at Bird’s Basement with the Minneapolis All-Stars.

In 1987, Prince released two instrumental jazz/funk albums under the band name Madhouse that blended the bebop-infused saxophone wizardry of Eric Leeds (fDeluxe, D’Angelo), with heavy robotic grooves. It is from these instrumental Madhouse recordings that Lake Minnetonka takes its cues, combining hard and irrepressible beats with infectious jazz riffs and incendiary solos.

Lake Minnetonka is now finishing their debut album, which will be released early next year. The album features collaborations with some of Melbourne’s most talented jazz, funk and soul vocalists, including Chantal Mitvalsky, who features on the band’s latest single, “There It Is”. While Chantal is currently in New York, a special guest vocalist will be joining Lake at this very special single launch.

https://birdsbasement.com/show/454/lake-minnetonka