Photo taken by Mark Lobo at our Melbourne AW14 event.
Our live music line up is now here for the Melbourne SS14 Markets at The Royal Exhibition Centre on Friday 17th October & Saturday 18th October! We have an impressive set of talented musicians to entertain you while you shop, eat and relax at our two day event. Check out the below for the line up and some snippets of the bio’s of some featured musicians.
6.30pm: Byron Siren
8.30pm: Car Park Choir
DJ Brasco between sets
11.30am: Brooke Russell
3.15pm: The Townhouses
Nenzi between sets
After writing and performing with numerous acoustic, indie, rock and folk outfits in Melbourne’s local scene, Byron brings his DIY attitude to his solo written songs. But he’s rarely alone; friends and family help perform this blend of unrefined, melodic music. Byron Siren brings meaningful songwriting together with eclectic and sometimes nostalgic sounds of indie, rock and modern folk.
This year, Pepperjack released the first single off their sophomore EP, ‘Going Home’. A robust Australian folk number, this song captures the vivid landscapes of Australia’s east coast in the search for belonging. Produced by Damien Sutton (The Bon Scotts) at Circal Studios, this new release speaks volumes of the band’s journey since forming in early 2013. Previous live gigs were stripped back, with minimal percussion and soft vocals. Now, their sound explodes with catchy choruses in an Australiana folk style. Lauren’s voice soars over cymbal crashes while trumpet resonates around lilting violin.
Car Park Choir
Six friends used to sing Gospel for fun in an underground carpark every week, particularly for it’s acoustics. Now it is a weekly fun club for 30+ singers in a shiny hall in Fitzroy with down lights. They still sing Gospel and everything else that inspires, but they span from classical to pop and try to improvise a lot. They are also proudly gender balanced in the choir with a special emphasis on getting more men with low voices to sing. A fun choir with a decent standard.
With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell blends country, blues, folk and swing to appease their love of all things vintage. Drawing influence from swing, alt country and trad jazz, Brooke Russell is also inspired by the songs of Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and Neko Case. The band’s debut album, Poor Virginia was released in August 2013, and listed in Basement Discs Top 10 Australian Albums of The Year and Unpaved’s 50 Best Albums of 2013. Met with great reception, the album has received airplay on Radio National, Triple R, Fbi, PBS, 4ZZZ and Southern FM as well as being featured in Frankie magazine. After their recent showcase at the 2014 Americana Festival in Nashville, Brooke and her fellas can be found in a dark bar near you, swooning and serenading.
BROADS is the musical partnership of Kelly Day (The Nymphs, regular guest with Wagons) and Jane Hendry (The Tiger & Me, The Nymphs). With years of singing together in vocal vintage pop group The Nymphs (as seen on Spicks & Specks, RocKwiz), Kel and Jane have developed a harmonic symbiosis that is evident in their luscious harmonies and the way they interact during their live shows, often sharing a knowing smile throughout their set. Having already supported Ade Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds on their 2014 Australian tour, and more recently Melbourne powerhouse band Wagons, Broads are launching their EP, the film clip for single How To Make A Hero (featuring a swathe of local musicians as their heroes) and themselves at Boney on Friday October 3. Joining them are Cash Savage and Joe White (Cash Savage & the Last Drinks), and Ryan Nico (Tinsmoke).
There’s all kinds of places you could start. Start with Brisbane, folk songs, a critically revered debut under the Carry Nation name. Several years as a Melbourne resident, honing a craft and performing alongside Darren Hanlon, Georgia Fair, Laura Jean, Washington, McKisko, Laura Imbruglia and Whitley. An all-too-brief tenure as a member of Golden Arrow alongside collaborators such as Lisa Mitchell, Lanie Lane and Clare Bowditch. It wouldn’t be a stretch to draw a line from any of these places, and to arrive at Jessie Warren’s new work as ‘HALFSHARK’ – but in reality, none of these things in isolation can actually prepare a listener for the leap forward that HALFSHARK represents. All at once a triumphant culmination of her work to date and an attempt to evolve beyond it, this is an auteur come into her own at last, finally finding a way to convey ideas long-held and delicately tended to.
Melbournes Jeff Lee has been making sparse collages of sound for the last five years, carefully constructing a collection of albums and EPs under the grammatically awkward name, The Townhouses. Jeffs unique style of dream-pop is politely interrupted with influences as far flung as Tropicália, Bill Callahan and Indonesian Gamelan. The result of these years of practice and hard work is the intricate Ill-Fitting, the Townhouses third and last full-length release.
Saxophones, acoustic guitars and a three minute vibraphone solo are some of the new additions Ill-Fitting offers to The Townhouses already vast repertoire, as well as the notable utilisation of Lees soft baritone-tenor voice, featured throughout the whole record. Whilst Jeffs previous record Diaspora (through Sydney label, Yes Please) concentrated on the tribulations of population separation in Australia, Ill-Fitting focuses on the more internal struggles we face working full-time, moving out of the suburbs and automatically connecting to the Wi-Fi networks of ex-lovers. The album was self-recorded in Lees bedroom and delicately mastered by Brooklyn-based producer Warren Hildebrand (Foxes in Fiction).