Albert Park Port Lounge Upcoming Gigs


IMPORTANT NOTICE

THE ROOM CAPACITY IS CURRENTLY CAPPED AT 55 PEOPLE.
‘Electronic Registration Is Mandatory’. We have a QR code set up.

 


Here are our Upcoming Shows…

May 2021



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Alanna and Alicia – 21st May 2021

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$35/$30 Cash at the door. Doors open 7:30 pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the interval. Drinks from the bar at bar prices.

Waiting List Form (no guarantees folks)


Alanna & Alicia

Alanna & Alicia have toured the Australian festival circuit from Fairbridge to Port Fairy, captivating audiences with their original folky/ jazz/ roots songs, sweet harmonies, and onstage warmth, wit and fun. Both are gifted songwriters who have won awards at the national level, and their lyrics, equal parts heart and humour, sparkle with an original, intimate voice.

As identical twins, they have a rich, intuitive vocal blend, creating the kind of magical close harmonies that are unique to siblings. Think The Waifs, The Andrews Sisters.

They will sing songs from their most recent album, the beautiful ‘Songs I’m Singing with Me,’ a tribute to Australian troubadour, John Beavis and named in the National Folk Festival’s Best Albums of 2017.

 

They will also sing from their stunning back catalogue including ‘Twinlines’ 2013, ‘Two in a Book’ 2010 and their debut album,​‘Funny She’s So Much Like Me’.

‘deliciously idiosyncratic and saucy songs…wry, frank observations of life and love…quality quirky lyrics delivered with verve and the kind of close harmonies you’d expect from sisters.’
Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine

and let’s end on another quote

‘In concert they are entertaining and lively characters with an unpredictable, unscripted natural humour inspired by close observations and wry story telling. They are brimming with talent, a free spirit and endearing charm’.
Jamie McKew, Festival Director, Port Fairy Folk Festival (1977 – 2015)

These women are fabulous. I was first attracted to them as they played some of the songs of John Beavis, a legendary performer singer-songwriter I met during my early days at the Troubadour. We have asked John to come along if he can as our special guest (fingers crossed).

If our first show this year was anything to go by don’t mess around and give me a call to book.

Cliff

Remember: The room is capped at 55 people so don’t delay.


Jun 2021



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

The Weeping Willows – Friday June 18th

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)
$35/$30 Cash at the door. Doors open 7:30pm
Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the interval. Drinks from the bar at bar prices.

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

After being told not to miss Andy & Laura by a couple of friends and finally did at Andrew and Heather’s BURKE & WILLS FOLK FESTIVALweekend last year

We were all set to go last year and then, well we all know how that worked out. I am truly excited to have Andy & Laura

 

So let’s go and see what is said over on The Weeping Willows website

“The writer who refuses to explore the darker reaches of the heart will never be able to write convincingly about the wonder, magic and joy of love.”
— Nick Cave

These words are particularly apt when applied to The Weeping Willows’ second album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin. Recorded in Los Angeles with multiple Grammy winner, Ryan Freeland and a small cast of players hand-picked to leave all the right gaps and spaces, this record should be received as a mature, melancholic sequel to their debut. But listen a little harder and you’ll hear that the record is filled with that all of that wonder, magic and joy of which Nick Cave speaks.

 

That’s hardly surprising because, in a way, every song penned by The Weeping Willows is a love song. They’d deny that, of course. These tracks, they’d claim, are works of imagination – tales of cruelty, tragedy, murder and betrayal, all populated by gamblers, sinners, infidels and travelling salesmen (read: wandering musicians).

Think back to those performances, those moments of chemistry in its purist form, then try to convince yourself that The Weeping Willows were not singing a love song. Every note plucked or sung by Andy and Laura is a work of love. Every dark hour spent huddled together refining their sound in the dimly-lit back room of their home on the Southern outskirts of Melbourne is a labour of love.

 

So what does this all mean for we the listeners and the viewers (or perhaps the voyeurs is more apt in this case)? The answer is integrity – there’s an inherent truthfulness, perhaps even righteousness, in every recording and performance by The Weeping Willows. They themselves can’t help it – for when music is born of love it is unflinchingly honest – even if the words are entirely fictional.

 

This integrity is the reason The Willows can play almost every week of the year, often three or four times, winning over new fans and loyal friends wherever they go. It’s the reason they turn up on more festival bills than just about any other local act

 

This is music that mixes songwriting, storytelling, virtuosic playing and the simple delight of two perfectly matched voices singing in harmony to excellent effect.

– Chris Familton, Post to Wire (posttowire.com)

JUST ADDED: Lachlan Bryan  as special guest support 

Lachlan BryanLachlan Bryan has appeared as frontman and songwriter for alt-country band The Wildes in 2009, and in the ensuing years has released four records, had an ARIA #1 and won both a Golden Guitar and The Age Music Award with the band.

This is a quick teaser I found of Lachlan playing solo.

He’s supported the likes of John Hiatt, Justin Townes Earle, Shawn Colvin, Joan Armatrading and The North Mississippi Allstars, and performed at festivals all over the world – prompting renowned music blog Americana UK to describe Lachlan Bryan as “one of the best songwriters out there today”.

This will be a night to remember

Remember: The room is capped at 55 people so don’t delay.

Cliff


Aug 2021



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Saoirse – 20th August 2021

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$35/$30 Cash at the door.
Doors open 7:30pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the interval.
Drinks from bar at bar prices.

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

SAOIRSE 

Last graced us with their exubeurence in May 2019, and I am delighted that we were able to find a date to get them back on our stage in 2021.

Saoirse are a Melbourne-based Celtic Folk band with a great reputation as world-class entertainers. With soaring vocal harmonies and masterful musicianship, they are a band to be reckoned with!
They are…
  • Anthony O’Neill. Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin,Vocals
  • Bernadette O’Neill. Bodhran , Vocals and feisty feet!
  • Kerry Mc Manus. Accordion, Whistle, Vocals and feisty feet!
  • Sile Coleman. Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Saoirse (Gaelic word for freedom) is a vibrant vocal and dance group from Melbourne. Saoirse delights their audiences with their beautiful renditions of traditional Irish ballads and original works, they will join hands to offer some spirited jigs and reels to get your feet tapping.
Saoirse has performed at some great festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, the National Folk Festival, and many other music venues throughout Australia.
Saoirse currently has three albums, “Singin’ in the Scullery”, 2007, “Candlelight Sessions”, 2009 and the multi-award winning 2013 release, “Music Evermore”.

With soaring harmonies, beautiful ballads sung in English and Irish including original material, jigs and reels and even the odd step dance. A SAOIRSE performance will engage and delight your inner Celt!

You can find out heaps about them here  www.saoirse.com.au

Not to be missed folks.

Cliff

 


Sep 2021



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Rich Davies & The Low Road – 3 September

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$35/30 Cash at the door.  Doors open 7:30 pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the interval.
Drinks from bar at bar prices.

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

 

Rich Davies & The Low Road

Rich Davies & The Low Road deliver a ‘foot-stomping contemporary folk attack’ (Mick Thomas), wowing audiences with their raucous live show, heart-stopping harmonies, and tender heart-on-sleeve ballads. Golden Guitar nominee Davies is an engaging storyteller and performer placing songcraft, stagecraft, and *that* voice front and centre, who will have you sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, but always entertained and always touched.

Think The Pogues meets Springsteen, with acoustic guitar, fiddle, accordion, double bass, percussion, and yes – lagerphone.

More info as it comes to hand

Cliff

Remember: The room is capped at 55 people so don’t delay.


Oct 2021



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Acoustic Tull – October 1st

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$35/30 Cash at the door.  Doors open 7:30 pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the interval.
Drinks from bar at bar prices.

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

 

Acoustic Tull.

An Adelaide band specialising in acoustic covers of Jethro Tull songs. A band playing the songs of Jethro Tull!!

They are coming all the way from Adelaide so do come along and support them.

I saw them perform last year and loved them. Jethro Tull may have been considered a rock band, but they were really an English Folk Band.

 

“Geoff Perkins and Michael Coghlan got together to learn a few songs and to see what would happen. We incidentally stumbled across Life’s a Long Song – an old Tull classic – and it instantly fell into place. We tried a few more Tull numbers and before long we had a set worth playing out and about. And then we found Kerryn Schofield – flute player extraordinaire and lover of Tull music – and something beautiful was born. Voila Acoustic Tull!” Mick Ridge also later joined on bass.

More info as it comes to hand

Cliff

 




ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

The Ugly Uncles – 15th October

5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)

$35/$30 (concession)  Cash at the door.
Doors open 7:30pm

Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the interval.
Drinks from bar at bar prices.

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au or text 0418179411

OK we aren’t pretending you haven’t seen all this before. Really. What is there to say.

If you have seen the Uglies, you will have your phone out and be ringing around to see how many of your friends want to come along again.

If you haven’t read very quickly to the bottom of the page and then quickly ring around to see how many of your friends want to come along.

Its a great night and for all the newbies…

The Ugly Uncles biography ( they wrote a new one )

The Ugly Uncles got together some twenty or more years ago really just to see if it’s possible to have as much fun on stage as the audience does off stage – and they’ve been ‘uncling’ ever since.

Multi-instrumentalists that they are, the Uncles boldly go where few have gone before taking audiences on a fun-filled ride that defies genre and often, good taste.

The Uncles’ idiosyncratic repertoire deftly melds influences as diverse as jug-band, jazz, country-blues, calypso, rock, swing and Celtic folk. In fact, they ‘uncle’ just about everything! And the banter in between is worth the price of entry alone.

The Ugly Uncles are:
Uncle Derek Guille – popular ABC radio personality and music buff on lead vocals, guitar, kazoo and other musical toys
Uncle James Rigby – vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin
Uncle Tony Allan – vocals, guitar, harmonica and whatever else takes his fancy
Uncle Steve Edward – piano, Irish whistles (but never a microphone)
Uncle Sally Taylor – fiddle, vocals
Uncle Pip Avent – tuba, bass guitar, vocals
Uncle Jim Brannon – vocals, alto sax, clarinet, pineapple and he’s a whistling virtuoso
Uncle Rod Bradbury – drums, vocals

And be warned they all have ukuleles!

The Ugly Uncles are welcome repeat offenders at Albert Park Port Lounge and at every other festival, they’ve even get invited back ( even with the ukes????). They also do events and wineries in between festival appearances.
The Ugly Uncles are an immersive experience not to be missed!

I always jump at the chance to have them back again, it’s always a wonderful night and this one will be better. Not to be missed!

Cliff

 



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