Albert Park Port Lounge Upcoming Gigs


Here are our Upcoming Shows…

Feb 2023



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Ruth Hazleton and Fiona Steele – Feb 24th 2023

Photography: Eryca Green

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

$35/$30 cash only at door (no cards)  Remember proceeds go to the artists after our direct costs, we do not profit from these gigs, feel free to pay more at the door because every extra dollar will go to the artists.
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

Ruth Hazleton and Fiona Steele – Feb 24th 2023

One of Australia’s most highly regarded folk singers, Ruth Hazleton is a multi-award-winning instrumentalist, singer and songwriter.

In a career spanning over twenty-five years (with multiple acts), she has recorded and toured nationally and internationally and privileged to work with some of the world’s most iconic folk & roots musicians including Andy Irvine (IRE – Planxty), Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band (UK – 2015, BBC Folk Singer of the Year), James Keelaghan (Canada) & Bruce Molsky (USA).

Equipped with an electric guitar tuned to DADGAD and an open-back 5-string banjo, Ruth began her solo journey in 2019, releasing Daisywheel, produced by acclaimed musician and composer Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty). The album, nominated for ‘Best Folk Album 2020’ at the Music Victoria Awards and described as “…compelling and intimately fierce” (Living Tradition – UK).

Intrinsic to her musical identity, Ruth also works as a rogue folklorist and oral historian and is a committed activist and advocate for independent music and folk culture in Australia.

Named ‘Artist of the Year’ (Solo) at the 2021 Australian Folk Music Awards, Ruth Hazleton is one of Australia’s most highly regarded folk singers, songwriters and interpreters of traditional song.  Equipped with an electric guitar tuned to DADGAD and a 5-string banjo, Ruth’s repertoire features a mixture of traditional and original material steeped in folklore and presented through a keenly critical contemporary lens.

Ruth will be joined by Fiona Steele on guitars and vocals for this gig

Fiona Steele is a multi award-winning professional singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Melbourne who performs regularly across Australia, currently primarily in her folk rock solo project FJ Steele, as well as indie folk duo GraceJean. Having worked as a singer, guitarist and fretted strings performer in many musical projects across her career including her own, her experience spans having performed in tiny folk venues to musical theatre orchestra pits, to large festival arenas.As an accomplished solo guitarist with over two decades of guitar study under her belt, Fiona’s guitar performance and writing has been described as ‘uplifting and lush, with a strong injection of Celtic lilt’, varying from melodic fingerstyle arrangements to ‘freight train speed, rhythmic grooves’. Inspired by the likes of The Paper Kites and Wallis Bird among many others, Fiona’s solo project FJ Steele spans from moody up to raucous folk rock, all grounded in a thumping, relentless groove.

Having experience playing across many other notable musical projects, including Ruth Hazleton & Daisywheel, The Maes, Nat Vazer, Half The Andes and the Joni Mitchell & Kate Bush Tribute Show, Fiona specialises in folk, rock and pop songwriting and acoustic steel string guitar. She has also worked with Hayley Mary (The Jezabels), Ali Barter, Atlanta Coogan (Black Sorrows, Bjorn Again), Luke Plumb, has been produced by internationally acclaimed sound engineer Anna Laverty, and has learned various styles of guitar performance with Nick Charles, Jen Hawley, Werner Ruecker and Geoff Morris. Fiona’s electric guitar style is heavily inspired by the likes of The Paper Kites and Explosions In The Sky.

As a prolific songwriter, her songwriting style is nestled comfortably between the contemporary folk and indie rock genres, based around wistful melodies, evocative lyrics and ear-catching grooves. Fiona has also been half of local Melbourne indie folk duo GraceJean, who have been the recipients of the prestigious ALMF Scholarship for 2019 and placed as semi-finalists in the International Songwriting Competition. In 2018, the duo received Darebin Songwriting Competition Encouragement Award.

In addition to her songwriting and guitar performance, Fiona also composes minimalist acoustic/post rock music under the project name Meliora.

 

Gonna be a good’un

Cliff


Mar 2023



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Chris While and Julie Matthews – THURSDAY March 9th 2023

Photo by Bryan Ledgard

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

$35/$30 cash only at door (no cards)  Remember proceeds go to the artists after our direct costs, we do not profit from these gigs, feel free to pay more at the door because every extra dollar will go to the artists.
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

OK, pay attention. This is for a THURSDAY night.  This is not Cliff making a mistake.  This was the only opportunity I had to get to get this amazing duo to the Lounge, and I was going to miss out.

Book now, then read the BIO… trust me.

Cliff

Chris While and Julie Matthews

“They light up the room with their amazing energy”

James Taylor

In case Chris While and Julie Matthews have so far passed you by, they are the longest-lasting female duo in Britain and have played more than 2,500 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Now, 27 years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever.

Chris & Julie are generally regarded as folk/singer-songwriters but their outlook is more akin to the DIY philosophy of punk.  Their story is remarkable, one of two empowered women doing it their way, without compromise. They run their own label and publishing company; record and produce their albums from their own studio; perform all their own material, and have always valued their complete autonomy and creative freedom. And all from a small village near Sheffield, nearly 200 miles north of the London-centric UK music industry.

Their songs are varied and colourful and draw inspiration from the overtly political to key social issues and real-life human stories.

While and Matthews have never sounded more ‘them’. Even the cover of Their 2019 album Revolution Call is ‘Chris and Julie’ to its core – a thought-provoking piece of self-effacing agit-prop.  And they’re not kidding anyone that they are 16 years old (if you look closely, you’ll spot the slippers!).

But, and this is important: there is nothing bland or saccharine about While & Matthews or their music.  They enjoy a healthy agitation after all these years. They are best friends, but they argue and disagree. Authenticity (individual and together) is a top priority. They have toured Australia, New Zealand bi-annually for over two decades, earning them their rightful place as festival headliners, as well as building a following there as loyal as that in the UK. They are the longest-enduring female duo in Britain.

Chris and Julie have a vision. They stick to it, and they do it right. Their story is inspirational to young women and empowering to older women in equal measure. Their 27 year career culminates the work of two women doing what they do best.  And to those ears While & Matthews may be reaching for the first time – listen without prejudice, and join this celebration of longevity, equality, empowerment and commitment to the muse.

What? You  somehow managed not catch them before now… Try this


Bookings for this one will go quick

Cliff


Jun 2023



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Saoirse – June 16th 2023

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 finally able to get them back on our stage in 2023 after having to cancel their gig in 2021 due to lockdown .

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 on their website  www.saoirse.com.au

Never ever to be missed folks.

Cliff

 


Jul 2023



ALBERT PARK PORT LOUNGE PRESENTS…

Emma Luker & Pete Titchener – July 14th 2023

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

$35/$30 cash only at door (no cards)  Remember proceeds go to the artists after our direct costs, we do not profit from these gigs, feel free to pay more at the door because every extra dollar will go to the artists.
Doors open 7:30 pm

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

Bookings: taxman@bigpond.net.au

This is what happens when you ask musicians with a “sense of humour” to write a bio, they offered to send a “proper one.  I didn’t think they could top this one and told them not to bother . Now read on…

Emma Luker & Pete Titchener

For the past decade, Emma and Pete have been accompanying a well known Scotsman on stage at festivals and concert venues around Australia and more recently New Zealand.

But can they cut the mustard without the old guy?

The answer is that we just don’t know.

Pete describes Emma’s fiddle playing as “a Celtic fusion, transcending the esoteric margins of contemporary world music, whilst exploring the fresh, yet ephemeral nuances of jazz inspired punk. Her digital dexterity on the fiddle will make your eyes water in the same way that chopping onions does, leaving you with salt stained tears similar to that of a grieving butterfly“.

Emma describes Peter’s guitar playing as “adequate”

The only certainty is that if you don’t go and see them, then they won’t earn enough money for the petrol to get them back to Adelaide.

OK, stopped laughing yet, for me, that has to be the bio of the year. Now get on the phone and book a table. This one will be a ripper.

Cliff



Contact


Albert Park Yacht Club Port Lounge
5 Aquatic Dr,
South Melbourne VIC 3206, Australia

Directions: Just back from the Point Restaurant.
Enter the Park opposite the end of Clarendon Street, take first left, then first legal right.
This is Aquatic Drive. Drive down to about 100 metres short of the Point Restaurant. Parking off the roadway at back of the buildings.

Entry to Club is from lakeside.

(Be warned the PARKING METERS NOW OPERATE until 9PM)

Email: Please use the form below to contact us



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