Ruth Hazleton and Fiona Steele – Feb 24th 2023


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.


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.


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