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Jul29

Rebecca Mann + Alec Randles

Smith's Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra ACT

Rebecca Mann hits the road again, returning to home town Canberra to launch her new EP “It’s a Show”. “It’s a Show” demonstrates Rebecca’s unique songwriting, capturing the subtleties of the human experience. Rebecca Mann is a Blue Mountains based folk singer/songwriter who delivers raw emotion through her passionate, original music. Rebecca relishes playing shows all around Australia. With visual lyrics, poetic storytelling and powerful melodies, Rebecca’s songs can touch the heart of many audience members, occasionally moving them to tears. “Beautifully observational, Mann is a lovely storyteller full of charm and heart.” - Nkechi Anele, Triple J Unearthed Rebecca will be supported by the wonderful Canberra local Alec Randles. Alec Randles is a fingerstyle guitarist and roots musician local to Canberra. His original music infuses his backgrounds in Celtic, Flamenco and Classical guitar with his love for contemporary roots music and thought- provoking lyricism. This diverse influence has seen Randles play a plethora of gigs and festivals in Australia, the United States and New Zealand, building intriguing stories along the way.

$20 Full/ $15 Concession

Jul8

Porch Light Sessions: Mickey & Michelle, Lacey Cole, Rebecca Mann

Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham, Sydney

PORCH LIGHT SESSIONS is proud to present Lacey Cole's raw and honest song-craft (with soaring harmonies from Christine Hazelwood); poetic storytelling and powerful melodies from Bec Mann; and Mickey and Michelle share their 3,000km musical journey on foot across NZ and debut album ‘A Walking Pace' : gorgeous harp, fiddle and voice. Join us for an intimate evening in a room warmed by listening ears and open hearts. Second Thursday of each month at Petersham Bowlo. Come on down, and make sure you book. Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BSDID Tickets : $20 full / $15 all concessions. 5pm bar / 7pm doors / 7:30pm music.

Mickey & Michelle Mickey & Michelle are a harp and fiddle duo from Australia who seamlessly blend contemporary folk and jazz together in a rich, unique style of their own. Their 2019 debut album ‘A Walking Pace’ perfectly showcases the duo’s intricate sound and unusual combination of styles. Michelle Doyle was born into an incredibly musical family and has been performing professionally from the age of 11. Since then she has gone on to perform with the likes of Paul Kelly, Shane Howard and Fiona Ross. Her compositions on this album are deeply rooted in Celtic music while also balancing her attention to detail and nuanced phrasing from her classical studies. Mickey O'Donnell on the other hand developed such a passion for jazz and his playful improvisations are ever-present in his original compositions. He also takes great delight in reinterpreting traditional Americana tunes with jazz harmony and Afro-Cuban polyrhythms. The dynamic duo have returned from their most challenging adventure yet; a 6 month tour on foot of NZ’s 3000km ‘Te Araroa’ trail. Mickey & Michelle are excited to share their experiences and music in their home country. https://www.mickeymichelle.com/ https://mickeymichelle.bandcamp.com/album/a-walking-pace

LACEY COLE (Duo) It only took a global pandemic for Lacey to pick up his guitar again with an ambition that exceeded the four-walls of his living room. After being something of a mainstay in Sydney's local scene for years as part of the alt-country outfit Lazy Colts it has taken a minute for him to, once again, find his voice as a solo artist. Now he returns with the first of two EP's titled Badwater, a collection of songs that stylistically harken back to the simplicity and clarity of his debut album Other Ways to Say the Same Thing (2014) but with the added maturity he has gained as a songwriter. There is a rawness and honesty to Lacey's music, a vulnerability to both his lyrics and delivery that draws the listener into the world of each song. Without a band around him, this vulnerability is even more apparent along with his wry observations, playful turn of phrase and lilting melodies. Accompanying Lacey, both on the Badwater EPs and in live performances are the soaring harmonies of Christine Hazelwood. Like beams of sun piercing through clouds, her voice compliments Lacey's smokey timbre and crystallises the reluctant beauty that lurks beneath the surface of each of his songs. NEW ALBUM : https://laceycole.bandcamp.com/album/badwater-volume-1

BEC MANN: Rebecca Mann is a Blue Mountains based folk singer/songwriter who delivers raw emotion through her passionate, original music. Rebecca relishes playing shows all around Australia. With visual lyrics, poetic storytelling and powerful melodies, Rebecca’s songs can touch the heart of many audience members, occasionally moving them to tears. Her upcoming release “It’s a Show” demonstrates Rebecca’s unique songwriting, capturing the subtleties of the human experience. “Beautifully observational, Mann is a lovely storyteller full of charm and heart.” - Nkechi Anele, Triple J Unearthed https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.mann.543 https://youtu.be/HLZzTVt04gs https://youtu.be/Z87CakD5akA

$20 Full/ $15 Concession

Apr1

FolkSwagon with Tom Myers, Morning Bear and Rebecca Mann

Cafe Lounge, 277 GOULBURN ST , SURRY HILLS

So what is a FolkSwagon, a question posed since time immemorial? Is it a time, place where folk accumulate to get their swag off or on? Where the folk genre is swagged until it is on? Where it is AT until it's ON, SWAG until you cannot FOLK no more?

Roll Up! Roll Up! IT'S LIVE, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AND IT PROBABLY WILL!

ACT I

REBECCA MANN

Rebecca Mann is a singer/songwriter who delivers raw emotion through her passionate, original music. Rebecca relishes playing intimate shows around Australia. Her heart-felt music is accessible and Rebecca’s empathy draws in the audience, on occasion moving them to tears. Rebecca’s intimate storytelling coupled with an ability to share emotion through her performances has earned her a loyal following who relished the release of her debut EP ‘Moon’ in 2018. Her music provides a unique look into the human heart and will definitely make you feel. ‘Beautifully observational, Mann is a lovely storyteller full of charm and heart.’ - Nkechi Anele (Triple J).

https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamann.music/

https://www.rebeccamann.com.au/home

ACT II

MORNING BEAR

The brainchild of Denver-based singer/songwriter John Runnels, Morning Bear is an orchestral indie folk project that channels emotion through vivid imagery and intricate melodies. Morning Bear was formed when Runnels quit his dayjob as an engineer and took a one-way ticket to Europe. From the streets of Sevilla, Spain to the botanic gardens of Copenhagen, the songs touch on following your dreams, growing older, and the doubts of life and love. Characterized by highly dynamic compositions, Morning Bear’s music is a synthesis of the calm and delicate stylings of artists like Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez with the complexity and depth of the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. Featuring soaring vocals and atypical arrangements including cello, violin, piano and more, Morning Bear provides a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks. Since forming in early 2014, Morning Bear has released two EP's, has toured extensively both nationally and internationally has had their music on rotation at college and public radio, including NPR. In 2018, Morning Bear was invited to play Red Rocks amphitheater for the Film on the Rocks series. Morning Bear's most recent single "You're Right" has racked up over 240,000 listens on Spotify.-Past live radio sessions at KVOQ Open Air (An NPR affiliate station in Denver), WEMF in Boston, MA, KRFC in Fort Collins, CO, KPSU in Portland, OR, and KUCI in Irvine, CA. “...Celeste, is a hauntingly beautiful, orchestral indie folk EP demonstrating tremendous promise from this up-and-coming Denver musician.” -Alli Andress, AXS.com

https://www.facebook.com/MorningBearOfficial/

http://www.morningbearofficial.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53dwc1le8EI

ACT III

TOM MYERS

Founding member of Papa Vs Pretty drummer Tom Myers has toured extensively performing with many including Kim Churchill, Jack River, Thelma Plum and most recently Dean Lewis.
Tom has step down from the dais, emerged from behind the drum kit and retracted the digit to shortly deliver his debut EP. Written and recorded over eighteen months, Tom may have played everything including the kitchen sink, collaborating with Gus Gardiner brought more than cello, the result is achingly beautiful. Profound in it's exploration of the human condition, catharsis may have been the catalyst however ultimately it honours the transcendence of love.

https://www.facebook.com/TomMyersMusic92/

Curated and hosted by Frances Martin

Great $10 Pizzas, Succulent Burgers, Tacos, Craft Beers, Cocktails and Wine so Fine at Cafe Lounge in Surry Hills.

Email TABLE reservations: bookings@cafelounge.com.au

Every Wednesday with FREE ENTRY, and a vintage hat auction with proceeds to the artists, it's time to get FOLK and SWAG ON!

Mar20

Rebecca Mann plays Bootlegger

The Bootlegger Bar, 92 Bathurst Street, Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mountains based singer-songwriter Rebecca Mann will be performing on Friday the 20th of March at The Bootlegger Bar Katoomba from 9pm.

Rebecca Mann is a singer/songwriter who delivers raw emotion through her passionate, original music. Rebecca relishes playing shows all around Australia. With visual lyrics, poetic storytelling and powerful melodies, Rebecca’s songs can touch the heart of many audience members, occasionally moving them to tears.

“Beautifully observational, Mann is a lovely storyteller full of charm and heart.” - Nkechi Anele, Triple J Unearthed

Mar12

Porch Light Sessions : Liz Martin & Michael Bridges, Jess Dale, & Rebecca Mann

Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham, Sydney

Porch Light Sessions return for 2020 with an artist we have been pursuing for some time. We are very excited to finally present Liz Martin, in duo mode with violinist Michael Bridges. And presenting for the first time JESS DALE.

Music begins at 7:30pm. Bistro & Beers from 5pm. TIX : $10 at the door.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LIZ MARTIN Atmospheric, passionate, brooding, melodic, full of a mesmerising and captivating musical and lyrical diversity, Liz Martin is a powerful and distinctive Australian music talent. Tim Ritchie (ABC RN) describes her music as “evocative, alluring and strangely comforting.”

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LIZMARTINBAND https://www.lizmartin.com.au/ VIDEO "Anthony" : https://youtu.be/wCTV1NM4UjM?t=35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JESS DALE

Dale's songs of love, justice and nature are informed by her environmentalism and her adoration of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bessie Smith and John Lennon. Years spent playing guitar and piano in bands in Australia and the UK has developed her alternative folk-country style and grungy tone. In 2018 she decided to strike out solo and share a bunch of new songs. Alt-grunge-country-Americana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REBECCA MANN

Rebecca Mann is a singer/songwriter who delivers raw emotion through her passionate, original music. Rebecca relishes playing intimate shows around Australia. Her heart-felt music is accessible and Rebecca’s empathy draws in the audience, on occasion moving them to tears. Rebecca’s intimate storytelling coupled with an ability to share emotion through her performances has earned her a loyal following who relished the release of her debut EP ‘Moon’ in 2018. Her music provides a unique look into the human heart and will definitely make you feel. ‘Beautifully observational, Mann is a lovely storyteller full of charm and heart.’ - Nkechi Anele (Triple J).

https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamann.music/

https://www.rebeccamann.com.au/home

Feb29

OxJam

Smith's Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra ACT

$20, tix: www.smithsalternative.com/events/oxjam-64747

Sizzling local artists put on a Gig for Good in support of Oxfam. Every dollar raised at OXJAM goes towards Oxfam’s fight against global poverty. The following local acts are donating their talents to help reduce global poverty:

Jayden Goodrem Tayuco Rebecca Mann Kilroy The Goodnight Lovers

MC: Rocco Weglarz

This will be an amazing afternoon of local artists playing for a good cause. Bring your friends and together we can make a difference. The organisers are volunteers from the Oxfam ACT Community.

Feb9

Rebecca Mann plays bootlegger

Bootlegger, 92 Bathurst rd, Katoomba, NSW

The best way to spend a Sunday afternoon is with some lovely music. Rebecca Mann will be treating your ears from 4pm at the Bootlegger Bar Katoomba with some sweet folk tunes.

Jan24

Rebecca Mann Live At Plant Based Whole Foods

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Plant Based Whole Foods, 97 Katoomba St , Katoomba, New South Wales

Back in the Blue Mountains, folk singer/songwriter Rebecca Mann will be performing for you all Plantbased Wholefoods on the 24th of January from 7pm.

Sometimes all you need is a bit of wholesome food and some tasty music to bring you into the new year. Rebecca's visual storytelling and intimate songs may just be the remedy needed during such a difficult summer.

Get there early so you can snatch a table.

Dec8

'Slack Off Sundays' - Rebecca Mann

Aunty Ed's, 12/122 Katoomba St, Katoomba

Slack-Off Sundays: It’s Sunday night, which means tomorrow is Monday. You could stay at home and iron a couple of long-sleeved shirts for the week ahead, but let's face it, you're gonna sit on the couch and watch TV and leave that chore to the morning. Forget that, head out to Aunty Ed's, grab a great meal and catch some of the best live music in NSW! 6:00-8:00 pm, family-friendly, free event. Slack-off this Sunday and make the weekend last a little longerl

Reservations: Reservations are recommended for booth seating, however, please note that booths will only be reserved for patrons intending to enjoy a meal . . . but don't worry, if you're just coming along for a drink and/or a nibble, there are communal tables and bar stools on the lower level. Aunty Ed's offers full table service for diners.

What is Aunty Ed's?: The best-est and most kitschi-est slice of retro Australiana this side of Paul Hogan throwing a prawn on the barbie! Put on your best 'thongs' (those are flip-flops, or 'flimsy sandals' for our non 'occa' speaking friends) and head to Katoomba's best 'underground' restaurant and bar (it's not a secret, it's literally under the ground in a basement - we'd keep it a secret but that's bad for business). Forget small servings of deconstructed dishes that you saw last night on Masterchef (who wants a meal out that requires assembly anyway), think 'chips, bits and gravy', 'chicken parma bites', 'meat & 3 veg', or a 'zucchini burger' for those who choose to make friends with salad. Whilst the food might remind you of a time when your grandmother used to make you a spam sandwich before you went outside to run under a sprinkler (the smartest thing kids had to play with before iPhones), the bar is all about the best beer, wine and cider you can get your hands on today . . . but don't worry - beer comes in 'tinnies' so you’ll feel right at home. If that doesn't take the lamington, Aunty Jack's is home to the best cocktails (and mocktails) in the Mountains. Long story short, the food is tasty, the bar is 'fully stocked' bro, and it’s family friendly . . . and your Aunty is welcome (even if she has a moustache).

Where is Aunty Ed’s?: 122 Katoomba Street, Katoomba. If you're driving and hit Echo Point, Skippy or the Milkybar kid - turn around and ask for directions . . . unless you're a man, in which case you continue driving until you’re ready to admit you're lost.

. . . Who is Aunty Ed?: There’s an Aunty Ed in every family. The one who never had kids of her own but knew family was more important than anything; who travelled far and wide but always called Australia home; who wasn’t afraid to break from tradition, making new ones of her own along the way; who was unconventional and unpredictable, but always loyal and dependable; who collected trinkets wherever she went, but knew memories were the best souvenirs; who was the keeper of all the family recipes and secret ingredients; There’s an Aunty Ed in every family.

Nov28

Strong Female Lead

Smith's Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra ACT

'Strong Female Lead' @ Smith's Alternative 28th of November, 7-9pm 76 Alinga St Civic ACT 2601

Strong Female Lead showcases the talented women of Canberra. It’s a place for our songs, our stories and our creative soul. This November see an amazing range of comedians, musicians and actors. It’s a night looks to the lighter side, and sometimes the heavier side, of our mental load. There will be laughter, there may well be tears!

Tickets are $15 and can be bought here: https://www.smithsalternative.com/events/strong-female-lead-64269?d=28%2F11%2F2019+7%3A00%3A00+PM All proceeds raised by this event go to YWCA Canberra who have a strong history of advocating to improve outcomes for women, girls and their families and communities in the ACT. All proceeds raised go to YWCA Canberra who have a strong history of advocating to improve outcomes for women, girls and their families and communities in the ACT.

Sep14

CBR Folk & Roots Jam | Old Canberra Inn

Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham, ACT

An unprecedented jam in Canberra for roots, folk, reggae & indie music. Get down to the Old Canberra Inn on September 14th for a mini-fest of some of Canberra's best established and upcoming roots and folk bands and musicians:

Zambezi Sounds Kopasetic Muddy Wolfe Guyy & the Fox Richard Perso Evan Buckley (the Burley Griffin) Scroggin Hope Wilkins Rebecca Mann Bobby James (solo)

What else can OCI give you? It'll be FREE ENTRY for the entire event. For the love of music save the date!

bios and set times to come soon!