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What’s on

2016 Season Program

Live band every week.
Dancing encouraged.

JANUARY 8TH
Balajo Jazz Manouche

Hot Swing, Gypsy Jazz or Jazz Manouche are all names given to a
unique, joyous music made famous by the European gypsy guitarist
Django Reinhardt during the middle of the 20th century. A confluence of nomadic Romany gypsy music, popular French ‘Musette’ and Swing Jazz. Infectious rhythms and ornate melodies make this music both easy to dance to and interesting to listen to.

 Acoustic instruments are played by: Mark Twigden (guitar), Simon Kidd (guitar), Michael Danne (clarinet), Jesse MacIntyre (double bass) and a very special guest – Erica Branham (vocals).
Balajo Jazz Manouche

JANUARY 15TH
Rachel by the Stream

Rachel By The Stream is made up of future-pop shamans Rachel (vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/loop artist) and Mattriks (MC/Producer). After releasing their debut EP in 2013, the pair toured the festival circuit in Australia and the UK, playing at the world renowned Glastonbury Music Festival. A dynamic live show sees them synchronise live loops; mixing on-the-fly instrumentation with studio cut samples. Dedicated to the exploration of musical magic, the duo are a partnership on and off stage – making music together since 2012’s solar eclipse.

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JANUARY 22ND
Asanti Dance Theatre

Musicians from the Asanti Dance Theatre will join us on January 2nd. Having wowed audiences at a variety of events including Woodford Folk Festival, the Australian Dance Awards, Sydney Opera House, and headlining New Years Eve at Federation Square, Asanti Dance Theatre are Australia’s leading African dance company.

Joined by international guest artists from their company in Ghana, the group specialise in traditional and contemporary African dance, music and acrobatics the company display an extensive skill set that will leave you speechless. Undulating torsos, flips through rings of fire, raw energy, exhilarating dance moves and phenomenal acrobatics are just some of the elements you can expect from a performance by Asanti Dance Theatre.

Directed by Appiah Annan (Sidney Myer Creative fellow and internationally recognised dancer, choreographer and musician), the company have been working extensively in Melbourne over the past 7 years. With a sister company in Ghana the company have toured regionally, nationally and internationally and perform in a variety of contexts including festivals, schools, corporate, community events and in theatres.
Asanti

JANUARY 29TH
Manny Fox

Bona fide crowd-pleasers Manny Fox run riotous escapades down the sun-bleached boardwalks of old-school soul, riding helium-hooks through the sticky condensation of tropi-pop groove forests, to emerge in a feel-good house-party haze, via the freewheeling swagger of early rock n roll. Featuring members of stellar local bands: Sweets, Hello Satellites, Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Papa Chango.

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FEBRUARY 5TH
The Duck Downpickers

We play acoustic-zyda-Jug-holy-billy-blues a little tongue in beak!

Duck Downpickers

FEBRUARY 12TH
Zucchini Clan

Zucchini Clan is Professor EcoCentric, a brilliantly bemused old-world curiosity, and Miss Lily Green, a charmingly cheeky advocate for sustainable communities.
Melding classic acoustic instruments with contemporary electronica, this is a lively auditory and visual treat. With unique songs, flamboyant costumes and kooky, madcap hilarity, Zucchini Clan brings out the big kid in us all. This is inspired entertainment for free range kids, families and fine, funky folk of all ages!

Zucchini Clan

FEBRUARY 19TH
All Day Fritz

All Day Fritz play rootsy, swingy,rowdy, melodious, harmonious music for humans of all ages.Join well known performers  Karen Davitt (Blue Heelers, Madcows), John Fleming (Scared Weird Little Guys), Jane Bayly (Crying In Public Places) and Boris Conley (Spaghetti Western Orchestra)for dancing ,laughter ,and a taste of great music from a range of musical places.

All Day Fritz

FEBRUARY 26th
The Hummingbirds

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Rootsy, raunchy vocal trio, featuring big Sam Linton-Smith (Vocals/Guitar), Chris Pascoe (Vocals/Accordion/keys) and Steve Con (Vocals/Dobro).
Channeling choice old school and nu-folk, Tex-Mex, rock steady roots reggae, country soul blues n R&B legendary songs… amazing.

MARCH 4TH
The Hawaiian Supremes 

 

Twilight Market at the Abbotsford Convent