GEORGE LANE – JUNE GIG GUIDE – EXTRA

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george lane - june gig guide - extra

Friday, 7th June

Drunkle – A Cowpunk Blues Fest

In the summer of ’16 or ’67 or ’83 depending on which sources you believe, Hank Holistic, Leroy St Chapeax, Jonny Crash and Cletus Van Zandt met at a rehab facility in Tallahassee Florida. Sharing a common interest in addiction, Hank, Leroy, Jonny Crash and Cletus Van Zandt forged a bond with their common love of the same woman (Stormy) and a love of writing Country/punk music. Drunkle was born and their songs have been stolen and covered by many artists over the years who have gone on the become famous.

Drunkle are a Melbourne cowpunk 4 piece playing the all songs you know in the key of country, western, punk, blues and polka. This’ll be a fun night! It’s one of the only original bands where you’ll know every single song they play even if you haven’t seen them before.

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Drunkle – A Cowpunk Blues Fest Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Saturday, 8th June

Ezra Lee & His Boogie Woogie Band + Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers (George Lane Matinee Sessions)

Ezra Lee is Australia’s top singer and boogie woogie, blues and honky tonk piano with a wild style.

Ezra joined Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys at 14 and in 2008 made his debut album Out Of The Valley followed by You Can’t Stop A Freight Train in 2009 on Preston Records, both a combination of Texas style honky tonk blues and boogie.

Ezra has performed a season of sell-out shows at The Sydney Opera House with James Blundell, Nick Barker and Doug Parkinson, as well as touring and recording with Wanda Jackson, Linda Gail Lewis and Aussie rock group Rose Tattoo as well as being the support act for rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis in Las Vegas.

Kaliopi is a Greek Australian Blues Artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter drawing from the great blues tradition and the powerful blues women who made it their own—leading the Blues Messengers and building a steady following from passionate and energetic live shows and acclaimed single releases.

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Ezra Lee Boogie Woogie Band Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Saturday, 8th June

Shane Pacey Trio

“The Guitar and Voice of The Legendary Bondi Cigars, Foreday Riders and PACEY KING & DOLEY is bringing it back home, with his namesake Band!”.

In a time when the Blues is in great danger of being swallowed by the all-encompassing term “roots music,” the very concept of a Blues band seems to be almost a quaint idea.

SHANE PACEY TRIO…are that rare (and becoming rarer!) thing…

Shane states “The main aim is to create something totally different to The Cigars” ,a no-nonsense trip through the Blues back pages Played with his customary attack and passion, then add a killer Rhythm Section… this band hits you right in solar plexus”.

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Shane Pacey Trio Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Thursday, 13th June

Poetry For Pride – An Evening Of Spoken Word & Poetry For Pride Month

It’s Pride Month and Fitzroy Street Business Association are celebrating on Fitzroy Street with an incredible night of poetry and spoken word! Held in George Lane, newbies and old hands alike will take to the stage and share their thoughts, feelings, experiences, musings and more. You’ll hear from featured artists, Foot and Phoebe Greaves (read more on both below), then we’ll be inviting registered speakers to the stage, followed by open mic.

If you’d love to share a piece on the night, please register at this link so you can be added to the schedule. There will also be spaces at the end of the night for anyone else wanting to come up and speak.

There is no experience needed, and you needn’t even have written what you are sharing. You can also bring in something written by someone else that is amazing, inspiring or moves you, as long as you credit them. No need to be nervous! The event will consist of a respectful and welcoming space of speakers and listeners.

Note: there is also a blanket content warning on the evening

For those wanting to attend the night simply to listen, all are welcome and entry is free. Arrive early to get a seat, standing room also available. We look forward to seeing you.

Friday, 14th June

Alyce Platt & The Fish Shop Collective

George Lane will host the reunion of Alyce’s top shelf live band, The Fish Shop Collective, with whom she recorded her 2015 album Funny Little World. The Fish Shop Collective are an uncommonly talented and well credentialled artistic cooperative, born out of years playing with Alyce at Claypots fish restaurant in St Kilda. Featuring Clare Moore (Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes), Roger Bergodaz (Lost Ragas, Tex Perkins), Stephen Hadley (Tex Perkins, Paul Kelly), Jack Howard (Hunters and Collective) and Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera), the Fish Shop Collective are all A list.

At this show, Alyce and the Fish Shop Collective will be performing songs from her previous albums, Funny Little World, Beautiful Death and Bain Douche and new material from her soon to be released new album, showing off the full array of what makes her music beautifully tick.he reclusive cult-like instrumentalists – Hungry Ghosts, are like rare birds from a bygone era.

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Alyce Platt & The Fish Shop Collective Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Saturday, 15th June

Samuel Saffery (NZ)

(George Lane Matinee Sessions)

From rural New Zealand to the subways and bodegas of New York, Samuel R. Saffery’s musical journey is unquestionably linked to place and movement. In March this year, he embarked on an epic 400-kilometre walking tour through New Zealand to promote his new solo releases. He is now making his debut on Australian stages.

Blending indie folk, alternative rock, and classical influences, his songs are delivered with a distinctive, melodic voice, as haunting as it is sweet. Honest, gutsy lyricism and his willingness to connect with people give listeners the sense they’re sharing in a secret that might not be retold.

Saffery honed his craft touring in USA, UK and Europe as a member of New York indie folk band Bird Courage. His solo music explores themes of identity, the subconscious world, human beings’ sense of place, and their daily connections with one another. Support for the day is Laura MacFarlane.

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Samuel Saffery (NZ) (George Lane Matinee Sessions) Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Thursday, 20th June

The Alan Fletcher Band (Single Launch) + Riley Catherall

The Alan Fletcher Band (The Love of Lager – Single Launch Party)

George Lane hosts the Alan Fletcher Band’s last Australian gig before they depart for an extensive UK tour. Alan and his partner Jennifer Hansen are joined by Riley Catherall, Damian Cafarella, Shaun Ryan and Lachlan Bryan performing all of Alan’s Americana/ Alt-Country originals and some Country Classics.

The gig will also be the official launch of Alan’s rollicking pub ballad, “The Love of Lager”

“Overall, Alan Fletcher delivered a show that surprised in the best possible way. He had a fantastic vocal quality throughout as well as some solid guitar playing, but what elevated the evening for me was the balance he struck between thoughtfulness and fun and the strength of his connection with the crowd.” Entertainment-focus.com – Laura Cooney.

Special guest support on the night is Riley Catherall.

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The Alan Fletcher Band (Single Launch) Riley Catherall Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Friday, 21st JuneTriple Fret, Feat Geoff Achison, Kathleen Halloran & Jimi Hocking

“Three superb guitarists, three definitive styles, three epic shows!”

When you combine the experience and virtuosic fretboard mastery of Geoff Achison and Jimi Hocking with the flare and joyful spirit of rising star Kathleen Halloran, magic transpires. Do not miss this chance to experience three incredible guitarists joining forces for an epic night at George Lane. You can be sure to expect a bit of everything delivered with lots of spirit, heart and smiles. Joined by the superb rhythm section of Andrew Swann (drums) and Tim Curnick (bass).

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Triple Fret: Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking & Kathleen Halloran Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Saturday, 22nd June

The Leigh Sloggett Trio (George Lane Matinee Sessions)

Leigh Sloggett’s earthy song writing and commanding style extends into Blues, Folk and Country music and is delivered with evocative timbres and a soulful touch brought together by searing roots guitar. The musicality of Chris Riseley on double bass and Matt Crump on drums add an extra dimension of depth and vitality creating a distinctive musical experience.

In October 2022 Leigh released his fourth album titled ‘Wait for the Change’ which went on to reach No.1 on the US based ‘Roots Report Top 50 Australian Album Chart’ and No.10 on the ‘Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart’. In the UK it was also ‘Album of the Month’ on West Norfolk Radio’s ‘The Sunday Show’. His 2012 album ‘More Than I Need’ reached No.8 on the ‘Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart’. As well as numerous festival appearances, Leigh has toured internationally and has twice been a finalist in the MBAS Blues Challenge – most recently with his trio in 2023.

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The Leigh Sloggett Trio (George Lane Matinee Sessions) Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Saturday, 22nd June

TOLSON (Album Launch) + Little Murders

Bill Tolson is a prolific Melbourne songwriter. His band TOLSON are proud to announce their self-titled debut album & are excited to be launching it at George Lane.

TOLSON are earthy & authentic, the passion of Neil Young, the rock of the Rolling Stones, the story telling of Paul Kelly and the stream of consciousness of Dylan.

Support for the evening are Melbourne institution Little Murders.

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Saturday, 29th June

Andrew McSweeney & The Wishing Horse (George Lane Matinee Sessions)

Andrew McSweeney & The Wishing Horse featuring the launch of song book, A Basket of Songs, written by illustrator/author Trace Balla and Andrew.

Andrew McSweeney is a prolific and powerful song man, songwriter, singer and guitarist, with a loyal and hungry following of listeners, and with his new band, The Wishing Horse, together deliver soulful songs from their heart.

‘The voice of an angel backed by mesmerising vocal and instrumental arrangements’.

Andrew McSweeney & The Wishing Horse are currently promoting the EP, Hiding In Plain Sight featuring Andrew’s brother Paul on guitar, HIPS producer Michael Ingvarson on piano, Gabriella Favretto on vocals and their daughter Nichola on vocals and bass and their son Ben on drums. It truly is a family and an uplifting affair.

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Andrew McSweeney & The Wishing Horse (Matinee Sessions) Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Saturday, 29th June

Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a founding member of the three time ARIA Award winning band The Superjesus. With a successful career spanning over two decades, Sarah is an inductee into the South Australian Hall Of Fame. Sarah has released three albums with the Superjesus and three solo albums.

Over recent years, McLeod has expanded her creative enterprises to include treading the boards in Green Day’s critically acclaimed ‘American Idiot’ alongside Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson and Magic Dirt’s Adalita. In 2022, Sarah embarked on a National tour with Shake and Stir’s powerful adaptation of Jane Eyre.

For this George Lane show, Sarah McLeod is bringing back to the stage an updated reprise of her successful 2021 show ‘One Electric Lady’ which sees her performing with her dual output guitar. “I designed a guitar that could play bass and guitar at the same time, so when I add beats I sound like a 3 piece band”. Support for the night is still to be announced.

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Friday, 5th July

Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow

Fingerstyle percussive guitar meets masterful violin accompaniment and a magical blend of vocals as Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow twirl their musical influences together to create a riveting potion of Celtic rock, folk,
metal, classical & jazz.

Hailing from the same school on the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne, Australia and now based in Berlin, Germany the duo have performed together for nearly 20 years. Their connection is mesmerising and they are known across the world for enthralling and delighting audiences with up to 140 concerts each year.

“Their instruments and voices blended perfectly… as well as being
extremely talented musicians, the duo were quite the storytellers and had the punters in stitches with their wild tales and musical mash-ups”
– Silver Tiger Media, Australia. Support for the night is still to be announced.

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Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Saturday, 6th July

Sweethearts

Sweethearts revive and enliven Soul, Funk & Blues with their trademark Sass that has afforded them return appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne & the Porretta Soul Festival with music legends!

“Sweethearts are keeping the music of soul alive and I feel confident that it’s in great hands” Vivian Sessoms, Vocalist, USA.

Experience Sweethearts for yourself and see why artists/music lovers around the world are talking about this band.

“Sweethearts will always be welcome at Montreux Jazz Festival.” Claudia Regolatti, Festival Programmer.

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Sweethearts Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

Saturday, 13th July

Ernest Aines + Camille Trail

Fresh off her official showcase at Ireland’s ‘Your Roots Are Showing’ conference, Camille Trail emerges as one of Australia’s most esteemed indie-folk talents.

From Queensland’s Sunshine Coast but rooted in Baralaba’s cattle ranch culture, her music blends country, folk, blues, and gospel.

“River of Sins announces the 22-year-old Central Queensland singer-songwriter as one of the nation’s most striking new voices”
Andrew McMillen, The Australian.

Ernest Aines, a Melbourne-based Australian Folk Artist of the Year 2023 nominee, garnered critical acclaim for his album “Spiral Bound,” lauded by Rhythms Magazine as “universal, borderless, and timeless.”

Critics hailed its depth, labeling it “breathtaking” and affirming Aines as a “contemporary master of the folk music form.” Aines’ January and February UK and Ireland tour featured sold-out venues and standout performances

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Ernest Aines Camille Trail Tickets, George Lane, St Kilda | TryBooking Australia

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Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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