We present regular free live In-store Performances at lunchtimes featuring local & international artists. Some of the artists who have performed on our stage include Richard Thompson, Jimmy Webb, Ron Sexsmith, John Scofield, Michelle Shocked, John Hammond, Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Stephen Cummings, Mick Thomas, Andy White…to name just a few!

These lunchtime concerts are truly very special, intimate & enjoyable…and we hope you’ll come along and join us when you can.


In-Store Performances

Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie – Friday 23rd FEB at 12:45

The long awaited full length album, Hoodoo Hipshake, from Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie has finally arrived.  After releasing their debut EP Healers and Howlers, which was nominated in The Age Music Victoria Music Awards ‘Best Blues Album’ category in 2016, Hoodoo Hipshake promises to get you up out of your seats with its New Orleans swagger, a large cup of soul, a spoonful of blues, and a dash of jazz noir. combined with the influences of a punk brain, a gospel soul, a blues heart, and hints of jazz coursing through its veins.  Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie’s sound is heartfelt and raw, the influences primal and instinctive. Steve Boyd will be celebrating his latest album with us down here at the Basement Discs on the 23rd of February!


Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist returns to Australia in 2018!

Blair Dunlop is a captivating vocalist, phenomenal guitarist and writer of songs of deep lyrical and musical maturity. He scooped the prestigious Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk AwardsRichard Thompson was so impressed with Dunlop that he gave him a previously unrecorded composition – Seven Brothers – for inclusion on his debut release.

Blair has recently been in the studio with producer and collaborator Ed Harcourt (Sophie Ellis Bextor, Paloma Faith, Marianne Faithfull, The Libertines) working on his new album titled Notes From An Island which is out this March 2018. We are thrilled to be welcoming Blair to the store to perform ‘Notes From An Island’ on Thursday March 8th at 12.45pm. Do not miss this special performance!

“…. Dunlop brings an air of tenacity while displaying a fine repertoire of well-crafted songs spanning traditional and contemporary.  He’s determinedly taking the traditions of folk in his own direction” THE INDEPENDENT 

Here is a taste – the just released single Sweet On You’

You can get tickets and the details of the other shows on Blair’s Australian Tour here, with dates including;

  • The Port Fairy Music Festival from March 9 to 11,
  • The Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne on March 14, (With Josienne Clark and Ben Walker),
  • The Blue Mountains Music Festival from March 16 to 18,
  • Leadbelly in Newton, Sydney on March 21 and
  • Brass Monkey in Sydney on March 22


Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker will be performing live on-stage at Basement Discs at 12:45 on Wednesday March 14th to celebrate the exclusive Australian release of their new album ‘Seedlings All’ on March 9th, ahead of its worldwide release on March 23rd.

Seedlings All is Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker’s first album to be made up of all original songs and is songwriter Clarke’s most autobiographical work to date. She explains: For the first time I’m out there alone with a bunch of songs that expose my insecurities, fears of failure and inflated pride. They deal with my own specific thoughts and feelings about the reality of pursuing this kind of career, the cost to personal relationships, circumstance and lifestyle, and asking the question – “Is this still worth it?” They’re about trying to find an inner balance in an environment that doesn’t provide any balance or certainty. Where one day everything is brilliant and the next day it could all be over. Where one night ends in a standing ovation and the next starts by playing to an empty room.”

Josienne & Ben have been nominated several times at the BBC Folk Awards and they were personally invited to support Richard Thompson on tour around the UK last autumn.

Join us here first on Wednesday March 14th at 12.45pm for a lunch-time performance, or catch Josienne and Ben at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival and at The Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne.

Details of other shows in Australia and tickets can be found here, with dates including;

  • Port Fairy Folk Festival between March 9 and 11
  • Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne on March 14th
  • Blue Mountains Folk Festival between March 16 and 18


And after that you’ll have to go to the U.K. to see them – so join us here first on Wednesday March 14th at 12.45pm for a lunch-time performance.


And you can have a listen to the single Chicago from the new album herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVyOmZfvKu8