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.

THEY’RE FREE!

In-Store Performances

Charles Jenkins, Live In-Store 31st May @12:45pm!

Lauded Melbourne songwriter Charles Jenkins has released a surprise acoustic album, in a stripped-back style which highlights his exemplary lyricism. When I Was On The Moon features the ARIA-nominated Jenkins at his most poignant, performing 10 new songs, solo, on a nylon string guitar. The album was recorded over a few days in his small spare room with one voice, one microphone and one guitar, in stark contrast to the complex instrumentation of recent work with his bands Icecream Hands and The Zhivagos.

“The temptation to add strings, and perhaps other elements, was there for a while,” said Jenkins, “but listening back, I enjoyed its minimalism and so I resisted that urge.”

The result is starkly impressive. It’s as if Jenkins is alone in the room with you, with only the occasional warble of birds outside the window (heard on a few tracks) to augment the powerful storytelling.

Charles will be playing another special afternoon show on June 2nd at the Spotted Mallard in Brunswick. Starting at 2pm, Charles will play the album in full solo, then will be joined by his full band for an “All Star Band Chart Topping Retrospective”!

“He’s too good a writer not to be in your life.”
~ Sydney Morning Herald

Rob Snarski & Shane O’Mara, Live In-Store June 7th, 12:45pm!

Rob Snarski’s newest release Sparrow & Swan sees a gravitational pull towards the narrative, a change in direction and a newfound song writing process. Conversations turn into song and late night tales become the tunes. It’s a collection of songs Snarski had been working on over the last few years, then recorded and mixed by Shane O’Mara at Yikesville Studio, Yarraville in late 2018.

A delightful cast of musicians contributed to the recording of the album – including the vocal talents of songstress extraordinaire Rebecca Barnard, along with Jane Hendry and Kelly Day (aka indie-noir duo Broads); Kiernan Box on piano, organ and accordion; Ben Franz and Rosie Westbrook on double bass; and Ben Wiesner on drums and percussion.

Rob is in the midst of a busy Autumn national tour to support Sparrow & Swan, so we are very lucky that he will be gracing our stage for this lunchtime show – along with the album’s producer extraordinaire and guest guitarist O’Mara. Rob will of course be signing copies of his record afterwards. Hope to see you there!