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

NICK CHARLES – Friday 25th May at 12.45pm

With dazzling melodic fingerpicking on six and twelve string guitars, stinging bottleneck slide and a lifetime’s stories and songs gathered or written on the world’s musical highways it’s no surprise that NICK CHARLES is labelled internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues”. During his extensive and acclaimed career, Nick has released more than a dozen albums on major Australian and US roots music labels. His recordings have garnered world-wide recognition beginning with “My Place” and now his most recent release “The River Flows”. Currently, Nick has been playing with Australian country-rock legends STARS on their national tour (visitors to the Basement Discs STARS in-store may have spotted Nick on guitar).
This recognition has succeeded in having Nick signed to the Grammy Award winning label, Solid Air Records USA (“Home of the World’s Finest Guitarists”). The only other Australian recognized by the label being Tommy Emmanuel.
Nick’s music encompasses a delightful and eclectic mix of acoustic roots including blues, folk and early ragtime jazz. A mix of instrumentals & vocal tracks mostly originals, with a traditional tune and a Dylan cover, this is an absolutely STUNNING album & on high rotation down here!

NICK CHARLES has been a favourite at Basement Discs forever & in fact with his then music collaborator ALEX BURNS was one of our very first in-store performers! His mix of laid-back blues and superb musical talent on ‘The River Flows’ in particular has kept us all in excellent spirits since hearing it for the first time last week.  If your burdens need lightening with some of that Nick Charles magic then we suggest you get on down the stairs on the 25th.

If you want to catch Nick again in May he’ll be playing at:







JEFF DUFF – Friday 22nd June at 12.45pm

Acclaimed Australian performer JEFF DUFF is taking his show ‘Jeff Duff Orchestra Performs the Music of Scott Walker’ to the people and we’ll be lucky enough to have him on our stage in June!

Jeff Duff is renowned as one of Australia’s most enduring and critically acclaimed singers with a string of his own original albums as well as the innovator of numerous creative projects including his highly successful Bowie shows. In a flamboyant and often controversial music career, Jeff has released twenty-seven albums. With his deep voice and camp-ish, outrageous behaviour, Duff proved a puzzle for mainstream Australia. A ‘waif with a wharfie’s voice’, Duff played with androgyny using leotards, stage makeup and a touch of the operatics at a time when uber-masculine pub-rock was the norm.

What’s perhaps lesser known about Jeff is his fascination and reverence for the legendary 60s vocalist Scott Walker – one of the most mythologized, mysterious figures in modern music.

In the mid 60s Scott Walkers’ majestic baritone voice, hailed as the most beautiful voice of his generation, and his brooding good looks sent teenage girls into raptures as The Walker Brothers’ concerts caused hysteria around the world…and the enigmatic Scott became a reluctant teenage heart-throb – a psychological burden that would eventually lead him into joining a monastery and becoming a recluse.

The combination of these two huge talents through Duff’s musical interpretations is sure to make for a phenomenal performance. We can’t wait!

For the in-store, JEFF DUFF will be joined on stage by GLENN RHODES, but if you want to see the full Jeff Duff Orchestra in action, head on down to Bird’s Basement on the 22nd and the 23rd of June. Grab your tickets here. 

RYAN DOWNEY – Friday 29th of June at 12.45pm

Anyone who has stepped foot in the store since RYAN DOWNEY‘s debut album ‘Running’ was released would know it’s been on high rotation. We can’t get enough! Downey has created a musical world unlike any that you’ve heardilluminating an artist who has the power to break your heart, mend it and set it on fire, all at the same time. There’s something inherently classic – an elegance – to Downey’s blend of pop, rock and folk. Reminiscent of BRYAN FERRY or LEONARD COHEN, his voice transports you somewhere deeply familiar. However, the songs are punctured and detailed by unmistakably contemporary sounds. He is an artist uniquely capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint all within a single, composed breath.

Downey carries this exquisite tension from the studio to the stage, bringing an arresting physicality to his live performances. Having just played his first ever sold out headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney, Ryan Downey will be joining Sarah Blasko on her national tour in May/June, alongside his own May headline east coast tour (with full band) in support of the album.

You can catch Ryan in Melbourne on the 17th May at the Northcote Social Club  for his ‘Running’ Album Launch (tickets through Eventbrite). He will also be supporting Sarah Blasko at 170 Russell on the 22nd of June (tickets through Moshtix).