40 The Corso Manly Thursday September 1st Showtime 7.30-11.30pm
Agnes O’Dwyer is a 19-year-old singer songwriter from the Northern Beaches.She has been singing solo and in bands for the past 5 years and has written several songs to which she accompanies herself on guitar. The inspiration for her originals is derived from personal experience and some of her favourite literary works put to a melody. Her influences are Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell and the band ‘Daughter’. Agnes hopes to record some of her own songs this year. Blake Morgan
Chilled out surfer, singer songwriter and Northern beaches local sensation Blake Morgan is attracting attention from all the over globe including the US and European radio stations and music producers after his appearance on one of our National Talent shows. His unique voice and laid back personality shows through in his beachy Indy folk music which began in his Nan’s laundry as a way of relaxing. Blake had only sung around the campfire on surfing trips with his mates before doing a couple of fundraisers at his local hotel before he began to rise and this week is our chance to hear him as he delivers a full set of his popular originals. Portia Briana
Portia Briana is more than just a woman with a guitar. Her original compositions blend flavours of roots, folk and rock into an elixir you cannot resist. Drawing from a decade of self discovery and universal query, Portia Briana’s music is salted with subtle metaphor and philosophy, facilitating a space of authentic vulnerability both for the artist and the audience. An experience not to be missed. Hurst
HURST are a four-piece alt-rock group who have been pounding hard at the Australian music scene since their debut in 2014. With nonsensical on-stage shenanigans led by pocket-rocket lead singer, Ana Veira, brought together by booming bass, drums and soaring guitar lines. 2015 had the band storming in with full force; touring cross-country, selling out Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar and releasing their single “Tom”, garnering high-rotation across community airwaves nationally and a feature from Dom Alessio on Triple J’s program Home and Hosed. “There are moments in here that sound like Beth Ditto fronting a ‘70s rock band. There are a lot of moments in here, too, that just plain rock.” – Dom Alessio, Triple J HURST’s feisty live act has seen them to showcase at Australian Music Week 2015, and play supporting shows for Glass Towers, The Love Junkies, Dallas Frasca, My Echo and Kingswood.
74 Rose Street, Chippendale Sunday 21 Aug Showtime 5.00-8.00pm
A 20 year old singer/songwriter who started out on the piano when he was about 10. He traded classical piano for the guitar at about 14 and has played in various rock bands since he left high school. At the same time he has been hitting the open mic circuit of Sydney as hard as he can. IHe has always had a love for writing and performing his own version of 50s and 60s styles of rock, pop and folk music, with personal icons such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and The Beatles. He is also a huge fan of the 1970s and 1980s Sydney pub rock scene and this is another area from where he draws his inspiration. He is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and working part time until he can earn enough to support himself with his art form. Amanda Thomas
Sydney singer/songwriter, Amanda Thomas launched her independent debut album ‘Midnight Sun’ in November 2009. Collaborating with David Longo to produce and write, her style is a mix of pop, southern-folk and rock. Amanda has been performing at established venues around Sydney and is steadily growing her fan base. Now writing her second album Amanda is looking to perform in festivals further afield. She writes songs with honest lyrics that have universal appeal and has scored 2nd place for two songs on the album in the Australian Songwriters Association national contest. Her most recent review on itunes says “Brilliant CD….great, original songs…can listen to them all day long !!!” Bruce Carruthers
Canadian born and raised singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Bruce Carruthers, calling Sydney home for almost 4 years is a strong contender for the prestigious “Tallest Foreign Musician in Australia Award” in 2016. Following the completion of his MBA in 2007, Bruce released his first solo album “Nowhere to Hide” which he recorded, produced and mixed in its entirety by himself in his home studio over the 2 years he was completing his Masters. Within a month of his album release, Bruce changed careers and left the music industry and his photography business to focus on a career in Medical devices. It’s only taken 9 years for Bruce to realise that making music and performing on stage feeds a critical part of his soul that is linked directly to his happiness. Outside of playing, his latest musical interest is guitar building, where he can now be seen playing his first creation which came to life in December of 2015 after almost a year of construction. Kim Griffin
Kim Griffin is a Sydney based singer/songwriter. Through her songs she questions her own assumptions and explores where humanity ends and society begins.Her music is a mix of genres ranging from popular and folk to country and indie. The music feels intimate and the lyrics are to the fore. Kim has been writing at a prolific rate since a young age. In her set you will find songs that were written ten years ago alongside music that is only a few weeks old. The result is a range of styles from bitter sweet to naïve, energetic enthusiasm.Whether she is singing about lost friendships or how cool birds are, there is always that sense of honesty and closeness that makes live music so special.