The Old Manly Boatshed
40 The Corso Manly
Wednesday 27th July
After slinking around the rich Manly music scene for many years – popping up occasionally on an available microphone to do guest vocals, or squeezing in a single song between sets (amongst the likes of Aaron Huston, Jeff Stanley and Mark Budd). After years of simply attending Songwriters Live (even since its early incarnation at a different pub across the Corso and on a Thursday night) as a punter, and slinking back down to the Boatshed to hear a certain Canadian and a certain Kiwi. After receiving ongoing praise for his songwriting in regular appearances at Desire Books and other open mic nights, as well as in backyards and on balconies, the elusive and enigmatic figure that is Ross Brain, has accepted the opportunity to slink onto the Sonwriters Live stage at Manly Boatshed to give his usual combination of humour, honesty, lateral thinking and melody
Geoff Kellett is an award winning songwriter who has played with some of the finest musicians in the UK and Australia, spanning over three decades. He is currently showcasing a selection of soulful tunes from his new album “TRUTH and LIES” which he will be performing acoustically. These tracks have been influenced by his time amidst London pop culture at it’s height with a pinch of soul illuminating insights
Following a debut EP release, an award winning music video and international acoustic tours throughout New Zealand and Europe, IRIS brings a warmth and quirky charm to the stage that has won hearts both in Australia and abroad.Following the release of her 1st EP Between Dreaming and Daylight – Part 1 in 2014, Iris toured New Zealand and Europe as well as back home through Sydney, regional NSW, VIC & QLD. She has featured on a string of festival lineups alongside the likes of Lior, Blue King Brown and Katie Noonan and was invited to sing a duet with US Grammy award winning songwriter, Jon Foreman on his last Australian tour.
“IRIS is the whisper of autumn leaves under your boots, a bellow from the top of a mountain, and a free-fall through an open sky…”
In 2014 IRIS released the debut music video for the stick-in-your-head single: The Chase. Featuring over 50 devout fans and friends as extras, the video took out three top places at the 2014 Independent Music Video Awards for Best Pop Music Video (Aus), Best Set Design (Aus) and Best Independent Music Video (Vic).
The Steve Tonge Trio.
A great funk and rock outfit, This band is one of our favourites because they are all great players. Lead by the extraordinary songwriting talents and incredible guitar playing of Steve Tonge and backed up by the Millard Brothers, Dave an instinctive high powered bass player and Ian a rock solid drummer who keeps it all locked down and tight. They have played all the original venues and these guys will top off a great night.