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 28Aug Showtime 5.00-8.00pm
Mai-Anne is a songwriter and artist from western Sydney. She has played all across Sydney with venues including the Basement, the Metro and Mars Hill Cafe. Mai-anne plays the keys, guitar and with an audio engineering background she is also a producer in her own right. Her songs are soulful, set in a trip hop/old school inspired production yet offset by the acoustic numbers that come through. Mai-anne’s voice is warm but strong, but is most of all it is honest, bringing out the thoughtfully written lyrics. While she is musician that likes to experiment with instruments and sounds, Mai-Anne’s strength lies with her songwriting. Her ear for melody has connected her with producers in Australia and the US including Don Gerard Di Napoli and Jack Chicago, writing songs for new up and coming artists in 2016. You can check out her current library of her self produced demos at maianne.com and follow her trek through the industry with her social media handle @writtenbymaianne. Dan Crestani
Spending his youth writing and playing in assorted outfits, Dan Crestani has just come back out of the woodwork to begin writing and performing once again.
Dan has become a familiar face jamming around Sydney haunts, reiterated by the names of some of the artists he’s toured with, been a part of, and supported: Sticky Fingers, Bootleg Rascal, Lyall Moloney, The Walking Who and Tin Sparrow. 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. The Charm
The Charm’s music sits predominantly in the alt/folk space, with splashes of other styles consistent with the diverse backgrounds of its members. John Blake (songwriter, uke, vocals) grew up listening to both big and brass band music and many of his songs have an old-time quirkiness about them. Georgie Moodie provides the band’s lead vocals, combining with John to produce brother/sister harmonies. Martin Guenzl (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter) started his musical life as a prog-rocker before embracing a fuller appreciation of musical genres and his approach ranges from delicate picking, skipping joyfully over the chord-lines, through to full-bodied jangle-pop. Maddy Redstone (bass) was schooled classically as an orchestral double-bassist whilst her dad slapped out chunky 70s funk-lines around the house. Maddie’s distinctively feminine touch provides The Charm’s songs with their strong and silky bottom-end. Dave Rice (drums), is the band’s rock & bluesman, influenced heavily by The Stones, The Who, The Doors, Cream, etc. Dave provides the drive to The Charm’s heavier songs and the twinkle to its lighter numbers, and he and Maddie are