The Gallery Gigs - Friday May 3 6.30 pm Exhibitions Gallery at NEA 'The Ocelots'
"Initially cutting their teeth on the notoriously tough busking circuit, this real life band of brothers (or twins, to be precise) have trodden the boards across Europe, wowing crowds and turning industry heads along the way. Based in Wexford, Ashley and Brandon Watson draw inspiration from the likes of Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and the Followill family, fusing folk and pop-rock to create a bewitching brew of lush harmonies and sweet hooks. They’ve also caused a stir with their guerrilla gigs, where they turn up unannounced in random locations and perform for their fans on YouTube."
Source: Edwin McFee 'Hot for 2019 Irish Acts: The Ocelots' Hot Press Website, 1 Feb 2019
We are in the middle of a wonderful 'Gallery Gigs' season at NEA, with three gigs to go before a long winter break. The Frank Burkitt Band, have "gathered their instruments and hopped over the ditch from their New Zealand home for a 17 date tour across Victoria and New South Wales" which includes a North East Artisans Gallery Gig in Benalla tomorrow night! We are so lucky!
The band's second album Raconteur won the band the Vodafone NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019. This tour will support their new live EP Lost But Alive.
Thursday 11 April 2019 at 6:00pm Gallery 2, North East Artisans.122-124 Bridge St East, Benalla, VIC 3672 Tix $15 https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=473746 or at NEA.
++Over the Wall to Wall Festival we are presenting another magical #gallerygig at North East Artisans++
Join us for a special night of high class live and original tunes in an intimate and comfy setting, surrounded by the works of local artists!
JoJo Smith, who hails from Violet Town, is one of Australia's greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force, who "drops jaws and melts hearts with every performance" (Colin Thompson, Bendigo Blues Festival Director). Across her 50 year career Jo Jo Smith has worked with the cream of the crop, and her capacity to move her listeners through tears and joy with the power of music is stronger than ever. “Jo Jo Smith is a true soul singer. She sings soul music. She sings with and through her soul. Smith has a mighty weapon in her voice, she reserves its power striking only when necessary” (Marty Jones, Rhythms Magazine) “Jo Jo has been an inspiration to myself and many other musicians in Australia for many years" (Renee Geyer)
Lauded for writing "some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear" (**** The Age), Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of Australia’s most striking contemporary songsmiths. With eleven releases to her name and a prodigious touring schedule, Lucie Thorne continues to carve out an extraordinary creative career. From spacious gritty rock n roll to dark and delicate folk, Thorne conjures "exquisitely impressionistic... poetry in motion" (**** Rolling Stone Magazine) with an intimacy and warmth for which her live shows have become so renowned. “a demonstration of power through grace and subtlety. World Class.” (Roots Down) "Atmospheric, innovative brilliance" (**** Sydney Morning Herald)
Tickets - $20 (presale) at
https://www.trybooking.com/BBUIX OR in store at NEA
OR - $25 on door if available
Under 18's free but must be accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian.
*No byo thanks!
Award winning New Zealand based musicians, The Frank Burkitt Band will be performing at North East Artisans at 6 pm on Thursday 11 April as part of their 17 date ‘Lost But Alive’ Australian Tour, fresh from being announced as winners of the NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019.
After impressing audiences on their debut Australian Tour in March 2018 which included performances at Port Fairy Folk Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival, they are returning to Australia with a heap of new songs and a new live EP ‘Lost But Alive’.
Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. A folk songwriter at his core, American roots music with hints of jazz, blues and swing very much shape his music. When he relocated to Wellington from Edinburgh he formed The Frank Burkitt Band, with blues and country mandolin player Cameron Burnell and jazz double bassist James Geluk.
Touring Australia as a trio with vocals, guitar, mandolin and double bass, they will perform original songs spanning a wide range of genres such as Americana, swing, blues and folk.
Tix $15 at https://www.trybooking.com/BAYVA
OR in store at North East Artisans.
Under 18's free but must be accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian.
No byo thanks!
i hear django presents Ordinary Elephant (USA)
Wednesday 17th April 2019 - The Gallery Gigs at North East Artisans
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year, Ordinary Elephant are “as genuine as it gets” – Lloyd Maines. The nomadic husband and wife duo captivate listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. Pete’s understated, melodic and mellow banjo weaves through Crystal’s steady and clean rhythm guitar, with poetic lyrics purposefully delivered in rich harmony, “like their voices were made to go together” – Texas Music Journal. www.ordinaryelephant.net
Doors 6:30pm // Tickets $15
Wednesday 27th February, 2019
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Doors open 6:00pm
In 2019, Scott Cook is returning with a new intercontinental string band called The She'll Be Rights, consisting of fellow Canadian Bramwell Park on banjo and mandolin, and Aussie comrades Esther Henderson on fiddle and Liz Frencham on upright bass. They're touring in support of Cook's sixth studio album, Further Down the Line, which earned him his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination!
<Click here to book your ticket/s at Trybooking.com>
Adults - $15
Under 18's - Free
i hear django presents Red Tail Ring (USA)
Sunday 24th March 2019 - The Gallery Gigs at North East Artisans
Michigan-based, Red Tail Ring are Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp. Together they create intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and lush harmonies. Fresh off their fourth full-length studio release 'Fall Away Blues', Laurel and Michael are re-imagining Americana music with pure soul. Formed in 2009, they’ve performed their unique brand of acoustic roots all over the United States and throughout Canada, the UK and Europe including Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway and Sweden. “Red Tail Ring doesn’t just pay homage to vintage folk and roots music… they breathe new life into it, channelling the power and charm of seminal material into its own original songs.”– John Sinkevics, LocalSpins. www.redtailring.com
Doors 5:30pm // Tickets $15 via TryBooking.com
Canadian singer-songwriter Meiwa (a.k.a. Kristie McCracken) has earned international praise with her maturely thoughtful lyricism and subtly sophisticated, genre-melding creativity that reflects an artist who is adroitly expanding her musical horizons. She is a WCMA 2016 ‘Urban Artist of the Year’ nominee for her debut solo album ‘Let Go & Grow’.
Ellen James is a Benalla based songstress with a BIG voice who gathers inspiration from memories, dreams, stories, creatures & you! Ellen speaks about her music and plays live in the studio in a recent Killer Pigs 'Suck it Up' podcast - Episode 5: Ellen James.
On Saturday 19 January 2019 at 6:30pm
North East Artisans
Gallery 2, 122-124 Bridge St East, Benalla, VIC 3672
Tickets - TRY BOOKING or NEA
The musicality and virtuousity of Jaron Freeman Fox and Simon Nyberg at the final Gallery Gig for 2018 was spell binding! Thank you for playing a gig in Benalla, Jaron and Simon - and thank you Michaela Alexander for organizing such a memorable program of 'Gallery Gigs' in 2018!
"He plays violin like a knowing child: playfully, impulsively and hyperactively, and yet with an improbable, idiosyncratic virtuosity that has been set alight by his wide-ranging listening and studying. … while his singing is infused with the same knowingness, whether whispered, loud, crooned or seething with humour."
---– John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald
Jaron Freeman-Fox (fiddle, viola d’amore) and Simon Nyberg (Swedish twelve-string guitar) (Check out some video clips of Jaron and Simon below)
Scandinavian explorations, Siberian extrapolations, Balkan exacerbations, and Indian interpolations!
Souls bared, secrets shared, and ways fared.
Details at ww.Jaronfreemanfox.com
Jaron Freeman Fox
Jaron Freeman Fox - back in 2012...
Jaron Freeman Fox.... a recent improvisation...
Simon Nyberg ... guitarist
Simon playing in the group 'Six String Yada'... more clips on You Tube...
"Jaron Freeman-Fox is a live looping violinist. Bred in the mountains of Canada’s northwest, and steeped in study under the great traditional musicians of India, Scandinavia, and Siberia, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what his instrument is capable of, and gives the listener no choice but to take his unique refraction of world music on it’s own terms.
Jaron’s singular style was encouraged from an early age as an apprentice of Canada’s renowned fiddle pioneer, the late Oliver Shroer, who’s violin Jaron still plays. Jaron went on to study Carnatic classical music in South India under Dr. M Narmadha, hardanger fiddle in Norway under Jan Beitohaugen Granli, Swedish fiddle in Skåne under Mats Edén, Morin Khuur in Mongolia under Batzorig Vaanchig, and throat singing in Tuva under Igor Koshkendey.
Joined by guitarist Simon Nyberg (Sweden) for their Australian tour,
Jaron enjoys long stumbles in the woods, early-morning bedtimes, and unrehearsed fire juggling."
Killer Pig Productions - newly released video clips - Jenny Mitchell and Nigel Wearne at 'The Gallery Gigs', North East Artisans, 5 July 2018
Jenny Mitchell, 'The Old Oak' The Gallery Gigs, North East Artisans, Benalla, 5 July 2018
Nigel Wearne, 'Drawing Circles' 'The Gallery Gigs' North East Artisans, Benalla, 5 July 2018
Thanks to Sam, Lauren and Jake at Killer Pig for not only making and releasing these video clips from a particularly memorable Gallery Gig, but making them available on You Tube.
Post Script - Another recent release documenting the Benalla music scene from Killer Pig Productions. This Way North performing "Head Above Water" Live at the Benalla Musical Garden, hosted by One Wild Apple. Event organised by Ellen James.
An occasional BLog.
Friday 27th July 2018
North East Artisans present...
An intimate evening celebrating his album launch 'Where Were You?'
Featuring Benalla based Adam Toms.
7:30 pm - Adults $10 entry, Children $5.
Adam Toms launches his long awaited album ‘Where Were You?’ in a special up close and personal event. Hear the songs the way they were written and the stories behind them along with a selection of songs from his previous albums.
It’s been 5 years since Adam Toms released his last album. A lot has gone on for the Benalla based singer/songwriter in that time and his new album ‘Where Were You?’ helps fill in the blanks.
The first two previously released singles ‘Where Were You When’ and ‘Too Young To Know Better’ have had an amazing response from his loyal and new fans alike with the 1st single peaking at number 6 on the Australian iTunes country chart and show Adams versatility as a vocalist and songwriter, whist the forthcoming climatic power ballad ‘Say You Love Me’ leaves the listener breathless.
Adam has been focusing on his young special needs family and is a Youth Worker by day whilst still continuing to entertain audiences from a more local level where he is based in North East Victoria. He is now looking forward to taking his new music further up and down the road.
With a style combining country, rock, blues and singer/songwriter Adam feels now the time is right to return and is eager to show people his new songs.
Adam is known for his big voice in his live shows as well as his mixed banter and sense of humour. “I think it’s a good gig if I’ve made the audience laugh, cry and everything in between”
Thursday 5th July 2018
i hear django + North East Artisans present...
An intimate evening of storytelling through song
Featuring Jenny Mitchell (NZ) + Nigel Wearne (VIC)
6pm - $10 entry*
Jenny Mitchell is New Zealand's brightest rising star, blending country, folk and Americana into her own captivating style. Influenced by Gillian Welch, The Lumineers and Miranda Lambert, Jenny’s love for storytelling is at the core of her craft. With a New Zealand Gold Guitar under her hat in 2017, Jenny also placed 3rd on New Zealand's Got Talent years earlier at the tender age of 14. After her success on the show, she went on to release 'The Old Oak' that debuted at #1 on the NZ Country iTunes Charts and #3 on the Official NZ Music Charts. A seasoned performer, who's already played to audiences in Sweden, Ireland, Australia and her homeland of New Zealand. "An artist who knows exactly who she is and feels no need to give way." - Southland Times NZ.
Jenny Mitchell performing "So Far" at Sofar Dunedin on November 5th 2017
Nigel Wearne is a folk/country singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Nigel’s current album ‘Drawing Circles’ is a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone. www.nigelwearne.com
*Free for U18's if accompanied by parent/guardian. Drinks at bar prices.
A Gallery Gig with a bit of a twist!
It's time to get up and boogie and wash those winter blues away!
Introducing Intensity Duo from Wangaratta who play a rainbow of tunes, from rock to pop to country, playing a mix of originals and covers.
Doors open at 6.00pm, music from 6.30pm.
Drinks at bar prices and no BYO.
Tickets are $10 at....
Or at the door on the night if still available
Our next Gallery Gigs are in June and July featuring
Fri 8th June: 'Intensity' from Wangaratta playing rock, pop, covers and originals.
Thurs 5th July: Jenny Mitchell (N.Z) and Nigel Wearne (Vic) as part of their tour.
Both nights will be the usual $10 charge
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and our NEA Website.
Full details published in our June Newsletter
Here's what Benalla musician Adam Toms had to say about Scott and Corin -
Last night I attended a little gig in my own town Benalla arranged by Michaela Alexander which was at North East Artisans. It featured two Canadian singer songwriters Scott Cook and Corin Raymond who have been touring around Australia for the last 6 weeks and are considered folk music artists. To be honest, I don’t know much about ‘folk’ music, but I know when I’m moved, I know when I’m listening and watching something special, I know when I’m being taught musical, songwriting, storytelling and entertainer lessons. Last night was one of those gigs. For me it wasn’t about a genre it was about entertainment and ear candy.
These guys captivated every single person in the room with their show including me. Each played a 45 min or so set and joined each other for a song or two. They had people singing laughing, relating, reminiscing and sometimes even singing their songs without ever having heard them. They told stories that made you think you were there and created lyrical cleverness like it was a walk in the park and could be mistaken as something that come easy to all songwriters. (Myth)
To add to the coolness of this show they did not use a microphone for their voices and only one of them plugged his acoustic into the PA as it was a quiet guitar. Normally with 50 odd people in a room this isn’t possible but the silence, respect and appreciation for the artist doing their thing was nothing short of amazing. (I wish all singer/songwriter gigs were like this) when I looked around the room I saw everyone just digging what was in front of them. I wanted to take a photo or video during the night but I felt bad as I barely saw a phone out - nobody checking Facebook or snap chatting......just people in the musical moment. What a beautiful thing.
Huge props Michaela for creating these gigs and a culture of what ‘should be’ for gigs like this. I hope to play there soon and whilst my songs, style and ‘show’ will be different from last night I hope for the same vibe as what I was a part of last night. It’s a truly special thing as an artist to feel that intense buzz of appreciation bouncing back at you when you sing. I realise not all gigs are or can be like this but once in a while is really nice.
Adam John Toms
(Adam posted this on North East Artisan's Facebook site)
A Gallery Gig at NEA on 19 th April at 6 pm is part of an extensive Australian tour by Canadian musicians Corin Raymond and Scott Cook. We feel so privileged to be able to offer this Gallery Gig!
Both Corin Raymond and Scott Cook can be found on YouTube...
The next clip features Scott Cook singing 'Fella's Get Out The Way'...
Like the lyrics? Check out this webpage...https://scottcook.bandcamp.com/track/fellas-get-out-the-way
See you at 6 pm at NEA on the 18th April! $10 - bookings at NEA.
Benalla Street Art Wall to Wall Festival
Benalla Street Art Map
Benalla Youth Action Committee
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Table Top Games at NEA