Gigs

All live music is FREE! For gig bookings, write to: bands@retreathotelbrunswick.com.au

  • 17-08-2017

    (17/8) MADDIE LEMAN AND THE DESERT SWELLS + FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK

    8:30 PM

    Madeline Leman and the Desert Swells create a retro Americana sound that is sinful and soulful, heartbreaking and leg shaking. Influenced by Hank Williams and Bonnie Raitt, Madeline captivates audiences with stories of strong female protagonists, cowboys and truck drivers who ramble their way through the mundane and the profound. Inspired by her time in North America, Madeline weaves nostalgia soaked tales through light filled rooms to create authentic music of great storytelling and musical joy. Coupled with upbeat surf guitar and lush harmonies The Desert Swells are a high-energy live show not to be missed! Joined at The Retreat by current country 'it girl' Freya Josephine Hollick.

  • 18-08-2017

    (18/8) THE CHRIS PICKERING EXPERIMENT + AL CARR AND THE STRONG ARM (ALBUM LAUNCH) + ADALITA DJ SETS

    9:30 PM

    “A Morricone­esque guitar line at the beginning of the opening title track [Canyons] suggests the scope of Pickering’s vision and his impressive skill. He is capable of almost single­handedly creating captivating music in a variety of styles. His influences are impeccable: Neil Young comes to mind when his guitar goes into overdrive, Paul McCartney when the melodies get under your skin, Big Star with his DIY pop sensibility and even Rufus Wainwright at times.” Polly Coufous, The Australian, December 2016.

  • 19-08-2017

    (19/8) GIRL FRIDAY + MAJA

    8:00 PM

    Girl Friday (Tracey Hogue) with her jazz, folk and blues influences evokes a sense of nostalgia, innocence and melancholy. Her rich, soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics remind us that people have felt and sung about the same things forever and a day. After winning the Roddy Read Songwriters Award for 2016, she is set to release her debut album 'Sepia Tones' in the coming months. Telling her honest story to the Australian music scene, Serbian-born singer-songwriter Maja is gaining quite a reputation for her eccentric character and glittering performances. Thought-provoking and deeply-personal, the music comes together to highlight Maja’s fierce vocal performance and direct song-writing style. This year, Maja will be releasing her second EP and touring Australia wide.

  • 19-08-2017

    (19/8) THE BEAN PROJECT

    5:00 PM

    From the eastern suburbs of Melbourne come The Bean Project, a vibrant French horn-clad acoustic band blending the raw untreated sounds of folk, jazz and singer-songwriter styles with fresh and unique songwriting - most aptly described as 'the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire'. Named the 2017 Folk Alliance of Australia Folk Artist of the Year, The Bean Project are set to release their debut full length album in May 2017 accompanied by national tours and performances at Port Fairy, The National, Cygnet and Blue Mountains Folk Festivals.

  • 20-08-2017

    (20/8) LITTLE GEORGIA + KHRISTIAN MIZZI

    7:30 PM

    Amongst a sea of rhythmic and raw guitar tones collaborators Ashleigh Mannix and Justin Carter deliver both beautiful harmonies and compelling lyrics which reveal the honesty in their music. The duo are no strangers to touring and have spent the last year on the road performing between Australia and North America including sets at AmericanaFest, Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival as well as a national tour support with American Grammy award winning artist Ryan Bingham. In January 2016 Little Georgia released their debut album BOOTLEG, recorded in a farmhouse on the rugged coastline of Portland, Victoria. Together with friends they captured their music in it's purest form, recording their debut album unplugged and live to tape.

  • 20-08-2017

    (20/8) PETER HEAD SINGS THE NEWS

    3:00 PM

    In January 2017 Peter started a project to write a song about the news every week called “Sung News”. Every Saturday morning at 8am he has gone on radio RRR’s Vital Bits program to perform a musical report on current affairs. In the last 4 months of 2017 he will be releasing 4 albums of 13 songs each for a total 52 song portrait of the year called “Peter Joseph Head Sings A Year In The News Cycle”. Peter brings his songs about the news to the Retreat Hotel for a special afternoon of musical news.

  • 21-08-2017

    (21/8) CHARLES JENKINS

    8:00 PM

    Charles Jenkins returns to his favourite front bar gig, the Retreat Hotel in Brunswick, to wine, dine and perform non stop chart toppers from 8:30pm each WMonday. There will be songs a plenty, and there will be special guests, send him a request, you never know your luck. Free admission. Amen.

  • 22-08-2017

    (22/8) YOUNG HENRY’S PRESENTS TRYOUT TUESDAYS – NEW BANDS MAKING THEIR RETREAT DEBUTS

    8:30 PM

    Every Tuesday night at the retreat we will feature three to four new up and coming bands. Come down and support some of Melbourne's freshest talent.

  • 23-08-2017

    (23/8) PUMPY’S PUB QUIZ

    7:00 PM

    "From blistering garage rock guitar riffs to chilling invocations of the Occult, it's blindingly obvious that this is not your typical pub quiz " - CNN Get down to The Retreat every Wednesday night for Pumpy's Pub Quiz - the most musical pub quiz in town, hosted by the charismatic Pete "Pumpy" Lawler.

  • 23-08-2017

    (23/8) LITTLE LORD STREET BAND

    8:30 PM

    The Little Lord Street Band is an alt-folk country four piece that lend their name from the busy Mt Lawley, WA inroad from which they reside. This is the band's return visit to The Retreat after thrilling Melbournians in late 2016 - we're excited to welcome them back!

  • 24-08-2017

    (24/8) ALLOLA

    8:30 PM

    Allola is an electro pop singer, songwriter and producer based in Melbourne. She teams edgy vocals with atherial sounds and 80s inspired synth tones in her catchy sparkling tracks. Her solo live show incorporates elements of live looping, sampling and sequencing, delivering a unique act in the indie pop scene. After spending the last 12 months building her status in Melbourne, playing with the likes of Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, Tigertown and Tora, she is now gearing up to release her debut record "Chapters" late September.

  • 25-08-2017

    (25/8) THE MURDERBALLS + I AM DUCKEYE + CMASH CMUNT

    9:30 PM

    The Murderballs are Melbourne's 16th favourite funky punk band! Lenny beats the drums like they owe him money, Kenny slaps the bass like it owes him money and Jenny... Jenny owes everyone money! Combining funky grooves and punk rock guitar, played at break neck speeds, it's a surprise that they've kept it together for 8 long years! If beer fueled songs about chicken, robots and motherly love are your kind of thing, then The Murderballs, are for you!

  • 26-08-2017

    (26/8) SHAKY STILLS

    5:00 PM

    Country and Western, Swing, Rockabilly and Indi-roots with a backbone rhythm section made of pure rhythm and blues. A players band, made from Australia’s finest, with Ed Bates’ pedal steel at the core of the sound, Patty and the band’s songwriting and playing is genuine and seriously good. They'll be playing songs from their just released Album Genuine Moonshine here's a recent review: "Cruising down Route 66 in a mid-‘60s Cadillac on a warm summer’s day is the image that’s conjured upon listening to 16 Years, the opening cut from Shaky Stills’ new album Genuine Moonshine. The keyboard cruises along and the pedal steel of Ed Bates shines in and out of the mix as the band grooves out in an extended instrumental, making it an impressive opener. If you’re a fan of bands like Raised By Eagles and Wagons, then I reckon you might just get around Shaky Stills. Led by the lead vocal and guitar duties of Patrick Carr, Genuine Moonshine easily works together as a succinct set of ten tracks. From Dark of Night to Quarter To Three, these tracks are complimented by the sweet backing vocals of Rikki Arnot that work with Carr’s to create a rich, full, and smooth vocal sound. Killer performances from all members make this a definite highlight of local Melbourne releases for 2017. Like a bar stool out of a backroom bar in Nashville with plenty of stories to tell, Genuine Moonshine gets better with every listen." Tex Miller Beat Magazine

  • 27-08-2017

    (27/8) THE LOW DOWN BIG BAND

    7:30 PM

    The Low Down Big Band return to The Retreat to give you your monthly dose of 16 piece goodness. Fresh to the local scene, the band plays a balanced mix of Trad, Blues, Funk, New Orleans, and Contemporary styles. Under the leadership of guitarist Ben Delves, you can expect high-intensity, hard-swinging, funk-filled fun when Low Down hits the stage.

  • 27-08-2017

    (27/8) THE PRAIRIE OYSTERS

    3:00 PM

    The Prairie Oysters was formed in Melbourne in 2005 by friends Rob Street (Drums) and Tony Bonnici (Bass). They wanted a side project to their other music commitments that would see them do a few gigs, have a few laughs and play music they loved. Dave Miles (Guitars) joined soon after and after their first few Melbourne gigs, it soon became apparent, that a lot of people liked what they did and the rest as they say is history.

  • 28-08-2017

    (28/8) CHARLES JENKINS

    8:00 PM

    Charles Jenkins returns to his favourite front bar gig, the Retreat Hotel in Brunswick, to wine, dine and perform non stop chart toppers from 8:30pm each Monday. There will be songs a plenty, and there will be special guests, send him a request, you never know your luck. Free admission. Amen.

  • 29-08-2017

    (29/8) YOUNG HENRY’S PRESENTS TRYOUT TUESDAYS – NEW BANDS MAKING THEIR RETREAT DEBUTS

    8:30 PM

    Every Tuesday night at the retreat we will feature three to four new up and coming bands. Come down and support some of Melbourne's freshest talent. If you'd like to play send an email to bands@retreathotelbrunswick.com.au with TUESDAY TRYOUTS in the subject heading.

  • 30-08-2017

    (30/8) PUMPY’S PUB QUIZ

    7:00 PM

    "From blistering garage rock guitar riffs to chilling invocations of the Occult, it's blindingly obvious that this is not your typical pub quiz " - CNN Get down to The Retreat every Wednesday night for Pumpy's Pub Quiz - the most musical pub quiz in town, hosted by the charismatic Pete "Pumpy" Lawler.

  • 31-08-2017

    (31/8) GRAND PINE + FENN WILSON

    8:30 PM

    Two acts hailing from the Bellarine Peninsular, Fenn Wilson and Grand Pine have all grown up along side one another, taking inspiration from the likes of Glen Hansard, Jeff Buckley and Ben Howard this should make for an incredible evening of music, you would be sore to miss.

  • 02-09-2017

    (2/9) BROKEN RIVER

    5:00 PM

    After his previous band broke up Ben Stolz embarked on a new direction. Fast forward 12 months and he had written and demoed close to 50 songs. From these sessions Broken River was born. It became a family affair when brother Richard (a producer) recorded the songs at Woodstock Studios. The songs reflect a cross section of Ben's musical influences. There are moments of 1960s melancholy with a salute to Phil Spector and there are bleak and paranoid lyrics inspired by post-punk bands like The Cure. During these writing sessions Ben also co-wrote the song "Mind Waltz" and won the Unsigned Category at the Nashville Songwriting Competition which was co-judged by Robert Smith.

  • 03-09-2017

    (3/9) TROUBLE PEACH

    3:00 PM

    Melbourne band Trouble Peach are made up of three former members of The Toot Toot Toots/Twin Beasts. The trio are currently working on their debut album - a reimagined version of Neutral Milk Hotel's iconic 1998 album 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea' sung in Spanish (due out in early 2018). Trouble Peach will release a number of original and tribute singles throughout 2017 to introduce Australia to the new band.

  • 04-09-2017

    (4/9) FAT COUSIN SKINNY

    8:00 PM

    Fat Cousin Skinny is the alter-ego of the two core members of Oh Pep! As the acoustic/folk/pop band Oh Pep!, Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs collaborate as songwriters and very talented musicians and singers, across a range of instruments. As Fat Cousin Skinny, Olivia and Pepita are all things Appalachian old-time. They have travelled to the US and conducted an exploration of Appalachian music and beyond. They learnt from the greats in the homeland of the music, jamming with old-time musicians who have had the music handed down to them across the generations.

  • 07-09-2017

    (7/9) THE SHORTS + JOE GUITON & THE SUICIDE TUESDAYS + DRONGOZ

    8:30 PM

    If there's such a genre as Mallee Punk, then 3 piece band The Shorts are the undisputed heavyweights. Their new album 'Chickenshit' is full of melodic hooks and punky guitar riffs, taking cues from the likes of Bodyjar and Husker Du. Along for the ride are the reggae master blaster's Drongoz and the best bar band in Melbourne Joe Guiton and the Suicide Tuesdays.

  • 09-09-2017

    (9/9) THE NATURE STRIP + CAROLINE NO

    9:30 PM

    The Nature Strip ranks in the Top 20 sexiest all-male bands that straddle Sydney’s Inner West and beach-loving East. They unite the suburbs not only with their rugged physical appeal (just look at the portraits in the album artwork) but with their swash-buckling, life-loving, tree-hugging poppermost rock music. Their second album Presents, new on China Pig Records in July 2016, is a feast for the senses. There’s stuff to look at, a hard cardboard cover to fondle, some aroma lingering from the industrial process of duplication, but perhaps most importantly, something to hear. Though it looks delicious, please try to refrain from oral gratification with this product.