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Claire Taylor w/ Van Walker


Claire Anne Taylor and Van Walker are teaming up for a double whammy of musical mayhem at The Retreat Hotel in Brunswick on Sunday, October 7.

3pm: Van Walker
4pm: Claire Anne Taylor

More about the artists:


‘A national treasure’ - ABC Radio
‘Taylor’s voice is the stuff of musical legend’- Canberra City News

With a voice that recalls a huskier, feminine version of Van Morrison, Claire Anne Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that are alternatively lush and intimately earthy. Born in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest, Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing. With a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary. 

Claire Anne Taylor will be playing a show with her band at The Retreat Hotel to support the release of her new single 'Hold Me, Darling'. 



'If Bob Dylan was born 20 years later and grew up fraternising in Collingwood bars, he would sound like this.' - Patrick Emery, Beat Magazine

'Van Walker writes songs with the ease the rest of us breathe.' JB HiFi MAG

Born & raised on the windswept prairies of north-west coast Tasmania, between lashings of hallucinogenic cheese & Magic Johnson, weened on William Blake & Ribald magazine, Van first heard the music of Bob Dylan around adolescence & began picking guitar & writing songs. Some hundreds of songs later and a hell-bent pick, he moved to Melbourne to form the rocknroll outfit The Swedish Magazines, and sing his unique hillbilly stuff on the side. 

Drawing on the grand storytelling tradition of artists such as Ray Davies, Townes Van Zandt, Leon Payne & John Prine, & the acoustic finger-styles of John Fahey & Mississippi John Hurt, Van created a sound both old & new, with a laconic familiarity that speaks to the heart with an intimacy more effortless than contrived.

Earlier Event: October 6
Poppongene w/ Hannah Blackburn