2021 Concerts 

Friday 29 October 7.30pm

Max Savage and the Lofty Mountain Band with The Yearlings

The Lofty Mountain Band are a ragged conference of things with strings: fiddles, guitars, banjos and mandolins, playing a mix of bluegrass, folk and elegiac ballads about miners and 'the man.' It comprises Max Savage and long-time musician friends Tom Kneebone on guitar, Tom Boehm on fiddle, Steve Pederson on mandolin, Django Rowe on banjo, and Dylan Kuerschner on double bass. Max describes this band’s vibe as more Celtic-, folk-, and bluegrass-driven – a style he says runs in the blood of everyone in the band.
Expect soaring harmonies, filigree and delicate playing, occasional blue jokes and an earnest desire to emulate, with varying success, the sound, style and schtick of the late great John Prine.

Sharing the bill is the wonderful The Yearlings with their band, The Stable Hands.
"The Yearlings were coming up to the top of their set in the gloaming chill and they sounded very different.
Rob Chalklen had let the steeltrap precision of the old Martin dreadnought go to return to the softer wood and honeyed sweetness of a big old Gibson, whilst in the US tour Parkes found a vintage Gibson archtop with voodoo wiring that replaces the old honey fuzz of the Danelectro with pure golden syrup. Parkes is wallowing! They're so sweet. The Yearlings just changed gear. I wonder who their new songs will be? Can't wait.
And I must reiterate: I reckon Rob's as good as rhythm guitarists get anywhere on Earth. She plays like a geological epoch. Masterly. Not even going near that haunting voice. Which only haunts when we need haunting."
Philip White

Bar from 6.30pm, Doors from 7.00pm, Music 7.30pm

Tix $30

Friday 5 November 7.30pm
 

First Nations Voices - Nancy Bates - Glenn Skuthorpe - Vonda Last

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Following an award-winning run at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe, First Nation Voices returns to the stage for a one-off show at Trinity Sessions.

Join three of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists for a musical experience that transcends time and showcases a chronicle of life and culture. This latest incarnation of the First Nation Voices show features acclaimed artists, Glenn Skuthorpe, Vonda Last, and Nancy Bates, who share bold and powerful stories in an infusion of nomadic soul, colourful urban street blues and traditional rock.

Backed by a five-piece band, don’t miss these three artists onstage together for this very special show.

Bar from 6.30pm, Doors from 7.00pm, Music 7.30pm

Tix $30 

Sunday 14 November 4.00pm
 

Dogapalooza at Trinity Sessions

Dogapalooza is an annual charity music event that raises funds and awareness for local animal rescue organisations. Featuring an impressive line-up of local musicians (hand-picked by Cal Williams Jr himself) who donate their performance for the event. COVID stopped us in 2020 so in 2021 we’re combining forces with Trinity Sessions to make sure we don’t miss another year! The COVID restrictions means that we have had to move indoors to the beautiful Trinity Sessions but, unfortunately, dogs won't be allowed inside. All profits generated from the event go straight back into charities.

The lineup in playing order is:

Mary Trees

Cal Williams Jr

Rosie Roberts

Chris Finnen - finishing off with an all-in jam finale

Bar from 3.00pm, Doors from 3.30pm, Music 4.00pm

Tix $30 

Sunday 21 November 4.00pm

Eric Bogle with the Fiddle Chicks

Owing to the COVID situation with the SA/VIC border restrictions Saoirse are unable to make the trip to SA. The Fiddle Chicks will now be performing with Eric Bogle.

Eric Bogle has written some songs that have pretty much become Australian classics of their particular genre and he is still penning some cracking songs, reflecting on life, politics and culture in Australia and the world. Probably his best-known song is “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”, which confirmed its iconic status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit! His songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Mary Black, Donovan, Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Furies, just to name a few.

After fifteen plus years of performing, The Fiddle Chicks are still going strong. Emma Luker (Eric Bogle band) and Dee Trewartha (The Cow Patsys) use only their fiddles, bass fiddle, stomp-boxes and vocals to create a unique musical experience for audiences throughout Australia. From their traditional and classical fiddle backgrounds they have developed their own distinctive minimalist style. Their original songs and tunes will take an audience from the fiddle’s melancholy to its energetic and highly infectious sounds!

Bar from 3.00pm, Doors from 4.30pm, Music 4.00pm

Tix $35

SOLD OUT

Sunday 5 December 4.00pm

Shane Nicholson with Camille Trail

Shane will launch the follow up to his highly acclaimed Love And Blood album in Adelaide at Trinity Sessions.
Since the release of Pretty Violet Stain’s debut E.P. Blush in 1997 Shane Nicholson has inhabited a rare space in the music industry: songwriter, recording artist, producer/engineer, multi-instrumentalist, guitar pedal builder, whiskey-enthusiast, motorcycle-lover, and musical mentor.

Shane has received three ARIA awards – for his solo album Hell Breaks Loose in 2015 and for his hit collaborations with Kasey Chambers - Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck and Ruin. He has also won 11 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards - including 2021 APRA Song of the Year - and an APRA award. He has been nominated twice for an Americana Music Association Award.

His production credits include Alex Lloyd, Michael Waugh, Beccy Cole, Tori Forsyth & Camille Trail.

He has three cats.

"Nicholson's is a uniquely compelling voice in Australian songwriting – it lives and breathes in the songsmith's singular melodies, crooked humour, and short, pithy lines gently delivered." Rolling Stone Magazine

"One of the country's finest songwriters" Rhythms Magazine

“I have real admiration for Shane Nicholson's musical sensibilities; I felt honoured to have a hand in the making of One Big Mess." Rodney Crowell

“Shane Nicholson doesn't fool me with his tough guy exterior and his refusal to smile in photographs, the guy is a marshmallow, a poet, a genius.” Beccy Cole

“He paints pictures, he sets the scenes, and he takes me to special places in my imagination.” Russell Morris 

Bar from 3.00pm, Doors from 3.30pm, Music 4.00pm

Tix $30 

Saturday 29 January
6.00pm and 8.30pm

Paco Lara - The Andalusian Guitar

You will be transported to Southern Spain captivated by the sound of his guitar, flamenco dance and his musicians. 

Australia’s own Spanish born critically acclaimed flamenco guitarist Paco Lara presents an evening of Spanish guitar as individual as the man himself. Paco Lara’s eclectic fusion of flamenco, guitar standards, and pop are a must-see musical experience as he leads his ensemble of a second guitar, percussion, keyboard and special guest Flamenco Dancer ‘Deya Miranda Giner’ in a musical evening that will enliven the hearts of all music lovers. An evening filled with musical surprises as Paco Lara’s flamenco interpretations of some of the greatest guitar classics of all time are performed with the characteristic and unmistakable sound and soul of the flamenco guitar.

Paco Lara presents flamenco guitar in all its authenticity, culture, and artistry. Expect impressive articulation with musical elegance and imagination. Paco Lara has a professional career of more than 30 years playing alongside some of the leading Spanish artists. He has toured internationally alongside Maestro Paco Cepero (one of flamenco’s most legendary guitarists and composers), Mercedes Ruiz (dancer), and Isabel Pantoja. He has also been at the vanguard of Flamenco Fusion with hugely successful groups such as El Barrio and Los Delinquentes.

Apart from his skill as a formidable soloist, Paco is also revered for his ability as an accompanist in the specialized world of flamenco singing (cante); having recorded and performed for years with flamenco’s most significant singers including Beni de Cádiz, Juan Moneo “El Torta”, El Capullo de Jerez, La Macanita, Remedios Amaya, Jose de los Camarones.

Paco is touring Australia promoting his solo album 'The Andalusian Guitar' and performing at some of the most prestigious venues with maximum audience attendance, and outstanding reviews. His latest concerts in Canberra (Street Theatre), Newcastle, Byron Bay Theatre, The Q – Queanbeyan, etc, have all been sold out concerts in record times. Paco is today the most prominent flamenco guitarist living in Australia. His great success at The Sydney Opera House (27/03/2021) and at The Adelaide International Guitar Festival (09/07/2021) have placed Paco’s guitar at the top of the Australian music scene.

Featuring:

Deya Miranda (flamenco dancer), Byron Mark (percussion & piano), Carlito Akam (second guitar)

”The music, beyond being exceptionally well played, is always pretty and eminently approachable – a quality compounded by the choice of repertoire.” – Sydney Morning Herald

EARLY SHOW   Bar from 5.00pm, Doors from 5.30pm, Music 6.00pm

LATE SHOW   Bar from 7.45pm, Doors from 8.15pm, Music 8.30pm

Tix $40 

Sunday 6 February 4.00pm

Michael Waugh

“Like John Schuman, Shane Howard & Don Walker - Waugh writes with passion and probity about his own country.” The Australian

His insightful tributes to friends, family and parenthood are simultaneously deeply personal and nationally recognisable; we see our own brothers, parents, pubs, rivers, struggles and joys reflected in the faces of those characters who live large in Michael Waugh's songs.

Among Waugh’s admirers are the legendary Eric Bogle and alt. country luminary Shane Nicholson. His 2019 album ‘The Weir’ received two Golden Guitar nominations in 2020 - Male Artist of the Year and Alt Country Album of the Year – as well as a nomination at the 2020 Victorian Music Awards. His previous album ‘The Asphalt & The Oval’ won Best Folk and Roots Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards in 2018 and ‘They Don’t Let The Girls In The Game’ from that album was included in The Australian’s Best 10 songs of 2018 list.

“Michael takes all these elements of the human condition and lyrically moulds them into something that is very special indeed, the mark of a compassionate and insightful human being and a gifted songwriter.”   Eric Bogle

“another masterclass from Michael Waugh…..it finds him perched on a songwriting mountain not many of us could hope to climb.” Shane Nicholson

“When Michael Waugh opens his mouth, you should listen”.  Andrew McMillen – The Australian

Bar from 3.00pm, Doors from 3.30pm, Music 4.00pm

Tix $30 

Friday 4 March 7.30pm
 

Baby et Lulu - 'Album Trois' Launch

Baby et Lulu is the ARIA-nominated, ‘must-see act that will seduce your ears with its chansons’ (The Weekend Edition). Faux-French sensations Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge, and their prodigiously talented band, launch their much anticipated third album, ‘Album Trois’. 

Having put the release of this album and tour on hold for over a year, they are now delighted to return to the stage to perform songs from their new album in French in a celebration of love, life and passion… with a sultry, sometimes outrageous French accent.

The ‘très charismatic pairing of sexy songstresses’ (AU Review) have performed at WOMADELAIDE, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, The Famous Spiegeltent, Port Fairy, Woodford Folk Festival, as well as venues such as Adelaide Festival Centre and Melbourne Arts Centre.

Don’t miss these two sassy and playful characters, with their extraordinary band, their femme fatale glamour and très witty banter. They will have you dancing in your seats in a veritable celebration of la vie française.

"It is impossible not to be charmed by the hypnotic voices of Baby et Lulu" Arts Hub

"Dobson and Goodridge had the seated audience eating out of the palms of their hands... and pranced off stage to the sounds of a standing ovation" The Music

Bar from 6.30pm, Doors from 7.00pm, Music 7.30pm

Tix $45 

Friday 25 March 7.30pm
RESCHEDULED

Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham

Unlikely, unexpected, unforgettable, unique, not to be missed! 

The musical uniting of Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham (The Waifs) is as unscripted as it is unforeseen.

In January 2020, Felicity and Josh were invited to join Song Club - a creative collective that tasked members with writing a song a week. This challenge gave the pair a lifeline to creativity and community as well as an abundance of new material, enough in fact to make a whole album, The Song Club, which will be released May 7 via ABC Music.

In the face of an uncertain future, music uncontrived and untainted by the demands of fashion will forever remain undefeated. Understated but never unsophisticated, unpretentious and unlike anything else, Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham are poised to unleash songs and stories of undeniable beauty upon hearts and ears. Unless you uncork this fine wine, drink for yourself and understand, you will be unsatisfied and your life will be unhappy.

Josh (as a member of The Waifs), and Felicity in her own right, have both enjoyed lengthy, successful, enduring musical careers. A collective haul of Golden Guitars, ARIA Awards, multi-platinum album sales and extensive touring over nearly three decades forms a body of work that serves as a ready definition of success.

A from the heart connection to music has been a constant for each, from the moment its’ power captivated them at an early age and set the course for their lives.

Bar from 6.30pm, Doors from 7.00pm, Music 7.30pm

Tix $35 

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