We know you’re all busy planning the upcoming silly season, and we hope you’re in the mood for great music! We are beyond excited to announce that Grace Cummings is bringing her distinctive voice, intensely personal songs and rocking band to Anglesea on Friday 2 December.
A captivating performer Grace Cummings is a uniquely gifted folk rock musician who has developed a global audience since the release of her critically acclaimed album, ‘Storm Queen’, earlier this year. Her songwriting reflects a strong connection to the Australian landscape, while influenced by poets and luminaries from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Brett Whitely and Van Gogh. With a voice that demands to be heard and lyrics that cut through to the heart, this show will leave listeners gasping for air.
But don’t take our word for it – here’s what the press have to say:
“Cummings isn’t content to merely sing along to her melodies. She tears her low, surging voice to shreds, braying like she’s beckoning you from the opposite end of a crowded room. It adds an eerie, intense quality to her music – a desperation behind the calm of her arrangements.” Pitchfork
“Exquisite, desolate, beautiful… Grace Cummings’ voice blazes a loving flash of energy like fire.” Your Music Radar
Support will come from Melbourne psychedelic pop outfit Sunfruits.
“Watery guitar effects, a tight-as-hell rhythm section, and those heavily melodic vocals – Sunfruits are coming into bloom, and there’s no telling where this journey will stop.” – Clash Magazine (UK)
The name probably sounds familiar to Sound Doctor fans, who might remember a stunning performance from Tinpan Orange a few years back. It’s still one of the highlights of our catalogue not least because of Emily’s unbelievable voice. We can’t wait to hear it again, performing all new music in what will be a captivating live show.
Very few artists can cradle your heart in their hands while they kick your ass. but that’s the power of Emily Lubitz and her captivating vocals. With the super-fun creativity of her all-grrrl rhythm section behind her, Emily prowls the stage with the gravitas of a giant Edith Piaf stalking through a post-apocalyptic Laurel Canyon. Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss it!
Who or what inspired you to get into music? I became pretty obsessed with music as a young kid. I sang in the school choir from grade 3 and started writing poems and songs when I was 9 or 10. In high school my family shared a little netbook computer. At that time a lot of the music playlisted seemed to be all-male indie rock bands. I’d google different genres of music to find the women who played in those genres. That’s when I first remember listening to Fiona Apple, Joan Baez and Nina Simone. I also riddled the computer with 103 viruses from downloading music on Limewire and was banned from using it for a while (my first lesson in paying for music!).
The first show I bought a ticket to was Sarah Blasko and Jack Ladder at the Starcourt Theatre in my hometown of Lismore, on Bundjalung land. I remember Sarah started playing a solo song and made a mistake and stopped and laughed about it before starting again. It made me feel so connected to her, and I was very inspired by it. I realised I was drawn to the humanness and rawness of watching and performing live music. I often think about that moment when I’m playing music now 🙂
What are you looking forward to about your Sound Doctor gig? I’ve been conscious of the Sound Doctor gigs for a while now and I’m so stoked I get the opportunity to play one with my beautiful band and Ruby Gill, who I love. I played some of my first gigs as a teenager in halls and I think this may be the first Maple Glider gig we’ll get to play in one. There is something very cosy and warm about sharing music in a hall. It’s one of my favourite settings for music. Also we get to come to Anglesea… hell to the yeah.
What are you listening to now? I’ve been smashing Marlon William’s new record My Boy. It only came out recently but I think I already know the lyrics to all of the songs. Ruby Gill’s debut album, I’m Gonna Die With This Frown On My Face. Ngaiire 3, Hannah Mckittrick Shells, Phoebe Go, Coco, Karen Dalton, Juan Waters, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Big Scary, and the birds in my backyard.
Jasmin Adria is supporting Ben Lee on Fri 30 Sep (SOLD OUT)
Ahead of her Sound Doctor show, we asked Jan Juc up and coming musician Jasmin a few quick questions.
Who or what inspired you to get into music? Ever since I was young I’ve been a big fan of music and was introduced to different styles by my dad. We would listen and sing in the car all the time to musicians such as Pearl Jam, Kate Miller Heidke, Avril Lavigne and Bob Marly. But after begging my parents to buy me a guitar when I was seven because my friend’s dad had one, I was hooked. I really loved watching other people performing, local legends and that’s kinda what got me inspired to perform and be a part of the music community.
What did you love about growing up on the Surf Coast? i think it’s the people and their views and attitudes towards life and the environment. Being so close to the beach I love that there is a real urgency to protect our environment around us. There is this real awareness that I don’t think is present in many other areas. Also the people are so lovely, there is a sense of community here and people really do care about each other and helping each other out.
What can audiences expect from your set? What audiences can expect from my performance is a mix of songs that reflect my experience with being a teenager and the emotions of viewing the world as you grow up. My music is heavily inspired by 1960s and 1970s folk rock, so expect some folk songs with some angst.
Favourite ever concert experience? This is a hard one. I really loved seeing Gang of Youths at the bushfire awareness concert back in 2020 (Down to Earth Concert) . They were absolutely incredible. The Foo Fighters in Geelong this year was also incredible too. To see such a huge act who is so legendary was amazing – also the moshpit was crazy. There were also some really great shows from Kate Miller Heidke and Courtney Barnett, who are some of my favourite artists.
What are you listening to right now? I’ve been listening to a lot of Ruby Gill’s stuff since her new album I’m Gonna Die With This Frown On My Face came out a few weeks ago, and it’s absolutely excellent. I’ve been a fan of Ruby for a little while, after being introduced to her by my dad and listening to her track ‘You should do this for a living’. I just love her ability to write with her raw and authentic voice and expression of different life experiences. I’ve also been listening to quite a bit of Aloe Blacc after hearing a cool cafe in Collingwood play vinyl and quite a bit of Hozier as he has this radiant and warm tone that I can’t get enough of.
What are you most looking forward to about performing for The Sound Doctor? I’ve been a big fan of The Sound Doctor shows for quite a while and have seen some really amazing acts. When I was asked to play I was extremely excited, as it’s been kind of a dream venue of mine to play at for quite a while. I love the intimacy in the venue. I’m also extremely excited to open for Ben Lee. He is one of the big voices of Australian music and a songwriter that can capture the culture here in Australia .
Now that winter is over, we’ve emerged from our hibernation ready to bring more amazing music to Anglesea Memorial Hall on Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October.
We already have An Evening with Ben Lee for the Friday very close to selling out (so get your tickets now if you don’t have them already!).
Now we’re super excited to announce Maple Glider with Ruby Gill on the Saturday. This gig promises to take you back to Sound Dr shows of old, where you’re serenaded by beautiful sounds from two of the hottest indie-folk artists going around (both performing with their bands).
Maple Glider is the project of solo artist Tori Zietsch (Peach with a Z). In the singer-songwriter tradition, her music is centred around the lyrics, exploring intimate themes and often serving as a self-catharsis. Offsetting the heavy-nature of some of the words, Maple Glider herself is humorous, fabulous and warm.
After releasing her hypnotic debut album, To Enjoy Is the Only Thing, last year Maple Glider has been making quite the name for herself, performing her acoustic-tinged, ethereal sound and honest lyricism around the country. The golden sweetness of her music has been likened to a generous embrace and her sultry vocals are reminiscent of Angel Olsen or Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker, so of course we’re thrilled she can bring her full band to The Sound Doctor.
Joburg-born, Naarm-based artist Ruby Gill is no stranger to Sound Doctor audiences, who fell in love with her powerful lyrics and quirky style when she supported Didirri in 2019. We’ve been waiting to have her back and with the release of her arresting debut record I’m gonna die with this frown on my face today, it seemed the perfect time.
Ruby sings the sort of songs that can quiet a room, induce full body goosebumps and bring you to the brink of tears, all before the chorus. When she performs with her band it will be mesmerising! Come for the wit, stay for the emotional repercussions.
As Winter officially comes to an end, we’re coming out of hibernation and announcing our next round of Sound Doctor shows. Keep Fri 30 Sep and Sat 1 Oct free as we bring you a Spring weekend of music.
Kicking it all off is the incredible Ben Lee, performing an intimate solo show on Friday 30 September.
Ben Lee is fun! Ask him, he’ll tell you.
I’m Fun! is not only the name of his most recent album of pop gems full of songs with names like ‘Born for this Bullshit’ and ‘Parents Get High’, it’s also the mission statement that has guided him through an eclectic three-decade long career.
As Ben himself says: “I’ve always put adventure as my first priority. Full-tilt, all the time. Fun is the unexpected. Fun is building something, burning it down, then building it back, bigger, weirder and better.”
Writer of iconic Australian indie-pop hits like ‘Catch My Disease’, ‘We’re All in this Together’ and ‘Cigarettes Will Kill You’, Ben is also a renown collaborator with friends and allies like Ben Folds, Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham, Shamir, Christian Lee Hutson, Zooey Deschanel, Washington, Georgia Maq, Money Mark, Tom Robbins and Josh Radnor. He also runs a podcast network with his wife, actress Ione Skye, built around the couple’s flagship show “Weirder Together”.
There are basically no rules in Ben’s creative world, and his live show follows the same policy: Fun is always the compass. So join us for a night of music and lots of fun in Anglesea.
Augie March are headed to Anglesea and they’re bringing their hits with them! And Lisa Mitchell has just announced her album tour, with The Sound Doctor being one of her stops.
May 27 & 28 are going to be HUGE! Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
On Friday 27 May Augie March perform stripped back reinventions of many of their best-known songs in a show that not only reminds you why these guys created the soundtrack to the start of the century for many of us – but also why they’re still one of Australia’s most important bands. Supporting them are celebrated Aireys trio Victoriana Gaye.
On Saturday 28 May the sublime songbirdLisa Mitchelladds Anglesea to her album tour list, performing with her band. Lisa’s music consistently elicits an emotional response and this will be one special show. Especially given we have the transformative music of (we’re claiming her as a local) Chitra to start the night off right!
Gordon Koang is a household name in South Sudan, an incredible performer with nine albums under his belt. This charismatic refugee musician is now taking the Australian music world by storm accompanied by his cousin Paul Biel and his new Australian band. Experience Gordon’s wild blend of traditional Nuer rhythms and African pop beats at Anglesea Hall as he spreads a message of peace, love and unity – dancefloor style.
We are so excited to have Gordon coming to play for The Sound Doctor – this will be a show to bring the whole family to. We promise you’ll be up and dancing with a huge smile on your face. (There will be some limited seating if you need it!)
‘Gordon Koang radiates warmth and joy. It ’s impossible not to be charmed by the Melbourne-based musician’s sunny disposition.’ NME
The good news is that we’ve been able to reschedule the Julia Jacklin shows to March 2022. For those of you that don’t already have a ticket, the bad news is that these shows remain sold out. But, the other good news is that (hopefully) by then we should be able to open up more tickets for sale.
So don’t delay, sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when tickets are available. You can also go on the waitlist via Try Booking.
Until then, stay safe, look after each other, and we will see you in 2022.