Thanks and gifts

Check out this short edit of all our artists from 2019. Thanks to Cash Savage and The Last Drinks for supplying the music.


While you’re watching the video and waiting for exciting show announcements, why not give your loved one a special treat this Christmas – a Sound Doctor gift voucher! 

We have vouchers available in denominations of $100, $50 and $35.50 (we figured most of our tickets are $35 and you get charged an extra 50 cents per ticket by TryBooking so it makes sense!). Your lucky recipient can use credit card to make up the difference if a ticket is more expensive. Or if you’ve been extra generous they can use any left over voucher money towards any Sound Doctor ticket in the next 12 months. Happy Holidays indeed.

Gift Vouchers can be purchased here. 

Get to know Ruby Gill

How did you get started in music?
My mum took me to a Midnight Oil concert in utero, so I assume that’s where it all began. But I guess it got real when she sent me to classical piano training, aged 4. Within a decade I was stuck in a rabbit hole of Baroque fugues and cool modes and one day realised that I could use that theory and muscle memory to make my own music and say my own things. Turns out I had a lot to say, and it all sort of went downhill from there. I sat down with my dreams of ornithology and radioastronomy and told them that unfortunately the songs would have to come first. They haven’t always come first because life is more complicated than that, but music is and will always be central to my expression and existence on this planet. 

For those who don’t know you, how would you describe your sound?
Uber drivers ask me that question a lot, and my answer is always ‘it’s folk music but it’s angrier’. I don’t particularly like using other artists’ names in vain, but a review from a recent show described my set as a cross between Joni Mitchell’s musicianship and songwriting and Alanis Morissette’s view of life and the world. I am okay with both of those if they help.

Who are your music idols or inspirations?
Joni Mitchell and Alanis Moridsette. Jokes, I’ve had a spectacularly broad range of influences. My dad force-fed me The Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen, Missy Higgins and Billy Bragg until I practically lost my accent, and my mum raised me on afro-jazz and South African folk music – Vusi Mahlasela, Dollar Brand, James Phillips, Zolani Mahola. When I was falling in love with writing songs, my favourite artists were probably Glen Hansard and early Chris Martin, and more recently I have found deep inspiration in people like Margaret Glaspy and Leif Vollebekk. And Mary Oliver and Leonard Cohen taught me about words. As long as it’s got a real story to tell, it gets me all giddy. 

What has been your musical highlight so far?
Last year, I went back to South Africa on a short tour supported by Melbourne local Billy Barker and a range of brilliant young SA artists that I used to know, and those were some of the most moving
sets I’ve ever played. We sold out practically every headline show, I got to play at my favourite festival Oppikoppi as the sun was setting over the Limpopo savannah and I felt homesick and invincible all at once. Setting your feet back down on home soil is so powerful for your sense of self,
and getting to express that new, weathered, travelled self to a mix of old and new audiences that just pitch up despite the fact that you’ve been gone for so long wrecks me – in the best way. 

What are you most looking forward to about playing in Anglesea?
I fell in love with this country purely via my experiences on the South West Victorian coastline. There’s a peace and a creative energy in these waters and I can’t wait to drink it all in with this little pulsing community that The Sound Doctor has created. What a privilege to play such big and warm shows on stages shared by some of my favourite artists. Didirri is rare bird, such an extraordinary vocalist and songwriter.

Ruby Gill is supporting Didirri on Saturday 5 October
Tickets $35 available now: https://www.trybooking.com/BEEPP

Fall in love with Olympia

A selection of five of Olympia’s finest tracks.

Put this Sound Doctor selection of five of Olympia’s finest tracks on high rotation and we’re sure you’ll be rushing to hit the Buy Now button. 

With her stunning voice, ripping guitar playing and rock-sure attitude it’s no wonder the music press has gone completely nuts over Olympia’s album Flamingo. 
It’s even been nominated for the Australian Music Prize! Her recent live shows in Europe have had fans raving (and non-believers turned into groupies) and now it’s your turn to see what all the fuss is about.

‘A wonderfully envisioned album.’
‘Alt-pop perfection.’
‘One of the most inventive and exciting indie rock releases of the year.’
‘Relentlessly original.’

We could go on and on – instead we’re saying BOOK YOUR TICKETS now!

It’s tax time… and You Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore.

Can’t fight this feeling anymore? The end of financial year is the perfect time to show your love of live contemporary music in our beautiful seaside town. 

We’ve just launched a fundraising project through the Australian Cultural Fund to help us continue to bring great shows to our local community hall. Donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and, just as important as being able to write off some tax, you will get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing you are supporting The Sound Doctor Presents, a not for profit group run by volunteers. Our fundraising target is $10K and you’ve got until 30 June to add your contribution.

So, in the words of REO Speedwagon, if you know what started out as a friendship has grown stronger and you wish you had the strength to let it show head to https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/an-evening-with/ and donate!!

In case you need any reminding how great an evening with the Sound Doctor can be here are a few pics from our most recent shows (with thanks as always to the amazing Patrick Callow!).

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Joan As Police Woman SOLD OUT

That’s right. All tickets are gone for our Evening with Joan as Police Woman.

If you missed out, there are still tickets available for the sublime Tiny Ruins (NZ) supported by Melbourne’s Ryan Downey. Have a listen, but don’t waste time as this show will sell out as well. Tickets: trybooking.com/BAIHQ

We’ve Got Christmas All Wrapped Up As We Announce the First of our Shows for 2019!

There’s barely been time for us to catch our breath since our huge November weekend, but you’d better believe we’re gearing up to do it all again. And how! We’re going for a bumper March weekend next year with three separate shows on offer. And we are super excited to announce two of those artists now.

Drum roll please…

On Saturday 23 March we welcome to the stage Australia’s legendary elder statesman of song – Archie Roach. Then on Sunday 24 March we’re lucky enough to have the divine Katie Noonan stopping by with her trio Elixir to perform music with lyrics by Michael Leunig as part of their national Gratitude and Grief tour.

Stay tuned for all the details of our Friday night show too!

So… Why not treat yourself to a little Christmas gift? Or finally find something for that hard-to-buy-for music lover in your life?

Be quick as these shows are sure to sell out.

Buy Ticket for Archie Roach

Buy Tickets for Katie Noonan’s Elixir

Forget the horses on Cup weekend – you’ll be backing a winner with The Sound Doctor!

Hot on the trail of our super successful August shows, we’re bringing in the big guns to end 2018 with a bang! If you love great music and a great night out, you will not want to miss your chance to see two of the hottest Aussie acts of the year live in Anglesea. Get those hands clapping now as we bring you All Our Exes Live in Texas and Mama Kin Spender over two nights on the first weekend in November.

Buy Your Tickets to An Evening with All Our Exes Live in Texas Now
Friday 2 November @ 8pm
with support from Jason Lowe

Buy Your Tickets to An Evening with Mama Kin Spender Now
Saturday 3 November @ 8pm
with support from Broads

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For assistance with planning your visit to Anglesea and to ensure you get the most from your stay on the spectacular Surf Coast, drop into the Torquay Visitor Centre (Surf City Plaza, Beach Road, Torquay; open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week except Christmas Day, call 1300 614 219 or go to www.angleseaadventure.com.au

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Two great shows to warm you up this winter

We’re back! And this time we have two hot shows to warm the soul. If you’re a jazz fan then An Evening with Emma Pask is just what the doctor ordered. If laid-back Americana is more your thing then treat yourself to An Evening with Fraser A. Gorman.

Buy Your Tickets to An Evening with Emma Pask Now
Fri Aug 24

Buy Your Tickets to An Evening with Fraser A. Gorman Now
Sat Aug 25

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For assistance with planning your visit to Anglesea and to ensure you get the most from your stay on the spectacular Surf Coast, drop into the Torquay Visitor Centre (Surf City Plaza, Beach Road, Torquay; open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week except Christmas Day, call 1300 614 219 or go to www.angleseaadventure.com.au

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The Sound Doctor is back in 2018!

After an awesome start to our Sound Doctor project, we are back in 2018 – bigger and better than ever!

Anglesea has such an appetite for great music that we’re starting the season off with a weekend of two great Aussie artists. On Friday 23 March Double J Artist of the Year Jen Cloher and her band will rock the Memorial Hall stage. On Saturday 24 March the divine vocals of Ainslie Wills (ably supported by members of her band) will be the headliner. Pick the artist that best suits you – or broaden you musical horizons and see both!

We’ll be announcing some great support acts in the New Year too.