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.

‘Dazzling’
‘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!

An Evening with Didirri

We’ve had some wonderful vocalists and storytellers grace the Anglesea Memorial Hall stage this year (Archie Roach, Katie Noonan and our recent Alice Skye and Emily Wurramara line-up spring to mind) and to end off the year we’re bringing Didirri to town.

This Melbourne singer-songwriter has been mesmerising audiences since he first started performing. His challenging and thoughtful writing, combined with on-stage charisma and relatable depth has continually won over listeners around the world. Simultaneously heartbreaking and healing, and approaching real issues with smile and charm, Didirri is an artist with something to say. 

If you have a triple j listener in the house, they’ll no doubt be familiar with his work – and will be excited about support artist Ruby Gill too – but if you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing Didirri sing listen to a track here. Then book your tickets to see him performing solo and live for The Sound Doctor.

Ruby Gill

Saturday October 5th
Tickets just $35 and on sale now!

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Looking ahead to October

Don’t miss Olympia, one of Australia’s most relentlessly original artists performing her highly anticipated new album ‘Flamingo’ live.

With her sophomore album FLAMINGO released on July 5, Olympia has a string of high profile tour dates across the globe.

Following critically acclaimed shows across the UK and Europe earlier this year, Olympia returns for the biggest headline tour of her career including the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia, to deliver the bold, immersive vision that is ‘Flamingo’, with a full band in tow.

‘Flamingo’ is Olympia’s most personal record to date, full of risk, escalation, and the complex pop unspooling we’ve come to recognise in her work. Packed with insistent earworms the album struts boldy between the artists knack at crafting sophisticated pop tunes able to spring multiple moods, and the sizzle of sonics being pushed ever so into the red.

Her music has been compared to artists as disparate as Joey Santiago (Pixies), Anna Calvi and David Bowie.

Olivia Bartley, creative force behind the project, co-produced the upcoming album with long-time collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, DMAs).

Olympia will be supported in Anglesea by Jess Ribeiro.

Tickets $35
Saturday 3rd August
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An Evening with Alice Skye & Emily Wurramara

Alice Skye is a singer-songwriter and Wergaia woman whose songs sparkle with a sensitivity and maturity well beyond her years, accompanied by the gentle and hauntingly sparse melodies of a piano score. She is joined for this special show by proud Indigenous performer Emily Wurramara. Originally from Groote Eylandt, Emily wrote her first song aged nine and she continues to share her stories and experiences with heart and honesty through her original music sung in English and Anindilyakwa.

Tickets $35
Saturday 3rd August
Book Now: https://trybooking.com/BDBCB

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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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Cash Savage and The Last Drinks

Having towered over festival audiences at Golden Plains, Boogie and Sydney Festival, selling out Melbourne venues, and earning rave reviews for her recent packed-out Sydney show, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks are on a mighty roll.

This incandescent live band at the height of their powers are led by their mighty frontwoman. Her potent lyrics and impassioned delivery articulate the personal-political issues of these times with heart, guts and grit.

“Next to Courtney Barnett, she is one of the most original and distinctively Australian voices to emerge in the last few years.” Daily Review

Don’t miss them bringing their epic live show to Anglesea. Support is from the wild, unconventional and ruthlessly blunt songwriter Hollie Joyce. Combining fervent lyrics with distorted and at times eerie tones, Joyce has established a compelling sound that doesn’t hold back – it’s a dynamic cacophony that sometimes strays into raucous rock ’n’ roll freak outs, while at other times deviates to the more alluring and melodic.

Tickets $35
Friday 2nd August
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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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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!).

And remember to sign up to receive our newsletter as we have some exciting announcements coming up very soon!

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

An Evening with Tiny Ruins

A rare blend of eloquent lyrical craft and explorative musicianship, the songs of New Zealand band Tiny Ruins have been treasured by crowds and critics for almost a decade. Traversing influences that cross genre and era, the artistry of Hollie Fullbrook and her band spans delicate folk, lustrous dream pop and ebullient psychedelia. And they’re bringing it all to Anglesea for the Sound Doctor as they tour the country with their latest album, Olympic Girls.

Support will be from Melbourne-based musician Ryan Downey, performing his signature blend of rock, pop and folk in a mesmeric baritone voice that is a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and a spirited Bill Callahan by way of a mid-century crooner.

AN EVENING WITH TINY RUINS
Friday 3 May @ 8pm
Tickets $35
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