Live Music at the Alby
In 2022, the Woden Arts Program presents free live music at the Alby on the last Thursday of each month from 12:30pm – 1:30pm. This FREE series of lunch time concerts, features a new artist each month.
Sadly the gig scheduled for Thursday 24 November with B. Coming has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
November Artist: B. Coming
B. Coming is the moniker of singer songwriter Ben Cumming. After a stint immersed in the colourful music scene of Montreal followed by a 2019 North American tour, 2020 saw Ben return to his hometown of Canberra and soon signed with local independent label Vacant Room Records. Ben’s songwriting draws inspiration from conflict, modernity, the beauty of the natural world and well as an interest in the human condition. In July 2021 Ben released his Debut EP “Boats”, as well as a live album called “Live at the Polo”.
October Artist: The Dalmatians
The Dalmatians are taking rock music back to its folk future! Wil, Jonny, Naomi and Hayden deliver funky grooves delivered through rock, blues and even ska riffs. Influences include Paul Kelly, Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Powder Finger, The Church, Crowded House, David Bowie, Cold Play, OneRepublic and REM.
A Dalmatians show provides relentless grooves, catchy licks, great story telling and lush keys and vocal harmonies. Wil has a strong and genuine vocal reminiscent of Steve Kilbey. Jonny provides wondrous grooves and sparkling textures from his bouzouki and acoustic guitar playing. Hayden’s keys are something to behold and Naomi brings it all together with gloriously tight rhythms.
The Dalmatians songs are humorous and engaging and our current singles Millionaire and Far Away Man are no exception. The lasting experience of fans at a D’s gig is of a bouncing fun event that reflects cleverly on current times. With their easy-going demeanours, eons of experience and diverse play list, expect The Dalmatians to charm your musical pants off.
September Artist: Stewart Barton
Born in Canberra, Stewart grew up surrounded by music and was determined to become a guitarist. Initially self-taught, he developed his skills through programs for emerging Indigenous artists in the ACT region and the Keith Urban online guitar program “30 songs in 30 days”. With the strong support of his family and community, he gained enough confidence to start performing at locally.
Stewart has now performed on many stages such as the Country Rocks Festival in Bungendore, The Multicultural Festival in the ACT, performing the National Anthem for the opening of the PBR in Queanbeyan, Country Rocks Under the Stars in Braidwood, opening for Brad Cox at Country Rocks the Capital, and performing beside Drew McAlister. Stewart is a charismatic performer, delivering a high energy and entertaining show.
After signing with Country Rocks Records, Stewart released his debut single ‘You Are Beautiful’. The track brings a Country Rock sound like no other, combining modern Nashville Country, old school Aussie Pub rock, together with an edgy Country Rock mix. He is looking forward to many more single releases along with his forthcoming debut album.
Backed by the ever-growing list of music industry family members, Stewart Barton is the Australian artist to follow, watch this space.
“To be this talented at this age is remarkable” – Drew McAlister
“I was immediately impressed by his professional attitude and the way he engaged his audience” – Bill Chambers
“Stewart’s energy on stage is infectious” – Justin Thomson – KIX Radio Network
“A soulful voice paired with outstanding musicianship makes Stewart one to watch” – Christie Lamb
August Artist: Divine Devilles Trio
Singer/songwriters/musicians, Ali Penney and Dorothy-Jane, along with Dave Blanken, are the powerhouse Divine Devilles Trio.
Three well-travelled souls, each with a swag of awards, a suitcase full of songs, hearts on their sleeves and a love of that sweet, swinging, shuffling, grooving place where Blues and Jazz meet.
This trio have entertained audiences across Australasia with their award-winning vocals, keys, guitar, blues-harp and songs that draw on their lived experiences, plus bags of cheek, charm and pizazz!
These people are hilarious! With hard luck tales enough to break your heart or knock you off your chair with laughter! Oh my gosh! From Aussie!”
– Jocelyn Aydon, Fringe West Films NZ
July Artist: Kim Yang and Hayden Kinsman
Inspired by Joni Mitchell and Bon Iver, Taiwanese-Australian songstress Kim Yang writes music on love, life and mental health issues with evocative lyrics, driving melodies and soaring vocals. Her ethereal blend of sounds balances delicately between vulnerability and power.
Kim has supported and shared the stage with ARIA awarded artists including Katie Noonan, Josh Pyke, Ben Lee, Kate Ceberano, Fanny Lumsden and StiffGins. She is a regular at bigs gigs and festivals, including the National Folk Festival earlier this year with her band.
Since 2019 Kim has released 2 EPs and received various grants from ArtACT, including to produce her upcoming new project. Her music has been aired regularly on Double J radio and premiered on triple J. This year Kim is looking to expand herself skills as a songwriter and a home producer. Kim has been co-writing with various artists, including Katie Wighton (All Our Exes lives in Texas) and working on a few self-produced songs for her upcoming release.
Hayden Kinsman will be accompanying Kim on Keys, he has been playing music for over 10 years – Always improvising along the way, he never plays anything the same way twice.
Inspired by a range of music from jazz, funk, pop, rock, folk and country, his playing blends into a unique rhythmic sound each time.
June Artist: Dale Robert Huddleston
Dale Robert Huddleston is a proud Ngandi ,Gurundji NT & Wiradjuri descendant who learnt his craft in the country genre and has been performing since 1989. In the mid 90’s he formed the Riverbank Band in Canberra. Dale transitioned into the folk music scene and continues to perform original music, a blend of Country middle of the road and Rock arrangements. Dale has produced two albums Simple things in 1999 & Home is where the heart is in 2005. Dale also enjoys performing classic covers as well as Koori classics. Dale is a true Journey man who has performed nationally at festivals and at many intimate venues.
May Artist – Sophie Edwards Due to unforeseen circumstances this event was postponed.
Singer-songwriter Sophie Edwards has been a staple in the Canberra music space for multiple years now, and most recently has been pursuing a steady stream of new music that she is ready to share. Influenced by a myriad of genres and styles, from folk to jazz and pop, Sophie pairs acoustic-driven instruments with hard-hitting lyrics to create a repertoire of expressive, moody pop songs. Having her music compared to the likes of Vera Blue and Meg Mac, Sophie brings her songs to a live audience in an authentic and genuine fashion that continues to leave listeners stunned and hungry for more.
Some of Sophie’s favourite support shows have been for Odette, Highline, Lucy Sugerman and Hope Wilkins. After releasing a couple of singles at the start of career, Sophie made an exciting return in 2020 with the release of ‘Seconds’ – her first under new label Vacant Room Records. Sophie continued to make the most of 2020 by recording a string of new material, as well as celebrating the announcements of winning both the Women in Music Mentor Program for the Australian Independent Record Labels Association and a mentorship with Ricochet MATES, led by KLP. Sophie welcomed 2021 with a mini-tour, playing shows in Melbourne, Wollongong, Canberra and the Central West of NSW, and in late 2021 she released her new single “Next” before releasing her EP “FEEL AGAIN SOON”. This year, Sophie is focusing on releasing her own self-produced music, with her first self-produced track “I Guess” releasing on March 24th.
April Artist: Lisa Richards
With a voice described as both ferocious and sweet, and a percussive guitar style, Lisa Richards writes songs of longing, loss, love and hope. Songs steeped in musical expressiveness and lyrical succinctness, borrowing from the traditions of folk, blues and jazz with her feet firmly planted in her own musical corner of the world. Driven by a desire to be seen, to understand the world and the human condition and to share what she sees with others.
Lisa says, “The world is a cornucopia of stories, all waiting to be told. The personal, the universal, the visible and the invisible. That’s what humans have always done, collected and told stories”.
Currently recording her 8th album, Lisa’s songs have appeared on compilations, sharing the track list with heavyweights including Adele, Nina Simone and Corinne Bailey Rae. She’s performed at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Merlefest, SXSW and CMJ.
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“a tour de force of unflinching and honest writing” David Costello Brisbane Courier Mail
“a truly stunning piece of narrative art” — Rhythms Magazine
“Singer Songwriter returns to Australia to make her best album”— Lucky Oceans Radio National
“Stunning, crystal clear voice….. exquisite” Austin American Statesman