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Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat presents Ballara Sounds, a seasonal series of contemporary live music evenings in 2019.

 

Commencing in April with the Autumn Edition and returning in July for Winter, October for Spring and December for Summer (avoiding the height of the Summer heat and the intensity of Festival February and Mad March!), the idea is to take the live music experience back to its truest form - intimate, personal, connected, communal - featuring world-class artists and songwriters who both seek out and benefit from this type of environment. An equal footing and nourishing relationship between artist, venue and audience.

 

Strictly limited to a 50-person capacity per show, the back porch of Ballara will be transformed into a cosy, relaxed, candlelit ‘listening room’ (we respectfully ask the audience to refrain from talking during the performance, although socialising before, during intermission and after the show is strongly encouraged!) conducive to the baring of souls and the sharing of stories... and secrets.

 

Full bar available. Strictly no BYO. This event is not suitable for children.

To stay informed on the Ballara Sounds schedule for 2019, sign up to our mailing list by emailing ballara@ballararetreat.com.au

 

Spring Edition - BROADS - Saturday October 5 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing from an era of highly performative crooners, Broads nevertheless deliver a uniquely authentic show. Haunting, narcotic and deceptively sweet, their songs are laced with acerbic criticism of the culture from which they stem. Broads will crush you with their captivating harmonies and charm you with the hilarious observations that only two best friends can share.
Featuring the disarming vocals and lyricism for which they are known and beloved, Broads’ sophomore album, ‘Stay Connected’, was released on August 23 and is available on all digital platforms now and will be available in physical format for purchase at the show.

Winter Edition - THE AUDREYS - Saturday August 17 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Audreys are a triple ARIA Award-winning Australian blues/roots band who formed in Adelaide, South Australia, in 2004 and have spent their entire career signed with ABC Music. The Audreys are comprised principally of Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall with a cast of na'er-do-wells who've played with them over the years. Their most recent album, 'Til My Tears Roll Away, was released in March 2014.

In September of 2016 Taasha released her debut solo album, Taasha Coates and Her Melancholy Sweethearts, also on ABC Music.

The precursor to The Audreys started in Melbourne as a duo consisting of lead singer Taasha and guitarist Tristan.  An impromptu jam session with a bluegrass band inspired them to change direction from pop music to the folk and blues music they preferred, and the two moved back to Adelaide, where they formed The Audreys along with Cameron Goodall, Tristan's brother, and Michael Green.

The band's debut album Between Last Night And Us was released in February 2006 and featured the singles "Oh Honey", "You & Steve McQueen", "Banjo & Violin" and "Don't Change". Between Last Night And Us won the 2006 ARIA award for Best Blues & Roots Album and its songs were used as the soundtrack for the 2007 ABC TV series Rain Shadow.[3] 

Their second album, When the Flood Comes, was released in April 2008 and was also awarded the ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album in 2008. The album featured the single "Paradise City". Tracks "Small Things" and "Lay Me Down" have been included on movie and television program soundtracks both in Australia and the USA. "Small Things" was used as soundtrack music in the November 2010 episode of Neighbours, when Steph Scully was sentenced to 6 years in jail for the death of Ringo Brown. It also appeared in a key scene in the US program "One Tree Hill".

The band have appeared at Australian festivals such as A Day on the Green, Woodford Folk Festival, Red Hill Harvest Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Great Escape, The East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival, Southbound, Mossvale Music Festival, Great Southern Blues & Rockabilly Festival, The Falls Festival and the Adelaide leg of the Big Day Out in 2007.[5] They have also toured overseas, including shows in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Russia.[6][7] 

In late 2010 The Audreys released their third album "Sometimes The Stars", which debuted at #28 on the ARIA charts and won the ARIA award for Best Blues and Roots Album in 2011. A who’s who of Australian musicians contributed to the making of Sometimes The Stars, including Tim Rogers, jazz pianist Paul Grabowsky, members of Tripod, and Michael Barker of the John Butler Trio. The duo once again worked under the guidance of producer, engineer and friend Shane O’Mara. Following the release of the album, The Audreys toured throughout Australia in October, November and December 2010. 

In 2014, the duo released their fourth album 'Til My Tears Roll Away through ABC Music.

In 2016, Taasha Coates released her first solo record "Taasha Coates and her Melancholy Sweethearts" through ABC Music and produced by fellow Australian, producer Shane Nicholson. The first single and video for the album was "This House Is Gonna Burn", a song about domestic violence.

Overall the record has a harder edge than most of the material Taasha penned in her band The Audreys, though the artistic and thematic through lines are quite clear. Songs from the album are featured prominently in the ABC miniseries Pulse. 

The Audreys continue to play often around Australia and they plan to release a brand new album in the near future.

 

 

Autumn Edition - GERMEIN - Saturday April 13 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether jamming together at their home in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia, playing alongside ARCADE FIRE and CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN at the Isle of Wight Festival, or opening for PHIL COLLINS - it’s their mutual connection to music that has seen siblings Georgia (lead vocals, guitar, keys), Ella (vocals, bass, electric cello), and Clara (vocals, drums) make their mark in music.

Taking their lead from strong artists like HAIM, CHVRCHES, and TEGAN & SARA, the sisters aren’t afraid to explore a wide palette of musical styles, while keeping a firm hand on pop sensibilities. Their new single

‘Talking’ shows Germein at their best, mixing their close three-part harmonies with a soaring break-out chorus. The song is a strong statement from the all-female act.