Music in the library 2019

City Library

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Join us on the last Friday of every month to experience Adelaide's diverse musical talent at City Library.

Friday 13 December | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm | Richard Coates

Over the past twenty-five years, multi-instrumentalist Richard Coates has established a reputation as one of Adelaide’s most inventive composers and performers, specialising in jazz and folk music. For his performance at the City Library (Francis Street), Coates will play a range of songs on keyboard, including original compositions from his 2019 release ‘She Descends the Stairs’, as well as some traditional Scottish and Irish folk tunes.

Friday 31 January 2020 | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm | Annie Siegmann
Annie Siegmann is best known for her bass face that has featured in bands with Emily Davis, Hana and Jessie-Lee and even Russian activist group Pussy Riot. Annie launched her band SEABASS at Guitars In Bars as part of the 2019 Adelaide Guitar Festival, and SEABASS launched their debut single ‘Body Close’ in October 2019. Join us in Francis Street and surrender to the sublime sounds of Annie Siegmann at this special Music in the Library event.

Friday 21 February 2020 | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm | Cal Williams Jr

Multi-award winning Blues singer/songwriter, Cal Williams Jr, combines the gentle fingerpicking of British Folk with the raw intensity of Delta Slide Blues to create a sound that is both intricate and powerful. This local guitar hero has released 10 albums, is the founder and head teacher of The Guitar Academy, and has played with many great artists including Jeff Lang, Ben Kweller and Billy Bragg. Join us at the City Library (Francis Street) for a mesmerising performance.

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Previous events:

Friday 28 June | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm | Frank Loves Joan

Frank Loves Joan is the wandering little mind tendrils of singer/songwriter, Amelie Bottrill. Fragile and honest with dreamy overtones, the music is alive with the splendour and agony of all that gives a little insignificant life its meaning. Combining piano, guitar, violin and vocals, Frank Loves Joan resembles Lisa Hannigan/Regina Spektor/ Emiliana Torrini.

Friday 12 July | 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm | Naomi Keyte

Naomi Keyte is making an interesting blend of folk and alt-pop music that is distinct both sonically and lyrically. Think Kate Bush, Sufjan Stevens, and Joni Mitchell. There is an intimacy in Keyte’s voice that is both gentle and powerful, using space and restraint in a way that lends impact to the moments when she chooses to give it all. In 2016 Naomi won the National Live Music Award for ‘Best Live Voice SA’ and in 2017 was nominated for three South Australian Music awards; ‘Best Release’, ‘Best Folk’, and ‘Best Female Artist’. "Rich with a sense of the melancholic and mysterious" - The Music.

Friday 19 July | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm | BodySONG - Choir at the Library - sing in 3 part harmony

If you can talk... you can sing (Zimbabwean proverb) Lisa and Ange have been choir leaders for a long time and we want to share the FUN.

Questions and comments from folks and our answers :

Q. is it karaoke? A. Noooo! - you get to sing with real people and guitarist Rob. There is guidance from Lisa and Ange and we all do it together.

Q. but I can’t sing! A. Yeah.... you CAN. We all can, we may not be soloists but do it anyway! Enjoyment is the key and Ange and Lisa will get you there :-)

Q. seems a bit too scary - I REALLY don’t sing! A. Please just give it a red hot go - at least once? You will be made very welcome and we are fairly reasonable non-scary people

Q. I’m on my own ‘cause my friends are too shy! A. it isn’t JUST about the singing. There is magic and camaraderie when a group starts singing so you will make NEW friends

Friday 26 July | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Zachary Luka

A guitarist of 12 years with a background in technical playing, Zachary Luka's journey lead him to trade his place on stage in various rock bands for the city streets. It was here that an affinity for the freedom of busking allowed him to breathe a new psychedelic life into blues, roots and modern-folk genres by taking age-old techniques such as finger picking and slide guitar and invigorating them with elements from the high flying world of rock and roll music. The result is an entirely unique and contagious sound, taking both street & venue audiences on an entrancing ride from beginning to end.

Friday 27 September | 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm | Tara Coates
Tara Coates (formerly Carragher) combines her love of alt-country and her folk roots as a dynamic and seasoned performer, having toured and recorded in both Australia and the USA. Tara has taught guitar for the last ten years and runs her own instrumental music school TARA Guitar.

Friday 25 October | 5:00 pm to 5:45pm | L R Marsh
Hailing from the red deserts of South Australia, singer-songwriter L R Marsh draws inspiration from life events, experiences, and observation, mixed with musical influences the likes of Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Tyler Childers. In this dynamic Music In The Library performance, L R Marsh will preview songs from his debut album The Ghosts Of, due for release November 2019.

Friday 29 November | 5pm to 5:45pm | Jen Lush and Steve Lennox
Local singer songwriters Jen Lush and Steve Lennox each have been following their own rich musical paths, but when they come together, they are a charismatic duo. Lush and Lennox have recently collaborated on a Lighthouse song cycle based on the lighthouse keeping history of Steve’s family and their performance at the City Library (Francis Street) will showcase songs from Steve's forthcoming album ‘A Light On A Rock’. Join us and delight in Lush and Lennox swapping songs and sharing their influences in evocative, darkly folk, alt country songs drenched in harmonies and storytelling.

Contact Details

City Library

8203 7990

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City Library

Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall
Adelaide SA 5000

8203 7990


Sessions at various times.