Ease into the weekend and enjoy everything Sydney has to offer at Courtyard Sessions 2019 – long days, warm weather, good food, cold drinks and great live music.
Courtyard Sessions’ free gigs at dusk have become a staple in the city’s live music scene, known for the diversity and energy of programming.
Courtyard Sessions at sunset feature a bar, vintage games and more. Family and pooch friendly.
Proudly supported by City of Sydney.
Fri 8 Feb - Caitlin Harnett
Caitlin Harnett hails from Sydney but her songs are more attuned with Laurel Canyon circa 1970. They share the personal and poetic nature of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne’s early songs, combined with the fragility of Judee Sill, youthful in their outlook but with age-old concerns at their core. Combined with her guitar, banjo and harmonica, her songs have the lilt of folk, a touch of pop and the honesty of Americana. Caitlin is one of the youngest signings to Mushroom Music Publishing, Australia’s largest independent music publisher. She has been recognised both internationally and locally for her songwriting.
Fri 15 Feb - St Joan
St Joan’s refreshing and honest lyrics dig deep, they craft music that navigates the contours of the listener’s heart, their pains, trials and joys.
Based in Sydney the band (Daniel Tomalaris, Alasdair Belling and Chris Paine) began writing together in 2014 forming their unique sound as they performed throughout their cities venues and bars. It wasn’t until April 2017 that the trio united under a common name ‘St Joan’ in order to flag a new season of their career and a new colour to their music.
“We want to give an anthem to life’s shades and colours. We want to put melody and word to indescribable loss and unimaginable joy…”
Photo credit – Nathan Rathsam
Sun 17 Feb (Fair Day) - TANZER (DJ set)
Drop-dead devastating diva Tanzer is a dark and shimmering DJ force, injecting romance and glamour into crossover dancefloors in Australia and beyond.
Celebrated for her diversity and originality behind the decks, Tanzer’s flair for plucking irresistible jams, seamlessly switching up genres and getting the party started has seen her driving dancefloors wild on a weekly basis.
Her deliciously broad music knowledge comes from a life ruled by music. She’s fronted punk bands, twerked in an electro-pop duo, turned a girl gang into a ‘bad bitch choir’ and produced her own precocious pop jams since moving to the big smoke with an armful of records. Now a full-time performer, director and diva in her own right – an ecstatic night of music is just second nature.
Tanzer’s cheekily curated sets have set fire to the festival hotness of Secret Garden, Falls Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Melbourne Fringe Festival, GrrlFest and Midsumma, sexy Sydney party destinations The Beresford Hotel, Girlthing, Birdcage, Heaps Gay, Newtown Hotel, and the Imperial Hotel, as well as Melbourne’s legendary party nights Thursgay, Honcho Disko and Closet.
Fri 22 Feb - Kim Sheehy
Kim Sheehy is an Australian singer/songwriter, best known for her appearances in the fifth season of the Australian version of The Voice. A prominent member of Team Delta, Kim was dubbed the season’s “comeback queen” and received multiple rave reviews. After having not turned a chair in Season 2, she returned to the competition a professional and graceful contender in 2016, placing in the top 12 of the singing competition. Not one to do things conventionally in life or in music, Kim pushes the boundaries between singing and storytelling. Her skills are varied and impressive and include rocking out on a loop pedal and jumping between instruments, whilst creating a sound that falls pleasantly upon the ears. Her songs seamlessly transition from emotionally driven ballads, to tender and optimistic melodies.
Whatever Kim sings, be it her own composition or someone else’s; she has a voice that will immediately draw your attention and stop you in your tracks. Born into a musically talented family, Kim picked up more than just dust from running around bare foot at her parent’s band rehearsals. She grew up in the small Northern New South Wales town of Maclean, listening to bands like Credence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac and The Divinyls. With the old classics pumping their way through her blood, Kim found a passion for anything and everything music, and this was just the beginning. After high school Kim relocated to the Gold Coast to pursue her music career. She graduated with a Bachelor of Popular Music from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2009 and then dedicated herself to recording her debut EP titled ‘Neighbours and Highways’. Kim’s commitment and talent saw her not only write and independently fund the EP, she also played a major role in the recording and production process.
She then turned her mind to teaching, and as a result, took a six-year hiatus from performing her original music. Kim has been teaching in QLD high schools over the past 5 years and specializes in Popular Music production. But, the itch has returned and Kim knows it is time to put her experience into practice get back in the studio. Kim is currently working on the production of exciting new material to be released in the near future. As the narrator of her musical journey, Kim intends to guide her listeners through personal and heartfelt tales of her life, love and ambition with irresistible authenticity. Listening to Kim in the recording studio, or in one of her stunning live performances you will be wrapped up in nostalgia as Kim’s voice commands your attention. Whether performing solo, or backed up by her band, Kim’s technical skill as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, along with her ability to evoke emotion, will leave you wanting more. Kim’s music tells a story, and it’s a story you’ll want to hear.
Sun 24 Feb - Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Liam Gale is a writer, musician and collaborator from Sydney. While his music vaguely fits the mould of country, blues and roots he borrows heavily from less traditional mediums: namely RnB, Motown, 70’s prog and psych. The Ponytails are a collective that layer and arrange his work, currently featuring tenor sax and bass clarinet of Cameron Barnett (aka Charcoal); the magnetic harmonies of Anja Leszinsky and Rosie Jackson; and the electric guitars of Jack Perry, all bound together by the drums and bass of Neel Shukla and Jimmy Moore.
Towers & Time came out back in 2012, which was mostly tracked live in a small studio in Surry Hills, spawning some singles that enjoyed local radio play. The Lonely Throne was released in 2015 to favourable reviews, The Music calling it “immensely absorbing” and “transportive.” 2019 will see the release of the Desire Lines, a concept album inspired by countless journeys between urban and rural New South Wales. From this collection two singles have been released: the jazz blues of ‘It’s Alright, Speak Nice’ and the country chug of ‘Mountain Man, Lake Lady.’ Other works in progress include the Flood and Fire, Liam Gale’s solo album, and another as of yet untitled Ponytails album.
Fri 1 Mar - Z-Star Delta
The explosive duo features the electrifying award-winning frontwoman Zee Gachette deemed “one to watch” by BBC Radio 2 (drums and acoustic guitar), and guitar prodigy Sebastien Heintz, who effortlessly deliver a fascinating cinematic road trip of sound. Zee’s hypnotic presence, bewitching raspy blue tones, big acoustic guitars and swampy grooves laced with Seb’s dark desert slide, psyche blues guitars and synth make for a beautifully dangerous concoction. From the acoustic sublime, to high octane rock. Sensual, expansive, powerful. The duo’s sound journeys through an intoxicating and experimental mix of Country Blues and Desert Rock.
Z-STAR DELTA were born on the road down under, off the back of a 30 date Z-STAR Australian tour in 2015. Seb joined Zee on that first tour, and they played as an ‘acoustic’ duo in between the big festival shows, which led to a whole new entity being created. New music, new energy… the exploration vessel sent down from the mothership. They returned to Australia every year 2016-2018, in their own right as Z-STAR DELTA, and have since performed over 100 shows around the continent including headline slots at Mitchells’ Creek Rock n Blues Festival, The Basement, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Camelot Lounge, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival. Plus their smokin’ debut at Glastonbury (UK) in 2017.
Z-STAR DELTA will be releasing their debut EP in early 2019.
Fri 8 Mar - Alice Terry
Alice Terry sounds like she’s had three husbands and killed them all.
Since leaving her tiny coastal home, Terry has been impressing her ever-growing audiences with her massive voice and beautiful songs. Her debut single Emotion, released July this year, went to number one on the iTunes blues charts within hours. The sold out launch that followed proved why Terry has been nicknamed ‘Sydney’s first lady of blues’.
Her spirited performances and clever writing have steadily gained recognition and support from audiences and peers alike. Supports include: Allen Stone; Beth Hart; St Paul & the Broken Bones; Thirsty Merc; Matt Corby; and The Waifs, and festival appearances at: Sydney Festival Main Stage; Woodford Folk; Narooma Blues and Rockabilly; and Thredbo Blues Festivals, just to name a few.
According to Grammy nominee Beth Hart, Alice Terry is “The real deal”. She has the ability to effortlessly combine the best parts of blues, folk, jazz and country to create music which is both sexy and heartbreaking at the same time.
“Alice Terry is an undeniable combination of old school chanteuse and the grit of Janis Joplin. Her songs are emotional without being cloying, and pair equal measures regret and lament, with cheek and sass. If the swoops and croons are anything to go by, Terry is a singer equally comfortable howling at the moon for the hell of it as she is walking the line of soul-wrenching honesty.” – The Music
Fri 15 Mar - Tyne-James Organ
The twenty-two-year-old, Wollongong born, Melbourne-based, singer-songwriter, has built an adoring fanbase by consistently releasing unique and captivating cover songs from the likes of Childish Gambino, DMA’s and Chet Faker, featuring cameos from friend and collaborator Allday.
Tyne released his powerful debut single, ‘In My Arms’ in late 2016 and went on to tour with his musical hero Lewis Watson as well as Allday, UV Boi, and The Beautiful Girls. Tyne sold out his 2016 debut headline shows in a matter of minutes.