Shows for Sunset Sessions are running Saturday evenings from 5pm to 8pm between (and including) 28 March 2020.
Get a taste for this year’s line-up with our Spotify Playlist and read on to discover who's playing and when...
Described by The Music as an old-school chanteuse with the grit of Janis Joplin, Alice Terry (pictured left) combines folk, jazz and blues to create music both sultry and heartbreaking. She’ll be supported by Billie McCarthy (right), a country girl who caught the jazz bus to the Big Smoke, had a love affair with neo soul, and now transfixes audiences with her poetry, passion and presence.
Following the success of our recent Sunset Sessions special marking National Reconciliation Week, we’re pleased to announce Sunset Sessions: A First Nations Experience (30 Nov). This extended, three-hour show will feature First Nations performers from across Australia and North America. Partners in crime Bow (Mindy Jane) and Arrow (Mitchell Kwanten) will journey with audience members to another world by way of an experimental, left-of-centre string show that combines fun with theatrics.
The eccentric duo (pictured left) will be supported by singer/songwriter Evie J Willie (right) who’ll sing her way through a roots, reggae, blues and acoustic soul set that showcases her warm nature, powerful resonance, and Aboriginal & NiVanuatu roots. There will also be a special performance by Indigenous Enterprise – a collective of champion dancers from across Canada and the United States who preserve and progress traditional cultural practices through powwow dances.
A purveyor of tender ballads and sophisticated pop, Liz Martin (pictured left) will take the audience on a surprising, rewarding ride as she sings her way through original pieces that are both playfully hip and emotionally honest. She’ll be supported by Declan Kelly (right), a versatile and sought-after music-maker whose live set will be an easy-to-drink cocktail of Polynesian melodies, reggae folk and afro beat.
Enter the dreamscape with Bonnie Stewart AKA Bonnie Songs (pictured left), an experimental indie folk artist who’ll captivate you with thrumming guitars, an enchanted loop pedal and ghostly vocals. The Irish expat will be supported by Fetherstone (right), a passionate storyteller who’ll use her vocal loop pedal and beats machine to spin an electro pop infused yarn that reveals her admiration for folk legends including Joni Mitchell and Jose Gonzalez.
Accompanied by ‘Craig’, her trusty double bass, Mary Heart (pictured left) will break down genres during a rip-roaring show that’ll see 50s rock ’n’ roll and jazz classics performed alongside contemporary pop songs that’ve been given a retro makeover. Meanwhile, support act Fabro & Flower (right) will meld soulful vocals and voluptuous guitar work for a collection of breathtaking songs influenced by jazz, blues, soul, pop and Americana.
Traverse different musical worlds with Edoardo Santoni (pictured left), a jazz, soul and pop artist who thrives on blending a wide range of styles and legacies during sets that are at once intimate and exciting. In a similar spirit, support act Darryl Beaton (right) – a multi-instrumentalist who has lent his talents to the likes of Kanye West and Katie Noonan – will explore an eclectic range of musical disciplines from funk, jazz, reggae and gospel through to Latin, rock, hip hop, and soul.
Soma (pictured) – an RnB enchantress with a repertoire of intricate, vivid spells – will take to the stage and dive into the murky, delicious depths of contemporary soul.
Fresh off her sold-out debut tour and performances with the likes of The Rubens and Dan Sultan, Hollie Col (pictured left) is heading to Cockatoo Island in support of her new single ‘Unholy’ – a bright indie-rock tune that’ll speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in the middle of an unforgettable but unholy romance. Meanwhile, Charlie Finn (right) – an Ohio-born multi-instrumentalist Charlie Finn – will take to the stage with a collection of original songs influenced by Midwest American Rock records.
Hailing from the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central Queensland, 20-year-old Miiesha (pictured left) is primed to bring people together with her RnB/soul-laced set. Ahead of the rising star’s performance, five-piece Soul/RnB band Lady King (right) will feed your weary hearts and get your feet moving with songs that recall Sade, Amy Winehouse and D’Angelo.
Having toured with the likes of Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley and John Butler Trio, Gippsland native Josh Cashman (pictured left) is bringing his unique blend of thoughtful pop and heartfelt roots to Cockatoo Island. Meanwhile, support act Leonie Kingdom (right) – whose single ‘Night Terrors’ topped the Triple J Unearthed charts – will wrap the audience in a sound that is dark and mysterious.
‘Kill the Mood’ may be the name of one of Taj Ralph’s recent releases, but the rising Sydney rapper and Triple J Unearthed High finalist (pictured right) will rule the evening with a set of shimmering songs. Meanwhile, support act Elizabeth Fader (left) – named one of Happy Mag’s 20 Australian guitarists to watch – will set the scene with her melodic brand of indie rock.
Rising jazz maestro Ella Haber (pictured left) will headline our final Sunset Sessions gig for the season with a set of spell-binding and intelligent compositions that demonstrate her songwriting chops and mastery of multiple instruments. Meanwhile, support act – Sydney-based singer-songwriter Indira Elias (right) – will caress tender hearts (and melt hardened ones) as she explores cinematic, folk-noir soundscapes.