The Drunken Poet is one of Melbourne's best live music venues, providing a unique community atmosphere between musicians and punters. If you are an artist looking to perform at The Drunken Poet, get in contact with us here.
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JC and the Tree create brilliant soundscapes that elevate you into timeless visions of all things connected to nature and the world beyond. Inspired by their hometown of Sunshine Coast, this indie-folk duo writes melodies about all things from the mountains to the sea and life between.
The heartfelt violin playing from JC soars as the warm rich tones of the Tree set a benchmark that transcends the ordinary music lover's ear. Their voices blend beautifully in harmony as they play their range of original indie/folk tunes. Pushing boundaries they take their audiences on a journey through genres including gypsy/spanish violin pieces, folk/metal rock songs, funky wah-wah violin grooves and soulful piano ballads.
Music is a language beyond words and JC and the Tree are inspired to use it as a tool to bring all walks of life together.
Every Friday Night at The Poet!
Every Friday night, welcoming you into the weekend with the warmth of real Irish music!
“Built in the Canadian Rockies (Banff, Alberta), Bear Brewer is a man trapped inside a metaphorical beast of the Human Condition. His songs hit hard. Bear’s music is the honesty that we don’t want but we all need to hear.
Bear brings his live show to the Drunken Poet to finish off an Australian tour to remember. His live show is always equipped with your favourite classics and better still, heart pumping, foot stompin’, sing-a-long Originals, every track is a bullseye. It is heartfelt, blunt force trauma for the earholes.
…It is NO JOKE HEARTLAND FOLK.
“You’re in or you’re in the way”
Waz E James returns to the Poet!
Join us on Saturday eve for Waz E James, often referred to as ‘Australia’s best kept secret’. Joined by Andrew Pendlebury this week.
The Coastalaires play Southern American music.
The trio of Jeremy Hanley (vocals, electric guitar), Leigh McDowell (electric bass), and Clifford Booth (drums), play compelling arrangements of 'grown-up' soul, country and R&B classics from the repertoires of the song centers of the South: Texas, New Orleans, Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville
Cillian is a musician hailing from the Isle of Ireland, we welcome him back to The Poet - a favourite here!
Raised on trad and folklore he was inspired to keep the culture alive.
With his warm vocal tones and emotive guitar playing you'll be in for treat to hear Cillian performing traditional tunes and ballads at The Poet!
Vardos plays the songs of Village People – Yes, ‘Macho Man’ which was released on 27 February 1978.
Driven by Alana's wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play folk and Romany music learnt from Rroma (Gypsy) musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the band has toured to Hungary, France, Berlin, Switzerland, Amsterdam, New Caledonia, New Zealand, London and Scotland.
Georgia Ray is a singer-songwriter based in Melbourne’s inner north. Influenced by the likes of Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne and Tegan and Sara, she has been playing and writing music ever since she can remember.
After playing keys and bass guitar in her first band as a teenager, her passion for music soared and she began exploring her own sound. Since then, Georgia's songs have become a unique concoction of pop, alternative and country genres, exposing her raw stories of love, loss and hope. She has been diving right back into the live music scene over the last few months and is excited to be sharing her music through her intimate acoustic performances.
Georgia has recently been recognised as ‘One to Watch’ with the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and she is currently in the studio recording her next EP due out in mid 2023.
Sign up at the bar from 5pm, first in best dressed. Performances from 7pm - bring ya friends!
Every Friday night, to start your weekend right!
With live music 6 nights a week at The Poet, our Traditional Irish Music sessions are a part of our weekly line up.
Kier Stevens is coming to The Poet as a solo act bringing his authentic instrumental music, improvising experimental music, steel guitar, blues songs and ballads.
Since forming in 1996 surf slackabilly trio The Tommys have been entertaining audiences with their own blend of groove-based surf rock.
The Tommys are:
Jonathan ‘Ike‘ Lickliter - Bass and Vocals - After performing in Brisbane post punk trio The End, Jonathan played in the first line up of Died Pretty.
Ollie Laurie - Guitar and Vocals - A member of seminal Melbourne surf band the Beach Nuts, Oliver has also played in the Exotics.
Rob ‘Viva’ Lastdrager - Drums and Vocals - Rob has toured the USA and Europe with The Stiff Kittens as well as playing with Melbourne country rockers the T-Bones.
The Tommys look forward to introducing their warm surf sounds to the Drunken Poet.
Ezra Lee plays the songs of Merrill Moore!
Merrill Everett Moore was an American swing and boogie woogie pianst and bandleader whose style influenced rockabilly music during the 1950s.
With a powerful voice, dynamic guitar riffs and playfully wry lyrics, LJ Parks has captured the attention of audiences from Hobart to Cairns and beyond. Hailing from Victoria's surf coast and based in southern Tasmania, she received the Cygnet Folk Festival Emerging Artist Award in 2024 with her duo, LJ and Lucy, and was a finalist for Youth Artist of the Year in the 2023 AFMAs.
LJ is looking forward to popping back into the Poet to share captivating, relatable tunes from her new EP (and some classics) on her way to perform at this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival as a featured Future Folk Artist.
*** Sign up from 5pm / Music from 7pm ***
Start your weekend off right, every Friday night we have Trad Irish Music at The Poet!
Celebrating International Women's Day with Elly McK (Elly McKinnon) & The Unbelievers!
This Melbourne based band are really turning heads in the roots and country scene.
Elly McKinnon’s original songs move effortlessly across the genres of folk and americana while The Unbelievers drive vintage inspired sounds and rollicking grooves.
Marty Kelly returns to The Poet on Saturday afternoon, all welcome!
The Lonesome Wranglers bring their infectious blend of vintage country and rockabilly to the Drunken Poet! Expect plenty of lo-fi twang from Travis picker Lonesome Mike heading up the band on vocals, joined by Lonesome Ben on bass and Lonesome Sam in the drum seat.
Driven by a mutual love of vintage sound, melody and rhythm, The Lonesome Wranglers will be playing an assortment of originals, some obscure covers and some re-imaginings of some unexpected favourites. Come on down for some true grit!
MICKELSON (US) launch of New Zealand and Australian Tour with special guests
San Francisco artist/producer MICKELSON is excited to be playing the wonderful Drunken Poet in West Melbourne as part of his first tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Scott Mickelson is an artist/producer from San Francisco. His debut release Flickering was on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Music Performance. His follow up full-length A Wondrous Life received great reviews in the US and abroad which led to his first European tour in 2019. He then produced the critically acclaimed Blanket The Homeless benefit compilation which included Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito. In 2020, Mickelson released Drowning In An Inflatable Pool to rave reviews in the U.S. and Europe. The first single, “Jagged Tooth” was accompanied by the fantastic animated video. In 2022, his single/video “UNarmed American” premiered on Americana U.K. and he was invited to play three nights at The Mavericks Festival in England.
Poet faves The Moonee Valley Drifters play the songs of Ray Price and Rob Wills!
Turn up the Western Swing!
A rare gem indeed; Jessey Jackson is quite simply a force to be reckoned with! Far from your average ‘run of the mill’ female performer; this self taught singer/songwriter/multi-
Now having completed her recent Ireland and Northern Territory Tours Jessey has returned to Victoria and is bringing the very best of her raw, emotive, and highly relatable original tunes to the Drunken Poet on Wednesday Oct 11th. If you long for the return to a time of truly unique and soulful original music... this is a show not to be missed!
Every Friday night, to start your weekend right!
The Poet welcomes Cillian Maher!
Madigan’s Wake (MW) is an Irish Folk Rock/Punk band formed last year. Each member has played in numerous bands and had solo careers over the years.
Madigan’s Wake had its formation mostly from the folk trio the Bay Street Preachers. MW consists of Brent Quirk (drums), Jimi Coelli (bass), Elly D’arcy (vocals, violin, tin whistle), Damian Peck (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Albert Peck (mandolin, Irish Bouzouki, guitar).
The MW trademark is an Irish folk sound fused with a fast energetic rock and punk style. Most of their songs are originals with some well-known traditional Irish folk favourites thrown in for good measure.
The band are currently recording their first album at Headstone Records with 13 songs including 11 originals, and will be available later in the year. Their first self-titled single released in July has hit the airwaves being played Australia, UK and the USA. They were also featured in London Celtic Punks in August, with plans to head to the UK in early 2023.
Rubita plays the songs of Rodriguez!
Sixto Rodriguez lived in obscurity as his music career flamed out early in the U.S. only to find success in South Africa and a stardom he was unaware of. This incredible story was the subject of the music documentary 'Searching for Sugarman'.
'Experience the electrifying melodies of Rubita, Melbourne's very own guitar virtuoso and enchanting vocalist, as she ignites the stage with the soul-stirring tunes of her beloved artist, Sixto Rodriguez, this March 19th at the iconic Drunken Poet!
Get ready for an evening filled with unforgettable music that will have you swaying and singing along to the mesmerizing sounds of Rodriguez's timeless classics!'
Candice Alisha is a blues and folk singer songwriter originally hailing from Wodonga, Victoria but now local to Melbourne after making the move to the big city to pursue her career at the beginning of 2019. After working as a full-time musician in various bands for the better part of a decade, Candice has struck out on her own with her strong, deep and powerful vocals and magnetic stage presence launching her solo career, with her debut EP coming out in 2023
Sign up from the bar at 5pm, music from 7pm. First in best dressed!
For many of us, music is much more than just a form of expression. This sentiment rings true for Australian musician Jay Howie. For him, music offers an unadulterated emotional release; a profound outpouring of one’s soul that fills the proverbial cup of each of Jay’s Blues compositions.
Influenced by an amalgamation of old delta Blues players, as well as the Chicago Blues scene and British Blues of the late '60s and '70s, Jay's approach to the genre is marked by his ability to thread together the emotional fibres of his past, present and future.
His undeniable ability with the guitar is matched only by his raw vocal palette, with his lyrics echoing insightful and heartfelt storytelling abilities. He is currently sitting on a discography containing a full-length album (Tales of Woe and Coincidence), an EP (Dirty Habits), and a single (Leaving Me). His solo material has taken him across Australia, sharing the stage with the likes of Ash Grunwald, Lloyd Spiegel and Dutch Tilders. Today, Jay continues to position himself as a Blues artist to watch in the future.
Pat is a favourite at The Poet and brings his legendary tunes to our Saturday afternoon. Pat has toured extensively as guitarist for Irish folk legend Finbar Furey and has had his song "Geraldine's thinking of Galway" recorded by the Furey brothers.
The Pheasantry are a Melbourne based Alt Country band of 5 gents going back over 20 years.
These days the boys have turned back to the electric style with the Telecaster twang running strong with that Pheasantry vocal harmony still leading the way. It's Melbourne Americana.
Roz Girvan playing the songs of Paul McCartney!
A country-soul songwriter with a talent for finding the extraordinary in the everyday, Roz Girvan has been part of Melbourne's roots music community for many years.
Poet faves Daniel Watkins and Justin Vilchez plays the songs of Bob Dylan!
The Poet welcomes Maggie Carty to The Poet!
Jarrod Shaw possesses a passion and appreciation for blues music that becomes obvious from the moment the first note sounds. He delivers a soulful blues inspired show, performed with conviction.
Jarrod was born and raised in country Victoria, down the dirt roads of the Macedon Ranges. He taught himself to play guitar listening to the renowned blues greats, as well as the icons of the Australian and local Melbourne blues scene.
Performing countless solo gigs has aided Jarrod in developing a musical style of his own. He blends his unique guitar approach lying somewhere between piedmont fingerstyle and the blues of the delta, with a powerful voice often described as belying his years. At times he even wails away on a racked blues harp - all at once without missing a beat. If you close your eyes you might even believe there’s more than one person performing…
The Drunken Poet will be closed from Friday 29th March - Monday 8th April.
We look forward to seeing you back soon!