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Julia Johnson + James Fahy + Brooke Russell

  • August 7, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm



Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Promo Shot

Julia Johnson + James Fahy + Brooke Russell

$5/$8 on the door

Join multi-instrumentalist Julia Johnson for the highly aniticpated launch of ‘Melissa’, an ode to suburban childhood and rumours, produced by Sarah Belkner. Gilded with the zing of the autoharp and intricate finger-picking on banjo and guitar, Julia will introduce her collection of brand-new nu-folk songs.

“[Johnson is]… someone it will pay to follow closely” – Sydney Morning Herald

From the derelict shipyards of Cockatoo Island, through to the languid and flirtatious Berlin summer, Johnson will walk you through her musical world, where the everyday can be epic, joyous and even a bit heartbreaking sometimes.

Johnson’s music has been featured on TripleJ, ABC Radio, PBS and other community stations. Her live shows have seen her take to stages as big as Groovin the Moo and National Folk Festival, and as small as loungerooms for house concert tours. She has supported Australian songwriting icons including Tim Rogers, Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher and Abbe May.

“Love the playful guitar plucking and that lilt of Julia’s voice” – Zan Rowe, Triple J


James Fahy

Finger-picking charismatic eagle-voiced James Fahy is a songwriting wunderkind with an unstoppable urge to hang out between songs. If you’ve seen or heard his Wait Long by the River or Authenticity podcasts, his live interview show, or his work with Joe Op, Hi New Low, or the James Fahy Trio, you know you’re in for good musicing.


Brooke Russell
With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country. Culminating in a kitchen in Fitzroy North, The Mean Reds are based in Melbourne and consist of Brooke Russell on voice, guitar and mandolin, Grant Taylor on lead guitar, Ben Franz on pedal steel, Luke Richardson on double bass and Roger Bergodaz on drums.

Drawing influence from alt country, jazz and folk styles, the band are also inspired by the songs of Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Sharon Van Etten, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and Neko Case. Their debut album, Poor Virginia was released in August 2013, and listed in Basement Discs Top 10 Australian Albums of The Year and Unpaved’s 50 Best Albums of 2013. After showcasing at the 2014 Americana Festival in Nashville, the band released a single, Never’s Gonna Take Too Long in April 2015 and an EP of the same name in December 2015. Brooke recently received a Creative Victoria grant to return to Nashville in March 2016 and has been writing with artists such as Andrew Combs, Mick Thomas, Jim Lawrie and Clare Reynolds. She also performs regularly as a backing vocalist and is musical director of the Melbourne based choir, If You See Her, Say Hello. Brooke was the 2016 winner of the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Award with her song Never’s Gonna Take Too Long.

“Brooke Russell and the Mean Reds’ country-inflected take on timeless pop that you’ll dig if you like Caitlin Rose.” – Nashville Scene

“She’d be at home in the Nighthawks diner, except that she’s maybe not jaded enough. There’s an innocence and hope to most of her songs that feels like a balm.” – McKinley Valentine, unpaved.com.au

“Sweet and slow country, with close vocal harmonies and just the right amount of melancholy” – Chris Cobcroft 4ZZZ