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Joyce Prescher with Cate Taylor & Greg Hamilton

Open Studio, 204 High Street, Northcote

Joyce Prescher is a Dutch-born folk artist based in Melbourne. She captures audiences with her poetic lyrics, haunting melodies and a voice you'll long remember. Joyce released her debut album "Home" in 2017.

Cate and Greg will be supporting Joyce with their indie-folk/alt-country songs of love lost and found, gardening real and metaphorical, goats, wet dogs and cowboys.

The River Folk Festival

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Warburton, Victoria

Very excited to be part of The River Folk Festival 2019!

The 2nd ever River Folk Festival will take place in Warburton, Yarra Valley, from 15th-17th March 2019!

The River Folk Festival is a 3 day music festival, hosted across multiple venues in Warburton itself, showcasing local, regional, national and international performers, in a cultural celebration that brings vibrancy and colour to our beautiful town.

The Production Team are once again hard at work with Festival preparations, so you can expect more foot-stomping guitar maestros, angelic 3-part harmonies, one man/woman shows, wild gypsy dancing, and tear-bringing folk music - the weekend will hold a piece musical magic for everyone!

TICKETS are on sale NOW! https://www.theriverfolkfestival.com/tickets

Joyce Prescher at the Charles Weston

Charles Weston Hotel, 27 Weston Street, Brunswick

On the 10th of March Joyce makes her return to the beautiful front bar of the Charles Weston. In the middle of recording her second album number, she has new songs and some covers to share with you.

Joyce Prescher is a Dutch-born, Melbourne based folk artist. With poetic lyrics and haunting melodies she explores hardship and distance, death and love. Strong influences of alternative-country and Americana flow through her work, beckoning the stillness of fireside reverie and a good bottle or wine.

Maja & Joyce Prescher at Compass Pizza

Compass Pizza, 319 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

This international Women’s day join Maja and Joyce Prescher for a night of intimate and captivating music exploring womanhood and growing up. Echoing soul, folk and blues music, Maja’s diverse range of styles come to highlight her eccentric character and fierce vocal performance. Joyce Prescher gives you a little glimpse into her soul. With her poetic lyrics, haunting melodies and a voice that really gets under your skin she has mesmerized audiences in Australia as well as the Netherlands . Her songs songs are made to listen to whilst wrapped in a warm blanket, in front of a fireplace, with a glass of red in your hand.

Doors at 8pm - Free entry.

Feb28

Joyce Prescher | Khristian Mizzi | Mijo Biscan

The Fitzroy Pinnacle, 251 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

Melbourne-based folk singer Joyce Prescher delivers poetic lyrics and haunting melodies in an intimate performance exploring concepts of home, identity, love and death.

Join her for her two Thursdays in February at the Fitzroy Pinnacle.

On Thursday 21 February she will be joined on the night by her beautiful friend and song-writer Khristian Mizzi. Thursday 28 February features the breathtaking Mijo Biscan. Two intimate, soul touching nights filled with words, melancholy and melodies that will make you feel things.

Music starts at 8pm.

Feb21

Joyce Prescher | Khristian Mizzi | Mijo Biscan

The Fitzroy Pinnacle, 251 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

Melbourne-based folk singer Joyce Prescher delivers poetic lyrics and haunting melodies in an intimate performance exploring concepts of home, identity, love and death.

Join her for her two Thursdays in February at the Fitzroy Pinnacle.

On Thursday 21 February she will be joined on the night by her beautiful friend and song-writer Khristian Mizzi. Thursday 28 February features the breathtaking Mijo Biscan. Two intimate, soul touching nights filled with words, melancholy and melodies that will make you feel things.

Music starts at 8pm.

Feb10

Joyce Prescher at the Wesley Anne

Wesley Anne, 250 High Street, Northcote

Joyce Prescher is playing two consecutive Sundays in the front bar of the Wesley Anne. Come join her for two evenings filled with songs crafted out of beautiful words and melancholy.

Joyce is a Dutch-born, Melbourne based folk artist. With poetic lyrics and haunting melodies she explores hardship and distance, death and love. Strong influences of alternative-country and Americana flow through her work, beckoning the stillness of fireside reverie and a good bottle or wine.

Feb3

Joyce Prescher at the Wesley Anne

Wesley Anne, 250 High Street, Northcote

Joyce Prescher is playing two consecutive Sundays in the front bar of the Wesley Anne. Come join her for two evenings filled with songs crafted out of beautiful words and melancholy.

Joyce is a Dutch-born, Melbourne based folk artist. With poetic lyrics and haunting melodies she explores hardship and distance, death and love. Strong influences of alternative-country and Americana flow through her work, beckoning the stillness of fireside reverie and a good bottle or wine.

Joyce Prescher & Friends - December Residency

The Merri Creek Tavern, 111 High Street, Northcote

Melbourne-based folk singer Joyce Prescher delivers poetic lyrics and haunting melodies in an intimate performance exploring concepts of home, identity, love and death.

Join her for her December residency at the Merri Creek Tavern. Each week she will be joined by two beautiful artists. These nights promise to be intimate and breathtaking and are not to be missed.

Thu 20 December || Hannah Campbell and Teresa Duffy-Richards

Hannah Campbell * Hannah is a warm, discerning, and joyfully vulnerable story teller hailing from Melbourne, Victoria. Her style of indie-folk echoes of folky acoustic roots whereby she writes to unpack stories of herself and her loved ones, of failings and hopefulness, of desire and emotional vacancy, and some unspoken truths in-between.

In 2017 Hannah released her debut EP ‘For Your Love’ - a landmark EP for her development as an artist and a human. Track one of the EP, ‘Sunshine’ was synced to NAB’s Social Media campaign ‘Little Steps’, for environmental sustainability.

Her latest single Run Like Wolves commands; human connection, support and empowerment in which femininity orbits strength in vulnerability, weighing joy with grief in equal measures, and empowerment, rather than judgement.

Links: https://www.musicofhc.com, https://www.instagram.com/musicofhc, https://www.facebook.com/musicofhc

Teresa-Duffy Richards * Lyrical, timeless and swelling with rich, full clout that will hit you with the gentlest of nudges, Teresa Duffy-Richards crafts hauntingly bare songs filled with poetic imagery and a deeply ingrained sense of the pains of everyday life. It might sound sweet, but there is an ever present grit and fragility to her voice and songs that prods at the most tender of wounds.

Her songs are steeped in the vast traditions of Folk and Country music, and as multi instrumentalists she and partner Joshua Jones create a rousing live show with acoustic guitars, banjo and dobro, even bringing out booze soaked electric guitar reminiscent of Neil Young and the catalytic classic rock that informed much of her teenage years. But ultimately it is the timeless song writing of old world and 20th century troubadours and Tennessee reared yodellers, that inspires much of her work. Recording of her debut album is underway at Rolling Stock and is scheduled for release at the end of 2018

Links: https://www.facebook.com/TeresaDuffyRichardsMusic, https://www.instagram.com/teresaduffyrichards

Joyce Prescher & Friends - December Residency

The Merri Creek Tavern, 111 High Street, Northcote

Melbourne-based folk singer Joyce Prescher delivers poetic lyrics and haunting melodies in an intimate performance exploring concepts of home, identity, love and death.

Join her for her December residency at the Merri Creek Tavern. Each week she will be joined by two beautiful artists. These nights promise to be intimate and breathtaking and are not to be missed.

Thu 13 December || Taylah Carroll and A Whale Called Phoenix

Taylah Carroll * Taylah Carroll shares unashamed and frank tales of her own coming of age and reflections of what it is to be human, set against a nostalgic soundscape that draws inspiration from vintage films and dreamy folk/rock.

Taylah’s music wants to reach out and hold her audience, whilst at the same time waking them up to the anxieties, fears and love that both plague and embellish our lives, highlighting the commonality of all human experience through a nuanced and detailed lens.

Taylah has been honing her craft of song-writing and performance through a series of recent shows across Victoria, including performances at Fitzroy’s The Workers Club, and The Wesley Ann, as well as a slot at Let Go Fest alongside Gang of Youths and The Middle Kids.

Links: https://www.taylahcarroll.com, https://www.instagram.com/taylahcarrollmusic, https://www.facebook.com/TaylahCarrollMusic

A whale called phoenix * AWCP are a four-piece indie, acoustic based band from Melbourne. Forming in 2012 as a duo, life-long friends Jimmy (Phoenix) Pollock and Anthony Nero set out to record songs and music videos using their iPhones in an attempt to capture more “honest” sounds away from studio trickery.

In 2014, the pair began playing live and unplugged in more and more unconventional settings – lounge rooms, backyards, record stores, warehouse parties, giant bean bag factories and in a two-man inflatable boat sailing down a water catchment drain in the middle of nowhere suburbia.

In the summer of 2015, Nero and Phoenix took their sound to a string of pubs and bars in St Kilda where they would play to their wives, Jimmy’s mum and various house sound guys. Great times had by all!

More recently, AWCP set upon the mysterious Heatherton Trail to find some extra magic to widen their sound. This came in the shape of long-time compadres Anthony ‘Quesadilla’ Casey on bass and Ian ‘George Rat’ Moran on drums.

Links: https://www.awhalecalledphoenix.com, https://www.facebook.com/AWhaleCalledPhoenix, https://www.instagram.com/awhalecalledphoenix

Joyce Prescher & Friends - December Residency

The Merri Creek Tavern, 111 High Street, Northcote

Melbourne-based folk singer Joyce Prescher delivers poetic lyrics and haunting melodies in an intimate performance exploring concepts of home, identity, love and death. Join her for her December residency at the Merri Creek Tavern. Each week she will be joined by two beautiful artists. These nights promise to be intimate and breathtaking and are not to be missed.

Thu 6 December || Jason Lowe and Cookie Baker

Jason Lowe * Jason Lowe is a Singer-Songwriter, Performer and Visual Artist, originally hailing from Newcastle, NSW Australia.

Lowe has spent over a decade earning a name for himself among the Singer-Songwriter scene of Australia and Canada, calling the latter home for two years.

In the tradition of the 1970's Singer-Songwriters that he so deeply reveres, he is a troubadour in the truest sense, touring constantly, frequenting the folk clubs, coffee houses, and the growing house concert scene in Australia and Canada.

His performances are intimate, a euphoric experience to be remembered, embodying an emotional, poetic and musical power likening him to such greats as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young.

His astounding abilities both as a Singer-Songwriter and Performer, as well as his prodigious skills on the lap slide guitar and acoustic guitar are mesmerising and awe inspiring.

Links: https://jasonlowe.bandcamp.com, https://www.instagram.com/jasonlowemusic, https://www.facebook.com/Jasonlowemusic

Cookie Baker * Cookie Baker is a pint-sized melodic force to be reckoned with. A walking, talking exercise in compact contradiction and adaptation. As gutsy in person as she is empathetic on stage, as careful with her picked guitar as she is unapologetic with her incisive words, as warm in her interactions as she is unafraid of bringing airtime to the hard stuff.

More often than not penning songs of keenly observed lost love and found habits, Cookie speaks honestly of longing, loss, displacement and isolation, and the emotional debris resulting from these experiences.

Deceivingly gentle melodies, cool wordsmithery, and the sparkling grit of her vocals that audiences have come to adore have taken Cookie performing around Australia and brought her to share stages with many esteemed Australian artists, including Augie March, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ben Lee, Angie Hart (Frente!), Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Little Birdy, and The Audreys.

Cookie Baker is also a vocalist with festival favourite Sun Records tribute, ‘Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis’, and is the founder and director of Melbourne-based contemporary choir collective, ‘If You See Her, Say Hello’.

Links: https://cookiebakermusic.com, https://cookiebaker.bandcamp.com, https://www.instagram.com/cookiebakermusic

Simba Sessions

Croxton Uniting Church, 326 St Georges Road, Thornbury

Join us at Simba Sessions for another stunning line-up of artists in our candle and lamp-lit space. Through an introspective night of poetry, music and storytelling our artists explore ‘The nature of ‘I' in pieces'. Veggie and vegan food in the wine soaked warmth. $10 entry. 8pm. Wheelchair accessible. Hope to see you there!

Artist info...

Trixi Rosa is a writer and performance artist from Punakaiki, Aotearoa (NZ). She has surrendered to a tender unravelling and a restless joy that just can't be held. Her art bleeds personal experience, both lived and perceived. It carves an awkward inquiry into the intersections of identity and the endless pursuit of place. Through words and body, she shares stories of struggle and survival, resilience and resistance; stories of family, love and sexuality. In 2017 she won the People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize and in 2018 she was a Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam finalist.

https://youtu.be/p1P9Z02-oPw

Joyce Prescher is a Dutch-born, Melbourne based folk artist. With poetic lyrics and haunting melodies she explores hardship and distance, death and love. Strong influences of alternative-country and Americana flow through her work, beckoning the stillness of fireside reverie and a good bottle or wine.

https://joyceprescher.bandcamp.com/releases https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCUfgcZuGPzK444RiIgU5yCg

Lachlan Hawkins is an accomplished drummer turned handpan-singer songwriter. His memorising and hypnotic melodic rhythms soothe soul as his lyrics press deeper into themes of belonging, self acceptance and loss. The recent release of his album ‘No Enemy Within’ brings him to Victorian shores to to practice the magic of his subtle arts.

https://lachlanhawkinsmusic.bandcamp.com/ https://m.youtube.com/user/LachlanHawkins

New Zealander Francesca Mountfort is a classically trained cellist and composer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her unique brand of music incorporates classical, electronic and ambient elements into a melting pot that transcends time and place. Thenmusic from her most recent album is an exploration of raven spirituality, inspired by folklore beliefs that the raven is a mythical creature, a mediator animal between life and death, able to pass between realms.

https://francescamountfort.com

Ladies Night at the Retreat - Maja, Joyce Prescher & Peny Bohan

Retreat Hotel, 280 Sydney Road, Brunswick

It's ladies night at the Retreat this spring!

Join three Melbourne songstresses for an intimate night out at The Retreat Hotel on the 13th of November.

The show will kick off with Peny Bohan's sultry vocals; cheeky and seductive songs. She will be followed by Joyce Prescher whose poetic lyrics, haunting melodies and voice will get under your skin. Thought- provoking and deeply-personal, Maja will conclude the night with her vulnerable and relatable songwriting, displaying a depth and maturity far beyond her age.

8pm start.

Songs in the South

Freddie Wimpoles, 125 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

A unique experience for writer and listener alike, Songs in the South presents 6 different performers each month to an attentive & articulate audience. Freddie Wimpoles in St. Kilda provides the perfect setting for enjoying the work of the talented writers gathered by Delsinki & Co each month.

The Musical Garden featuring: Cookie Baker & Joyce Prescher

One Wild Apple, 2/43 Bridge Street, Benalla

The Musical Garden returns on September 28th with a very special treat! ✨ This edition we will have the lovely pocket rocket, Cookie Baker cooking us up a storm with an entree from the dreamy Joyce Prescher. This is going to be a pretty wonderfull evening...

💛🦊🌲🍄💃🏻🎻🎶🌖✨

Cookie Baker is a pint-sized melodic force to be reckoned with. A walking, talking exercise in compact contradiction and adaptation. As gutsy in person as she is empathetic on stage, as careful with her picked guitar as she is unapologetic with her incisive words, as warm in her interactions as she is unafraid of bringing airtime to the hard stuff. More often than not penning songs of keenly observed lost love and found habits, Cookie speaks honestly of longing, loss, displacement and isolation, and the emotional debris resulting from these experiences.

Raised on a farm by the seaside in rural South Australia, the deceivingly gentle melodies, cool wordsmithery, and sparkling grit of her vocals that audiences have come to adore have taken Cookie performing around Australia and brought her to share stages with many esteemed Australian artists, including Augie March, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ben Lee, Angie Hart (Frente!), Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Little Birdy, and The Audreys. Cookie comes to The Musical Garden at her most personal, personable and intimate best, previewing material from her upcoming album. Her ongoing collaboration with Sydney-based engineer and producer, Michael Carpenter, produced the cracking first single, Little Engine, paved the way for second single, The Summer (featuring Tim Rogers of Australia’s beloved You Am I), and the sweeping third single, Don’t Start A Fight. Don't Start A Fight is a charity single dedicated to Cookie’s best friend and musical right-hand man, Jaan Kiploks, a Cystic Fibrosis sufferer. All proceeds from the digital-only single will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis SA and other CF-related charities.

Cookie Baker is also a vocalist with festival favourite Sun Records tribute, ‘Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis’, and is the founder and director of Melbourne-based contemporary choir collective, ‘If You See Her, Say Hello’.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6Hjzmcdkv59HD49tX3LDMH?nd=1

https://cookiebakermusic.com/

✨$10 entry ✨No BYO ✨Food and bar available

Joyce Prescher and Miss Eileen & King Lear at BT Dubs Cafe

BT Dubs Cafe, 3391 Warburton Highway, Warburton

The Bear & Moon Productions Team behind The River Folk Festival have teamed up again with BT Dubs Cafe to bring a beautiful Father's Day Weekend event to Warburton! And we have the immense pleasure of welcoming 2 fantastic acts to the Cafe, for a delightful dining and music experience for the whole family!

Opening the night with her poetic and hauntingly mesmerizing songs, is the exquisite Dutch-born songstress Joyce Prescher, who will undoubtedly steal your hearts.

And following Joyce, with 2 sets, for the first time at BT Dubs Cafe we have the captivating and unique Miss Eileen & King Lear, back in Warburton by popular demand, with their golden brother-sister harmonies and lively performance style!

6:30-7:30pm - Joyce Prescher

8:00-8:45pm - Miss Eileen & King Lear 9:15-10:00pm - Miss Eileen & King Lear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRQMugh4lo8

BT Dubs Cafe will be serving a beautiful menu of tapas to complement the night's entertainment, paired with local beverages - including wine from East Warburton's newest, vineyard!

This is a free family-friendly event, so we encourage everyone to come down and share dinner and a show with us!

You will not want to miss this one!

Live at the Library feat. Joyce Prescher

Emerald Hill Library, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne

Local folk singer Joyce Prescher delivers poetic lyrics and haunting melodies in an intimate performance exploring concepts of home, identity, love and death.

This acoustic performance will be a moving experience combining the craftmanship of Joyce's songwriting with the captivating heritage of the Emerald Hill Library.

FREE - Booking required

Jess Loh 'About that time' EP launch

Wesley Anne, 250 High Street , Northcote

Jess Loh is a Malaysian-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and she is releasing her sophomore EP “About That Time” at the Wesley Anne this August! Her music is loaded with folk and pop sensibilities, and captures your mind and soul with her thoughtful lyrics centred around pain, loss, frustration, and joy. Come and experience the highs and the lows as she takes you on a journey with her earnest and vulnerable performance.

She will be joined by talented folk sing-songwriters Sarah Buffalo and Joyce Prescher.

Joyce Prescher is a Dutch-born folk artist based in Melbourne. She manages to capture audiences with her poetic lyrics, haunting melodies and a voice that gets under your skin. Inspired by the great singer-songwriters of our time, her sound tells of her love of folk music, with hints of alt-country and Americana. Her songs are made to listen to whilst wrapped in a warm blanket, in front of a fireplace, with a glass of red in your hand. Find out more here: https://www.joyceprescher.com/

Sarah Buffalo is a self-declared self-help solo singer songwriter – she uses her music as her therapy and hopes maybe you will do the same – with quick folky melodies to songs of a female revolution and back to wrenching tunes of love and loss, her lyrics tug at the inner monologue of women everywhere. Find more of her music here: https://soundcloud.com/sarahbuffalo

Taylah Carroll, Francesca Mountfort and Joyce Prescher @ Longplay

Longplay, 318 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

On 5 August, Longplay will host a magical night featuring three beautiful female musicians: Taylah Carroll, Francesca Mountfort and Joyce Prescher.

Taylah Carroll

With a debut EP under her belt and another to be released in 2018, compelling Melbourne songstress Taylah Carroll positions herself as a wholly honest and personal lyricist with an authentic aura and ethereal sound. Her debut EP Saudade, which was independently released in November 2016, consists of five love songs that profess not only her deep connection to and interest in humanity, but also her devotion to the natural world. Throughout Saudade, Carroll’s intimate exploration of her subject matter is enveloped by an overarching sense of longing for understanding and harmony.

Carroll’s early musical influences such as Tori Amos, Radiohead, and Mazzy Star manifest in the soulful strength of her guitar and piano playing, which play a key part in her musical style, and further in the energy and emphasis Carroll places on her lyrics. As odes to her own experiences, her lyrics are personal poetry: revealing and poised with precision amongst carefully curated arrangements. Taylah draws on the glow of contemporary artists such as Sarah Blasko, Angel Olsen and Aldous Harding, while defiantly carving her own path with her unique voice and vision, Carroll is a true creative and local gem who seeks to constantly grow and draw inspiration from the world and give back through her music.
https://www.taylahcarroll.com

Francesca Mountfort

New Zealander Francesca Mountfort is a classically trained cellist and composer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her unique brand of music incorporates classical, electronic and ambient elements into a melting pot that transcends time and place.

Francesca’s compositions range from minimal and spacious to dramatic and expansive. The classical nature of the cello is embraced and built upon, using subtle electronics and recording techniques, adding complex layers and effects. In performance, Francesca has collaborated with many artists in different mediums including dance, puppetry, illustrated animation and live video projection.

She first performed in 2004 as Nervous Doll Dancing, which remained her stage name for over a decade, and under which she independently released three solo albums Eidolon (2012), Aphelion (2009) and Nervous Doll Dancing (2005). Francesca’s latest release, Swift & Raven (2016), which she recorded at Smooch Records with Josh Delaney, is the first album to be first released under her own name. The music is an exploration of raven spirituality, inspired by folklore beliefs that the raven is a mythical creature, a mediator animal between life and death, able to pass between realms.
https://francescamountfort.com

Joyce Prescher

Joyce Prescher is a Dutch-born folk artist now based in Melbourne. With her poetic lyrics, haunting melodies and a voice that really gets under your skin she has mesmerized audiences in Australia as well as the Netherlands ever since she was a little girl. Her stories often personal yet told in such a powerful and heartfelt manner that a listener can’t help but relate. Her music makes you feel like you know her or want to know her and maybe you are in fact a little like her.

Joyce has been performing as a solo artist since 2013 and has slowly been growing her fanbase in Australia. In 2017 she released her debut album 'Home', with her album launch at a packed Toff in Town. PBS listed ‘Home’ in their Top 10 albums of the week and the album received radio play on many community stations. On the album she meditates on the hardship of living away from home, identity, love and death. Her sound tells of her love of folk music, with hints of alt-country and Americana. Her songs are made to listen to whilst wrapped in a warm blanket, in front of a fireplace, with a glass of red in your hand.