6:00 pmSunday, 27 March 2022


John Curtin Hotel

29 Lygon St, Carlton

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Let's spend A Sentimental Sunday together because music is best shared with friends; Ella Thompson, Danika Smith and Nkechi Anele open their spell books and share a tale or two. This is a special opportunity to see these three captivating artists in one evening. The show will take place on unceded Wurundjeri country at The Curtin Hotel, a venue we hold dear to our hearts. The Curtin has been a champion of our community over the years and a water hole of memories for many. Join us and say cheers to new beginnings and good times.

Ella Thompson will debut her new 6-piece band and unheard works set soon for release. Usually known for her collaborations as part of GL and Dorsal Fins, Ella takes time to unfurl her song writing and production. Musically hinting at both the future and the past with a love of classic synthesisers, melodic soul, 70’s drum heat and the fluidity of improvisation, Ella’s voice is given a bed of honey to soar.

Danika and her band perform a raw, timeless style of folk music with undertones of jazz and soul. She is known for her tender topics, saccharine melodies and charismatic satire. With the upcoming release of her debut album, there is something mutating, shifting within her music and the support around it. It's 2021, women in music are at the forefront of the industry and along with this recognition, Danika feels it's time to get experimental. Folk is heaven, no doubt, but curiosity, desire and her innate ability to find the inner groove has unavoidably begun Danika’s metamorphosis

Nkechi Anele grew up in Melbourne and has spent over a decade in the Australian music industry as the lead singer in Saskwatch, touring and performing nationally and internationally. In 2015, she, along with best friend Lucie Cutting, started The Pin, a discussion platform about race, identity and culture through an Australian lens. With the changing narrative around social identity politics and race in Australia, the two sort out to document the lived experience of BIPOC people, build a bank of knowledge and foster a community for all people could grow and discover. Nkechi took the helm as host and producer of the weekly music program Roots N' All on triple j for five years. In this role, she championed Australian artists and international musicians and the emerging global music scenes worldwide to a national audience. Nkechi will be opening the show with a special debut solo performance which is not to be missed.

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