Ryan Downey with Hannah Blackburn plus... MERVE + EX PONTO + SHAKI


7:00 pmSaturday, 13 November 2021


Night Cat

137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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A TON OF COLOURS is the luminous new art rock album from Ryan Downey - an album that pulsates with love and curiosity. To celebrate it’s May 14 release through Dot Dash Recordings, Downey and his band will bring their electrifying live performance to The Night Cat in November.

At the forefront of A TON OF COLOURS is Downey’s breathtaking voice - a rich baritone with a dramatic range that can shift from a rumbling purr up to a vulnerable crescendo, recalling the all-terrain vocals of Bryan Ferry and David Bowie. It gets shaky, it gets elegant and it gets theatrical while staying unwaveringly sincere. Downey enlisted award-winning Canadian-Australian producer Burke Reid (Julia Jacklin, Courtney Barnett, The Drones) for this record. Bold, playful and underpinned with raw sophistication, A TON OF COLOURS heaves, flickers and radiates with a powerful tenderness, delivering an electrifying heft that hits deep and is powerfully emotional, saluting re-defining guitar records by artists like Big Thief and Anna Calvi.


We're back in the cat after some time curled up in balls, pondering in our hovels. It's time to stretch our legs again and we've brought along some friends to make it the leg shaker we've all been yearning for.

Merve has been the operator behind some of Melbourne's most memorable d-floor moments over the last half-decade. From the big rigs at Strawberry or the Sup, to small, heaving clubs, Merve has done it all. With a proclivity for pushing boundaries, Merve blends rhythmic, percussive tones with a solid dose of 303 and old school house, all with mind-melting skill and dexterity.

ex ponto is an artist with myriad strings in his bow. Both a musician and film maker, ex ponto blurs the lines between sonics and visuals brilliantly with visceral performances that reach down into the dark crevices of your mind, chest and soul. Deeply personal and immersive, ex ponto wields an array of tools to construct performances that live long in the brain.

A long time collaborator, friend of the family and all-round creative flame, Shaki brings to each musical excursion a mind fundamentally wired to create. With a keen ear, each selection radiates with Shaki's rare understanding of what truly moves people. Not to mention one of the nicest smiles in the city.

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