Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar

We are one of Sydney's favourite General Second-hand Bookstores. Walk through to our beautiful courtyard Cafe that transforms into a tapas Bar at night.

- We buy and sell used books and records, host live music and events and are available for venue hire -

 

Opening Hours

Monday: 8.30am to 7.00pm

Tuesday: 8.30am to 7.00pm

Wednesday: 8.30am till late

Thursday: 8.30am till late

Friday: 8.30am till late

Saturday: 8.30am till late

Sunday: 9:00am to 7:00pm

 

 

MARGUERITE MONTES
Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

MARGUERITE MONTES

A consummate and passionate performer, Marguerite Montes has just returned to Sydney after two decades of extensive travelling in Europe, the North Coast of NSW and parts of outback NSW. Marguerite has decided to settle in Glebe.

A singer songwriter, Marguerite has worked with an eclectic array of musicians and in a multitude of genres. Her original songs are stunningly influenced by her Andalusian roots and Latin feels. She has collaborated with Antonio Vargas, Kavisha Mazzela, Brian Kennedy, Darryl Braithwaite, Toni Childs, Oscar Gimenez, Peter Urquhart, Lou Steer as well as  many more performers.

A regular of the Festival circuits, Marguerite is equally comfortable performing in a large stadium as she is in an intimate space. Marguerite will take you on a beautiful musical journey at Sappho’s Café as part of the Glebe ‘Coloursound’ Festival on Saturday the 26th of March at 6.30 pm.  

For bookings please contact: 
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/coloursound-festival-2016-tickets-22087915550

You can check out some of Marguerite’s music here: 
https://youtu.be/7_TlHjttcF0
https://youtu.be/H91EVHy86v0
https://youtu.be/hLfvCcbIyMI

 

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Gene Gibson & Maxine Baker
Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

Gene Gibson & Maxine Baker

Gene Gibson and Maxine Baker are a country duo from Sydney. They met when Maxine performed at a weekly open mic night that Gene was running. Within a few months they were harmonising well-known country songs with a great response from audiences. They want to revive Australia and America's best country and folk songs.

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Master Tiger
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

Master Tiger

Master Tiger compose exquisite indie-folk tunes on guitar with textured arrangements of cello, violin, piano, bass, harmonica and tin whistle. Released in 2017, their debut album So Long, Voyager embraces the diverse, ranging from sea-shanty tales to boot-scootin’ jigs and everything in between!

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Emad Younan
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Emad Younan

A unique storyteller, Emad plays both the songs of his brother Jesse Younan and truly inspired covers.  Sappho highly recommends Emad as he is fabulously talented. Hearing him over a few bites and drinks makes for a great night.

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Robyn King
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Robyn King

Robyn King is a Sydney based singer/songwriter with over 30 years experience in the music industry. Having recently released her full-length album, Robin's music is a mix of rock, blues and folk, creating a sound easily recognisable as her own.

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Emad Younan
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Emad Younan

A unique storyteller, Emad plays both the songs of his brother Jesse Younan and truly inspired covers.  Sappho highly recommends Emad as he is fabulously talented. Hearing him over a few bites and drinks makes for a great night.

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Timothy Nelson
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Timothy Nelson

Over the past decade, Timothy Nelson has established himself as one of Perth’s premier songwriters. Though his career has twisted and turned, both in style and in subject, from fronting Timothy Nelson & The Infidels and High Horse, earning multiple WAMI’s, to moonlighting in The Kill Devils Hills – it is solo, where Nelson’s always been driven to go. 


On Words Like Young, his debut solo album, Nelson deftly forges a sound that’s all his own; he has the ability to take straight forward power-pop, alt-country and classic rock 'n' roll and hammer down a sound that doesn’t feel like an exercise in time travel. Diverse, enigmatic, dynamic and refreshingly rebellious, Nelson explores topics of personal growth with heavy introspection.
It’s a record of unquestionably great studio aptitude: a carefully arranged, high fidelity production recorded and co-produced by Dan Caroll at Rada Studios in Perth. 

“Welcome to Timothy Nelson’s world. Trips out, half-baked in his half-broken-down van, break up the days of Perth suburban day-dreaming, where fantasies of the unobtainable — love or luxurious overseas trips — slide side-by-side next to strict self-analysis, the expected introspective result of reflective hours.” 
- Rolling Stone Australia

With first single ‘We Never Change’ already getting flogged on national radio, the music video for ‘New York (You’ll Never Be Mine)’ – directed by Perth ex-pat Julia Ngeow in NYC, was just recently nominated for Best Music Video in the Australian Online Video Awards. Nelson also just wrapped up tour of New South Wales and Victoria with Liz Stringer (VIC), in support of Words Like Young’s vinyl release (through Obsious Records), and will return to the US in May.

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Ashley Iona
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Ashley Iona

The love child of Florence Welsh and Phil Collins, Ashley Iona gives an intimate performance and tells an intimate story. 

 

Originally born in California and raised in Sydney, Ashley has just returned back home after 6 years or writing music in LA & London.  After releasing her debut EP last year, she's teamed up with acclaimed songwriter's such as John Bettis (The Carpenters, Michael Jackson) and Rob Kolar of KOLARS to finish her upcoming next release, 'Feed On Me: Stories from living in LA'.   While in London, she began writing for house label Anjunbeats and is currently finishing her first release with electronic artist Sunny Lax.   

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Jessie Robins
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Jessie Robins

Jessie is singer/songwriter aged 22, based in Brisbane, Australia. She studied a Diploma of Contemporary Music and Performance at JMC Academy in Brisbane. With vocal strength influences from today’s highest selling artists such as Mariah Carey, LeAnn Rimes and Taylor Swift, her musical sound falls under the Pop/Acoustic Genre

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Bella Fiorentino
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Bella Fiorentino

She is a woman with a jazz box guitar and a husky vocals, singing from her perspective on life and love, songs that make the hairs rise on your arms whilst a tingle runs up your spine. She is an experimental jazz and blues singer, melding the rhythms of blues with colours of grunge.

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Robert Clancy
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Robert Clancy

Robert's first teacher was guitarist Jose Luis Gonzalez, who after 3 years and at the age of 10 in Sydney 1964, took him to play for Andres Segovia. During his teenage years he studied with Don Andrews and Antonio Losada, and performed often with Nicholas Petrou. At the University of Sydney with special encouragement from Winsome Evans he turned to the Renaissance and Baroque lute.
 
After graduating with B.Mus, he won a two year Swiss Government scholarship to study mediaeval and renaissance music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. He studied lute with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois, and musicology with Thomas Binkley and Sterling Jones amongst others. 

Also teaching at SCB were Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, who invited Robert to play with Hesperion XX in 1980. He was the principal lute player with the group for five years, participating in many concerts and recordings. Some of the regular players at that time included Hopkinson Smith, Ton Koopman, Christophe Coin and Paolo Pandolfo. In 1982 he co-founded the ensemble La Stavaganzawith Enrico Gatti and Rinaldo Alessandrini.  

Returning to Sydney in 1985 he formed The Broken Consort, attracting both state and federal funding and for 12 months performed and recorded with many Australian musicians including Gerald English, Catherine Finnis, Winsome Evans and John O'Donnell. He was given special support by Musica Viva, the ABC and 2MBS-FM. 

In 1986 he developed a neuro-physiological condition in the right hand called focal dystonia which brought to an end his concert career. He continues his work as a computer programmer and is making a return to the stage, much to everyone's delight.

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SELKI
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

SELKI

Described as an Indie Pop treasure by Beat Magazine and an artist who is at one with creative works by RSOM.
Selki's solo set is a memorable experience.
Incorporating strong story and drawing on references from her life, in Mossman, Byron and Melbourne. 
Her rich soul voice , alt pop style and carefree attitude are an eclectic and fun combination.
Selki will be playing at Sappho Bar cafe on the 19th of October

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Jacob Diamond
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Jacob Diamond

Alt-folk oddity Jacob Diamond sings bold songs about love and death. After years in Perth’s songwriting underground, Diamond has recently emerged as one of the foremost singer-songwriters in the west, furnished with huge melodies and incisive lyrics. His intricate, genre-bent bangers take all the best bits from boxes of 60’s compilation CDs, memories of a crowded Catholic childhood, Les Miserables and one reckless detour into jazz-study. Well short of being as confused as it sounds, his work has earned him first prize in The Big Splash band competition, WAM awards for best folk act (2015) and best male vocalist (2016), the acclaimed release of EPs Chum (2015) and Um (2017) and national tours and supports. Jacob is gearing up for the release of his debut album, made with Producer Lachlan Carrick (Gotye, CW Stoneking) for release late in 2017.

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OCTOBER POETRY NIGHT
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

OCTOBER POETRY NIGHT

On the second Tuesday of October, the poetry night at Sappho will play host to AVANT GAGA #31 with guest poets David Malouf, Melody Paloma and Duncan Hose, plus an open mic section. Drinks and tapas at the bar. Free entry. 

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DAVID MALOUF
was born in Brisbane. His paternal family had arrived in Australia in the 1880s from Lebanon, while his mother's were Sephardic Jews from Spain, who had gone to England via Holland, before migrating to Australia in 1913. He is a world-renowned novelist (of An Imaginary Life, Remembering Babylon, The Great World, Conversations at Curlow Creek, Ransom, et al.) and leading Australian poet who has won numerous awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2000. In 1997 he was declared an Australian National Living Treasure. His most recent collections of poetry are Typewriter Music, Revolving Days, and Earth Hour. 

MELODY PALOMA
Melody Paloma is a poet and critic currently living on the far south coast of NSW. Among other publications, her work has appeared in Cordite, Rabbit, Plumwood Mountain, un Magazine, and the 2016 Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. Melody was the recipient of the 2014 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets. Her debut collection is called In Some Ways Dingo and was released earlier this year as part of the Rabbit Poets Series. Melody works for Australian Poetry in their young poet’s programs.

DUNCAN HOSE
is a poet, painter and academic scholar. His published books include Bunratty (Puncher and Wattman 2015), A Book of Sea-Shanty (Bulky News Press 2014), One Under Bacchus (Inken Publisch 2011) and Rathaus (Inken Publish 2007). He is preparing a critical treatise called Prick’d by Charm: The Pursuit of Myth in Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes, and is currently the Fryer Library Fellow at the University of Queensland. He lives on Magdeburgstrasse in the Moreton Bay Colony.

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OPEN MIC
After the guest poets, 10 people from the audience will read a poem of their own. 2 minutes each. Sign-up is from 6:30pm on the night.

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Fergus Bailey
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Fergus Bailey

Fergus Bailey is 19 year-old singer-songwriter from Sydney. He plays folk music in the style of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, blended with noise rock and shoegaze in the style of The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, with a bit of cello and trumpet thrown in for good measure.


Soundcloud: 
https://soundcloud.com/fergus-bailey

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEGb8Lel1Ldn3uFepaGJS5Q

Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/fergusbailey/?hl=en

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Syd'Side
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Syd'Side

Syd’Side is a Sydney based Jazz Trio formed in 2017 and featuring Stefano Rocco on guitar, Pablo Puentes on piano/keyboards and Muhamed Mehmedbasic on bass.

The trio provides a selection of jazz standards including compositions of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and many others great masters of Jazz.

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Devil on the Rooftop
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Devil on the Rooftop

Jess Randall
The fiddle you know and the fiddle you don’t

Jess Randall entangles her classical background with a gut-wrenching no-holds-barred approach to traditional fiddling styles. She has toured Europe, The UK, Scandinavia and Australia on many occasions with her other musical love, The Crooked Fiddle Band.

Jess is the fiddle’s advocate when it comes to natural acoustic tone. She disdains artificial effects and uses traditional strings, hair, wood and some good old fashioned angst to produce sounds relevant to both medieval and modern times, showing just how much is possible between a violin and a bow, or three.

Jess’ love of ‘faster than you can actually play’ Romanian fiddle style and appreciation of it’s parallelism with hard-driving bluegrass set her off on a quest to train-wreck the genres into something more than the sum of it’s parts, finally emerging with Devil on the Rooftop.

 

Morgan Haselden
Guitar makes work for idle hands

Morgan began his musical journey as many Australian guitarists do, sitting on the side of his bed playing rock/folk/pop styles whilst recording his favourite songs from the radio onto cassette and dreaming of cunning strategies to outsmart his poker opponents. Eventually he pursued the classical path into a Bachelor of Music majoring in classical guitar with Greg Pikler at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During this time he earned two scholarships and scored HDs for his yearly recitals each year for 4 years. The secret to his success was judiciously drinking milk to enhance the strength and beauty of his carefully crafted fingernails.

The first to tell you the devil is in the detail, Morgan has spent many an hour arranging pieces for his Grapelli/Django influenced duo, Mimosa, who have been going strong for 6 years and are making a name for themselves in the gypsy jazz genre. With this act Morgan has performed all over Australia including at the Sydney Opera House, he has toured toured, and performed on cruise ships around the world on the high seas.

With unblinking eyes and gritted teeth, a bead of sweat rolls into Morgan’s crazed grin as he stands at the ready, there is a Devil on the Rooftop and he can’t miss a beat!

Thomas Wade
Caught between the bass and the deep blue sea

Exploring one style of music has never been enough. From classical to reggae, bluegrass to jazz, folk to electronica, Sydney bassist Thomas Wade has created a seemingly unique musical language.

Performing throughout Australia, America and Japan, Thomas has found himself in a vastly diverse and ever-changing musical landscape that has fed into the way that he approaches his instruments and the music he coaxes from them.

Having such an eclectic musical upbringing has made itself evident in the array of sonic textures found in Thomas’ music. Hitting, scraping, screeching mixed with tender, round warm double bass sounds to dizzying highs and bowel crushing low synth noises can be expected by audiences in many of Thomas’ shows.

Recently Thomas has been touring extensively with critically acclaimed band The Pigs, also with Arabesk and The Midnight Tea Party. Other current projects include: The String Cartel, The Pia Andersen Trio, That Redhead and Daniel Weltlinger with plenty more exciting music planned through 2017 and beyond…

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In Two Parts
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

In Two Parts

In Two Parts, Sydney cover duo Brendan Gill and Meagan Caratti, a sleek and engaging duo with Meagan’s smooth & versatile vocal, matched with Brendan’s sublime dexterity on acoustic and electric guitars and close harmonies.

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September Poetry Night @Sappho w/ Cahill, Shankar, Webb, and Tu
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

September Poetry Night @Sappho w/ Cahill, Shankar, Webb, and Tu

On the second Tuesday of September, the poetry night at Sappho will feature Michelle Cahill, Ravi Shankar, Jen Webb, and Jessie Tu, plus the usual open section. Come along from 7pm. Tapas and booze at the bar!

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MICHELLE CAHILL
is a Sydney poet, fiction writer and critic. Her awards include the Val Vallis Poetry Prize, the Hilary Mantel Short Story Prize, the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize Shortlist and most recently the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing for Letter to Pessoa (Giramondo). Vishvarupa was short-listed in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her essays on poetics, narrative and race have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, Westerly and The Weekend Australian. She was a Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing at UNC Charlotte and a Fellow at Kingston Writing School. She is reading new poems on grief and mental health, and poems from her most recent book The Herring Lass (Arc). 

RAVI SHANKAR
is the author, editor or translator of over a dozen books, including most recently "The Golden Shovel: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks" (University of Arkansas Press, 2017), "What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations" (Carolina Wren, 2015), and "Andal: The Autobiography of A Goddess" (Zubaan Books/University of Chicago Press, 2016). He has won a Pushcart Prize, a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, appeared on NPR, PBS, the BBC and in such publications as The New York Times, The Paris Review and Caravan, and been awarded many fellowships, including from the Rhode Island Commission on the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo. He founded Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts, and he teaches and performs around the world, most recently for the New York Writers Workshop and as the Writer-in-Residence at Sun Yat-Sen University in Gwangzhou, China. He holds a research fellowship from University of Sydney and his memoir-in-progress is entitled "Correctional." 

JEN WEBB
works at the University of Canberra, and has been published in journals such as Mascara Literary Review, Hecate, New England Review, The Amethyst Review (Canada), Bathtub Gin (USA), The Lake (UK), and in translation, in Poetry and Thought (China). She has been anthologised, including in Page and Kelen's The House is not Quiet and the World is not Calm (Macau); Albiston and Brophy's Prayers of a Secular World; and Tredennick's Australian Love Poems, and her poems have been selected by Les Murray and John Tranter for Best Australian Poems. She has published 7 pamphlet collections, and is ACT editor for the Australian Book Review’s 'States of Poetry' annual anthology; with Paul Hetherington, for the Mandarin/English collection 窗口:当代澳大利亚诗歌—英汉对照选集 | Open Windows: Contemporary Australian Poetry; and with Kavita Nandan, for Writing the Pacific. 

JESSIE TU
Her poems and scripts have appeared in the Australian Book Review, FishFood Magazine and The Voices Project. Winner of 2016 Joseph Furphy Literary Prize in Poetry. She was shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize earlier this year. Recently returned from a workshop in creative non-fiction writing at the Iowa Summer Writer's Festival, University of Iowa. 

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OPEN MIC
The open section takes place after the guest poets. Sign up is from 6:30pm on the night at the venue. There will be up to 10 readers, 2 minutes each.

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Michael St. George
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Michael St. George

Michael St. George is a multi-media performance dub artiste whose conscious verse and fresh musical sound have earned him international industry awards and peer recognition. A native of Jamaica and inspired by his working-class upbringing, his work primarily focuses on themes of justice, social equity, inter-generational relations and current relevant issues of the day. He has been performing live and recording his music and poetry since 1990. Michael's unique performances and workshops interweave languages and rhythm in a dynamic blend that is inspirational, thought provoking, catalytic and incite constructive conscious change. 

 

MSG has shared stages and studio across the globe with such icons as Oku Onuora, The Last Poets, Culture, Burning Spear, Brinsley Ford, Lillian Allen, Luciano, Thomas Mapfumo, Mutabaruka, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Dennis Bovell and the International Dub Band, Toots and the Maytals, Benjy Myaz, and Boukman Eksperyans. He has also done collaborative work with prominent musicians and producers including Paul Kastic, Dalton Brownie, Orville "Wyz" Malcolm, Iauwata Selassie, Pam Hall, Ifield Paco Joseph, Amara Kante, Muthadi Thomas and Kassa Alexander.

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Jowe E
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Jowe E

A multi-instrumentalist and passionate musician, Jowe E recently released her first EP Album entitled Freein' My Mind. She has been known in the scene as the petite songstress with an unexpected soulful powerful voice coupled with her signature guitar techniques. Compared with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Bic Runga to name a few, Jowe E shares tales of her travels, life, love and roadtrips through her songs. She has collaborated with musicians across New Zealand as well as Australia, both as a songwriter and as a backup vocalist or dropping beats on the cajon. Jowe E has shared her songs across Canada as part of her world trip, which led her to write the song Freein' My Mind back in 2013. 


 

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Douglas Aguiar
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Douglas Aguiar

Born in Brazil and became a Spanish citizen after living and getting involved with Madrid’s music scene DOUGLAS AGUIAR studied at Villa Lobos Music Conservatory in São Paulo. In 2000 developed his technic and musicality practicing Flamenco guitar in Spain.

2004 saw the launch of his first album “Outras Bossas”. The second album was released in 2008 “Boca a Boca”. From 2009 to 2011 he recorded a series of live video performances which showcased new songs. 

In 2013 he moved to Sydney, and has since been promoting music and culture around Australia

With Latin influences and traveling freely among different Brazilian styles, DOUGLAS AGUIAR offers a wide musical set adding Australian memories from his teenager surf life.

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RED SLUMBER
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

RED SLUMBER

It's movie night at Sappho! Snuggle up with a mulled wine and a red blanket this Sunday night and get cozy for a sneaky sneak preview of our very own Sappho barman Michael Booth's directorial feature debut, 'Red Slumber'. Proceeds go towards the production of Michael's next film, 'Thirty-Three'. Bookings and further details at:

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=298274

https://vimeo.com/225036576

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Martial and Solene
Jul
8
7:00 PM19:00

Martial and Solene

Four years ago, Martial and Solène started music occasionally. In 2016, they’ve decided to make a break in their life by travelling after being most of their time handball players in France. Now in Australia, they are playing Folk-Rock cover songs such as The LumineersMumford and sonsColdplay and more…

After a two year first band experience at home, The Kentucky French Colorado, which make them discover Folk music, they now harmonize with a guitar and a saxophone to start writing pages of a new adventure…TIAL & SOSS

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Maddy Monjo
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Maddy Monjo

Maddy Monjo is a seventeen year old singer-songwriter from Sydney. She first got a taste for performing at age six when she sang Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road"- since then, performing has become second nature, and the stage her home. Maddy began writing at age 13 on the old piano in her home's front room. Inspired by the sounds of Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse, she brings a rawness and passion way beyond her years.

Links to music pages:

https://soundcloud.com/maddymonjo

https://www.facebook.com/monjomusic 

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