Gigs at The Labour In Vain
Kristen Lee Morris "Hillbilly Blues"8PM
Kristen Lee Morris has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s most unique and captivating country & blues musicians. His songs cut to the heart and on stage with his rusty guitar he tears the house down. Following his critically acclaimed debut solo record RUINS in 2014, and his much loved duo project with partner Sarah Humphreys, Eagle & The Wolf, he has toured the country sharing stages with the likes of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Parr, The Fumes, Kasey Chambers, Hayes Carll and many more.
“Morris blew me away with his raw blues and alt-country that kicked up metaphorical dust while at the same time cutting an emotional line straight to the heart.”– Post To Wire
Coming next is the complete amalgamation of his blues roots with his country leanings with the release of his second solo studio album HILLBILLY BLUES. Produced by the father of Australian alt-country Bill Chambers with a live band over two days, it captures all the swagger, heart and charm of Morris in full flight.
To celebrate the release of HILLBILLY BLUES, Morris is hitting the road. The tour features Morris in duo-mode alongside drummer Josh Dufficy (Grizzlee Train, Kasey Chambers Band) bringing the house down with material from RUINS, Eagle & The Wolf and the new album.
Join The Hybernators and Sons of Lee Marvin for hand grenades8PM
The Hybernators will open the sweaty boards of the Labor in Vain Hotel for fellow Amigos and heathen mouthed Garage/ Punk Warlords The Sons of Lee Marvin as they say goodbye for a period to " Mighty" Mick Beard champion bassist and Larrikin singer as he sails for the pirate waters of the tropics. Be there for a great night of tomfoolery and high grade Hi Jinks. Free Entry for all Squid like beings and innocent chickens without feathers.
The Hybernators are a frenzied 4 piece from Melbourne Australia, who deliver a heathen cocktail of Punk Rock & Outlaw Murder Ballads and are renowned as one of Melbourne's premier punk rock bands that leave many other contenders shaking like low rent couple aids in comparsion.
John Kennedy's 68 Comeback Special5PM
John Kennedy started his music career in Brisbane in the 1980’s with his band JFK and the Cuban Crisis. With a new release on the Popboomerang label, John comes full circle. The name of his first band, has been referenced to give the album its title: JFK and the Midlife Crisis. This is a concept album of sorts with songs relating to each other to form a loose narrative. The songs, some autobiographical and some fictional, tell the story of a deaf, dumb and bald middle aged musician looking back on a life lived to an independent music soundtrack. The narrator remembers with fondness and regret the life of an inner city musician negotiating the twists and turns of love, loss, marriage, divorce, family and friends.
John moved to Sydney with the JFK and the Cuban Crisis. After establishing itself on the indie music scene the band broke up leaving him free to follow a solo career with his band vehicle, John Kennedy’s Love Gone Wrong. Despite numerous indie hits, commercial crossover proved to be elusive leading to John’s decision to leave Australia. He spent the ‘90’s living and playing music in Berlin, Hong Kong and London before returning to Sydney in 2000. John formed a new band and continues to perform and produce independent releases.
The band John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special, features original Love Gone Wrong drummer Peter Timmerman, ex-Wiggle Murray Cook on guitar and former Pop Mechanics’ leader Paul Scott on bass. Together with John they have on this new album developed his urban and western stylings, bringing new strength to performances that blend pop, rock, folk and country.
Junior Fiction with World Turtle World and Lizard Queen8PM
JUNIOR FICTION have got some of their favourite bands together for a gig at one of their favourite drinking holes.
JUNIOR FICTION https://soundcloud.com/james-mclean-625046116/sets/junior-fiction-the-past
WORLD TURTLE WORLD (from castlemaine) https://soundcloud.com/user-290753859
LIZARD QUEEN http://lizardqueentheband.bandcamp.com
The Soul Movers
The Soul Movers are super excited about bringing their special brand of Blues Brothers meets Rev Al Green style "Holy Soul" to the church - ahem - we mean PUB on Sunday! Just back from the wilds of recording at Sun, Royal, Fame and Muscle Shoals in Alabamie, USA they plan to terrorize you with their talents, leaving you both shaken and stirred.
They are stoked to announce that The Labour In Vain is the happy host of our next Melbourne soulful Sunday gathering. So forget about your sins, a clean shirt or your bible - just grab your pocket money and your mates and head on down to get saved (or drowned) with Rev Muzza Cook and his fabulous Soul Movers. You'll love their soul movin' brand of rhythm and blues, rockin' pop and stompin' swamp.
Get down, get over, get saved - what a way to finish the week!
A Whale Called Phoenix with Jemma Nicole8PM
After releasing their first single in April and Casey returning from an extencive European tour AWCP are set to release the next single Piece of Mind along with the rest of the EP on the night
Jemma Nicole will also be performing on the night
Jemma Nicole 8pm
We ❤️ Live Music
As anyone who has ever visited the Labour In Vain knows, music is pretty much baked into every fibre of the joint.
Almost all our gigs (excluding a couple of special events a year) are FREE ENTRY so you’ve got NO EXCUSE NOT TO get out and be blown away by live local music.