Fremantle has a new live music venue. But it is not going to replace the much-loved regular hang-outs such as Mojos or Clancy’s – because Freo’s newest live music venue is a church.
Fremantle Church in High Street is offering intimate live-music sessions this weekend, as it enters the local indi music scene.
The church has a congregation full of musicians, artists and enthusiasts who love the local galleries and music venues the port city has to offer – and wants to add to the scene.
Local musician and Fremantle Church music curator Andy Shadburne (who plays in local indi band The Tender Hearts) said Fremantle Church would host intimate live music events about four times a year, featuring local original bands playing a more acoustic style of music.
“We trialed the venue as part of the Fringe Festival earlier this year and it went really well with some of the shows selling out – so we have decided to continue with a weekend of shows each season, with hopefully a fuller program of bigger events for next year’s Fringe,” he said.
“Our venue suits the music being stripped back and intimate, some of it fully acoustic or with the bands taking a different approach to their songs as they utilise the sonics of the space.
“The artists who have had the most success in our space tend to be more adventurous in taking a different approach to how they would normally perform at other regular venues.
“This is not a room where punters mingle – this is a concert space to sit and listen to the music.”
Andy said Fremantle Church was offering live music because they believed this was a great way to “love your neighbour”.
“As this is an arts-based community, and as we have a space that lends itself to this type of event, this is how we want to connect with people,” Andy said.
He said Fremantle Church also hoped to host art exhibitions in future.
The first Sessions at Fremantle Church will be held:
- Friday August 2 from 6:30pm to 10pm, featuring jazz/hip-hop experimentalists Grievous Bodily Calm with Nika Mo, supported by classical Indian duo Praashekh Borkar and Sivakurmar Balakrishnan.
- Tickets ($15) are limited to 100 and are available through www.trybooking.com/BDYVR
- Sunday, August 4 from 6:30 to 10pm, featuring coastal blues singer-song-writer Kat Wilson, who has been compared to Paul Kelly, supported by Claybird – a band with a love for wooden acoustic sounds and soulful melody.
- Tickets ($15) are limited to 100 and are available through www.trybooking.com/BDYVW