Queensland musicians I need your help!

I’m currently working on a research project about mid-career musicians in Queensland. If you are currently a practicing musician – you can help me out by filling in a short survey (coming soon).

You are invited to participate in this project if you are a practicing professional musician, who has more than 15 years of experience, and are aged between 30-55 years.

If you do not fit into this category of musicians – I would appreciate your help in sharing this survey with people that you know who do fit the research project criteria.

Links to survey coming soon…

Performing at The Planting festival

On Saturday 5 May, I’m performing with author Nick Earls for his ‘Wisdom Tree Live’ show. He brings the words. I bring the music.

See you at the Bunya Stage at 2:30pm for some stories and the songs that go with them.

Sat 5 May, The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD. Performing ‘Wisdom Tree Live’ with author Nick Earls. 2:30pm-4.00pm BUNYA STAGE.

(photos by Nick Earls)




House Concerts this weekend

This weekend is the second in a series of house concerts that I am performing with celebrated Brisbane writer, Nick Earls. We’ve put together a show in which Nick reads excerpts from his new novella series and tells stories about how he came up with the idea. I play some songs throughout, that go along with each story, and also play a few of my own songs at the end of the show.

We’ve been honoured to be invited into people’s lounge rooms and back yards to play for their friends, family, and neighbours. The show goes for about 2 hours and no venue is too small – just move the furniture back in your lounge room and invite 20 of your friends/family/neighbours to come and hang out.

We are doing shows in Highgate Hill and Oxley this weekend (invitation-only sorry). Let us know if you would like to host a show at your place and we’ll see what we can do!

Here are a few photos from one recent show (photos: Kate Schirmer (c) 2017).

House Concerts with Nick Earls

Hi friends,  I am excited to be playing some House Concert shows with my favourite author – Nick Earls, during November and December. These are private invite-only shows but if you are keen for a show at your house – send me a message and we can talk about future dates!

Wisdom Tree Live is a house concert in which Nick will read from his Wisdom Tree novellas and give insights into the stories behind them. Chanel will play songs connected to each novella, as well as her own material.

Two of Nick’s novels have become feature films and five have become stage plays. His Wisdom Tree novellas have so far won five awards in Australia and the US and been shortlisted for five more. Chanel Lucas has toured extensively across Australia and internationally with her band women in docs – and received airplay on any number of radio stations that you’ve tuned in to!



Next gig Tues 15 November

My next solo show is on Tuesday 15 November at The BUG (Brisbane Unplugged Gigs), New Farm Bowls Club, BRISBANE.

Folk and acoustic music every Tuesday night at New Farm Bowls with Brisbane Unplugged Gigs (The BUG).
7.30pm – Blackboard (2 x 10 minute spots)
The blackboard segment is first in first served.

8.15pm until 9.00pm CHANEL LUCAS
Warm, pure vocals and gentle folk guitar are Chanel’s signature sound. Her music allows you to stop and take a breath, and enjoy the moments outside of the busy day-to-day. A writer and songwriter, she has travelled across the world with Brisbane folk-pop act ‘women in docs.’ Recently, she has been learning to play the ukulele and writing songs for a solo project.

9.15pm until 10.00pm SILVER SIRCUS
Silver Sircus haunts the shadows between dark cabaret and theatrical performance. With a sensual and highly visual aesthetic, the band draws on post-rock and minimalist groove to carve its own niche. As much at home in a large venue as an intimate cabaret or spoken word setting, co-creators Lucinda Shaw and James Lees stitch together each distinctive Silver Sircus show.

$8/$5 Concession on the door. Super cheap drinks for club members – anyone can become a member for $5. Full bar & great food available too. Families welcome.

House Concert in August

musicDushoni Productions welcome everyone to come along to our Winter Home Concert on Saturday – AUGUST 27th, featuring two of Queensland’s finest musical talents – Karen Anderson, supported by her Fortunate Sinners, and Chanel Lucas, from the folk-pop act, “women in docs”.

Karen and the Sinners are popular regulars at the Brisbane Jazz Club and there is not a seat available in the house when they play. With a quirky mix of material spanning the genres of jazz blues soul and re-workings of contemporary songs, there is always a surprise in a Sinners set.

Karen has been a well known presence on the local music and theatre scene for many years, and has performed at many festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Valley Jazz Festival and the Bay of Island Jazz and Blues Festival in New Zealand. She is known for her powerful and emotive vocal performance and has released 4 CDs, including a recent live CD with the Sinners.

The Sinners are made up of some of Brisbane’s finest musicians. With the calibre of Dale Rabic on keys/organ, John Hogan on guitar, Dr Bob Harley on bass and Steve Francis on drums, the songs fly. Come and join us for a relaxed and intimate gig!

Warm, pure vocals and gentle folk guitar are Chanel’s signature sound, and Chanel will open the concert with the first set. Her music allows you to stop and take a breath, and enjoy the moments outside of the busy day-to-day. A writer and songwriter, she has travelled across the world with Brisbane folk-pop act ‘women in docs.’ Recently, she has been learning to play the ukulele and writing songs for a solo project.

CONCERT START – 1 pm – Door opens from midday onwards

CONTACT: chanellucas  [  at  ] yahoo.com.au for bookings and details.

HOW MUCH – $15 – All monies going directly to the performers… …children under 14 free admission

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? – BYO food, and alcohol….and bring friends (just let us know as numbers will be capped to between 70-80). Synchronicity, affable company, a soiree sense, and a rewarding exploration of musical intimacy will all be provided….oh, and bring chairs and rugs for that garden session feel.
WHY – Because you’ll enjoy it and it’s a great way to support live music in Brisneyland

Brisbane’s Finest Feminists

I am very excited to be part of the ‘Women in Music’ panel at this one-day conference in Brisbane. Tickets are sold out – but there may be some last minute sales on the Facebook page (see below).

Sat 30th July, Conference: Brisbane Finest Feminists,

Fortitude Valley, BRISBANE.


Tickets. SOLD OUT – go to Facebook Page for last minute ticket sales.

More info about this conference and other events by the One Woman Project HERE.

Shows in July & August

I’ve got some solo shows and a guest speaker spot in July/August in Brisbane. Hope to see you there!

Sat 30th July, Conference: Brisbane Finest Feminists (Guest Speaker), Fortitude Valley, BRISBANE. 9am-4.00pm. Tickets. SOLD OUT – go to Facebook Page for last minute ticket sales.

Sun 31st July, Sassafras Canteen, 88 LaTrobe Tce, Paddington, BRISBANE. Music 4pm-7pm. FREE ENTRY, Food and Bar Open. www.sassafrascanteen.com.au

Tues 9th August, Brisbane Unplugged Gigs (The BUG), New Farm Bowls Club, 969 Brunswick St, New Farm, BRISBANE. 7.30pm-10.00pm. $8/5 at door, Food and Bar open (at 1970s prices).  www.brisbaneunpluggedgigs.org

Thanks to Australian Songwriters Assoc

Thanks to the Brisbane chapter of the Australian Songwriters Association – for having me along as special guest at their monthly meeting recently.

It was a great day at Retro Bar in Kenmore. With some fabulous songs shared by everyone on the day. A great place to find inspiration, share your work, get feedback and meet other hard-working songwriters.

I look forward to seeing you all again soon!





Sat 12 Dec in West End

Join us for the final Whispers of 2015 with emerging artists from the Queensland Literary Awards, and local musician Chanel Lucas music.

Saturday 12th Dec, Qld Writers Centre presents: Whispers Salon @ The End, 73 Vulture St, West End, BRISBANE. 3.00pm, free entry, more info click here

Stories speak to us; they whisper, cajole, and, on occasion, shout out to be heard. Whispers is a bimonthly salon event celebrating the talented voices of Australian writers of all shapes and forms.

Whispers cuts across genre and style – short and long form – to showcase exciting new voices alongside some of Australia’s best-loved authors in a series of dynamic reading events. Connect with other passionate readers and writers as we celebrate the unique stories and voices that define Queensland.