2020 is a music year!

Happy new year! Yes, I know that it is February already, but I’ve just started to book in my gigs for the year and am starting work on some new music. I’m very excited to have some time (after finishing my Master of Philosophy) to spend on music and songwriting again.

Hope to see you at a gig in SE Qld soon.

Chanel Lucas
Chanel Lucas. Photo by Chris Kellett

Wisdom Tree Live – all welcome

BICAS proudly present WISDOM TREE LIVE a wonderful night of Words & Music with highly-acclaimed author Nick Earls & Chanel Lucas (from Women in Docs), on Sunday 9th December 2018. 
For info: 3408 9288 or our Facebook Page.    Tickets: $20 online.
BYO (drinks) and $10 pp optional finger food cost (pay at event for food).
Please BRING CASH TO PURCHASE BOOKS OR CDs on the night. 🙂
Nick Earls’s most recent published work, the novella series Wisdom Tree, has been called ‘a triumphant and extraordinary piece of fiction’ by the Sydney Morning Herald, and now there’s more – a live version, featuring Nick Earls and Chanel Lucas of much-loved Queensland band women in docs.
Wisdom Tree Live combines words and music – the stories behind the novellas, readings and songs – into a 90-minute show. It’s full of laughs, poignancy, great insights into the creative process and beautiful music, including songs by Paul Kelly, Leonard Cohen, originals and songs that demand singing along to.
Staged to acclaim at festivals around Australia, it’s time Wisdom Tree Live made its Bribie Island debut.
Nick Earls is the author of 26 books. Two of his 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 is a writer and musician who has toured extensively in Australia and internationally with her band women in docs. Her music has been played on ABC Radio, Triple J and on U.S. TV shows, and reached the Top 10 of the U.S. Blues and Roots Charts.


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)




New project underway

I’m working on a new project for October and November 2017. It involves music + storytelling + a lounge room. And it’s gonna be lots of fun! Stay tuned for details…


Neurum Creek Music Festival

My next show is at Neurum Creek Music Festival. I’m playing around 12.30pm on SATURDAY 13 SEPT.

Neurum Creek Music Festival is a local acoustic music camping weekend held at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat in September each year. The 2014 festival will be held on the weekend of the 12, 13, and 14 September.

Other artists on the 2014 festival include: The Company, The Jar, Cloudstreet, The Poachers, Rebecca Wright and Donald Mackay, Steve Tyson and the New Felons, Stockade and more.

The festival aims to provide an atmosphere of community and inclusion for the south-east corner of Queensland by showcasing the established and up and coming talents of this corner of the world, as well as featuring acts from around Australia.

The main festival area (stage and bar) incorporates a magnificent old tree, atmospherically lit at night. You may wish to bring your own chair or picnic blanket for the concerts.

GIG: Tues 27 May

Tues 27 May, The BUG (Brisbane Unplugged Gigs), New Farm Bowls Club,

969 Brunswick St, New Farm, BRISBANE.  7:30pm, Tickets at door: $8/5.  With ‘The Pockets’ https://www.facebook.com/ThePocketsUkulele

This will be a fabulous gig with stunning vocals and acoustic tunes from The Pockets! I am on first, playing with Tom Roberts. Hope to see you there!

Gigs in May 2014

Got a couple of gigs coming up this month. Hope you can join me!

Sat 17 May, 71st FolkRag Old & New Concert, Danish Club,

36 Austin St, Newstead, BRISBANE. 7.30pm, Tickets at door: $15/12. With Liz Flynn, Sally Harris, Luan Baldwin. 

Tues 27 May, The BUG (Brisbane Unplugged Gigs), New Farm Bowls Club,

969 Brunswick St, New Farm, BRISBANE.  7:30pm, Tickets at door: $8/5.  (Performing with Tom Roberts). With ‘The Pockets’ https://www.facebook.com/ThePocketsUkulele

Grants for emerging artists

A couple of emerging artists’ grants from the Australia Council for the Arts are due soon.

ArtStart – $10,000, due 3 Feb 2014.

For Australian residents only. Individuals who are creating art (including music). Who have just finished study in 2011, 2012, or 2013. Money is to be used to help develop a sustainable arts career.

Early Career Residencies, due 24 Feb 2014.

For Australian residents only. For artists in the first five years of their professional practic. Money is to be used for a residency with a host organisation, to develop your skills and arts practice in the context of working with an organisation.

GIG: 16th July

My next gig is on Tues 16th July at The Bug, New Farms Bowls Club, BRISBANE.

All details are on the gig guide.

GIG: 7 April Dowse Bar

I am performing on 7 April at Dowse Bar in Brisbane with Those Bloody McKennas (trio).

4-7pm, SUN 7 APRIL, Dowse Bar (under Iceworks), cnr Caxton & Dowse Sts, Paddington, QLD. Tickets: $8 at door. All ages.

Those Bloody McKennas: “Wow!…no mistaking that Those Bloody McKennas are a feel-good band…make the audience feel a bit lighter on their feet and in their spirits. Those Bloody McKennas are one of those bands that you have to see at least once, if only to expand your idea of what is possible. The fact that you might have the time of your life is merely a bonus.” – JESSE SHROCK – LIVE REVIEW – BEAT Magazine

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 folk-pop act ‘women in docs.’ Recently, she has been learning to play the ukulele and writing songs for a solo project. www.chanellucas.com or www.facebook.com/chanellucasmusic

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GIG: 1 June


featuring Chanel Lucas & Nick Weinert

Fri 1 June, Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary St, West End, BRISBANE

8pm, $10/7, All Ages

BYO drinks and nibbles. Tea/coffee and cakes available for purchase.

Early-birds get a table!



GIG: Sun 3 June


Sun 3 June, Dowse Bar (under Iceworks)

cnr Caxton St & Dowse St, Paddington, BRISBANE

5pm-7pm, Free entry, 18+.

Get in early to grab a comfy couch!




NOTE: this venue is near Suncorp Stadium and (since we booked it) the Broncos have scheduled a 3pm game on this day. We recommend catching a train to either Milton Station (short walk around stadium to Caxton St) OR Roma St Station (slightly longer walk through Barracks and straight down Caxton St) to get to venue. Or take a bus to Caxton St. 🙂
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