Thursday 16 November, 2023 | 7pm – 9.30pm

Full Price $39 + BF

Concession $34 +BF


Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Song Book is an authentic music and story catalogue, interwoven with tales of Irish traditions and histories.

Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Songbook

After a massively successful first year of shows ‘Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Songbook’ return to Tasmania with a brand new show in 2023.

Having also played venues and festivals in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria the band now have been busy rehearsing and writing a brand new show for audiences to enjoy.

Gallie (vocals, Bazouki, Bodhran, Guitars) has gathered around him a pool of the best musicians that Australia has to offer.

Paddy Montgomery (Vocals, Mandolin, Guitars, & Bazouki)

Sam Davies (Uilleann Pipes & Whistles).

Luke Plumb (Banjo, Mandolin)

Ruth Wise (Violin)

Pepita Emmerichs (Mandolin, Fiddle).

They continue to draw on the ancient Irish tradition of story telling and music, now expanded their set to include original material, tunes and songs that go back centuries and of course all the classics from The Dubliners to the Pogues and everything in between.

Sionnach Rua will be going into the studio to record their highly anticipated debut  album late in 2023.

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Saturday 19 August 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
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Two of the state’s most in-demand jazz trombonists, plus a rhythm section comprising of some of Tasmania’s grooviest jazz musos present an evening of gorgeously arranged standards, originals from the band, and a few surprises.
Expect everything from J.J. Johnston to Joni Mitchell, featuring Louise Denson, Joe Weller, Stevie McEntee, Sasha Gavlek and Konrad Park.

The trombone was recently voted Australia’s 30th favorite instrument in ABC Classic FM’s top 100 instrument competition. Stevie and Joe intend to change Australia’s mind, one performance at a time, and are backed by a superstar band of some of Tasmania’s finest rhythm section players. Come and hear why we reckon the trombone should be #1 – and experience the gorgeous versatility of this unique and unusual instrument!

Louise Denson – piano
Joe Weller – trombone
Stevie McEntee – trombone
Sash Gavlek – bass
Konrad Park – drums

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Wooby’s lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]

Tickets are only $25 ea +BF or buy four tickets for only $80 +BF

Louise Denson is a Hobart-based pianist/composer/arranger/educator working in jazz and classical music. She has released seven CDs – Nova Nova (2021) earned 4-stars in   the Weekend Australian Review. Completed commissions include Clarence Jazz Festival (2023), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (2022), Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery Association (Cooktown, 2021), Brisbane International Jazz Festival (2018) and others. Her works have been performed/recorded by artists including Viney-Grinberg Duo, Muses Trio, Downbeat poll-winning trombonist Bill Watrous, Bell Award-winning vocalist Elly Hoyt, and Southern Cross Soloists. She is an Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre and is published by Wirripang.

Joe Weller is a freelance trombonist based in Hobart. At a young age he discovered a passion for playing trombone which led him to undertake studies at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart and during this time he quickly established himself on the Hobart music scene. He has since gone onto perform and record with many local, interstate and international acts at different festivals and locations all around Tasmania, these include local acts Kudu Joy, Matthew Ives And His Big Band and The Sasha Gavlek Quartet, interstate act Hot Dub Time Machine and the Japanese artist Tomoko Momiyama and festivals such as The Clarence Jazz Festival, Devonport Jazz Festival, Junction Arts Festival, Dark Mofo, Panama and Party in the Paddock. Joe is constantly working on his craft to ensure that he can continue to be one of the first names called whenever a trombonist is needed in Hobart.

Stevie McEntee is a non-binary trombonist, composer, bandleader, festival director and creative producer. Originally from Mount Gambier in South Australia, they graduated with a Bachelor degree in Jazz Performance from the Elder Conservatory (Adelaide) in 2012. By day they work as the founder and artistic director of the Lutruwita Art Orchestra and as the co-artistic director of the Clarence Jazz Festival (Tasmania’s biggest jazz festival), and by night they lead Hobart’s very own 12-piece all-original Afrobeat-danceband, Baba Bruja, and play trombone in the hugely popular reggae-fusion band Boil Up, regularly collaborating with some of the most loved jazz musicians on the island, as well as writing and conducting music for projects and major festivals across the island of Tasmania. Before relocating to Hobart in 2016 Stevie toured Europe and South-East Asia with Adelaide-based afrobeat legends, the Shaolin Afronauts, and spent two years living and touring in India with musicians and bands from around the world. Stevie has led successful CACD and musical projects that have attracted the support of Arts Tasmania, the Australia Council, the Regional Arts Fund, Regional Arts Tasmania, Creative Hobart (Hobart City Council) and Festivals Australia. They strive to create platforms and opportunities for collaboration with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and diverse genders and make music that reflects and celebrates the best bits of being human.

A queer femme, lover of soup, Sasha Gavlek is a contemporary bassist, bandleader, composer, and educator hailing from Hobart. With a love for alternative jazz and rhythmic madness, Gavlek pours her soul into her compositions and improvisational work, exploring themes of personal struggles and growth, as can be seen in her debut album, On Second Thoughts. An active member within the island state’s music scene, Gavlek is a part of several regularly performing acts outside of her own alt jazz quartet including Kudu Joy, Uncle Gus and the Rimshots, and FFLORA, and is a regular performer at annual events such as Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Clarence Jazz Festival, A Festival Called Panama, and the Taste of Tasmania to name a few. On a Contemporary Music Performance scholarship, Gavlek graduated from the UTAS Conservatorium of music with a Bachelor of Music in 2019. When she’s not performing, she is tutoring bass and providing musical accompaniment across local schools.

Konrad Park is a nationally recognised drum kit artist who is a passionate performer, teacher and composer.  He has over four decades of experience backing leading artists including Multi Grammy award winner Lucky Oceans and vocal great Leo deCastro, through to the contemporary music of Brian Ritchie’s Shakuhachi Club and the visceral blues power of Billy Warner Band. Konrad studied composition at the University of Tasmania from 2014 to 2020 under Dr. Maria Grenfell. He is equally focused on live performance and his teaching practice, sustaining ensemble and private lessons at Claremont College, Friends and Elizabeth College. Konrad’s principal focus as an instrumental tutor, is to expand the students musical grammar and confidence, eventually becoming independent artists who will forge their own individual path.  He continues to perform original live instrumental music, directing his many ensembles in a variety of styles. These include modern jazz with the Konrad Park Quartet, Big Small Band (hard bop), The Schwing Thing (post fusion electric jazz rock), Simon Patterson Trio (modern jazz).

Konrad lived in Melbourne from 2008-14, experiencing highlights such as backing David Campbell and Marina Prior for the MSO. He recorded at the ABC for Mal Stanley’s Jazz Track program, with the Tim Neal Trio, a Hammond organ featuring Simon Patterson on guitar. Konrad’s studies at UTAS have greatly furthered his musical aims and compositions skills. He writes from his second instrument, the Chapman Stick, a ten-string tapping instrument. As a UTAS student, Konrad has been able to write more prolifically for his various ensembles. As a Chapman Stick artist, Konrad aka Stickrad, writes and performs his compositions with Stickrad Quintet, to audiences in search of a new listening experience.  As co-artistic director of Southern Stick Events, Konrad brought international “Stickists” Bob Culbertson to Australia three times since 2007, for teaching seminars and Stick Night concerts. Konrad continues to compose and have a performance career on the Chapman Stick. A collaboration with the internationally acclaimed drum kit artist Terry Bozzio, is planned for 2025 culminating in a work for concert band, extended modern drum kit and Chapman stick.  Konrad is now based in Hobart, Tasmania and continues to back local and interstate artists from a wide variety of backgrounds. Konrad’s musical diversity allows him to contribute on multiple fronts, to Tasmania’s dynamic and rich musical legacy.

Live Jazz is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Public Program, and is supported by the City of Hobart’s Cultural Grants Program.

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Jonny Scholes


20 July – 1 August 2023


Opening event:

July 20 – 5.30pm


Daily Opening Times :

Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Fridays: 10:00am-5:30pm

Saturdays: 10:00am-3:00pm

Sundays: CLOSED (open by appointment)

‘Interpreted’ is a series of woven tapestries portraying a year’s worth of global news as seen through the eyes of artificial intelligence (AI).

‘Interpreted’ is a series of woven tapestries portraying a year’s worth of global news as seen through the eyes of artificial intelligence (AI).

With a gaze fixed on the future, ‘Interpreted’ has its roots in the past. Since medieval times, woven tapestries have been used to record significant events. They portrayed truth as seen by the powers that commissioned them, and often contained mistakes made by weavers. The makers of AI products also have their own biases and ulterior motivations, which are invisible to the consumer. They, too, can make mistakes. With the use of AI tools growing at an alarming rate, ‘Interpreted’ raises timely questions about how facts are gathered, curated and presented to us in the new world we already inhabit.

Although the exhibition consists of physical tapestries, at its core ‘Interpreted’ is a new media project. Drawing on a decade of experience as a software developer, Scholes has created an automated program which continually reviews all news articles as they are published around the world. An AI tool is employed to create a single image that represents each day. Using generative art techniques, the days are collected into months, and incorporated into a unique tapestry design. The result is autonomously sent off to be woven and eventually delivered by post to Jonny Scholes’ studio.

‘Interpreted’ attempts to illustrate the erosion of information as it is captured, distilled and re-disseminated. To understand the works in this exhibition, the viewer must unpick each piece with a critical eye. There are potential inaccuracies at every step – commissioner, maker, distributor and consumer all play a hand. Scholes’ exhibition asks us to consider how the artificial curation of information will impact our future years, days or minutes – and whether we are happy for AI to become a core part of the way we record our history.

Saturday 15 July 2023

FREE to attend


Introducing Vietnamese-owned businesses, events, and places in Tasmania to newcomers in the community.

A place to network and get to know the Vietnamese community in Hobart and Tasmania.


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We welcome the return of delightful songbird Mia Palencia and her ensemble of renown: Matt Boden, Hamish Houston and Tom Robb, from their highly successful concert at Salamanca Arts Centre in June 2022.

Keep warm with Salamanca Jazz in July ~ The Mia Palencia Quartet [ + featured guest Andrew Saragossi on tenor saxophone]

Live in the Founders Room
Saturday 29th July 2023

Mia Palencia +
Matt Boden [ piano ] +
Hamish Houston [ d/bass ] +
Tom Robb [ drums ] +
Andrew Saragossi [ tenor sax ]

Malaysian born Mia tours extensively, records regularly and teaches singing continuously. The empathy she shares with the band guarantees another outstanding performance. This is not to be missed. The quartet will be joined in this concert by featured guest, Andrew Saragossi.

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STATION


9 – 18 June 2023

Opening event: 

Friday 9 June, 5.00–8.00pm

Artist talks: 

Saturday 10 June, 2.00–3.00pm

Daily Opening Times :

Friday 9 – Monday 12: 10am–5pm or by appointment
Tuesday 13 – Wednesday 14: by appointment
Thursday 15 – Sunday 18: 10am–5pm or by appointment

This winter, STATION is traveling south to Nipaluna/Hobart, to present an off-site exhibition during Dark Mofo at SOCIAL on Salamanca Place.

Held over ten days in the middle of June, midwinter in the southern hemisphere, the exhibition takes inspiration from the traditions and rituals associated with the winter solstice.

The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin ‘sol’ (sun) and ‘sistere’ (to stand), translating literally to the day the sun stands still. Marking the darkest and longest night of the year, winter solstice is celebrated both as a symbolic death of the moon and a rebirth of the sun, as the days slowly begin to lengthen again towards summer. This duality is explored in many of the works included in the exhibition, in the tension between moon and sun, dark and light, birth and death.

The exhibition will feature works by a group of STATION artists, including Jon Cattapan, Adam Lee, Clare Milledge, Nell, Jason Phu (who is presenting a major work for Dark Mofo), and Hobart’s own Heather B. Swann and Jake Walker.

Clare Milledge, NNW: ciar jet, 2023. Courtesy of the artist & STATION
Heather B. Swann, Luna, 2022. Courtesy of the artist & STATION
Jake Walker,194, 2022. Courtesy of the artist & STATION

Saturday 27 May 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
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This newly formed Quintet will do what they do best, performing an evening concert of their favourite jazz standards.

Alistair Dobson – saxophone
Matt Boden- piano
Damien Kingston – guitar
Hamish Houston – bass
Tom Robb – drums

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Friday 19 May 2023
7pm – 11pm

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A swinging evening of great jazz classics from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong featuring Tamara Kuldin, Paul Coyle, Matt Boden, Damien Kingston, Hamish Houston, and Tom Robb.

Acclaimed Australian jazz vocalist Tamara Kuldin and renowned trumpet player and vocalist Paul Coyle take to the stage to honour the First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald and innovative performer Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong, in their special tribute ‘Cheek to Cheek’.

Enchanted by the sass and sophistication of the golden age

and era of song, Tamara Kuldin has been captivating audiences from Melbourne to Europe with a playful yet sultry twist on vintage jazz and blues. Paul Coyle is known for his dynamic stage presence and eclectic approach to music. Tamara and Paul will be joined by some of Tasmania’s finest jazz musicians, including Matt Boden, Damien Kingston, Hamish Houston, and Tom Robb,

Tamara Kuldin and her love for storytelling through song has seen her perform for audiences large and small, fronting a Jazz Orchestra at the Arts Centre or playing one of Australia’s intimate jazz clubs. Tamara’s unique and versatile vocal styling has been enjoyed at many different festivals and venues globally, from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Paris to Provence festival and many more.

Recognised with 2 Aria Awards, Paul Coyle’s affinity for both Reggae and Indigenous rock has led him to share the stage and record with numerous pop acts including Little Birdy, Kate Cebrano, Tina Arena, and Sheppard. Coyle is known for his ever charismatic and sensational trumpet playing and is an active member of the Australian music scene.

‘Cheek to Cheek’ is an extra sweet melodic treat, bringing its audience a night of timeless tunes and delightful standards from the Great American Songbook. The inspired collaboration at the Founder’s Room will be a swingin’ joy to behold!

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Friday 28 April 2023
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FFLORA launches their fresh film clips, with support from Grace Chia and L$F.

FFLORA is excited to launch their new music videos, which have been months in the making. Sharing the evening with an energetic line up of Grace Chia and wrapping up with L$F.

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Tasmanian Ceramics Association


Wednesday 3 May – Tuesday 23 May 2023

Daily Opening Times :
10am – 4pm

Exploring the various creative interpretations of the theme Revolutionary, this exhibition draws its inspiration from the evolution of ceramics over time to what is now modern day ceramics.

Modern day sculptural and functional ceramics still use the fundamental building and finishing techniques that are the basis of all ceramics.

Although the process of creating ceramics from earth has changed little over thousands of years, today’s ceramicists have made numerous advances in each stage of the process. By using modern expertise and glaze chemistry and applying varied sources of heat, unique forms, textures and colour are created on clay.

Drawing inspiration from the evolution of ceramics over time, Revolutionary explores the varied range of ceramics that can be created using combinations of ancient techniques and modern technology to produce functional, evocative, and imaginative works of art.

This exhibition allows each artist to personally interpret and fully explore the theme Revolutionary – whether it be functional pottery or sculptural works – with the aim of showcasing the diverse range of ceramics being created by experienced and emerging Tasmanian ceramicists.