Live in the Lyre is Burrinja’s lush, intimate live music, comedy and cabaret program. Supporting live, local and emerging artists with distinctive performances that create an electric atmosphere, perfect for a great night out with your favourite people.


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Shane Nicholson ~ Live in the Lyre

Fri 3 Feb @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room  POSTPONED

Shane Nicholson is a rare talent who has bridged the gap between alt-country and the mainstream. With three ARIA awards, fifteen Golden Guitars, and a new album taking out Album of the Year, Alt. Country Album of the Year, APRA Song of the Year and Single of the Year, Shane Nicholson’s creative hunger appears more present than ever.⁠

Seeing Nicholson live is to "experience songs that pay tribute to the unpredictability of human experience, with the ability to wrap up difficult subject matters with music of uplifting beauty and charm." Beat Magazine⁠

"Nicholson's is a uniquely compelling voice in Australian songwriting – it lives and breathes in the songsmith's singular melodies, crooked humour, and short, pithy lines gently delivered." Rolling Stone Magazine

Sadly, Shane Nicholson has found it necessary to postpone his Victorian tour. Shane is keen to take the stage in the Lyre Room and we will update this listing as soon as we have the date locked in.

Please note: Ticket holders have been contacted directly.




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Blue Moon Marquee ~ Live in the Lyre: Festival of Folk

Thu 16 Mar @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room

Blue Moon Marquee are a thrilling genre-bending ride through American blues, folk, gypsy jazz and more. The Canadian duo of A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette (vocals/bass/drums) are old souls, but certainly not lacking vigour.

The result of 9 years of rigorous touring, is a distinct energy and style from this acclaimed duo. Unbound by genre or era, Blue Moon Marquee has an edge that demands you take notice. With an authentic mixture of tempo, melody and imagery, they are timeless artists perfect for this time.

 "Blue Moon Marquee has its own completely original style. Modern Blues doesn't really get any better than this. This is a tremendous sound by a hugely talented duo” American Roots UK.


Tickets - $24 - $29

Tickets 15% off until midnight December 24, 2022



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John Smith  ~ Live in the Lyre: Festival of Folk

Thu 23 Mar @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room

With his honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerising fingerstyle guitar, John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate take on love, loss and the journey we make has captivated audiences around the globe.

Far from the connotations his name brings, John Smith is one of a kind.” -Wonderland

I believe in John Smith; his motivations are pure, his vision is straight, his music is honest and true.” -Kelly Joe Phelps


Tickets - $30 - $35

Tickets 15% off until midnight December 24, 2022



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Mary Coughlan ~ Live in the Lyre: Festival of Folk

Fri 31 Mar @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room

Mary Coughlan is one of Ireland’s greatest soulful jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has crafted a timeless and highly regarded versatile career with devoted fans worldwide.
Mary has lived through childhood trauma, alcoholism and drug addiction to become a musical force like no other; redeemed and transformed through the creative power of music. She embraces each song with empathy, courage interspersed with humour, emotions that reach way beyond the stage connecting with each and everyone in the audience.

While the comparisons have run the gamut from Holiday to Mathilde Santing to Janis Joplin, one thing is certain that Mary’s voice is her own.” The Observer (UK)


Tickets - $45 - $50

Tickets 15% off until midnight December 24, 2022



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Emma Pask ~ Live in the Lyre

Fri 12 May @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room

Award winning Australian vocalist Emma Pask has firmly established herself as one of this country's favourite voices in Jazz.

Her effortless honest stage presence combined with her powerful vocal ability, leaves audiences spellbound and inspired. Emma is sure to delight as she interweaves storytelling through timeless swinging jazz standards, upbeat Latin rhythms, tender ballads and of course some raucous blues.

While Emma’s voice and style are unique, and individually her own, her performances are reminiscent of the classic era of jazz, when swing was top of the charts. Her talent was first spotted by internationally renowned Jazz great James Morrison when she was just 16 years old. She joined his band as the lead vocalist at 16, and went on to spend 20 years touring the world with Morrison.

Emma Pask is at the height of her powers as a singer” – Australian Arts Review


Tickets - $30 - $35

Tickets 15% off until midnight December 24, 2022


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