Live Performances

The latest live performances by Mel Irvine presenting poetry, music and other creative works.

A free workshop exploring your creativity and writing haiku poems using a series of practical techniques and guided meditations.

Getting Creative with Haiku
Hotel Lane,
COOLATAI NSW 2402
SATURDAY, 14 January 2017 (8am-12noon)

Would you like to spend a magical Saturday morning exploring your creativity, writing poetry and learning practical tools to help you be more creative every single day?

If this sounds like you, why not joing me for this FREE workshop in the heart of the NSW New England? I’ve just written this brand-new program and I’m offering the very first workshop completely free.

Looking forward to meeting you for this inaugral FREE workshop where I share my passion for haiku, meditation and getting creative.

For free tickets and directions click here.


STA FM 91.9 Inverell
STA FM, Inverell Community Radio (91.9)
129-135 Otho Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
MONDAY, 5 December 2016 (10.05am-10.20am)

On Monday I will be chatting with Mike Penberthy from STA FM 91.9 in Inverell about my crowdfunding campaign to adopt Jerry. I’ll be sharing more of our story about how I met him and how Jerry (and becoming a mother for the first time) has not only made me a better person, but impacted on my writing, art and music. I’ll also be presenting a poem or two from my latest collection. Here’s hoping the road over Dorrigo mountain is free from bushfires and all clear. Click on the links below to listen online.

Listen to the interview live Monday, 5th December 2016.


International Women’s Day
Estancia Central Elementary School
Poblacian Zone II, Estancia, ILOILO, 5017
TUESDAY, 8 March 2016 (1.00pm-3.00pm)

A gathering of more than 1,500 women from the province of Estancia, Iloilo. I have been invited to create ‘Melinda’s Corner’, a creative space and visual display of my writing, poetry and photographs relating to women’s issues. My creative works respond to domestic violence and gender inequality. #PledgeForParity is the campaign theme for IWD 2016..

Get directions here.


Produkto Lokal, Iloilo City
The Mango Tree Restaurant
Guzman Street, Mandurria, ILOILO CITY, 5017
SUNDAY, 28 February 2016 (6.00pm)

produkto lokal, iloilo city

Produkto Lokal Weekend Fair will be displaying paintings, wearables, food products, and other unique and less-seen passion projects by Ilonggo and Panayanon craftsmen and artists. Produkto Local is an event of the Youth First Initiative Inc. a non-government and human rights based organization working towards social development.

Get directions here.


Main Street, Glen Innes
Kwong Sings Clothing Emporium
204 Grey Street, GLEN INNES, NSW, 2370
TUESDAY, 25 November 2014 (12.00noon – 2.00pm)

I you have been wandering through Glen Innes these past months you will be familiar with the roar of machinery and the noise of roadworks. I’m happy to report it has all finished and all blockages removed from the main street. I’m helping Margie Ferris celebrate the re-opening of her store by performing at the front entrance on Tuesday.

Get directions here.


Celebration of a life, Graman
Graman Hotel
Yetman Road, GRAMAN, NSW, 2360
SUNDAY, 23 November 2014 (2.00pm – 5.00pm)

For those of you who knew my uncle Lincoln A. Ward you will remember a man fond a good yarn, a fishing tale, a game of pool and an ale or two. Uncle Lincoln was also a talented artist, creative businessman and bush poet. Sunday is a celebration of a life, Lincoln’s life and your own. My music will surround bush poetry and tales taller than Texas at the Graman Hotel. All welcome.

Get the full event details here.


STA FM, Inverell 
STA FM, Inverell Community Radio (91.9)
129-135 Otho Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
FRIDAY, 21 November 2014 (10.10am-10.25am)

Really looking forward to catching up again with Mike Penberthy for a chat on STA FM 91.9 Inverell Community Radio. I will be performing of my songs, “Last of His Tribe” live just after the news around 11.10am. The song is based on a beautiful poem written by Henry Kendall towards the end of the 19th century.

STA FM 91.9 Inverell Community Radio.


Byron Street Inverell 
Bridge Coffee Lounge
cnr Byron and Otho Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
THURSDAY, 20 November 2014 (10.00am-12.30pm)

Enjoying a coffee, lunch and using the free (WIFI) at The Bridge Cafe has been something I’ve enjoyed during my three months in the New England. My last performance outside their shop before heading back to the Philippines on Thursday morning and would love to see you there. 

Check out the Bridge Coffee Lounge of Facebook.


Coolatai Bush Cinema, Coolatai
Three Sisters Eco Farm
5 Hotel Lane, COOLATAI, NSW, 2402
SATURDAY, 15 November 2014 (5.00PM)

I am so proud to perform again while Kelly and her eco-sisters host another night of inspiring film and connectedness. Here they are, in the middle of (some may say) nowhere connecting like-minded individuals: encouraging, promoting and, more importantly, living a sustainable existence. Everything on the farm is recycled, rekindled, pre-loved and metamorphised into something current, sustainable, funky and functional. If you are in the New England or travelling through it is totally worth a side-trip to spend some time with the sisters.

Bush Cinema held on the third Saturday of every month at Coolatai.


Warialda Honey Festival
Carinda House, Warialda Cultural Community Centre
15 Stephen Street, WARIALDA, NSW, 2402
SATURDAY, 15 November 2014 (10.30AM)

Being back in the New England is such a joy spending time with family and once-forgotten friends. My aunt lives in Warialda as does my childhood buddy April so being part of their local festival is something special. The local Aboriginal meaning of ‘Warialda’ is ‘place of wild honey’. The Honey Festival celebrates not only the town’s heritage, but also their current produce, talents and community spirit. 

Show the Warialda Honey Festival some facebook love.


Seasons of New England Market and Fair
Uralla Showground
King Street, URALLA, NSW, 2358
SATURDAY, 8 November 2014 (9.45AM)

Seasons of New England is about bringing local producers and artisans together. The lineup includes includes local vintners, brewers, bakers, patissiers, jam makers, free range producers and organic growers as well as artists and musicians. Luckily for me I’m now an honourary local so I get to perform. You’ll find me at the stage from 9.45am to 10.30am. Just love Uralla so really can’t wait.

For more information and directions check out their main website.


Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic (finale)
Bridge Coffee Lounge
cnr Byron and Otho Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
SATURDAY, 25 October 2014 (10.00am-12.30pm)

The Bridge Cafe is a great place to have a coffee, say g’day to your facebook friends (FREE WIFI) and wait for the riders of the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic. I’m looking forward to another vibrant Saturday morning in Inverell sharing some songs with you.

Check out the Bridge Coffee Lounge of Facebook.


Coolatai Bush Cinema, Coolatai
Three Sisters Eco Farm
5 Hotel Lane, COOLATAI, NSW, 2402
SATURDAY, 18 October 2014 (5.00PM)

Last month I went out to the Coolatai Bush Cinema and made some amazing new friends. Kelly and her eco-sisters have created a beautiful space in tiny Coolatai and magically attracting an array of interesting, artistic folk and deep thinkers. Authors, ecologists, painters, poets, musicians and wanderers from all parts of the globe are finding their way to this rural property in the heart of the New England bush and birds. I’m so excited about grabbing a set on that wooden-bush stage as we say goodbye the sun. All proceeds from Saturday are being put to my aid work and upcoming trip to the Philippines. If you are in the New England or travelling through it is totally worth a side-trip to spend some time with the sisters.

Bush Cinema held on the third Saturday of every month at Coolatai.


Byron Street, Inverell

Bridge Coffee Lounge
cnr Byron and Otho Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
THURSDAY, 16 October 2014 (9.45am-12.15PM)

The Bridge Cafe has become such a great place to have a meal, a coffee or use the fee WIFI. The ladies are so welcoming every time I go in as well as supporting my music. I’m starting to get to know the regulars who sit outside and chat. The people of Inverell are so generous to me and I am very grateful.

Check out the Bridge Coffee Lounge of Facebook.


Bridge Street, Uralla
The Sweet Place
Shop 2, 50 Bridge Street, URALLA, NSW, 2358
SATURDAY, 11 October 2014 (10.00AM – 12.00 noon)

Just have to say, I absolutely love Uralla. I’m not sure whether it is the ever changing colours of the deciduous trees or the artistic feel to the community? I think it is most probably the fact that the people in Uralla are just about the friendliest I’ve met anywhere ever. Meeting Adrianne for the first time ever today was no exception. Can’t wait to get back over there and busk. Please stop by and say hello 🙂

Why not give “The Sweet Place” Uralla a Facebook like?


Quirky Creative & Wellness Festival, Warialda
Carinda House, Warialda Cultural Community Centre
15 Stephen Street, WARIALDA, NSW, 2402
MONDAY, 6 October 2014 (12.00 noon)

Carinda House was built in 1880 and now serves as the Warialda Cultural Community Centre. Carinda House is hosting workshops during the Quirky Festival and you will find me performing on the lawn on the long weekend Monday. Carinda House also presents the creative works of many district artists and, more importantly, home cooks.

For more information about the workshops at the Quirky Creative and Wellness Festival


Tenterfield
Somewhere in Tenterfield
TENTERFIELD, NSW, 2372
SATURDAY, 4 October 2014 (10.00AM)

The leaves on the stunning deciduous trees of the New England and Northern Tablelands are returning as this country warms up. I’m heading north on Saturday and stopping in Tenterfield for some music and a wander through the historic town. I’m sure I’ll find a lovely cafe and busk nearby in the spring sunshine. Love the people you meet.

I am loving busking these smaller rural communities.


Bradley Street, Guyra

Jo-Jo’s on Bradley
126 Bradley Street, GUYRA, NSW, 2365
THURSDAY, 2 October 2014 (10.00 am)

I have great memories when I was a kid on school holidays of stopping at Guyra for a pie. I remember those Guyra pies like yesterday. Of the then five and a half hour trip to Grandma Ward’s, stopping at Guyra was the biggest highlight. Only on the way up though, dad would never stop there on the way back. PS: the bakery in Guyra still have fab pies. If you are around on Thursday grab a pie and seat and share some spring sunshine and music with me.

Get directions to Jo-Jo’s on Bradley in Guyra.


Byron Street, Inverell
Bridge Coffee Lounge
cnr Byron and Otho Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
WEDNESDAY, 1 October 2014 (10.00am-12.00noon)

What a great way to start a new month than outside the Bridge Coffee Lounge this Wednesday morning. The food and service at this coffee shop is just awesome, free WIFI too. Even better I am meeting my Uncle Frank for coffee and lunch after busking at the Lounge too. Hope to see you all there again during the last days of the school holidays. 

Check out the Bridge Coffee Lounge of Facebook.


Cnr Maitland and Cunningham Street, Bingara
The Roxy and Greek Café
Maitland Street, BINGARA, NSW, 2404
SATURDAY, 20 September 2014 (10.00 am)

My mum’s best friend from nursing 40 years ago (Aunty Dot) is from Bingara so I just couldn’t help wanting to perform in the town. I have fond memories of camping on the Gwydir River. I’ll be on the corner near the fabulously historical Roxy Theatre and Greek Café. Also Bingara has the best vintage clothing store just across the road. 

Click here for more information about the Roxy Theatre


Indian luncheon to support Aimee, Inverell
Victoria Park
cnr Evans and Vivian Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
SATURDAY, 13 September 2014 (12.00noon)

Fifteen-month-old Aimee Arun fell critically ill in early August and is currently in Sydney’s Westmead Hospital with a diagnosis of encephalomyelitis. Her parents are Arun Sankar and Sheeja Raj of Inverell, both registered nurses working at Inverell District Hospital and McLean (local nursing home). I am playing from 1.00pm.

For more information check out the Inverell Times.


Byron Street, Inverell
Bridge Coffee Lounge
cnr Byron and Otho Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
SATURDAY, 13 September 2014 (10.00am-12.00noon)

I had such a great time two week ago busking outside the Bridge Coffee Lounge in Inverell, I am back again this Saturday morning. If you are in Inverell Saturday morning, please stop by and say hello.

Even better, have one of their awesome coffees.

 


Exhibition Launch (Wendy Rogers Fibre Artist)

Itty Bitty Gallery
40 Byron Street, Inverell, NSW, 2360
SUNDAY, 7 September 2014 (3.00pm)

itty-bitty-galleryWendy Rogers is a talented Fibre Artist and I’ll be performing at her exhibition launch.The gallery is a funky building with a great big vibe to showcase local and touring artists. Come along and enjoy some beverages, bites and fantastic art. I feel so privileged to be invited to perform in an environment that celebrates art and all it means to be creative.

For directions click here for google maps.


Byron Street, Inverell
Bridge Coffee Lounge
cnr Byron and Otho Street, INVERELL, NSW, 2360
SATURDAY, 30 August 2014 (10.00am)

If you are in Inverell Saturday morning come and catch me busking. I’m in the New England for the next few weeks following the death of my Uncle. My uncle was a unique artist, businessman, maroon, fish chaser and all round Aussie character.

Come and help me celebrate his life.


Tully Markets
Violet Smith Park
Butler Street, TULLY, QLD, 4854
SATURDAY, 23 August 2014 (9.30am – 12noon)

Organised by the Tully Chamber of Commerce, you’ll find me performing in the Violet Smith Park in Butler Street from 9.30am to 12 noon. I absolutely love street performances and energy of market days. Let’s hope it’s one of those rare but really fabulous rain-free events. Come over and say hello, I always love a chat.

For directions check out google maps. 


Mission Arts Anniversary Exhibition 2014
Mission Beach Community Arts Centre
MARCS Park, cnr Tully-Mission Beach Rd and Seaview St, Mission Beach, QLD, 4852
FRIDAY, 22 August 2014 (6pm)

mission-beach-arts-anniversary-exhibitionOpening night celebration of the Mission Arts Anniversary Exhibition. The exhibition features works by members of Mission Arts as well as the wider network of artists on the Cassowary Coast.

For more information check out the Mission Arts website.

 


 

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