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Upcoming shows Sept - Dec 2017

If you missed Penny Ikinger's recent solo shows on SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER at THE CATFISH, Fitzroy with the remarkable Hugo Race and Michelangelo Russo or her recent show last TUESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER with Rhyece O'Neill & The Vengeful Narodniks, Bob Fox for their soiree in the Tote front bar. there is still a chance to catch her before this year is out. Yes, we are heading towards Xmas full throttle!!! TONIGHT!!! SAT 30th SEPTEMBER - Major legend convention at the Corner Hotel Sat Sep 30th...bunch of hooligans singing Replacements songs and the slightly more pleasant Big Star songs! Feat. MIKE NOGA, PENNY IKINGER, VAN WALKER, EVIL DICK, JP KLIPSPRINGER, COURTNEY CONSTANTINOU, J M S HARRISON, CLAIRE BIRCHALL, DANNY MCDONALD, NATHAN SEECKTS, DAVE CHALLINOR + BIG LEAGUE, MARILYN ROSE. FREE ENTRY! Yes, post Grand Final in Richmond!

WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER – Penny Ikinger plays a solo show with SABRINA LAWRIE from Brisbane at The TOTE, 71 Johnson St Collingwood. There are some exceptional female musicians coming out of Brisbane including guitarists Tamara Dawn and Stacey Coleman from the HITS who have been creating a quite a storm in Australia and Europe. Singer/songwriter Sabrina Lawrie also handles her electric guitar with great aplomb. Joining Sabrina and Penny on the bill – the mighty KIM VOLKMAN. All three artists spin dark tales of misadventure aided and abetted by some remarkable guitar playing so this gig will be delivering some powerful rock n roll punches for sure! Playing times: Sabrina Lawrie: 9.30pm – 10.15 pm; Penny Ikinger: 8.45pm – 9.15pm and Kim Volkman 8.00pm – 8.30pm

SATURDAY 2nd DECEMBER: Penny Ikinger and her band! Penny has been playing a series of solo shows recently so this is a chance to see her in full flight backed by some mighty musicians. They will be supported by THE CINDY WITCHES from Hobart. THE CINDY WITCHES are located somewhere between The Breeders and Sonic Youth on the scheme of aural frequencies. This gig will be streamed live to China. MORE INFO COMING SOON about this extravaganza!!!

JACK HOWARD returns to MEMO MUSIC HALL with his mighty EPIC BRASS show on FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER. Together with his epic band (Ash Davies, Steve Hadley, Nicky Del Rey and Jason Kain), a five-piece horn section and a stellar cast of guests, including PENNY IKINGER. Jack will be performing the great horn hits and hidden gems of Australian Rock. The set list is to die for – the big horn songs of The Saints, The Oils, H & C, Laughing Clowns and many more; and with guests like Ron Peno (Died Pretty), Steve Lucas (X), Penny Ikinger (Wet Taxis), Evil Dick (Hits), Paul Stewart (Painters and Dockers) and Fiona Lee Maynard, the show is one helluva spectacle. This is a unique show full of POWER and PASSION – and HORNS! DON’T MISS OUT!

CD single release, upcoming gigs

Penny Ikinger has released a new CD single which can be purchased via the SHOP at www.pennyikinger.com. The CD single features two tracks GIN NO SUZU and RIDE ON, COWBOY from Penny Ikinger’s upcoming album. To create the much anticipated follow up to her solo albums, 'Electra' and 'Penelope', Penny travelled to Japan to record an album in a project supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation. In keeping with her need to continually challenge herself and create different styles and sounds, Penny teamed up with legendary Radio Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek to compose the songs on the single release. Deniz Tek contributes his signature guitar licks to the track ‘ 'Gin No Suzu’. The music was produced with icons from the Tokyo psychedelic rock scene - Masami Kawaguchi (guitar), Louise Inage (bass) and Keiichi Sakai (drums).

This is a limited edition CD release and something quite special so grab one before they sell out!

MELBOURNE GIGS COMING UP:

Next solo show for Penny Ikinger - SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER at CATFISH, Fitzroy with the remarkable Hugo Race and Michelangelo Russo. What a treat!

Next band show for Penny Ikinger - SATURDAY 2nd DECEMBER at THE RAINBOW HOTEL Fitzroy. Another treat!

Plus more of Jack Howard’s EPIC BRASS!!! FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER at MEMO MUSIC HALL, St Kilda. Treats all round!

For the latest news and events for Penny Ikinger please check out www.pennyikinger.com

PLUS Penny Ikinger will be participating in Melbourne Museum’s NOCTURNAL event on FRIDAY 1st SEPTEMBER. She will be discussing some objects from the the First Nations Sioux and Huron tribes of North America between 6-8pm.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Upcoming Melbourne shows

Well, I must confess I've been suffering Dave'n'Clare withdrawals after our fab Bowie in Berlin national tour in January. Fortunately I'll get another fix on Fri 17th Feb at one of my favourite venues - The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick! Dave Graney and Clare Moore will form the rhythm section & backbone of Harry Howard's NDE as they launch their vinyl album 'Sleepless Girls'- out now on French label Beast Records. I will be opening the show for them - playing solo at around 8.30pm.

On Wed 1st March I’ll be playing at The Gasometer (upstairs), Collingwood with Local Coward and Root Rat. I’ll be playing a rare solo spot north side!

Sat 1st April I will be join Jack Howard’s Epic Brass at Day by the Green at St Kilda Bowls. This could be our last show before Jack joins Midnight Oil on their world tour.

Rumour has it I will be playing a very special show on Sat 8th April at The Tote, Collingwood for the album launch of my new favourite band - The Pink Tiles. Stay tuned for more info!!!

NATIONAL TOUR for 2017

PENNY IKINGER HAS A SERIES OF SHOWS COMING UP IN 2017 IN MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, BRISBANE, PERTH and HOBART

She will be playing guitar for the BOWIE IN BERLIN national Australian tour, January 2017.

SELECTED WORKS ’77 TO ’79 FROM LOW, HEROES & LODGER MUSICAL DIRECTOR MICK HARVEY & GUEST VOCALISTS KYLIE AULDIST, DAVE GRANEY, RON S. PENO, KIM SALMON & MAX SHARAM

Friday January 6th - Brisbane, The Triffid Saturday January 7th - Sydney, Enmore Theatre Sunday January 8th - Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Melbourne Saturday January 14th - Perth, Regal Theatre

Joining Musical Director Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds/ PJ Harvey/ The Birthday Party) in this tribute to this most esoteric and revered era of David Bowie’s work are Robin Casinader (Keyboards), Penny Ikinger (Guitar), Clare Moore (Drums), J.P. Shilo (Guitar) and Stu Thomas (Bass). Vocalists for the evening will be Kylie Auldist, Dave Graney, Ron S. Peno (Ron S Peno & The Superstitions), Kim Salmon and Max Sharam.

The Berlin Trilogy encapsulated some of Bowie’s most thought provoking work. Recorded with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti, and with contributions from Carlos Alomar, Robert Fripp, Iggy Pop & Adrian Belew, Bowie’s music of the late 70’s evoked glacial images of isolation and loss of identity set against the barbed-wire bleakness of the Berlin Wall.

EPIC BRASS RETURNS! Friday 27th January 2017 at The Flying Saucer Club, 4 St George Road, Elsternwick, Melbourne TIX: www.flyingsaucer.com

Playing the great horn hits and hidden gems of Hunters and Collectors, Midnight Oil, The Saints, Laughing Clowns and many more, Jack Howard has put together an all-star band with a 5-piece horn section to perform an incredible set list. Penny Ikinger will perform as guest vocalist and guitarist.

Jack Howard was the man behind the most of iconic of horn sections – Hunters and Collectors’ Horns of Contempt. Trumpet player, brass and string arranger, backing vocalist, songwriter, Jack was there for Holy Grail, Say Goodbye, Talking to A Stranger and all of the rest. Now with his new show, Epic Brass, Jack will be performing the great horn hits and hidden gems from the golden age of Australian Rock.

Here’s a typical quote from the show’s debut gig in July – ‘Often when you’re expecting something to be great, it doesn’t meet expectations. Jack Howard’s Epic Brass show high-jumped over expectations, then did a triple somersault with a perfect landing. Still buzzing the day after!’

It was a sensational night with a sensational cast of guest singers – Ron Peno (Died Pretty), Sean Kelly (Models), Paulie Stewart (Painters and Dockers), Steve Lucas (X), Penny Ikinger (Wet Taxis) and Fiona Lee Maynard.

Jack Howard Bandpage EPIC BRASS

SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2017 - THE BRISBANE HOTEL, HOBART

Penny Ikinger will perform solo in Hobart!

Penny Ikinger will play a double bill with Mark Steiner who has been living in Oslo, Norway and touring the globe. This ex-New Yorker is an international wandering scoundrel who one might find hanging out in the shadowy corners of a bar at closing time. A musical vagrant who walks the same decadent alleyways as Nick Cave, Stuart Staples, Leonard Cohen and Rowland S. Howard, Mark Steiner finally returns to Australia for a few weeks down under as of January 2017

"Mark Steiner's special brand of 'Lounge-Noir' will have you reaching for the booze and the 'replay' button." - Swampland Magazine, USA

"Mark Steiner (and His Problems) is a well-known figure in Oslo’s music underworld, and he’s been around in Norway for so long that many assume that he is Norwegian. He is not. This ex-New Yorker is a wandering scoundrel who one might find hanging out in the shadowy corners of a pub at closing time – whether the nearest street sign reads New York, Oslo, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon or Melbourne. A musical vagrant who draws inspiration from the same sources which may have influenced Stuart Staples, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Rowland S. Howard

Epic Brass

The EPIC BRASS shows that were scheduled for November 2016 will now be on Australia Day weekend, January 2017.

GIGS! SEPTEMBER to NOVEMBER 2016

PENNY IKINGER HAS A SERIES OF SHOWS COMING UP: SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER at LOST 211 Barkly St, St Kilda VIC 3182 Melbourne, VIC Penny Ikinger will be playing an intimate solo set. Also on the bill – pianist Gaz from Hell on stage at 8.30pm. Penny on stage 9.30pm

FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER at GRANDVIEW HOTEL, 429 Heidelberg Rd, Fairfield Penny Ikinger and Charlie Owen - duo. On Friday 9th September Penny Ikinger will be playing an exclusive duet with multi-instrumentalist Charlie Owen at The Grandview Hotel, Fairfield. Charlie was recently honoured in the Living Legends series (Leaps and Bounds Festival, Melbourne) and has played with the likes of the New Christs, Paris Green, Louis Tillett and the Caste of Aspersions, Divinyls, Tex, Don and Charlie, Maurice Frawley and the Working Class Ringos, Tendrils, Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Perkins and The Dark Horses…the list goes on! In May 2012 Australian Guitar magazine listed Charlie Owen in the Top 40 of Australia's best guitarists. Penny Ikinger and Charlie Owen have rarely graced the stage together since they both played guitar with Sydney piano legend Louis Tillett in the 90’s. …Now this duet show is certainly not to be missed!

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER at LABOUR IN VAIN 197A Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065 Penny Ikinger will be making a special guest appearance on a couple of songs with James McCann and the Vindictives.

SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER at LYREBIRD LOUNGE, 61 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea Penny Ikinger will be playing a solo set opening for the extraordinary Charlie Marshall. Free entry!

PLUS MORE EPIC BRASS SHOWS IN NOVEMBER!!! FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER – SATELLITE LOUNGE cnr Ferntree Gully and Jells Road, Wheeler's Hill SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER - FLYING SAUCER CLUB 4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick Penny Ikinger makes a special guest appearance as part of Jack Howard's EPIC BRASS. Jack Howard was the man behind that most iconic of horn sections - Hunters and Collectors' Horns Of Contempt. Trumpet player, brass and string arranger, backing vocalist, songwriter, Jack was there for Holy Grail, Say Goodbye, Talking To A Stranger and all of the rest. Now with his new show, Epic Brass, Jack performs the great horn hits and hidden gems of the Hunnas, The Oils, The Saints, The Laughing Clowns and many more. Here's a typical quote from the show's debut gig in July - 'Often when you're expecting something to be great, it doesn't meet expectations. Jack Howard's Epic Brass show high-jumped over expectations, then did a triple somersault with a perfect landing. Still buzzing the day after!' It was a sensational night with a sensational cast of guest singers - Ron Peno (Died Pretty), Sean Kelly (Models), Paulie Stewart (Painters and Dockers), Steve Lucas (X), Penny Ikinger (Wet Taxis) and Fiona Lee Maynard. Jack has put together an all-star band with a 5-piece horn section to perform an incredible set list.

Melbourne Gigs! Aug/Sep 2015

Ms Penny Ikinger has a few intoxicating shows coming up in August and September. She has been playing mainly solo of late, but is sneaking in a few gigs with different line-ups in her need to constantly re-invent herself! Penny Ikinger will be playing at Day By The Green, St Kilda Sports Club on Saturday 20th August at 8pm with special guests Tim O’Shannassy on drums, Katie Dixon on bass and Andrew McCubbin on guitar. On Friday 9th September she will be playing an exclusive duet with multi-instrumentalist Charlie Owen at The Grandview Hotel, Fairfield. Charlie was recently honoured in the Living Legends series (Leaps and Bounds Festival, Melbourne) and has played with the likes of the New Christs, Paris Green, Louis Tillett and The Aspersion Caste, Divinyls, Tex, Don and Charlie, Maurice Frawley and the Working Class Ringos, Tendrils, Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Perkins and The Dark Horses…the list goes on! In May 2012 Australian Guitar magazine listed Charlie Owen in the Top 40 of Australia's best guitarists. Penny Ikinger and Charlie Owen have rarely graced the stage together since they both played guitar with Sydney piano legend Louis Tillett in the 90’s. …Now this duet show is certainly not to be missed!

This weekend in May!

THIS FRIDAY 20th MAY 2016 - Penny Ikinger and Mystic Eyes Have you diarised to avoid disappointment, as instructed?! There's still time! Come along to the lovely Lyrebird Lounge, eat some delicious homemade pizza washed down with a variety of refreshing beverages while Mystic Eyes lays down a big drone banger and Penny Ikinger dazzles with complementary guitar abstractions. This coming Friday, we'd LOVE to see you xx Lisa & Penny xx Show starts 9pm Free entry The Lyrebird Lounge, 61 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea

This SUNDAY 22nd MAY at The Tote, Johnston Street, Collingwood: WE WERE ROBBED MATE! Dan Sullivan Studio Benefit Show

In early May thieves broke into Dan Sullivan's Johnston Street recording studio and stole guitars, effects pedals and recording gear worth thousands of dollars. Despite the best efforts of friends and fellow musicians, the equipment and gear has yet to be recovered, leaving Sullivan and James McCann personally and financially devastated. The studio has recenty been used (for free) to record tracks for an upcoming Spencer P Jones tribute album.

On SUNDAY 22nd MAY members of the Melbourne music community will come together at The Tote to raise money to replace the missing gear. The event will feature performances from Kim Salmon, Garry Gray & the Sixth Circle, James McCann & the New Vindictives, Penny Ikinger, Midnight Scavengers, Fraudband, Los Dominados, Claire Birchall & the Phantom Hitchhikers, Tex Napalm, and Drongo. Come along and see some great music, while helping out some hard working members of the Melbourne music community in a time of need.

PLAYING TIMES 8:30 - 9:10pm - Kim Salmon 7:45 - 8:15pm - Garry Gray & the Sixth Circle 7:00 - 7:30pm - Fraudband 6:15 - 6:45pm - Penny Ikinger 5:30 - 6:00pm - Midnight Scavengers 4:45 - 5:15pm - James McCann & the New Vindictives 4:00 - 4:30pm - Claire Birchall & the Phantom Hitchhikers 3:15 - 3:45pm - Los Dominados 2:40 - 3:00pm - Tex Napalm 2:00 - 2:30pm - Drongo 1:30pm - DOORS - $10 entry (plus donations)

Magic May

LIVE FLESH#4 FRIDAY MAY 6th at 8pm

MALCOLM HILL & This Is The Show with special guest PENNY IKINGER & featuring poet MARY STONE

Danes Magic Parlour Houdini Lane behind 859a Sydney Rd, Brunswick http://danecertificatemagic.com.au/

LIVE FLESH is a monthly gig at Danes Magic Parlour staged by Malcolm Hill & This is The Show featuring a variety of guests in the ancient art of Tent Show malarkeyism.

Live Flesh#4 will feature special guests ‘rock chanteuse’ Penny Ikinger and Myki poet Mary Stone.

LIVE FLESH#1-3 featured BJ Morriszonkle, Harry Howard & Edwina Preston's Duet, Greg Fleet, Miss Yugoslavia1973, free lamingtons, a film about panel vans and death defying pirouettes from drum kits.

Danes Magic Parlour is a hidden gem, a magician's Aladdin's cave and intimate rock cabaret venue, situated behind 859a Sydney Rd., Brunswick.

Malcolm Hill & This Is The Show, were recently described as "a crazy story telling enigmatic out in front of groove-based psychedelic music”. This is the Show released two albums in 2015 - Fingers and Live Flesh, and staged events - Plinth, Live Flesh#1-3, turning people on across Melbourne and country Victoria.

Malcolm Hill and This Is The Show and Penny Ikinger will join forces at Live Flesh#4 for the first time since blowing the roof off the Gaso Hotel at last years Graney /Moore Living Legends concert.

Penny Ikinger - Internationally celebrated guitarist. Penny Ikinger's recent gigs include teaming up with Mark Steiner (Norway/USA), Henry Hugo (Switzerland), Tex Napalm (Germany) and a forthcoming new album with legendary Radio Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek, backed by Japanese recorded in Tokyo.

Penny Ikinger and Tex Napalm 16 April Tago Mago

Penny Ikinger and Tex Napalm will play three sets of noise, trash, art, beauty - call it what you may. The guitars of liberty and justice! Speaking of which, it is free to get in. Venue: TAGO MAGO, Thornbury, Melbourne 8pm 16th April 2016.