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Fiona Lee Maynard

Junction - North Side Album Launch

Fiona Lee Maynard

1:00pm, Sat 27 April, 2024
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Fiona Lee Maynard - Junction - North Side Album Launch.

at Brunswick Ballroom Matinee Show Saturday 27 April 2024, from 1pm – 4pm


According to Jeff Jenkins; “Fiona Lee Maynard and James Lomas are dual protagonists in one of

music’s greatest love stories.”

Singer-Songwriter Fiona Lee Maynard and lead guitar playing singer-songwriter husband James

Lomas have a three-decade long collaboration history and a special bond with music, but a recent

event saw them take their relationship even higher.

Fiona, once described by Jeff as ``one of Melbourne’s greatest rock chicks'' gave her left kidney to

husband, James on July 27, 2023.

The formidable Australian female rocker and frontwoman for bands Have A Nice Day and In Vivo

explained “James had sudden onset kidney failure in late January 2021 when a rare auto immune

condition was triggered out of the blue and destroyed his kidneys in 10 days.

``James was on dialysis for 2 and a half years, waiting for a deceased donor kidney, his condition

was deteriorating, and he couldn't perform live music.’’

Things were looking bleak, so he agreed to accept his wife’s loving donation. The Transplant Team

at Monash Health expertly guided them through the whole process.

Since his wife’s amazing gift James’ health and quality of life has dramatically improved and they’ve

both recovered well from the surgery.

One bonus side effect from their experience is an album of acoustic songs that they worked on

together while waiting for their operation. The album is called 'Junction'.

``I wrote the songs while James was in dialysis and James played his guitar parts between dialysis

sessions.’’ said Fiona.

``Writing and recording the album was a great comfort to us during the time when chronic illness

and the rigid routine of dialysis occupied most of our attention, I hope the songs will offer comfort

to others.”

Since the transplant, they have been able to perform live again.

According to Diz Randall; “I was at their first gig back after their transplant recovery. It was the most

uplifting experience to see them back on stage. I called it a resurrection.”

Celebrating their 9 months “kidneyversary”, Fiona and James will launch Fiona Lee Maynard’s new

album Junction in a special matinee show at Brunswick Ballroom joined by special guests who

performed on the album in the second set.


Please have a digital or printed copy of your ticket ready on arrival along with a valid photo ID. Acceptable ID includes a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport.

The Brunswick Ballroom strives to improve our practices when it comes to sustainability and to reduce our carbon footprint. We don’t sell or provide plastic water bottles.


The kitchen will be serving The Ballroom Menu for this show.

You can view the delicious offerings available by clicking here.

The Brunswick Ballroom is Accessible.
The Brunswick Ballroom has made significant improvements to accessibility by installing an 
Acorn Chairlift. (Model: New Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift.)

To find out more about the venue, FAQs can be viewed by clicking here.