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The Maggie Darlings & Justin Bernasconi

'Wishing Well' & 'Sleeping Like A Maniac' double album launch

The Maggie Darlings & Justin Bernasconi

1:00pm, Sat 4 June, 2022
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The Maggie Darlings and Justin Bernasconi - double album launch

Two albums recorded in Melbourne's north, two great acts and one great new venue, the Brunswick Ballroom!
Doors at 1pm, Show from 1.30pm to 4pm

The Maggie Darlings- 'Wishing Well'
Recorded with Colin Wynne at Thirty Mill Studios. The Maggies are three strong songwriters and players: Mandy Connell (An Otherwise Quiet Room) Layla Fibbins (Sideshow Brides) and Alysia Manceau (Velocettes) and the record is 9 songs- each leading vocals  on 3 tracks. Dripping with harmony, languid, dark country inspiration, the album is a collaboration of steel, electric and acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. Inspired by Gillian, Emmylou and Alison, this record is beautifully made and long overdue for launch!

 Justin Bernasconi - 'Sleeping Like a Maniac', Recorded with Jeff Lang in Fawkner. 

"An album that takes you everywhere; listeners are alternately challenged, enthralled, uplifted, entertained, upset, comforted and ultimately, amused by the sheer breadth of the goods on offer.
 This is an album that isn’t to be missed!"
At The Barrier (UK)
 "Bold, ear bending work of art" Four Stars - The Weekend Australian

Justin follows up on his critically acclaimed albums Winter Pick (2014) and Barefoot Wonderland (2017) with the release of his 2021 full length, Sleeping Like A Maniac, produced, recorded and mixed by Jeff Lang with Lady In The Field and Flags Staked Upon The Hill mixed by Isaac Barter and mastered by Adam DempseySLAM follows the release of two singles in May this year, Blank Page + Flags Staked Upon This Hill. Curiosity and commitment drive Justin’s continuing exploration of roots music pathways - acoustic blues, bluegrass and folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic. His third album turns the focus from an Americana bent to his take on UK roots in what he calls ‘folk impressionism’.

A man. A guitar. A song. Justin Bernasconi is recognised globally as a master folk guitarist. He takes the essence of the time-honoured trinity to captivating instrumental heights. Together, guitar and words plumb the depths of the human condition but also illuminate the little joys that make it all worthwhile. Alongside the intricate sculpting of strings he melds candid stories with mellow vocals to create evocative moods with ease. S.L.A.M. offers everything you’d expect from this consummate artist and so much more.

Like Leo Kottke and John Fahey on the instrumentals and John Prine on the songs. fRoots Magazine (UK)

This is an accomplished piece of work... A player's record.. Showcase for Justin's spellbinding ability. Americana UK - Editor’s pick  (UK)




This show is family friendly. Adults $25+BF, Children (aged 7 - 17) $10+BF and Kids 6 and under - Free Entry


The Brunswick Artists' Bar and Brunswick Ballroom will be operating under the Victorian State Government vaccination mandate. Therefore, as outlined in the Victorian Roadmap, only patrons, staff and artists who are double vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to enter the venue.

Customers are required to check-in via the Service Victoria App with a valid Vaccination certificate as they enter the venue.

The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers
- Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
- Regular sanitising of the venue and full clean between sittings

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport. 


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.