Ben Lee, Maple Glider and Ruby Gill announce intimate shows in Anglesea

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Ben Lee, Maple Glider and Ruby Gill announce intimate shows in Anglesea

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'An Evening with Ben Lee' will take place on Friday, September 30, while Maple Glider and Ruby Gill will perform on Saturday, October 1.

For the uninitiated, The Sound Doctor Presents, initiated by Dr David Corbet, is a group of Surf Coast music lovers passionate about bringing established artists to perform in an intimate venue in Anglesea, Victoria. After their hugely successful start in 2017, The Sound Doctor Presents crew have made their mark on the region, bringing music to the ears of music-loving locals over the past five years.

With the arrival of a warming Spring season, The Sound Doctor Presents has emerged from their hibernation ready to bring more amazing music to Anglesea Memorial Hall with three very incredible artists.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Kicking off a vibrant season of live music on the coast, ‘An Evening With Ben Lee’ will take over the iconic Anglesea Memorial Hall on Friday, September 30. Taking place from 7pm, the intimate evening will see the celebrated Australian singer-songwriter perform an intimate solo show in celebration of his most recent album, I’m Fun! 

I’m Fun! is not only the name of his most recent album of pop gems full of songs with names like ‘Born for this Bullshit’ and ‘Parents Get High’, it’s also the mission statement that has guided him through an eclectic three-decade-long career.

As Ben himself says: “I’ve always put adventure as my first priority. Full-tilt, all the time. Fun is the unexpected. Fun is building something, burning it down, then building it back, bigger, weirder and better.”

Writer of iconic Australian indie-pop hits like ‘Catch My Disease’, ‘We’re All in this Together’ and ‘Cigarettes Will Kill You’, Ben is also a renowned collaborator with friends and allies like Ben Folds, Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham, Shamir, Christian Lee Hutson, Zooey Deschanel, Washington, Georgia Maq, Money Mark, Tom Robbins and Josh Radnor. He also runs a podcast network with his wife, actress Ione Skye, built around the couple’s flagship show “Weirder Together”.

There are basically no rules in Ben’s creative world, and his live show follows the same policy: Fun is always the compass. You won’t want to miss this night of music and lots of fun in Anglesea.

Support for the evening with Ben Lee comes from Jan Juc indie folk rock musician Jasmin Adria.

Following an epic night with Ben Lee, the beautiful hall will see a soul-stirring double-header performance from Maple Glider with Ruby Gill on the Saturday, October 1. From 7pm, this gig promises to take you back to Sound Dr shows of old, where you’re serenaded by beautiful sounds from two of the hottest indie-folk artists going around (both performing with their bands).

Maple Glider is the project of solo artist Tori Zietsch (Peach with a Z). In the singer-songwriter tradition, her music is centred around the lyrics, exploring intimate themes and often serving as a self-catharsis. Offsetting the heavy-nature of some of the words, Maple Glider herself is humorous, fabulous and warm.

After releasing her hypnotic debut album, To Enjoy Is the Only Thing, last year Maple Glider has been making quite the name for herself, performing her acoustic-tinged, ethereal sound and honest lyricism around the country. The golden sweetness of her music has been likened to a generous embrace and her sultry vocals are reminiscent of Angel Olsen or Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker, so of course we’re thrilled she can bring her full band to The Sound Doctor.

Maple Glider to bring an unforgettable auditory experience to Surf Coast’s Meadow festival 

Joburg-born, Naarm-based artist Ruby Gill is no stranger to Sound Doctor audiences, who fell in love with her powerful lyrics and quirky style when she supported Didirri in 2019. Waiting patiently to bring her back, the Sound Doctor jumped at the opportunity upon the release of her arresting debut record I’m gonna die with this frown on my face this month.

Ruby sings the sort of songs that can quiet a room, induce full body goosebumps and bring you to the brink of tears, all before the chorus. When she performs with her band it will be mesmerising! Come for the wit, stay for the emotional repercussions.

You can purchase tickets to An Evening With Ben Lee here, and to Maple Glider with Ruby Gill here