New Zealand-bred, Melbourne-based songman Sean Kirkwood is a lover of music. He is a lover of blues, a lover of folk and a lover of alt-country. Now, the best thing one could do when they’re a lover is put it to good use, and that is exactly what Kirkwood has done. Mid-2014 saw the release of his debut EP Tales for the Barman, a “documentation of struggle, heartbreak and barmen of the world; therapists to drunken fools wanting to unload their lives”. The Black Seeds’ Barnaby Weir is a fan, saying: “I couldn’t believe my ears when I first heard him play live. Some sublime playing and epic vocals, I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next.” Babushka Bar, Ballarat – November 15.