The Darebin Songwriters‘ Guild welcomes people with a song in their hearts or a tune in their heads. It‘s an opportunity for songwriters to get together to learn from and encourage each other, to listen and be listened to. It‘s nurturing but unprecious, great for inspiration and networking. Lyricists meet tunesmiths, singers meet writers, guitarists meet pianists… the possibilities are endless.

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Upcoming events

June Session – an afternoon of original music

Sunday 2 June @ 3:30 pm
BAR 303
303 High Street Northcote
Entry by gold coin donation


We have a host of new talent at the Guild this month plus a few of our favourites. An afternoon at the Guild always brings the goods – often the funny, the heartbreaking and the provocative. Many times we are blown away by the level of talent on display and this session will no exception.

Come along and be a part of this diverse and evolving event! At the Guild, we're all about participation and supporting local artists. You can show your support by coming along, bringing some friends and also by sharing our Facebook event to help spread the word about our community of musicians. All are welcome.

June Songwriting Workshop

Monday 10 June @ 7:30 pm
Rose Shamrock Hotel
709 Plenty Rd, Reservoir

Stuck on a song? Not sure if it’s working? Crowdsource it! At our songwriting workshops, participants take turns playing a song to each other and get feedback, comments, suggestions, etc. It’s great for improving your songs and learning to think about them in different ways.

If you want to come, please RSVP by Friday 7 March to: (Numbers are limited: we only have time to work on eight or nine songs, so the ninth or subsequent RSVPer may miss out on sharing their own song.)

Vale Malcolm Turnbull, RIP


Here at the Guild we had a much better Malcolm Turnbull than the rest of Australia. A long-time friend of the Guild, Malcolm was a quiet, warm, and kind human who was a great encourager to other songwriters. He wowed us and moved us with his beautiful songs: deeply personal and poignant ballads that spoke directly to our hearts, and wryly humourous social commentary. Malcolm’s work really embodied the aphorism that poets help us understand how we feel by telling us how they feel. Malcolm was going to play at our October 2018 session, but was unexpectedly taken ill a few days beforehand and rushed to hospital. He died a few days later. We will miss him, and express our condolences to his loved ones.

Regular events


Members of the Guild take turns playing three-song sets of their original material. Sessions happen bimonthly on Sunday afternoons at Bar 303 (303 High St, Northcote), from 3:30 to 6:45 pm. Email to book a spot.

Dates for 2019 (the first Sunday of even-numbered months except february's will be on the second Sunday):


Participants take turns playing a song to each other and get feedback, comments, suggestions, etc. great for when you're working on a new song and are a bit stuck with it or not sure about it. Workshops happen monthly on Monday evenings (the second Monday of each month except January) at the Rose Shamrock Hotel (709 Plenty Rd, Reservoir), from 7:30 to 9:30. Places limited. Email to register.

Dates for 2019 are:

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The Darebin Songwriters' Guild greatly appreciates the financial support given by the City of Darebin.

© Darebin Songwriters’ Guild 2019