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Talking Songs with Rose Turtle Ertler

Picture of Rose playing banjo

Sunday 4 December @ 3:30 pm
BAR 303
303 High Street Northcote
Entry by gold coin donation

For our last session of the year, the Darebin Songwriters’ Guild presented Talking Songs: where as well as a selection of Guild members playing their songs, a feature artist played an extended set along with some commentary and discussion about the songwriting process and working as a musician and songwriter.

For December we had Tasmanian-born Central Victorian-based multi-instrumentalist Rose Turtle Ertler who incorporates ukulele, banjo, guitar, and more into a varied show of her original wonky folk songs. Rose has toured extensively in Australia as well as Europe and has played at ukulele festivals in New York and New Zealand. In addition to this, Rose also facilitates community arts projects. She is currently working with a group of elderfolk in Ballarat on a project Rebel Elders; preparing for a show for the Castlemaine State Festival with local refugees, and has recently initiated a new project called the Complimentary Caravan.

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Rose’s set was bookended by short performances by

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 2017:


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 at the Rose Shamrock Hotel (709 Plenty Rd, Reservoir), from 7:30 to 9:30. Places limited. Email to register.

The workshop scheduled for 13 February 2017 has been cancelled

Dates for 2017: