Live in the Lyre is Burrinja’s lush, intimate live music, comedy and cabaret program. Supporting live, local and emerging artists with distinctive performances that create an electric atmosphere, perfect for a great night out with your favourite people.


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Ryley Duncan presents The Music of Bon Iver, ft. Amelia Evans ~ Live in the Lyre

Sat 9 Sept @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room
Cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. 

Ticket holders will be contacted separately and receive a full refund.

Joined by his friends and collaborators, Ryley Duncan’s performance explores the music of Bon Iver. Each arrangement pays homage to the raw honesty of Bon Iver’s song writing, while exploring the vast wilderness of improvisational possibilities.

Weaving elements of jazz and neo-classical, listeners will hear the personality of each musician, whilst still allowing space for open improvisations within the pieces.

A heartfelt, honest and enduring performance celebrating the perpetual profundity and artistic individuality of Bon Iver and their vast musical catalogue.

Ryley Duncan is an award-winning composer and a graduate of The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. His contemporary compositional approach is heavily inspired by composers such as Ambrose Akinmusire and Kenny Wheeler, utilising the knowledge passed through their music.

Support Act ~ Mel Taylor

Mel Taylor forged her sound in Victoria’s High Country, possessing a compelling voice and lyrical knack for storytelling that is authentically Australian. Shortlisted in the ‘2021 Australian Folk Music Awards’, the alt-folk songwriter performs alongside Bec Goring on electric guitar (Merpire), Isaac Gunnoo on bass (The Maes), and Maddison Carter on drums (Stav).

Taylor’s latest single, ‘Remember Who You Are’, showcases her heartbreakingly rich vocals and ‘beyond her years’ songwriting prowess, laden with dark country undertones. Mel Taylor is one lady you want to keep your eye on, with her debut album currently in the works proudly supported by APRA.

Tickets - $30 - $35






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Sarita McHarg & Band ~ Live in the Lyre 

Sat 14 Oct @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room

Australia is a vast melting pot of cultures from many different countries. Since arriving in Australia, Dr Sarita McHarg has been exploring different ways to combine the music of her own culture with that of fellow musicians here. Subsequently, their music represents the literary taste, folklore and classical tone of many cultures in a unique blend of Indian, Sufi, Greek, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and Hebrew music. Their inspiration is to preserve the various cultural elements and instrumentation and, at the same time, take the music forward.


Dr Sarita McHarg (Sitar & Vocals)
Yuval Ashkar (Oud & Vocals)
Pantelis Krestas (Bouzouki)
Jonathan Dimond (Bass guitar)
Matt Stonehouse (Percussion)
Manmit Singh (Tabla)

Supported by Jenna Campbell:

Jenna Campbell is an exciting live-looping artist with attention-grabbing guitar skills and an engaging sound that builds with a depth of emotion and a sense of adventure.

Jenna's layered instrumental music will transport you to other times and places as she fuses world music elements with progressive metal & jazz-funk.


Tickets - $30 - $35





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Minor Gold ~ Live in the Lyre 

Thu 2 Nov @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room

Minor Gold are the new Americana/Folk duo featuring ARIA nominated, award-winning songwriters Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons. Living in a van whilst touring as solo artists in early 2020, Parsons and McNeil hightailed it out of Melbourne Victoria up to sunny Queensland, narrowly avoiding the winter as the first lockdown occurred. Holed up in the land of palm trees and perfect weather, the duo subsequently wrote their debut album ‘Minor Gold’ – released August 11, 2023.

Weaving masterful harmonies around stripped-back, organic arrangements that draw on the breezy sounds of 70’s west-coast pop, the daydream haze of 60’s folk to the ballad-power and polaroid romance of the 80’s, Minor Gold display a spellbinding musical connection throughout this superb collection of songs.

“The pairs real superpower is their melodic vocal interplay and sixth-sense harmonies…Imagine standing at a crossroads, halfway between Laurel Canyon and a sandy palm tree cove. These are the intoxicating sounds you might hear drifting on that summer breeze.” - Chris Familton Rhythms Magazine

In under a year, Minor Gold have released three singles, each added to national high rotation on Double J. In February 2023, the duo charmed audiences at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, and have just completed a 26+ date North American Tour with an Official Showcase at the AmericanaFest in Nashville and additional shows supporting The Teskey Brothers in major venues in the U.S. & Canada.


Tickets - $30 - $35





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Xani ~ An Inaccurate History of Electronic Dance Music ~ Live in the Lyre

Fri 17 Nov @ 8.00pm | Lyre Room

Xani, the award-winning musical alchemist, brings her latest album 'An Inaccurate History of Electronic Dance Music' to life, Live in the Lyre. Get ready to be transported to a limitless and timeless musical world, with Xani's string-filled genre-expanding tracks.

Join us for a night of boundless dancing, soulful music and powerful vocals. Experience the music of Xani, who has been awarded 'Best Musician' at the Music Victoria Awards and whose sound and voice have won over fans at packed theatres, small steamy jazz venues, nightclubs, and even on Twitch, where she has thousands of followers.

'An Inaccurate History of Electronic Dance Music' is an acutely personal interpretation of the evolution of electronic dance music, and Xani, along with her musical collaborators and friends, will take you on a journey through its (inaccurate) history chapter by chapter. From the wide-eyed naive 'Michelle' to the euphoric fast tempos of 'B U Want 2 B', this album weaves through the blurring world of acid house, disco, psytrance, and more, with Xani's two self-produced tracks, 'Astrojet' and 'Road Trip'.

Don't miss this chance to experience the musical alchemy of Xani and friends, as they bring their unique sound to the stage. Let's dance together and wonder what the future of electronic dance music might sound like.

“May this collection of songs transport you, inspire you and fill your hearts with disco smiles. This is my inaccurate history of electronic dance music, dreamed up straight from my heart to yours.” - Xani


Tickets - $30 - $35