Music in Vincent

Support for spaces where performers and audiences can experience original live music is vital to fostering creativity in our suburbs and for connecting people in an increasingly digital world. The Music in Vincent project began in 2019 with the aim to record and showcase the stories of key people associated with live music venues in the City of Vincent. 

Thirteen interviews were conducted in 2019 with musicians, venue owners, program directors and bookers connected with five iconic live music venues in the Vincent area, past and present.

The interviews were conducted by Dr Adam Trainer and filmed and edited by Chris Murray. The project was a collaboration between the Local History Centre and the State Library of Western Australia. 

The following five YouTube clips were created from interview footage filmed at each venue. Full transcripts and audio files are available via the City of Vincent library catalogue and State Library of Western Australia online catalogue. 

The Charles Hotel – The Perth Blues Club

Opening in 1955, the Charles Hotel in North Perth has long been a supporter of live music in Perth. The Perth Blues Club took up residency at the Charles Hotel in the early 1990s and the Charles has been home to the blues in Perth ever since. Music in Vincent presents three long-form interviews with Charles Hotel owner Chris Angelkov, musician and Perth Blues Club President Rick Steele, and musician Peta Lee

The Ellington Jazz Club

Located in Beaufort Street Perth, the Ellington Jazz Club has provided a bespoke listening environment for Perth jazz musicians and a growing community of jazz enthusiasts since 2009. Music in Vincent presents two long-form interviews with Ellington owner Bernard Kong, Program Director Cleo Schurrer and performer Ali Bodycoat

The Hyde Park Hotel

Located on the corner of Bulwer and Fitzgerald Streets in West Perth, throughout the 1990s the Hyde Park Hotel fostered a thriving grass roots music community with local bands playing an eclectic mix of music from punk and rock to hip-hop, dance music and experimental electronica. Music in Vincent presents three long-form interviews with former owner and manager Paul Higgins, bartender and musician Tara John and former booking agent Luke Rinaldi

The North Perth Ethnic Music Centre

Located in the North Perth Town Hall’s Lesser Hall, the North Perth Ethnic Music Centre was set up by musician Linsey Pollock in 1982. His vision was for a community arts organisation that celebrated the diverse cultural roots of the many communities in Perth’s inner city suburbs. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the North Perth Ethnic Music Centre offered music, educational programs and performance events, including the signature Friday night Café Folklorico, until relocating to Fremantle in 1996 where it became known as Kulcha. Music in Vincent presents three long-form interviews with centre coordinator Francis Fong, musician Mark Cain and administrator Marion Granich.

The Rosemount Hotel

The heart of North Perth since 1902, the Rosemount Hotel – or the ‘Rosie’ as it is affectionately known to locals, has been a champion of live music in Vincent, offering a range of styles and sounds since the 1980s. Community is integral to the venue’s ethos, with local music events a core part of the Rosemount’s live music programming. Music in Vincent presents three long-form interviews with Program Director Andrew Ryan, musician Vanessa Thornton and former booking agent Luke Rinaldi

To learn more about each of our Music in Vincent Artists click below.

Music in Vincent - Artist Biographies