Oliver Mann announces first shows for 2016

…announcing some shows for 2016:


BWV147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" (pt 1), JS Bach, Scots Church (Bass solo), cnr Russel and Collins st, city, Melbourne – Feb 28


Autumn in D, performing new solo original music (w guitar/ harmonica), Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston st, Carlton – Feb 28



St John Passion, JS Bach, Scots Church, city Melbourne, (Pilatus, Bass solos) – Good Friday March 25


Mass in B Minor, JS Bach, (Bass solos), touring VIC with the Australian Chamber Choir:

Geelong, March 16

Mornington, March 19

Macedon, April 2

Middle Park, April 3



Messiah, GF Handel, Melbourne Recital Center (Bass solos) – April 9



BWV104 "Du Hirte Israel", JS Bach, St John's Southgate (bass solos) – April 10


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Oliver Mann performs the Bass solos in two Baroque Masterpieces

Handel's Messiah on Saturday evening in the one and only Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Hall of the Melbourne Recital Center, and then one of my favourite Bach Cantatas, BWV104, in the morning on Sunday. Please come.

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NOW THE OTHER ONE: St John Passion by Bach this Friday – FREE

St John Passion free performance this Friday at Scots church in the city, Melbourne, Australia.

Lucky enough to perform in two of JS Bach’s passions in the space of a few months. What a blessing. These are real musical treats. The St. John Passion is a different beast to the St Matthew. It tells the tale of the crucifixion according to the apostle John. If you’re someone who subscribes to a particular religion or not is irrelevant – what’s more relevant is if you are interested in the universe, its stories and its sounds.
Come and hear this amazing piece in completion, in a beautiful setting (the beautiful floral displays kind of explode from the church’s altars, remnants of Malcolm Fraser’s funeral held in the exact same space about a week ago, like fireworks). Either in Geelong tonight, or in Melbourne city this Good Friday:
St John Passion
Wednesday April 1 8pm
The Basilica of St Mary of the Angels
136 Yarra st.


Friday April 3 8pm
Scots church
cnr Russel and Collins st, city
free (get there early for a good seat)

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A list of approaching shows for Oliver Mann, including several Bach cantatas, a support for Augie March and a surfing extravaganza.


SUN 26 OCTOBER – JS BACH’s Cantata BWV63
“Christen Atzet, diesen Tag” (For 4 soloists, chorus, strings, 3 oboes, Bassoon, 4 trumpets, timpani and continuo), 9am @ St John’s Lutheran Church, Southgate, city, Melbourne.

WED 29 OCTOBER – supporting Augie March
at Howler in Brunswick (SOLD OUT). I’ll be performing a set of original songs with a saxophone duet (Steve Majstorovic & Sav Blount)

I’ll be performing two songs with Mick Turner and a full ensemble, to accompany a surfing film called The Spirit of Akasha, which explores the beauty of surfing and is inspired by the 70s cult surfing film “Morning of the Earth”.

A concert consisting of two Bach Cantatas performed in the beautiful Newman College Chapel, Melbourne University on 7:30PM ON SATURDAY 29, then a repeat performance at 9am on SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER at St John’s Lutheran Church, Southgate:
JS BACH, Wachet auf (BWV 140)
JS BACH, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (BWV 20)

FRI 9 JANUARY 2015 – JS BACH St Matthew Passion
7:30pm St. Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat – a rare performance of this piece opening the 20th annual Ballarat Music Festival.

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One of the most surreal shows I have played

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Maramingo 2014 – Sunset set.

Mt. Martha 8-2-'14

photo 1- Kess Broekman-Dattner

photo 2- Lucie Burns-Warr

photo 3- Iain Excellent

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Collaborating with Mick Turner for DON’T TELL THE DRIVER and SPIRIT OF AKASHA…

Performing/ collaborating with Australian guitarist/ composer Mick Turner on new album and a new surfing film.

A highlight of the last couple of months has been working with guitarist/composer Mick Turner on both his recent album Don't Tell the Driver and the soundtrack for a new project Spirit of Akasha, which re-imagines and celebrates the 1971 cult surfing classic The Morning of the Earth. I'll be in Sydney tomorrow eve at the Opera House performing GWayne Thomas' song The Morning of the Earth for the world premiere of Spirit of Akasha at the Sydney Festival, I'll also be guesting for Mick at his Melbourne launch for Don't Tell the Driver on Jan 31 at the Northcote Social Club, as well as his support slots for Cat Power at the Thornbury Theater. 

See this powerful video from Mick's new album (Song: The Bird Catcher) – it's truly something from heaven:


Here's a promo for Spirit of Akasha:


Read about the projects in the Sydney Morning Herald here


See you soon Sydney.


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Two of Melbourne?s utmost creative musicians team up for one special show at the end of November. They also happen to be brothers.

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NOVEMBER 30, 2013, 7PM
$20 ON THE DOOR (If available)


Two of Melbourne’s utmost creative musicians team up for one special show at the end of November. They also happen to be brothers.

Paddy Mann, aka Grand Salvo, continues to gain wider acclaim and devoted fandom with each new work. His most recent album, 2012’s Slay Me In My Sleep combined sweeping vision and intimate beauty, its orchestral style reach providing a tale of star-crossed lovers in novel-like fashion. From humbler folk beginnings, Grand Salvo continually pushes at the edges of traditional songwriting – a feat recognised with one of Australian music’s highest accolades in being shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize for Slay Me In My Sleep.

Similarly ambitious, affecting and wonderfully entertaining are the songs of Oliver Mann. Dividing his time between singing with the Victorian Opera and his own music, Oliver moulds the rawness of folk and blues narrative with operatic vision, carried in no small part by the extraordinary range of his voice. Oliver’s compelling presence on stage and record exhibits a man equally in thrall to drama and wonder. His latest album, Slow Bark, is a collection of songs previously released as seven-inch singles The Vine has described as for ‘fans of Antony Hegarty’.

In this rare-coming together, both Manns will perform with full bands in the gorgeous surrounds of Melbourne’s Assembly Hall.


ASSEMBLY HALL is in the heart of Melbourne City, accessible by many forms of public transport. Public transport will run past this area right through Saturday evening of November 30.


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SLOW BARK – Melbourne launch.

Oliver Mann – Slow Bark.
Album Launch – August 11, 2013, 1:30pm
Northcote Social Club
support from Leo Mullins.





when: Sunday August 11, 2013, 1:30pm

where: Northcote Social Club

tix: click here

facebook: here

Playing times:




Show details:

Slow Bark is the third album release by Oliver Mann. Previously released in part as an extremely limited 7" series, these works (recorded in part by?Stereolab's Andy Ramsay and Super Melody's James Cecil among others) sprawl and unfurl laterally, with striking ballads dissipating into lingering codas ensconced in space and atmosphere.

In recent years, Mann has played alongside luminaries, Joanna Newsom, Sarah Blasko, and?Mick Turner (Dirty Three), while steadily building a reputation and career within an operatic and sacred context including various roles with Opera Australia,?Victorian Opera and the renowned Bach program at St. John's Southgate.

It is this very coalescence between Mann?s work?within the classical cannon and his re-imagining of it that make his oeuvre so intriguing.

Support for this one-off Sunday matinee show on August 11 will come in the form of a short set from the wonderful Leo Mullins, whom is well-known for his involvement in the outfits Two-Litre Dolby, Friendly Injun and Small Knives.


NB – small kids are welcome with an adult.


Venue details:

Northcote Social Club
301 High St Northcote VIC 3070
Bar Ph: 9489 3917

via www.northcotesocialclub.com
ph: 1300 724 867
or in person from the Corner Box Office
57 Swan Street, Richmond
Monday 9am-6pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-8pm and Saturday 10am- 8pm

Some local taxi companies are:
Silver Top ? ph 131 008
Arrow ? ph 132 211
Combined ? ph 132 227

From the city, take an Epping line train to Northcote Station (approx 15mins).
From the station turn right into Separation St and then right into High St.
We are about a 5min walk from the station.

Take the number 86 Bundoora RMIT tram from Bourke St heading north.
The trip takes about 20mins and you should get off at stop #32, one stop after the Northcote Town Hall.

The Northcote Social Club is situated on the corner of High St and Hawthorn Rd in Northcote.
The Melways Reference is Map 30 F8.

There is a large public carpark at the rear of the hotel, access is from Hawthorn Rd and Separation St.

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Japan Tour 2013

This Tour is in support of new release “SLOW BARK”, due out in Australia soon, through LO/ Fuse distribution.

OLIVER MANN - 2013 POSTER - FINAL - WEB largeJUNE 4 – KYOTO, UrBANGUILD, w/ Fuchigami to Funato

JUNE 5 – OSAKA, Martha, w/ Takeo Toyama

JUNE 6 – KOBE, Guggenheim House, w/ Fuchigami to Funato

JUNE 8 – TOKYO, Nanahari, w/ Noppo no Goonie, MMM

JUNE 9 – YOKOHAMA, shichoshitu sono2, w/ Noppo no Goonie

This Tour is in support of new release “SLOW BARK”, due out in Australia soon, through LO/ Fuse distribution.

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