2024 is here and it's good to see the music industry finally recovering after such a protracted break.

The year has started well having already enjoyed some new songwriting opportunities. I'm hoping to concentrate on not only writing with and for other artists, but also building on a new body of work for myself with a view to recording though I'm unsure of what form it should take. More exploration is required before any decision is made.  I'm also learning to play lap steel.

I see many of my music contemporaries have re-booted their touring schedules to promote new music and strongly encourage you to support your favourite artists by buying their music and merchandise and particularly by pre-purchasing tickets to their live shows. It's still a real struggle for these artists who are having to cancel shows due to low numbers. Many are independent artists like me which means we're often out of pocket even with great ticket sales. Keep an eye out on social media for who's in town.

Most importantly Let us all be kind, be patient and take care of each other.


Previous events

Belgrave Lantern Parade Festival

Inspiro (The Community Hub), 1616/1624 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave

Due to illness Michelle Chandler will no longer be performing with Neesy Smith & Sue Carr Amico as advertised. Instead Neesy Smith & Ian Green 'The Captain' will perform a 45min set as part of Belgrave Lantern Parade Festival, a yearly event that celebrates the winter solstice, community and creativity at the Hills through a display of hundreds of beautiful candle-powered lanterns. The event takes place during the shortest day of winter and marks the turning of the seasons towards spring. also features dancers, circus performers, and drummers of all kinds as well as food stalls, fire pits, and community singing along Burwood Highway, the main street of Belgrave. Kids’ activities include face painting and storytelling. Spectators will enjoy watching the parades and activities from the streets as thousands of lanterns light up the night. It starts from 5pm onwards and is free for all to attend.

Goddess Grooves as part of Midsumma Festival

Wesley Anne, 250 High Street, Northcote

Goddess Grooves, Midsumma's premiere women's music event, has been showcasing and celebrating our community's finest female musicians for over ten years. For many, it's become a Midsumma must-see! Goddess Grooves is a night of scintillating music, laughter and fun. Be entertained by artists Michelle Chandler, FJ Steele, Ruth Katerelos and Monique Kenny as they mesmerise you with their original music. From sweet soul grooves, heartfelt ballads, celtic tones and everything in between, these artists will enthral you as they perform on stage together, creating some special musical magic and collaborating on a cover or two. Limited Tix: $30 (+39c booking fee) / $25 (+33c booking fee). Please note JoJo Smith will not be performing as previously advertised. (Subject to Covid Restrictions).

$30.00 / $25.00


Goddess Grooves

Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran VIC 3181

Goddess Grooves has been Midsumma's premiere women's music event for over 15 years. This year, join us for another unique and diverse line-up, all on stage together at once. Be transported by the talent of Michelle Chandler and her authentic song-writing that crosses many genres. Be inspired by Jo Jo Smith who takes her audiences on a lyrical, musically diverse journey from blues to R&B & jazz. Be touched by Michelle Parson's honesty and insight, with songs that will stay with you for days.These artists will entertain you with original tunes and covers; jamming and adding harmony magic. Join us at Chapel Off Chapel for a great night out & a few surprises. Bring your with friends and listen to some of our communities finest. Don't miss it! Tix info to come.

Ectopia Earth Festival 2020

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Yarra Junction Parklands, 2458 Warburton Highway , Yarra Junction

Yarra Valley ECOSS is a vibrant and innovative Community Environment Park, creating and supporting sustainable living solutions in the Yarra Valley. Ecotopia Earth Festival- Community Sustainability Festival, Sunday March 29th, 10am-4pm Yarra Junction Parklands. Prepare yourself for a plethora of great entertainment! All Free, All Accessible and Inclusive! This Ecotopia will host the famous 'The Valley's Got Talent' show, Parade, 2 Stages, large Eco Market, Waste Free Festival, The Dreaming Space Circus, the Tale of a Whale, Dr Jazz, Phoebe Laidlaw, The Anecdote, Neesy & The White Pearls (2pm), Community Climate Choir, Tapes Band! Stallholder Applications found at

Extremely talented, Melbourne based artist Michelle Chandler, blends Acoustic Folk, Jazz and Blues with perfect vocals to create a solid, original sound. Don’t miss this act!”

— Portland Music Festival