Mystery Musician of the Month-Matt Barnes


Matt Barnes


If you’re walking down Boundary street past the Vulture street corner, you may be lucky enough to hear the bitter sweet, lonesome sounds of some “Paris, Texas” style, laid-back slide guitar, or some foot-stomping rumbly rock n’ roll riffs that give your step a bit of a lift as you’re crossing at the lights.

Yes Matt Barnes, street musician, has set up his pitch at his favourite spot outside the chemist. (Best acoustics for busking in West End, or so I’m told)

Following his musical dream for over fifteen years, Matt plays a diverse range of guitars and related instruments, as well as being a vocalist and occasional harmonica player. His love of the music of the American Deep South shines through in his playing, with nods to Blues, Funk and Gospel.

Currently when not found on his home turf he can be found wandering around Brisbane’s familiar busking locations entertaining the people. He has plans to launch projects teaching and recording in the near future.

A man who believes in his Art don’t miss his performance this

Sunday 23rd February, at 2pm,

at the Olde Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street West End,

on the edge of Musgrave Park.



KUDOS to the Kurilpa Poets, SUN 28th July

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Kudos was born and raised on the Sunshine coast of Australia, with a close, inspirational family background (Father: magician/novelist Mother: interior designer/studio owner Brother: fruit world renegade/fellow mc; Babek) he was quick to register with the expressive arts. Emceeing since he was twelve, the art of writing, rapping, poetry and performance has been a fundamental part of Kudo’s upbringing and development among the ages. Now that he has graduated into the wilderness the goal has been set, each day here forth is a day of progression, striving for an honesty only dreamt of in previous moments.


‘Im drunk on thought, manifesting verdicts in an open court.

Hoping soars close before they open more.

Hoping for a happy end, thinking that I’ve had my fun, it’s over for me.

Time and time again my thinking opens doors.’




Greetings all. The Kurilpa Poets return 2pm, Sunday 28th July,

at the Olde Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street, West End,

on the fringes of Musgrave Park.



as Master of Ceremonies & Agent Provcateur


As always we’ll have

Brisbanes Openest “Open Mic” Sessions,

So make sure you bring some poems or a story,

you can perform, sing or read from the page,

be it your own work or something you love,

Take your chance to take centre stage!




Check out our web-site in coming days

for more details on this enigmatic local songstress.


On a Visual note; Illuminating the walls this month will be

the bizarre imaginings & cartoon stylings

from the twisted mind of esteemed local Marxist (Groucho Faction) visual-artist,


Shane has a way of taking the most commonplace household objects

and making them look, well..strange, so be warned!


Tea, coffee & light refreshments provided as part of the entry price. We also

encourage the community-minded to bring a plate

to contribute to the feast.



Finally, at 4ish, a special screening of


Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, starring Gerard Depardieu,

This classic film of the great 18th Century Poet, Lover and Duelist,

he of the enlarged proboscis & silver tounge, Cyrano de Bergerac.

With English Subtitles translated by Anthony Burgess into rhyming couplets,

this is a swashbuckling poetic extravaganza not to be missed!


ENTRY a mere $5/ $3 for members & the poor

Ample Parking onsite. Close to Public Transport.

Bring a poem and a plate! Don’t be late!

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Robin Archbold performs May 26th!

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Yes its a big event this month at the Kurilpa Poets for we are honoured to have as our Feature poet of the Month the legendary performance poet Robin Archbold.

Robin is not only an absurdly talented wordsmith and performer but a major player in keeping the Performance Poetry Scene alive. The only person to ever win both the the Woodford Poetry Slam and Woodford Inspirational Story Award, feature poet at Australian Poetry Slam Final, Qld Poetry Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Salt on the Tongue Poetry Festival, Gympie Music Festival, Page vs Stage Qld State Library,, founder Sunshine Coast Spoken Word, 2 x Lismore Poetry Cups etc, etc.


Not only did he co-found the esteemed Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, which is the premier outlaw performance poetry event in Australia, but he put up $6000 out of his own pocket to launch it. Did I not say he was a legend?

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So come along to see this his only Brisbane show, there’s sure to be verbal fireworks aplenty. And did I mention he’s one of our funniest poets?

As well we’ll be having our usual fun and games with the Openest open Mic in town, and the Reverend Hellfire will be entertaining us with his experimental audio-visual poetic projections.

Giving the Reverend a break from Ringmaster duties,  Guest MC this month is the dashing young Sasha Cuha from the League of Extraordinary Poets

 And of course there’ll be music in the air provided by our Mystery Musician of the Month, a Kurilpa Poets Institution, where we feature one of our fine local buskers during the interludes.

Tea, coffee and nibblies are provided as part of the entry fee, but we encourage the community minded to bring a plate or bottle or something to add to the spread.

Hope to see you there!

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Some of Robin Archbolds stuff can be seen at




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Calling all local Buskers!




“Mystery Musician of the Month!”




Calling all West End, indeed, calling all Brisbane Buskers; How’d you like to have a gig out of the wind and rain? Salvation is at Hand!


For it is the tradition of the Kurilpa Poets to have a Mystery Musician perform at our monthly events at the Olde Croquet Club Hall in Musgrave Park. We like to leaven our Words with Music, and indeed Performance and Visual Art are also tossed into the mix when in they’re in season.


And in order to foster community culture, it is our Policy to select each month one of our fine local buskers off the streets of West End to be the Kurilpa Poet’s Mystery Musician. (Favoured scouting locations include the Big Lizard and the corner of Boundary & Vulture outside the chemist.) We’ve had some great musicians enliven our sessions, with perhaps the blues/roots duo, “The Swampfish” evoking special memories with their down-home tunes.


But now we’re casting the net wider and inviting all local Buskers and Musicians in general to apply for this esteemed gig. Just get in touch with us here at the Water-Rat Gazette or at;


or send us an email to;


and you can send us a demo or tell us when and where you’re busking.

For full details go to

Kurilpa Poets; END OF YEAR SLAM!


Kurilpa Poets End of Year Slam!

 Greetings Friends!

The Year is drawing to a close, the Mayan End-of-the World Doomsday Event is nearly upon us, but fear not, for on Sunday, 25th November, at 2pm, the Kurilpa Poets are holding their annual End-of-the-Year Slam!

A traditional feature of this Slam is that no effort goes unrewarded, for every competing poet recieves a small mystery prize! And what does the Winner get, you ask? (Roll of drums) The Poet awarded First Place will receive:

* a $50 cash prize in unmarked, non-sequential bills.

* A handsome certificate commemorating their Victory

* Plus; a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and a book of verses!

The winning poem will also appear on our website, the Water Rat Gazzette.

So come one, come all! The Slam is Free to enter. Poems can run up to 4 minutes or so. Bring a second poem in case your selected as a finalist. Props and instruments are allowed.


Plus Special Feature Poet; DAVID HALLETT

Besides the fun of the Slam, the Kurilpa Poets are proud to be able to present the Master Slammer and legendary Performance Poet,

David Hallett.

David is the founder and manager of two of Australia’s longest running and most esteemed poetry events; Byron Bay’s “Writers at the Rails” and Lismore’s “Live Poets.” He is also twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Sydney Writers Festival, as well as winning the 2003 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, the Byron Bay Festival Poetry Prize AND the “Spirit of Woodford Prize” in 2005.

His poetry jumps from page to stage, leap-frogging sexual, social and personal politics wearing its heart on its sleeve and its tongue firmly in cheek. He has performed in the beat Cafes of New York and the Sydney Opera House. Now he manifests in Brisbane for the Kurilpa Poets. Don’t miss this his only Brisbane show!


Plus this Months Mystery Musician; Tania Tulip

Each month the Kurilpa Poets selects one of West Ends fine buskers to appear as our “Mystery Musician” and provide a musical interlude. On this occasion we will be serenaded by the soothing sounds of Mz Tania Tulip and her Magical Ukulele.


Also appearing that day, to amuse the crowd with his unpredictable antics & fire-breathing poetry, will be

The Reverend Hellfire as Master of Ceremonies.

Non-attendees be warned; you will be excommunicated!


Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments; are generously provided by the Kurilpa Poets. But we’re just a bunch of poor poets, so we love it when people get involved and contribute something to the table. Be it a pack of bicuits or a loaf of bread or a bottle of cheap red, your gesture will be appreciated.


The Kurilpa Poets are conveniently located at

the Olde Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street, West End.

This charming little hall is situated just down from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the edge of Musgrave Park. Come and join us in its air-conditioned comfort.



The price for this fabulous event is a mere $5 for the waged and $2 for the poor.

We’re close to West End & Fairfield bus routes and there is on-site parking.

Hope to see you there!


Check out Kurilpa Poet updates, news and reviews on our website,

The Water-Rat Gazette

located at ;


David Hallett words and works can be found at