Music: High Tea at Glebe Town Hall


An offer of High Tea always piques’s interest. Addy Fong finds out more:

It’s been a wonderful start to 2015 for Sydney’s live music scene with many performances really celebrating the magic of summer. Be it a high-energy gig or an intimate performance under the stars, Sydney knows how to put on a show.

Raise those pinkies because this year High Tea, a non-for-profit evening of music, is back. Returning in 2015 for a one-off performance at the beautiful Glebe Town Hall this Saturday February 7th, the candlelit event will be accompanied by tea aplenty and musical performances from both The Maple Trail and Phia thanks to support from Common Eclectic’s spaces + places series.

The Maple Trail, project of multi-instrumentalist Aidan Roberts (Belles Will Ring, Lanie Lane, Tubular Bells For Two), will be accompanied by special guest artists for this one-off performance at High Tea.

maple trailPainting tales of contrast between winter and summer, light and dark, love and loss, and tigers and Tasmania, Roberts’ music will journey from the traditional English and Scottish folk-based music roots towards a skewed Americana encapsulated by distinct vocals and guitar storyscapes.

Joining The Maple Trail is Berlin-based Phia (pictured, top), whose classically-trained vocals has led to the formation of a joyous, hypnotic and dance-inducing sound created using nothing but an African Kalimba, her voice and a loop pedal.

High Tea, which has been running fortnightly in Surry Hills for over five years, is a celebration of what Sydney’s live music scene has to offer. So if you’re free this Saturday 7th February, then you should toast in the new year (it’s never too late to celebrate) with a nice cup of tea and a chin wag. You can even try out that handmade tea cosy (or what resembles a tea cosy) you knitted during the times you tried to avoid those awkward family conversations about discount ottomans by distracting yourself with a mindless activity. Needless to say, it’s a good idea to head over to High Tea at the Glebe Town Hall this Saturday and lose yourself in amongst the music, cups of tea, and all round friendly banter.

And if you happen miss this event, don’t worry because High Tea will be back at its usual home in Surry Hills, every fortnight from Thursday 19th February.

When: Saturday 7 February at 7.00pm

Where: Glebe Town Hall, 160 Saint Johns Road, Glebe NSW

Tickets: $15.00 + $1.90 booking fee via MoshTix.



Words by Addy Fong