From bowls to bands

Brisbane Unplugged Gigs.

By Kate McGrath Burgess

Every Tuesday night the New Farm Bowls Club trades in its bowls for a microphone with the Brisbane Unplugged Gigs (BUG).

BUG nights give local artists an opportunity to perform on a stage for a live audience.

Owner and organiser Richard Halligan said the BUG provides top-shelf entertainment.

“Tuesday nights at the New Farm Bowls Club have become a drawcard for the local community and for other live music fans from all over Brisbane and beyond,” he said.

“Bringing music to the suburbs gives vitality and life to the city and the community.

“We now have regulars – people who come along ‘on spec’ to enjoy the music.

“So, there’s a special kind of BUG community which has grown up around these nights.

“The BUG brings people together and fosters friendships.”

At the BUG nights, the blackboard announces booked acts and spots are also left free for spontaneous performances.

Proceeds from the door entry go straight back into the artists who perform.

Folk duo Sadie and Jay are using their BUG performance this month to launch their new album, A Passing of Seasons.

“We have come a long way since we met at the BUG and it’s a real milestone for us to be releasing our third album,” Sadie said.

“In a way it’s trying to give back a little for all the encouragement and friendship we have received over the years.

“It will be a very special night for us.

“The BUG is so welcoming and easy-going.  

“You feel like you’re a part of a big family reunion which is felt by newcomers as well as those who’ve been attending a long time.

“A great passionate friendly crew, the best professional sound engineering, lighting and stage set-up, all makes the BUG a fabulous performance venue.”

BUG performances are on every Tuesday night at the New Farm Bowls Club. To get involved, contact Richard at