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There are two types of live acoustic music: there is the boring, lifeless kind that sound like it has been taken straight from the CD and then there is the entertaining kind that is either emotional or delivered in a way that sucks the audience in. Luckily all of the bands that performed on Saturday night fit into the latter catagory.

This gig was organised to help Yelka raise funds to record her debut album, and if tonight is anything to go by, it will definatly be one worth buying.

I missed out on the first support act but arrived just in time to catch the beginning of Georgia Fields‘ set. This was my first time seeing her live and apperently she usually performs with a band. Her music is a little on the quirky side and her lyrics were often witty. She mixed up her set by switching from guitar to keyboard to ukele. She is definently worth checking out.

It isn’t often that you get to witness someting truley orginal. When Tim McMillian introduced his band as “The Renagades of Goblincore” we knew we were in for a treat. Joined by a dummer and a bass player he played amazing metal style guitar on an acoustic guitar and would often interrupt instrumentals by shouting in what sounded like German. Occaisonally he would also join the bass player for some mournful sounding singing. this may sound bizzare on paper, and to an extent it was, his set was one of the most entertaing I’ve seen in quite some time. In between songs she would share hilarious stories (I won’t give anything away) and would often begin songs with instrumental covers of pop songs befor launching into some kind of crazy guitar jam. I highly recommend seeing them live if you can.

The final performer tonight was Yelka and her small band. Despite her young age, Yelka makes music that can be both touching and at times, humorous. She has an amazing voice and I wouldn’t be suprised if she ends of sharing the stage with the likes of Clare Bowditch in the near future. She played a mix of old and new material and even threw in a song about one of her bandmate’s habit of getting parking fines. Her set was cut short because of time restrctions, however it didn’t stop it being a great show.

Also, the people standing outside the door listening should be ashamed of themselves. Would it kill you to support the bands and pay $12?

Tim McMillan and Yelka are playing a show at the Northcote Social Club on the 19th of July, I hightly reccomend going. - Lauren Turner.


Discography

We are currently recording our debut EP which is due for release in February 2010.
We have released a Preview CD which consists of 3 songs two of which will be on the EP.
Our tracks are being streamed on our myspace. www.myspace.com/yelkamusic
Local radio stations are starting to get on board with us and will start rotating our songs in the next coming weeks.
Other songs can be found on www.triplejunearthed.com/yelka or www.youtube.com/user/yelkamusic

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Yelka Ishmakovich has been alive for twenty years, and she's been singing for nearly as long. By the time she was fourteen, singing alone was not enough, and she started playing guitar and writing songs too.
Yelka’s charmingly imperfect voice hovers gorgeously throughout minimal acoustic-based arrangements, gleaming with lyrical and instrumental hooks. Her slightly coy, yet genteel performances barely mask an artistic maturity well beyond her years.

In 2008, Yelka became the only soloist to date to reach the finals of the fifteen-year-old statewide Push Start battle of the bands competition, which landed her with the Push Start APRA Song Writer's award.

Following this delightful win, Yelka enamored audiences and judges alike at The 2008 Queenscliff Music Festival’s Foot In The Door competition, picking up first prize in the Acoustic category. 2009 has seen Yelka support artists at The Thornbury Theatre, The Northcote Social Club, and play her own packed-out headline show at Manchester Lane.

She has since been working diligently on developing her material for her debut EP release, which will be an accumulation of all her songwriting efforts thus far. Peppered with self-made words (‘Yelkaby’) and nonsense syllables, Yelka’s songs invite singalongs and infectious smiles. And in the same breath, Yelka delivers searingly personal renditions of love lost, gained and shared with friends. It’s no wonder this young songbird is receiving comparisons to hitmakers Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae.