New single Cyclamen!

Our new single Cyclamen premieres on Cyclic Defrost !

From our forthcoming album Deep Leads out 15 September through Mistletone



Nite Art @The Ian Potter Museum Melbourne Uni - 23 July

We're next appearing at Nite Art on Thursday 23 July at The Ian Potter Museum of Art Melbourne Uni, at 10pm. 🌜⭐🍷🎸❤
"From 6pm, Melbourne opens up for a night artwalk event, where you ‘curate your own night’, connecting with art, artists and the city. Explore art precincts activated with mini-events, off-site exhibitions, artist talks and installations.Finish off at the Potter with music by The Orbweavers from 10pm."

More details:

Performance with The Letter String Quartet at Abbotsford Convent 27&28 June

Presented in the ambient surrounds of The Oratory at Abbotsford Convent, The Letter String Quartet (TLSQ) bring new life to chamber music.

Featuring Steph O'Hara & Lizzie Welsh (violin) Biddy Connor (viola) and Zoe Barry (cello); TLSQ present three concerts over six months, each featuring collaborations and commissions from a variety of musicians and video artists. T

On June 27​th & 28​th 2015, TLSQ will be recording the performance with Marita Dyson of The Orbweavers. Marita will be performing songs composed by Biddy Connor and Maria Zajkowski. This concert is the first in a series of three concerts produced by TLSQ this year and the funds from this recording will go towards artist fees for concert two. Pre-order The Letter String Quartet 2015 Concert Series - Concert 1: Oculus Sonic-Live Recording via Bandcamp and get teaser track 'My Song' now plus the complete album the moment it's released.

This new version of 'My Song' features music & lyrics by Laura Jean with Arrangements by Biddy Connor. The track originally appears on Laura Jean's album 'A Fool Who'll' released on Chapter Records in 2011
instagram: theletterstringquartet


Sonic Series 2015 at The Abbotsford Convent

 Oratory, Sacred Heart building
    Individual Event: $30 / $22 conc.
    Season Pass: $80 / $60 conc.

Tickets here

New recordings soon ...

We are currently recording new songs. Stay tuned for more details.

In the interim we will post more pictures of Fern on our social media pages.

Just released: 'The Distant Call of Home'

The Distant Call of Home was written especially for ABC1 drama documentary series The War That Changed Us, which screened in August and September 2014. 

We are very happy to announce the single has just been released through iTunes via Mistletone/Inertia & Electric Pictures.

More details available at the link below:

Download 'The Distant Call of Home' from: iTunes


2015 Port Fairy Folk Festival

We are thrilled to be playing at the 2015 Port Fairy Folk Festival.

More information here:


The War That Changed Us - ABC Series

Over the summer of 2014 we worked on the soundtrack for ABC televesion series The War That Changed Us Produced by Electric Pictures.

Read more about our involvement in creating the theme song in this news article from Mistletone


Listen to the song 

NGV Friday 25 July - The Orbweavers Full Band

Friday 25 July - we perform in full band mode in the NGV Great Hall from 8.30 pm.

Ticket includes exhibition entry:  Italian Masterpieces from the Museo del Prado.

Drop by after work on Friday night, see the exhibition, then enjoy light dinner at Gallery Kitchen and an Italian inspired bar menu in the Great Hall, while we put on our last full band show for the year.

Cost $28 Adult Admission / $23 Member Admission / $10 Child Admission 
Venue NGV International, Ground Level.

NGV ticket link


'Winterbound' Sunday 20th July - The Tote

Join us for Winterbound at The Tote Hotel on Sunday 20th July - as part of City of Yarra's Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. Lots of bands from aftrnoon to well into the night. Black Cab + The Spinning Rooms + Early Woman + Jimmy Tait + Matt Bailey + The Infants + Duet (Harry Howard & Edwina Preston).

We'll be on at 5.30pm. Tickets available from The Tote Hotel.

Ticket Link.


Supporting MIDLAKE 24 May

We are supporting MIDLAKE (USA) at the Corner Hotel, Saturday 24 May.

This is exciting, and makes us want to include  all our bluestone and cedar songs in the set list.

Tickets from The Corner Hotel.


Preston Library Show, Heritage Week: Sunday 13 April - Free

We are very excited to play at Preston Library on Sunday 13 April at 3pm, for the launch of Heritage Week - a free event!

'Be beguiled by the mesmerising songs of The Orbweavers as they delve into local urban and environmental history and Melbourne’s evocative past. 

Our local history librarians will be on hand to share our unique collection of local and family history resources, including the Darebin Heritage website – an online resource with articles, photographs and other archival material documenting the people, places and events that have shaped Darebin.'

Preston Library:

266 Gower St, Preston, 3072 (Melways Ref 18 G12)

More information here

Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions + The Orbweavers trio

With their new album, Anywhere and Everything is Bright, receiving rave reviews and making the ubiquitous end-of-year best of lists, Flying Saucer is pleased to have Ron S. Peno & the Superstitions heading south on Friday 28th March to play their first headline show of 2014.

To add to the night, The Orbweavers will be supporting Ron and his troupe – a band that is mesmerising, haunting and heartwarming. Following performances at Bigsound and AWME in 2013, the group will begin the new year with performances at Melbourne Zoo Twilights and Golden Plains, as well as their much anticipated follow up to 2011’s brilliant Loom. 

This intimate show featuring both Ron S. Peno & the Superstitions and The Orbweavers is not to be missed. 

When: Friday 28th March 2014
Doors: 6.30pm (Seats/Dining), 8pm (GA) - Showtime: 8.40pm
Where: THE FLYING SAUCER CLUB - 4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick
Tickets: $29+bf (Reserved Seating), $20+bf (GA), $22 (Door)
More info:

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Night Snail and us!

Thank you all for your support and kindness this year - we hope you have a great 2014!

Best wishes and happiness from Melbourne,

m & s & Fern xxx

Summer Shows

Saturday 23 November 11 AM- Collingwood Childrens' Farm 'Celebrating Farming' event! 

More details here.

Saturday 21st December 7 PM - Supporting Darren Hanlon at his annual Christmas show, SYDNEY, St Stephens Anglican Church.

Information & tickets here.

Sunday 22 December 7:30 PM - Supporting Darren Hanlon at his annual Christmas Show, MELBOURNE, Northcote Social Club.

Information & tickets here.

Friday 21 February, 5.30 PM - Supporting Something For Kate at Zoo Twighlights 2014, Melbourne Zoo,

Information & tickets here.

Friday 28 February - 3 March - Nannup Music Festival 2014, WA

Information & tickets here.

Saturday 8 March - Monday 10 March - Golden Plains Music Festival

Information here.




The Orbweavers - AWME - Australiasian Worldwide Music Expo Showcase, 14 November 2013

We are thrilled to be appearing at AWME - Australasian Worldwide Music Expo for a very special full band show at The Toff In Town, with Sweet Jean and Maya Kamaty (Reunion Island).

Thursday 14 November 2013

8 PM - 11 PM

The Toff in Town, 2FL Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne


Bookings: 1300 438 849


Premiere! Ceiling Rose Film Clip

Our new film clip for 'Ceiling Rose' is premiering on Triple J Home & Hosed. 

Directed by our dear friends Noko Washiyama - aka Paper Trumpets, and Director of Photography Brian Cohen @ Umbershoot.

Check it out here.

Ceiling Rose / Match Factory - new release & tour

We have a new release - CEILING ROSE / MATCH FACTORY - Melbourne launches in September & national shows through October - details below. m&s x

About Ceiling Rose:

Ceiling Rose is a song about secrets and dreams, waking and worrying in the night, drifting between states of consciousness. A symbol of secrecy and confidentiality since ancient times, the ceiling rose is an enduring decorative feature in Australian interior architecture, and forms the central motif of this new single.

About Match Factory:

A dedication to suburbs Cremorne, Richmond & Abbotsford, industrial and working life, and remnant buildings such as Dimmeys, the Bryant & May factory and Yorkshire Brewery silos. A song about loss and leaving, Match Factory was written walking through the northern river suburbs of Melbourne around the time of the ‘super moon’ in June 2013.

About The Orbweavers:

Since releasing Loom The Orbweavers have been warming hearts and selling out shows with evocative songs and stories of local creeks & quarries (Merri), the yearnings of a bridled greyhound (You Can Run - Fern's Theme), and Melbourne’s historic sewerage pumping station(Spotswood), while continuing work on their forthcoming third album.

The Orbweavers are Marita Dyson on vocals, guitar and violin, Stuart Flanagan on vocals and guitar, Daniel Aulsebrook on trumpet, Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo) on bass, Jen Sholakis (Jen Cloher, Sailor Days) on drums and Stuart Lindsay on koto and organ.

Ceiling Rose / Match Factory is a digital release through Mistletone / Inertia - out on 16 August 2013.




Limited edition illustrated single containing two tracks, complimentary with entry to Melbourne shows.






Ceiling Rose / Match Factory

We return this winter with a new release - Ceiling Rose / Match Factory - which will be out digitally on Mistletone / Inertia from August 16.

We have announced a full band show at Melbourne’s Caravan Music Club on Friday September 20, with national launch dates to be announced very soon. Tickets include a very limited edition of Ceiling Rose / Match Factory as an illustrated CD single which will be complimentary with entry. Tickets have just gone on sale. You’ll need to book early if you want seats! ♥

Virginia Creeper - The end of May

In the waning sun
Autumn creeps away
Late May

Record Store Day 2013

Wishing everyone a happy Record Store Day! Sending good wishes all the local record stores who make our listening life so much richer.

Autumn Greetings

We hope the Easter Bear brings you a delicious salmon on this Happy Friday.

Best wishes from the garden and the wilderness.

The Orbweavers, Fern and the Easter Bear xx

Carnival of Suburbia show Caravan Music Club 15 March 2013

We are very excited about our full band show at Caravan Music Club for the  Carnival of Suburbia with Sailor Days! it will be our last full band show for a spell, while we focus on finishing our third album.

Seated tickets selling fast!

Tickets available here.



January - March News

Happy New Year - we hope you are well.

We have done some website renovations over the break, and hope you enjoy this new Merri Creek background. Our next show is supporting Julia Holter for her Laneway Festival sideshow:

Wednesday 6 February 8PM

Julia Holter (US) + The Orbweavers + Dear Times Waste (NZ) 

Toff in Town


Purchase tickets here


Interstate Shows - Sydney & Brisbane

Saturday 17 February 

Powerhouse Theatre, Turbine Platform


Two sets: 3.30 – 4.15/ 4.30 - 5.15pm

More information at Brisbane Powerhouse site.


Saturday 2 March - 7:30 PM

Openair Cinema Bondi Beach, prior to screening of 'Django Unchained' 


Purchase tickets here.


2013 Carnival of Suburbia Show

Friday 14 March - 8 PM

Caravan Music Club 


We are extremely thrilled to announce a special full band show for the Carnival of Suburbia.

This will be our last show before we take a break to finish our new record.

More information and tickets here.

November & December News

Here are the events we are involved in over the year-end season:

Monday 19 November - 9AM Free

Morning Ritual
Melbourne Music Week

Under the Flinders Lane arch of St Paul's Cathedral at Little King Cafe

With Sweet Jean


Tuesday 20 November - 6.30PM Free


Melbourne Music Week

We'll be performing at Embiggen Books reading from our favourite books and performing instore.


Friday 14 December - 7PM

Blackeyed Susans Christmas Show
Thornbury Theatre

We are very thrilled to be opening the Blackeyed Susan's annual Christmas show at the Thornbury Theatre, with Mikelangelo & Saint Clare.

Dinner bookings for the scrumptious Indian banquet are available.

Tickets: $25+bf pre-sales from & outlet

More information and tickets.


Sunday 23 December

Northcote Social Club

starring Ross McLennan + his ensemble (single launch) + The Orbweavers + Wintercoats + Mistletone DJs, this afternoon show kicks off at 2pm.
Tickets on sale now from The Corner box office

'We’re gonna celebrate Mistletone’s 6th birthday and the end of a bumper year with a Manatee Matinee Xmas party at Northcote Social Club (Melbourne) on Sunday, December 23. A matinee being a musical or dramatic performance, social or public event held in the daytime and especially the afternoon; a manatee being the most ridiculously cute mammal known to creation.

This merry occasion doubles as the launch of Ross McLennan‘s new single, Clarity b/w Dig This! — a captivating first taste of Ross’s eagerly awaited third solo album The Night’s Deeds Are Vapour, set for release in February. A much revered songwriter, Ross McLennan creates intriguing daydream sequences in his music, whilst engaging deeply with the most vexed and heartbreaking issues of our time. Accompanied by his ensemble of strings, woodwind and a choir, Ross’s rare live performances are richly orchestrated, lush, complex and simply breathtaking.

On a par for enthralling audiences are The Orbweavers, who will perform their enchanting songs accompanied by Marita Dyson’s equally entertaining and educational anecdotes from Melbourne’s rich forgotten urban history. The Orbweavers have just unveiled a beautiful new single The Hook, which will be available on iTunes as a digital single b/w Merri Christmas – Allocasuarina Remix(release date: November 23).

Opening the matinee is Wintercoats, a/k/a one man chamber pop orchestra James Wallace, who creates an entire universe to get lost in with his swoon-worthy violin/voice/loop pedal patterns. James has had a big year, touring the UK and Europe with The Townhouses, performing at Torstrassen Festival (Berlin) & Laboratorium festival (Heidelberg, Germany) playing a Cascine showcase for The 405 in London, and most recently being handpicked by Beach House as the sole support for their upcoming theatre shows in January.

Mistletone DJs will fill the intervals with musical oddities from the Miles Family Vaults, and most excitingly, every single punter will receive a handmade memento of the occasion featuring all-new tunes by Ross McLennan, The Orbweavers, Wintercoats and Montero; all designed to evoke squeals of joy worthy of the most jolly manatee. Doors open 2pm and tickets are on sale now; just remember, if you miss this, “dugong regret it”!*

* dad jokes not included

New Single Released

We are very happy to announce our new single: 'The Hook', which is a digital release through Mistletone Records this November, along with B side 'Merri Christmas Allocasuarina Remix'.
'The Hook' is about the end of season, time passing, gardening, small insects.
You can stream 'The Hook' here:

Final NGV Art After Dark

Dear friends,

On Wednesday 3 October we are playing a duet show at the NGV for the final Napoleon Art After Dark. Free. 6 - 7 pm. Lots of songs and stories related to the exhibition. Afterwards we'll have a glass of wine and watch the marvellous Luke Moller Quartet from 8 til 9 pm - come and say hello if you are around the south bank.
Hope everyone is well,

Marita x

June: NGV - Art After Dark - Napoleon: Revolution to Empire

We will be playing in trio mode as part of the National Gallery of Victoria's Art After Dark Series, on Wednesday nights in June, for the Winter Masterpieces exhibition - Napoleon: Revolution to Empire.

"Performing material from their recent album 'Loom' and debut release 'Graphite & Diamonds', The Orbweavers' performance will be interwoven with new songs and references to the decorative arts featured in Napoleon: Revolution to Empire, tracing connections between material culture, and contemporary life, through stories and song"

Wednesday 6, 13, 20, 27 June and 3 October 2012 - Free 5 - 9 PM.

Federation Court, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road

Finders Keepers Market - Saturday 21 April

We will be playing a trio show in the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building for the annual Finders Keepers indie design and art market in the Carlton Gardens. More details below - lots of bands and a vast array of art and design stalls.

More than 130 years ago, during the heady days of world fairs, the Royal Exhibition Building was constructed for an enduring role in Melbourne's life and landscape: to display, showcase and promote Victorian products - from the latest in scientific and industrial developments, to fine and decorative arts, and even mineral and botanical samples. The Royal Exhibition Building is the last standing hall of its kind in the world, and there cannot be more beautiful or appropriate location for the 2012 Finders Keepers market.

You might find us under one of the 1901 lunette murals.

Finders Keepers Market Website

Upcoming shows - Feb - April

We have the following shows coming up for the summer-autumn:
Saturday 25th February - Applecore Backyard Festival Thornbury (sold out)

Sunday 4th March - Goodbye Summer - National Gallery of Victoria Sculpture Garden with JVG Radio Method + Geoffrey O'Connor + Teeth & Tongue + Triple R DJs - FREE

Thursday 8th March - JVG Stopping All Stations Except East Richmond - Carnival of Suburbia opening night at the Caravan Music Club, with lots of very excellent bands.

Supporting Cass McCombs at The Corner Hotel Friday 17 February

Mistletone proudly presents Cass McCombs and his band for the first time in Australia, performing at The Corner on Friday February 17 with special guests The Orbweavers + Wintercoats. Tickets on sale now from The Corner box office.

Folk balladeer without peer, Cass McCombs is a true craftsman of lyrical storytelling. His songs are poetic and haunting, whimsical and playful, and offer a rare, tangible experience of the bittersweet. Prepare for an inspiring evening in the company of one of America’s most formidable contemporary songwriters.

December Shows

Friday 2 December - Cherry Bar, ACDC Lane, Melbourne City, 8 pm

Supporting the both iconic and brilliant Ron S Peno & The Superstitions

The Superstitions feature the marvellous Cam Butler on guitar, Andy Papadopoulos on bass, Tim Deane on keys and Mark Dawson on drums.

Saturday 17th - Gasometer Hotel - 48 Smith Street Collingwood, 8 pm

Supporting the wonderful Frank Fairfield (USA) on one of his Meredith Festival sideshows. Also appearing on the night will be our dear friends Khancoban.

Frank Fairfield Tickets


The Orbweavers + Sailor Days - Meeniyan Hall Sat 14th January

We are thrilled to announce a special summer regional Victorian show with Sailor Days at the beautiful Meeniyan Hall Gippsland, Saturday 14th January 2012. Presented by Lyrebird Arts Council.

"The old Mechanics Institute hall in Meeniyan, a South Gippsland town with a population barely touching on 500 people, has always been popular with music lovers. Built in the late 1930s, Meeniyan hall was a Saturday night dance hall favourite in the region right from its early days. As the years turned the style of music - and dances - changed, but the crowds always came. In the 1960s it drew big crowds for rock 'n' roll bands, with punters travelling from Wonthaggi, the Latrobe Valley and the eastern outskirts of Melbourne.

In the past decade Meeniyan hall has enjoyed a new renaissance, with high-calibre performers from Australia, and visiting overseas artists, making it a point of call on national tours.

 ...The room's wood panelled walls are an original feature from the 1930s and are hung with photographs of debutante balls, brass band performances and town gatherings - events which have graced the hall's wooden floor boards in days past." ABC


Encore Matinee - NSC - Sunday 12th February

We are very happy to announce an encore matinee show at Northcote Social Club in 2012:

"Following a sold-out launch, Triple R Album of the week, and Melbourne Music Week appearances, The Orbweavers return to NSC for an encore matinee show. Their latest album ‘Loom’ has warmed many hearts with evocative songs of local creeks, quarries, the yearnings of a bridled greyhound, volcanoes and sewerage pumping stations."

Tickets on sale Monday 12 December:

Loom - Launch 30th October

Our new album - "Loom". Launching Sunday 30th October at Northcote Social Club MATINEE. From 2 PM with The Townhouses - who are really lovely.

Supporting Tiny Ruins - Sydney, 27 November

We are thrilled to be supporting the very wonderful Tiny Ruins, from New Zealand, at a special Sydney show at the Red Rattler on Sunday 27th November. Tickets are here.

"Tiny Ruins had been quietly going about her business in New Zealand for some time, building a reputation for her intimate and beautiful live performances. Since the release of her debut album in July though, that is certainly changing.

Said the New Zealand Herald, “From time to time an album comes along that stops you in your tracks and demands you to listen. Tiny Ruins’ Some Were Meant For Sea is one such record”. Australian press were also smitten with triple j magazine writing, "Kiwi captures attention and hearts" and Mess & Noise noting, "the songs sway and heave with warmth and approachability"."

Supporting Frank Fairfield (US)

We will be supporting Frank Fairfield (US) - who is amazing! Along with our dear friends Khancoban.

17 December 2011 - at Gasometer Hotel, tickets here

New Album "Loom" - Launch Sunday 30 Oct

The Orbweavers launch their eagerly awaited new album "Loom" at Northcote Social Club on Sunday 30 October. This will be a matinee show, with doors opening at 2pm and support from The Townhouses. 

Songs from "Loom" (out October 28 on Mistletone) have already found a special place in Melbournians' hearts, thanks to Triple R and PBS who have devoted much airplay the gorgeous double A-side single Japanese Mountains/Spotswood -- a tribute to Japanese volcanoes and the historic Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station -- and new single You Can Run (Fern's Theme), an ode to the yearnings of a bridled greyhound. 

"Loom" was recorded throughout the Melbourne winter in Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan's home near Merri Creek, and is an evocative collection of 11 dark-tinged folk songs travelling through creeks, over quarries, under dangerous needlework, past bell birds and bridges, on a rising tide out to sea. 

Tickets are expected to sell out, so act quickly!

Purchase online here

“The Moon rises at the end of our street, over the Merri Creek. Most nights we walk with Fern, a retired racing greyhound, down towards the water, which follows an 800,000 year old lava flow – still visible as large swathes of basalt along the bank. Melbourne is threaded with waterways heading south towards the sea. Over the years streams, floodplains and even a saltwater blue lake in North Melbourne have been filled and realigned to expedite industrialisation of the city. The land itself still holds a memory, and during a wet season, water finds its old way home.

“By the late 1800s the Merri Creek and surrounds had been overtaken by bluestone quarries and clay pits for brick making. Later, after World War I, knitting mills and textile factories rose in the narrow streets. Most of these early industries have now gone, but remnants are visible: stone footings, chimneys and saw-tooth rooves to catch the light. The past is not completely erased – garment factories still hum in the backstreets; the clay soil cracks in summer and clings in winter. Casurarinas have been replanted along the creek bank, over long filled quarry holes, their fallen needles are a muted bed for our feet. These are some of the stories we were thinking about during the writing and recording of Loom.”

The Orbweavers are Marita Dyson on vocals, guitar and violin, Stuart Flanagan on vocals and guitar, Daniel Aulsebrook on trumpet, Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo) on bass, Jen Sholakis (Laura Jean, Sailor Days) on drums and Stuart Lindsay on koto and organ when he is in town.


“A particularly special Melbourne band …Graphite & Diamonds (is a) wonderful post-rock digital/acoustic masterwork, deep and dangerous, but also small and lovely” – THE AGE MELBOURNE MAGAZINE

“If Alice in Wonderland were ever to be filmed in the desert against a modern backdrop, then the soundtrack really ought to sound like this. File under ‘sublime and rewarding’” – TERRASCOPE UK

“Everything about The Orbweavers is effortlessly charming.” – BROADSHEET

“If you have a yearning to plunge into some intense daydreaming, you should definitely have a soundtrack to achieve this to… Atmospheric and spooky, if this album was a thing, it would be a ladybeetle with long eyelashes, knitting a shawl of silver and gold.” - PBS FM

“The Orbweavers have a delicate and subtle sound. I was drifting unfocused through the milky sweetness of Japanese Mountains until Marita Dyson started singing in Japanese and suddenly thought, “Wow, this is lovely.” The muffled horn in Spotswood has a similar effect – it pulls your attention; a glimmering focal point in the gentle waves of the melody. Beautiful” – BEAT MAGAZINE, SINGLE OF THE WEEK

“Shimmering music that is dark, but only in the sense that darkness can sometimes be comforting… an evocative album of ‘creepers’ – songs that slowly but surely wind their way into your consciousness. Take a 2am drive with the likes of Periods Of Light & Rock on the stereo and just try feeling like don’t you own the night!” – RAVE MAGAZINE


Melbourne Music Week Showcase - St Michael's Church

We are really looking forward to playing at this show on 25 November:

"Mistletone has a very special showcase planned for Melbourne Music Week’s Labels Live, a series of concerts curated by different independent Melbourne-based music labels.

The Mistletone-curated concert will be a unique and immersive experience, headlined by London-based HTRK, returning to their hometown of Melbourne for the first time in over five years with their much anticipated new album, Work (work, work), plus BeachesThe OrbweaversMontero & Wintercoats, all in the beautiful, ethereal surrounds of St Michael’s Uniting Church (corner Collins & Russell Sts, Melbourne)

High Noon Festival

We will be playing at Nortcote High Noon Festival on Sunday 18 September.

We'll be on at the Northcote Social Club!

More details here

New song - "You Can Run"

We have a new song out called You Can Run - from our forthcoming album Loom which will be released on Mistletone on 28 October 2011. The song is about our greyhound Fern.

You Can Run is on Mistletone's Soundcloud

New Album "Loom"

Our new album is nearly, nearly finished. We are going to the Merri Creek every day.

Mistletone Released Series Show

The Workers Club - corner Brunswick & Gertrude Sts, Fitzroy

Wednesday, August 17 · 8:00pm - 11:30pm

"Mistletone is proud to take our turn in the Workers Club "Released Series" indie labels showcase series with a lineup of the latest additions to the Mistletone family - Montero, The Orbweavers, Wintercoats + special guest DJ Rose Quartz.

Tickets $10 at the door. Every payer gets a three-pack of Mistletone CDs, and there will be acres of ludicrously discounted Mistletone back catalogue gems on the merch table."

Thanks to Bjenny Montero for the amazing and awesome artwork!



Winter Shows in July & August

We will be supporting some special winter launch shows in July and August -details below.

We'll be also be interweaving new songs from our forthcoming album Loom into the sets - songs about creeks & quarries, dangerous needlework, basalt foundations, rising tide and greyhounds... 

Sunday 24th July - Toff in Town, supporting Tiny Ruins (NZ) + Emily Ulman, $12, 7.30 pm

"Tiny Ruins are coming to Melbourne, playing a show at The Toff to launch their album Some Were Meant for the Sea. The album, which will be released in Australia July 1, was recorded late last year in the wilderness of South Gippsland. Tiny Ruins is Hollie Fullbrook, a New Zealand musician and songwriter, who started out writing music for theatre productions in Wellington. After dabbling in four-track recording and live music and poetry nights, the project of Tiny Ruins was born, and today has supported names such as Joanna Newsom and Beach House on Australian tours. Vocally, Tiny Ruins is in the same boat as some of the songstresses that she has supported. Special guests Orbweavers and Emily Ulman will support."

Purchase tickets here

Thursday 18th August - Toff in Town, supporting Khancoban "Arches over the Sun" Album Launch, + Ildiko, $12, 7.30 pm

"Unique and intriguing local outfit khancoban make gorgeously slow burn records treading the underrepresented line between a kind of folk beauty and the excitement of out-and-out rock 'n' roll noise. They've been compared to Arcade Fire, Wilco and Augie March, which is correct as far as those sorts of things are concerned but doesn't go nearly far enough in telling the full story of the complexity and inherent value in this amazing band.
khancoban's new album ""Arches Over The Sun"" is out August 12 2011 through Departed Sounds. It has been produced by Nick Huggins (Mick Turner, Kid Sam, Oscar and Martin) and mastered by Casey Rice (Dirty Three, Tortoise) and should serve as a timely reminder that this is a group that deserves our full attention."

Purchase tickets here

The Parlour - Resurrection Friday 3 June

We will be playing at the The Parlour Launch Party this Friday 3 June.

"The Parlour was a disused funeral complex in Preston, and then we took it over. We have reinvented The Parlour as an activity centre for creative professionals & cultural events." The Parlour.



Two May Shows for Autumn

We have two Melbourne May shows before we retreat again to finish the last stretch of recording for our forthcoming second album Loom:

Friday 13th May - opening for The Killjoys (Single Launch) + Charles Jenkins at Northcote Social Club.

The Killjoys won the ARIA Best Independent Release award for their debut album Ruby. The album launched the band on a distinguished career and cemented their place as favourites of the indie pop scene

Tickets here

Sunday 15th May - supporting Single Twin album Launch at The Toff in Town:

Melbourne musician Marcus Teague releases his long awaited debut solo LP under the Single Twin moniker. Tales of pizza lights, flooded carparks and failed archery within. Comes with band.

Tickets here

Best autumn wishes to everyone.


Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Benefit at Yah Yah's Sunday 3 April

We will be playing at an all day benefit show at Yah Yah's on Sunday 3rd April - heaps of bands and a market, to help raise funds for Japan's recovery after the earthquake and tsunami.

JVG's Stopping All Stations Except East Richmond - Saturday 19th March

We'll be stopping at Spotswood (metaphorically Werribee/Williamstown line via Oakleigh), lots of great bands - come down to the Oakleigh /Carnegie RSL, which has recently removed its poker machines to develop a social music culture. It has a "lovely old hall that opens out on to a terrific beer garden". Just lovely.




February Shows...

We have two shows coming up in February before we take a short break to finish up our forthcoming second album Loom.

Details are on our facebook page

Saturday 19th February - Sustainable Living Festival Federation Square - Zero Carbon Event with Dick Diver, Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy) and Acequia - free! Starts at 4 pm. It will be pedal powered!

Sunday 20th February - supporting the fabulous Teeth & Tongue February residency(they have a new record coming out very soon). Also appearing will be our dear friends Laura Jean -  at the Grace Darling in Collingwood, from 6.30 pm.


We are very happy to announce our signing to Mistletone. 

Read about it here

Supporting BEACH HOUSE (USA) Hi - Fi Bar

We are thrilled to be supporting one of our favourite bands - BEACH HOUSE!

MELBOURNE: Mistletone, Triple R + Inpress present Beach House @ The Hi-Fi, Tuesday Jan 25 * SELLING FAST!
+ special guests The Orbweavers + Wintercoats.

Tickets on sale now from the venue.



Saturday Afternoon December Residency at Edinburgh Castle - Brunswick

The Orbweavers reveal newly woven songs from their forthcoming album "Loom", including their ode to the western suburbs "Spotswood", amongst older tunes dating from their 2009 debut "Graphite & Diamonds" era. 

Free - in the front bar of the elegantly wood panelled Edinburgh Castle Hotel, from 5 - 7 pm , on the first three Saturdays of December:

4th, 11th and 18th


Sean Simmons (The Spoils) intimate solo show + The Orbweavers Duo - Sunday 17 Oct at Yah Yah's

While The Spoils remain on hiatus, singer Sean Simmons slips out of hibernation for an intimate solo show performing songs from The Spoils back catalogue as well as a taste of whets to come before the band returns to Europe for the fourth time in mid 2011. Sean will be joined by guests, The Orbweavers who have just released the double A-side single, Japanese Mountains/Spotswood

Doors 7pm. Free Entry

The Orbweavers (duo) supporting BigStrongBrute + Carry Nation (brisbane), at the Workers Club

Saturday 4 September, from 8 pm.

The Orbweavers play a duo opening slot for these two really beautiful Brisbane bands.

BIGSTRONGBRUTE, the alter ego of Brisbane musician Paul Donoughue, began four years ago. There are still solo shows, but more often Paul is joined on stage by a revolving cast of musicians – everything from a single trumpet player to a seven-piece band. Over time, BIGSTRONGBRUTE has shared stages (and backyards, hallways and abandoned construction sites) in Australia and New York with Jens Lekman (Sweden), Tiny Vipers (US), Mt Eerie (US), Songs, Dent May (US), Alex & The Ramps and I Heart Hiroshima.  In support of a new record, ‘We Can Sleep Under Trees In The Morning’, a five-piece version of BIGSTRONGBRUTE will tour the east coast with Melbourne singer Carry Nation. They will play together and share a backing band.

Japanese Mountains / Spotswood Single Launch - Sunday 26 September - Matinee

The Orbweavers have a new double single: Japanese Mountains / Spotswood. New dreamy songs about mysterious places beyond the Westgate, and volcanoes. 

Sunday matinee launch at NSC, joined by the epic doom-psychedelia of Angel Eyes. Limited edition illustrated single complimentary with entry, it also has an extra song about silk moths.

Doors open 2pm, $10. All finished by 5 pm.

Dan Aulsebrook - our Masterchef!

For those of you up with the gourmet news, you may have recently seen Daniel Aulsebrook, trumpeter of The Orbweavers, on the TV! Dan has been a contestant on Masterchef Australia the last few months. It has been very exciting for the rest of the band, watching him cook up a mean tagine and fillet salmon with exacting precision. Congratulations Dan!

Winter Red Wine Times

 Friday 2 July at Wesley Anne, Northcote - supporting the magnificent folk noir troubadour Lindsay Phillips. He has a new album out - it is brilliant! Also on stage will be the one-man brand of epic doom-psychedelia: Angel Eyes. Nice and spooky for July winter dark.

The Orbweavers show in Tokyo - 10 May

We are off on a soujourn to Japan, playing one show in Tokyo to launch our new single Japanese Mountains /Spotswood from our forthcoming second album, at Shibuya O-Nest on 10 May: Easel New Word Vol.4 .

10 May 2010. Email us if you will be in Tokyo then.

More details of the single launch in Melbourne when we get back.



Supporting Oliver Mann & Gemma Ray (UK) 14 April at Northcote Social Club

We are opening support for Gemma Ray (UK) and Oliver Mann at NSC on Wednesday 14 April. This is our last show before we go to Japan.

Golden Age of Piracy - 3RRR Wed 7 April 10 PM

We will be guests on Tristen Harris' show 'Golden Age of Piracy' on Melbourne Radio 3RRR, this Wednesday, playing our 'formative five' - music that most influenced our songwriting.

Supporting SIngle Twin: Toff in Town, 18 Feb

Single Twin - Marcus Teague. Beautiful songs. We are excited.

“Teague’s work – whether with his band Deloris or with his more stark and tender solo guise – is often marked by something lost, something just out of the frame, which his songs somehow manage to capture in their frozen tableaux.” - Mess+Noise.  ( link: )

Tickets on sale from Moshtix - phone: 1300 GET TIX (438 849), on-line: buy here or Moshtix outlets including Polyester (Fitzroy & City).


Come and hang out at Applecore with The Orbweavers. It will be a great day to sit in the shade and relax while listening to tunes in a unique domestic setting.

Bands performing are Crow, Dave McCormack & The Polaroids, Alphabet Head, Grace Before Meals, Teeth & Tongue, The Brunswick All Girls Choir, The Rebelles and recently announced Ned Collette and also Denim Owl


Faux Pas - new single 'Silver Line' featuring samples from 'Diving Bell'

Breaking news:

Faux Pas, aka Tim Shiel, has made a beautiful, dreamy, very dance-lovely single called 'Silver Line' based around samples from our song 'Diving Bell'. You can hear it and buy it as a special single bundle with remixes by Kharkov, Kane Ilkin (of Solo Andata) and Loopsnake, and an alternative version, here

The Orbweavers supporting Penny Ikinger EP Launch

We are very excited to play at the launch of Penny Ikinger's new EP Fragile. Incidentally, we played our first ever show with Penny, and were amazed by her mesmerising sonic mastery. She plays guitar like no one else.

Also on the night will be the enchanting Celery, who has been making waves on the south side of town


Saturday 21st November

Yah Yahs,

99 Smith St, Fitzroy


11 – 11.40pm: Penny Ikinger – Fragile E.P. Launch

10 – 10.40pm: The Orbweavers

9 – 9.40pm: Celery

$ 10.00 door charge ($15.00 includes a copy of Penny's E.P)



ROSS McLENNAN & THE NEW WORLD SYMPATHIQUE with royalchord and The Orbweavers

The Orbweavers are thrilled to be supporting singer, songwriter, home recording artiste extraordinaire Ross McLennan for his final show for 2009 with his brilliant ensemble, the New World Sympathique on Sunday, 8 November at Northcote Social Club.


This will be a matinee show; doors open 1.30pm… then The Orbweavers on at 2pm, royalchord at 3pm and at 4pm, Ross and his superbly talented mini orchestra take the stage to bring the songs from Sympathy For the New World — and some new unheard gems — to vivid multi-instrumental life.


Tickets are $12 + booking fee and are on sale now via the NSC box office (phone 94861677), in person via Corner Box Office at 57 Swan Street, Richmond or online.


Live Review - Luluc, Tiny Vipers, The Orbweavers, Thornbury Theatre October 2009

"Having just returned from a successful series of shows in America and Canada, it is clear that Luluc’s undeniable talent is, at last, gaining recognition. On stage, they exhibit all the signs of a band who have spent many years deliberating over, practising and perfecting their songs together. Playing before an adoring audience at the Thornbury Theatre, Luluc headlined a warm and intimate evening’s entertainment.

Locals The Orbweavers were first up on an impressive three-act bill. Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan strummed their way through a gentle and often dark set of folk songs; Dyson's vocals on Pins and Hummingwire close to those of Julia Stone. It was all going well enough but when the band requested trumpeter Dan Aulesbrook, who had been sitting amongst the audience, join then on stage; things really picked up. Auelsbrook's slow and almost mournful notes were perfectly synchronised with Flanagan's guitar, serving to really enhance their final two songs. It is bands such as The Orbweavers, playing a mere second-support to a like-minded Melbournian act, which serve to highlight the current rich state of the city's folk-scene. "Faster Louder

Photos here.

Live to air on JOY 94.9FM

The Orbweavers will be playing on Joy 94.9 FM and having a little chat on Local and Vocal Sunday 11 October at around 12:45pm.

Rave Magazine review of Graphite & Diamonds

Rave Magazine - Brisbane Street Press, 15 September 2009

"Atmospheric folk tunes from Melbourne five-piece.

Moody atmospheric indie-folk is the essence of The Orbweavers - you can almost tell before you hear a note, from the artsty-craftsy cardboard sleeve to a browse through the lyric booklet, where My Needle refers to "a matchbox full of needles for a gramophone player" instead of an explicit account of drug abuse (though the description of "medicine charms" points to a darker side as well). Throughout debut album Graphite & Diamonds, the group create shimmering music that is dark, but only in the sense that darkness can sometimes be comforting. There's an intriguing detachment to Marita Dyson's voice, like a more disembodied Hope Sandoval, as melancholic trumpet, sliding, twanging guitars and woody acoustic instrumentation combine to create an evocative album of ‘creepers' - songs that slowly but surely wind their way into your consciousness. Take a 2am drive with the likes of Periods Of Light & Rock on the stereo and just try feeling like don't you own the night!"


Graphite & Diamonds review on terrascope

Online UK music publication Terrascope has published a review of Graphite & Diamonds.

"Australia's Orbweavers are a five-piece who have been described as playing folk-noir or alt-country music. However neither label quite does justice to a finely crafted, dreamy and atmospheric album in which Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan's vocals are ably supplemented by crisp, often low key arrangements of acoustic and electric guitars, augmented by bass, trumpet and violin and, albeit sparingly, drums.

The ethereal feel of this impressive debut is mostly propelled by Dyson's breathy, echo-enhanced vocals, which lends a hugely evocative feel to proceedings. The tracks on which Flanagan sings tend on the whole to be a bit more straight-ahead but are no less enjoyable. The Orbweavers draw on a variety of musical styles with strains of light jazz and mariarchi mixing with the acid-folk and alt-country influences to heady effect. Such influences are used so intelligently, however, that they lend the album an identity all of its own.

Standout tracks include the openers "Vitus" and "My Needle" and the Flanagan voiced "Met Her on My Way Home" and "Fairy Tales" but you could just as easily pick four other tracks that are just as good, which underlines the strength of "Graphite and Diamonds". Such is the narcotic effect of this fine album you occasionally wonder whether you might nod out or fancy something different, but there is more than enough quality here to keep the listener mesmerised and wanting more. If Alice in Wonderland were ever to be filmed in the desert against a modern backdrop, then the soundtrack really ought to sound like this.

File under "sublime and rewarding." (Ian Fraser)"

Spring Sunday Shows

The Orbweavers will be playing a suite of quiet Sunday shows across Melbourne's north over the coming Spring months, with some by lovely musicians. We can drink wine, and stave off the sunday blues for a short while... the nights won't be late. Details are in our events page.


The Spoils Album Launch

The Orbweavers are lucky enough to be asked to help The Spoils kick off their new album The Crook the Cloak and the Maiden at the Toff in Town on the 5th of September. Event details here.

The Orbweavers Live @ NGV with Shaun Tan

The Orbweavers will be playing live at the NGV Australia Ian Potter Centre Federation Square following a talk by Shaun Tan, beautiful and dreamy australian children's book author / illustrator.

Thursday 6 August 2009, 6.00 PM

Entry is Free

Debut Album Released

Graphite & Diamonds is a collection of 11 dark and dulcet songs straight from the derelict knitting mills of Brunswick. There you will find a world of chiming pins and needle guitar, haunted violin, runaway vines, mystery, and fittingly, in this international year of astronomy 2009, the Moon.