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Having grown up around music her entire life, Mahalia Barnes is one of the most soulful, compelling and exciting singers in Australia today.

She is the real thing.

Mahalia has three albums and several EP's to her name. She has performed Australia wide and overseas with her own band, and also as a support for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Mavis Staples, Tom Jones and Joe Bonamassa. 

For her Starfish Performance she'll be joined on stage by long-time collaborators, the hugely gifted and entertaining Clayton Doley on piano and organ and Franco Raggatt on guitar, as well as the Starfish Club Bedrock Rhythm Section of Jonathan Zwartz and Hamish Stuart.

There will be one Show only, with tickets available online.

The Starfish Kitchen will be open from 6.15pm, with Thai green chicken curry and a vegetarian option also.

Tickets $50 through Humanitix - limited numbers until sold out.



There was no greater champion of the Starfish Club than Mauricio de Souza (Mori) who passed away at the height of Covid on Good Friday 2021,  from a long illness that he had determinedly kept at bay with his trademark indefatigable zest for life. Positive to the end, Mori defied and outlived all expectations.

We loved Mori at the Starfish, having first met him at the legendary Bronte cafe that he started with his partner Fiona Baxter.

We miss Mori and are now taking the opportunity to acknowledge him with a program of music celebrating his Brazilian roots and his general love of good music.

We have put together a line up of fantastic musicians  - Vocalists Tiago de Lucca, Virna Sanzone and Magdelena Mira will be joined by Miro Bukovsky on trumpet and James Greening on trombone, along with Marcello Maio on keys, Fabian Hevia on percussion, Jonathan Zwartz on double bass and Hamish Stuart on drums and percussion.

For our last Starfish Concert of 2023 we present a 'very Mori Christmas' featuring songs from Brazil, to do him proud.

Doors at 6pm with food available then, music starts at 7pm.

The Starfish Kitchen will be open - We can't even attempt to make his famous chicken pies but Wendy will have her nearly famous green chicken curry on the menu.

Come and join us as we give Mori's memory a blast of good music.