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As we reach the end of the season of the inaugural Burning Love concert series at The Engine Room in Bendigo’s Historic Fire Station, to coincide with Elvis : Direct from Graceland exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, we find our desire for warmth stronger than we could have imagined. 

As Winter sets in and the flu season takes hold, members of Melbourne’s guitar pop outfit Cool Sounds, set to have performed the final show on Saturday 11 June, have been taken hostage by the cold weather and half its members have fallen ill. 

Luckily one of the most beautiful crooners in Melbourne’s indie-music scene has kept his voice warm and happens to be a massive Elvis fan. Ryan Downey will be bringing his breathtaking performance to Burning Love audiences tomorrow night for a very special solo show in Bendigo. 

At the forefront of Downey’s live and recorded performances is his voice- a rich baritone with a dramatic range that can shift from a rumbling purr up to a vulnerable crescendo, recalling the all-terrain vocals of Bryan Ferry and David Bowie. 

Following sold-out headline shows, tours nationally and abroad with artists like Marlon Williams, Sarah Blasko, Middle Kids and Tiny Ruins, and performances at MONA, the Melbourne Recital Centre, BIGSOUND and Falls Festival, Ryan Downey performs in the Historic Fire Station for the long weekend to close the Burning Love Bendigo contemporary music series with his very special homage to the King. 

Following Downey’s performance will be the final show by The Burning Lovers, a line up of local Bendigo musical royalty, featuring musicians from Cosmic Psychos, Bluestown Junction, Ramble Town, Benny and the Fly By Niters and The Quarry Hillbillies, who have come together for this special series to celebrate the music of the King.

A TON OF COLOURS is the first full-length release since Downey's 2018 Australian Music Prize nominated Running. The album has been praised by MOJO, NME, The Sunday Times UK, The Australian, Rolling Stone Germany, Double J and more and is the first album to be nominated for the 2021 Australian Music Prize. 

Burning Love audiences are in for a real treat. 

“The Melbourne singer-songwriter leans into melodrama like a modern Roy Orbison, brooding and booming his way across larger-than-life ballads.” ✭✭✭✭
- The Australian, Weekend Review

“Ryan Downey has a hell of a voice…One of the best characteristics of Downey's music is that he doesn't tie himself down. [‘Heart Is An Onion’] is a big indie rock jam, and every twist and turn Downey's band makes is an opportunity for a change in approach for the singer's powerful voice.” - 
- Double J

“If there’s a word to define Ryan Downey’s second album, it’s “range”. From the tender heartland balladry of ‘Contact’ to the dramatic art-rock of ‘Same Dream, Every Night’, ‘A Ton Of Colours’ is exactly what it says on the tin. Songs are primarily threaded together by the Melbourne crooner’s highly emotive baritone – which gloriously takes centre-stage throughout on these odes to the beauty and ache of human connection.”

Bar Open 7pm 
Doors 7.30pm 
Ryan Downey 8pm 
Interval 8.50pm
Burning Lovers Band 9.15pm 
Show Ends 10.30pm 









The Venue: The Engine Room


Take a seat in the Engine Room and expect the unexpected – intimate, edgy and topical dramas, new pieces and reinterpretations of old favourites.

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