Friday 6 December 2013


We'll be performing at Strumarama at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda on Wednesday 11th December. Strumarama is a fabulous night of all original music run by the Music Network for Mental Health and Wild@heART. Also on the bill are Heidi Everett (who you may have heard if you saw us at Fed Square last week), Dusty Springclean and the Pops and The Mysterious Fourth.

Where: Prince of Wales, 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
When: 7pm, Wednesday 11 December
Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Sunday 1 December 2013

Are You Listening to This?

We'll be celebrating International Day of People with Disability at Federation Square in Melbourne where we'll be performing as part of 3CR's Disability Day celebrations. Also on the bill are fabulous singer/songwriter Heidi Everett and crip rock band The Hacketts. Come down, rock out and bring a spare pair of undies to throw at the band. If you can't make it there in person, you don't have to miss out, you can listen to us live on 3CR Community Radio.

Where: Federation Square, corner of Flinders and Swanston Sts, Melbourne.
When: Tuesday 3rd December, 2pm-4pm (we'll be on at around 3.20pm).
Price: Free. No need to book. Just roll up.

Saturday 2 November 2013

Quippings Piss On Pity IDPwD Special

On November 30th we'll be "celebrating" International Day of People with Disability as only the Quippings Crew can. If you've found other IDPwD to be a tad condescending, then this is the night for you. We'll be pulling out all the stops, and debuting some new orginal songs. Our new host, Jax Brown is sure to bring along her favourite dildo. Other perfomers include Circus Oz's Emma J Hawkins who'll be dancing up a storm, the Deaf Arts Network's Ross Onley-Zerkel with a hot queer performance piece and our very own Crip Dominatrix, Electric Vixen.

Saturday 30th November, 7.30 pm
Hare and Hyenas Bookshop - 63 Johnston St Fitzroy, Victoria.

Some members of the Quippings Cast.

Saturday 5 October 2013

Bearbrass Does... Shakespeare?

Our fabulous lead singer Jess will be performing in The Tempest with Union House Theatre at the University of Melbourne. October 10-12 & 16-19. Click here for more info.

Jess is performing in Shakespeare's The Tempest at Melbourne Uni

Thursday 3 October 2013

Bearbrass Behind the Scenes

Ever wondered what the band gets up to when they think the cameras aren't rolling? After filming Welcome we swept up the leftovers from the cutting room floor and spliced them together to give you our (Un)Welcome Outtakes collection:

(Un)Welcome Outtakes

Friday 27 September 2013

ABC Radio Podcast

Here's the podcast of our recent interview with Jess Hill from Sunday Nights on ABC Local Radio for anyone who missed, or for those of you who just want to hear it again. Be warned, Jess swears like a trooper, Anthea talks about sex (a lot) and Tim is at his dangerously over-medicated best... and you even get to hear a couple of our favourite tracks.

Sunday 15 September 2013

Welcome (Uncensored)

We have just launched our YouTube channel with our debut song, Welcome. This video was entered into the Nova Employment Focus on Ability film competition where we took out the Judges' Choice. The version on our YouTube channel is uncensored, how naughty!

Friday 13 September 2013

Bearbrass Goes National!

Wherever you are in Australia, you'll be able to hear Bearbrass playing on the Sunday Nights show on ABC Local Radio at 11pm AEST this Sunday. We'll be talking about music, religion, sex and death (yup we'll be keeping it light). If you're not in Oz, or if you can't stay up that late, we'll post the podcast as soon as it's available.

Jess, Anthea and Tim at the ABC Southbank Studio in Melbourne.

Monday 9 September 2013

Melbourne University Band Competition

Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra will be competing in this year's Band Competition at the University of Melbourne. Come along and rock out and make sure you cheer really loudly, because audience reaction is one of the judging criteria. We promise be the most criptastic band in the competition.

When: Wednesday 18 September, 8pm.
Where: Members Lounge, Union House, University of Melbourne
Tickets: At the door.

Click here for more information.

Monday 19 August 2013

We Won!

We are proud to announce that our film clip, Welcome won the Judges' Choice Award - Documentary in the NOVA Employment Focus On Ability Short Film Competition. Our fabulous director Carl Thompson flew to Sydney for the gala award ceremony and spent the night schmoozing on our behalf. A big thank you to everyone who helped us make the film and to all of you who voted for us and shared it with your friends. If you haven't seen our it yet you can check us out at Focus on Ability.

Our director, Carl Thompson, on the red carpet.

Thursday 1 August 2013

Vote 1: Bearbrass

Our film clip of Welcome has been entered into the Focus On Ability Short Film Competition and we need you all to vote for us. To show your support, go to their website, watch our video and most importantly: VOTE! Just click here to get started

Filming our song Welcome.

Friday 21 June 2013


Come down to Quippings at 8 PM, Saturday, 29 June and watch us play. Quippings is Melbourne's only regular cabaret night dedicated to the topics of sex, love and disability. We're their house band of Quippings and keep the crowd entertained in between the other fabulous acts including Jax Brown, Carly Findlay, Angies Jones, Jay Wheeler and Thomas Banks. Hosted by the gorgeous (and slightly scary) Kath Duncan.

Quippings is on at Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy.

See you there, 8 PM Saturday 29 June.

Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra is the house band at Quippings.

Tuesday 18 June 2013

The Band

The Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra are a crip-folk trio based in Melbourne, Australia whose members all have disabilities. They consist of Jess Kapuscinski-Evans on vocals, Tim Hackett on guitars and Anthea Skinner on percussion. The band first formed in 2012 and play a combination of cover songs and original tracks which explore all the usual topics: love, sex, death, self-advocacy and of course, ancient British mythology.   

Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra are the house band for Melbourne’s hottest (and only) queer/disabled cabaret night 'Quippings' and regularly perform at festivals and clubs around Australia.

The Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra – making disability sound good.