Concerts & Events

The cafe regularly hosts concerts and events for the locals and visitors to enjoy. That may be a Jazz concert or a night of poetry. The intimate setting and specially designed menus make for a wonderful night out. The unique and special concerts along with the delicious meals make for a memorable evening. Please keep an eye out for our next event.

Upcoming Events

2017 The Year of the Haircut

Friday & Saturday 8-9 December, 2017 from 6pm

Shortis and Simpson
A Night of Satire, Comedy, Music and Fine Food

2017- what a year it’s been! We were led to believe it was The Year of the Rooster, but no, this has been the Year of the Haircut, a year that looks like it could have been run from a hairdressing salon.

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80 Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 6238 1688

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Blow

Saturday 23 September, 2017 from 6pm

Featuring the legendary Ted Vining and Bob Sedergreen

BLOW has been at the forefront of Australian contemporary jazz since its inception as Musiikki Oy during the early 1980s.  BLOW’s artistic vision is limitless and ever evolving, inspired by the moment, the place, the audience, the mood and the empathy shared by the members of the ensemble.  Exceptional improvisers who create a group sound that is uniquely BLOW.

“Ted Vining is one of the most exciting, dramatic and soulful drummers we have ever had in this country, while Peter Harper produces some of the strongest and most beautiful saxophone sounds you will ever hear.” – John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80 Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 6238 1688

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Boyd Meets Girl

Saturday 26 August, 2017 from 6pm

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf, in an ensemble that performs a diverse and exciting mix of works from the baroque through modern day.

Both are respected soloists in their own right, Boyd has been recognised by The Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard”, while Metcalf’s playing has been described as “brilliant” by Gramophone Magazine, and she has been called “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent” by I Care If You Listen.

Begin the night with champagne & canapés in the Gallery followed by the main course and dessert in the Cafe before settling in to the upstairs Octagon for a sublime performance by Boyd Meets Girl.

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80 Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 6238 1688

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Past Events

Fabian Hevia's Far Beyond

Saturday 15 July, 2017 from 6pm

Chilean born Grand Master of percussion Fabian Hevia presents music that draws from the rich musical tapestries of South America and the influences of Jazz

Far Beyond
Far Beyond is the gathering of many years of playing and composing by the group’s Chilean born leader Fabian Hevia. The music draws from the rich musical tapestries of South America and the influences of Jazz. Far Beyond combines the talents of:

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

Listen and watch Far Beyond playing Fabian’s composition “Ser”

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Gregg Arthur with the Peter Locke Trio

Saturday 20 May, 2017 from 6pm

“I love the way you sing. You have a fan in the way you phrase… it’s perfect” – Tony Bennett

 Originally from Sydney Gregg Arthur now calls the United States home, living in Los Angeles, California and traveling all over the world to perform the music he loves.

 

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

 

Listen to music by Gregg Arthur

"I Concentrate on You" From the album “Love Story”

"Route 66" From the album “Unforgettable – A Portrait of Nat 'King' Cole ”

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Swing

Saturday 11 March from 6pm

The Dan Mclean Big Band

The Dan Mclean Big Band

Canberra’s premier big band, led by energetic trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator Dan Mclean.

Enjoy sublime music from the sparkling swing era from the likes of Basie, Ellington, Goodman, the Dorseys, Miller, Calloway, Carter... from the 20s through to modern jazz.

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

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A Breeze From Alabama

Saturday 10 December, 2016 from 6pm

Carl Rafferty
At the Piano keyboards, with Vocalists and Morgan Merrell on the Washboard.

The Music of Scott Joplin
The Rags of Scott Joplin and a blend of Old American Style Parlour and Folk music with a hint of Gospel, a snicker of Parody and a whole lot of Scintillating Entertainment and Showmanship.

 

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

Receive a free CD with each double booking

Listen to Scott Joplin’s "Ellte Syncopations" played by Carl Rafferty

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The Hannah James Quintet

Saturday 1 October, 2016 from 6pm

Hatch is the exciting new project from our own Hannah James to develop new ideas and collaborations with diverse musicians and musical genres. Compositions and arrangements move between jazz - old and new, groove, classical and everything in between. This incarnation features a quintet of some of Sydney’s finest musicians.

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

Hannah James - Double Bass
Casey Golden – Piano
Paul Cutlan – Saxophone, Clarinet
Peter Koopman – Guitar
Oli Nelson - Drums

Annie’s Revenge composed by Hannah James and played by The Hannah James Trio from their recent CD Triliphony

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Wanderlust

Saturday 3 September, 2016 from 6pm

Miroslav Bukowsky Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Jeremy Sawkins Guitar - Alister Spence Keyboards - Fabian Hevia Percussion - James Greening Trombone - Steve Elphick Bass

3 Course Dinner & Concert - Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

Wanderlust brings together the talents of six of Australia's best jazz instrumentalists. Together they have developed a unique sound through highly original compositions, superb ensemble work and imaginative improvisation and interplay. Skillfully blending global beats with jazz improvisation, the emphasis is on composition, texture and mood, rather than a display of individual virtuosity.


Listen to “Bronte Café” From Wanderlust’s latest album When in Rome recorded live in performance at the famous jazz festival at Villa Celimontana, near the Collesseum in Rome, Italy.

Listen to "Delicatessence” from Wanderlust’s album Song and Dance

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Bach in the Dark

Saturday 2 July, 2016 From 6pm

David Pereira and Rachel Scott
The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach Béla Bartok, D. Gabrielli, & J.J.F. Dotzauer

Champagne and 3 Course Dinner & Concert – Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

Bach is Back at the Wood Works

Champagne and Entrée in the Gallery
Main Course and Dessert in the Café
Seated Concert in the Gallery’s Octagon ArtSpace

Listen to Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

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The John Mackey Trio with Geoff Page

Saturday 21 May 6pm, 2016 From 6pm

A World Class Musical Event
Program includes the World Premirre of John Mackey’s Gravity Waves Suite inspired by his father Ron Mackey and ANU Vice-Chancellor Nobel Prize Winner Brian Schmidt

John Mackey Sax • Miroslav Bukovsky Horns • David Pereira Cello • Lachlan Coventry Guitar

3 Course Dinner & Concert Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

Presented by Cafe Wood Works, Artsound FM 92.7 and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

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Lady Sings it Better

Saturday 4th July 2015 from 6pm

Playful, Silly, Sexy & Painfully Funny

Maeve Marsden, Anneliese Szota, Fiona Pearson and Libby Wood re-invent the world’s most famous male musicians as hilarious high energy cabaret with Hannah James (Bass), Hayden Barltrop (Keys) and Lauren Allison (Drums)

The fine dining team at Café wood works will provide a sumptuous 3-course meal. This event promises to be a diverse, entertaining and tasty experience.
$75 per person bookings 02 6238 1688 or in the Café.

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Jef Neve

Saturday 17 January 2015 from 6pm

One of Europe’s most acclaimed composer/performers playing music from his new CD ONE on the Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano. From 6pm: Reception and opening of an exhibition of the woodwork of Dirk LeJeune by His Excellency Mr. Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador of Belgium. Cocktail Dinner in the Wood Works Gallery including refreshments by Stella Artois and Pipers Brook Vineyard. From 8pm: Concert and Dessert in Café Wood Works $65 per person. Bookings in the Cafe or call 02 6238 1688.

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