Festival Program


Duets: Sarah Blasko & Ryan Downey

Sat 25 Aug, 4pm
ACMI Cinema 1

Indie-folk artist Ryan Downey’s voice speaks to the honey of Leonard Cohen and depth of Bill Callahan. He’s in conversation with singer-songwriter and chanteuse Sarah Blasko.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.

Supported by APRA AMCOS

Discover more performances and conversations by Australian musicians with live music series Duets.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Sarah Blasko writes songs that strike with rare immediacy, clarity and purpose. Melodies beguilingly simple. Lyrics honest and direct. Music steeped in atmosphere and mood. From the now-classic debut The Overture & The Underscore through to this year’s euphoric Depth of Field, her six-album run of genre-defining art-pop is unparalleled. She is one of this country’s most treasured artists.

The defining feature of Ryan Downey's music is his voice. In his 2018 debut LP Running, not a note detracts from his rich baritone as he sings a song cycle of humour and pathos, self-analysis, sex, love and modern life. Running marks Downey's third release and first full-length album.

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