SIMA Gig 17th May

SIMA Gig 17th May

4 Star Review and Upcoming Gig!



It’s all happening!! The album received this wonderful 4 star review by John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald today. We’re honoured to have been reviewed alongside great established talents St Vincent and John Butler.

Also, we’ve got a Jazzgroove gig coming up very soon. This one will feature a bunch of originals, some of which are brand new! Hope you can come along.

Captain Kirkwood at Jazzgroove, 25th February

Foundry616, 616 Harris St Ultimo

Great Waitress 8pm, Captain Kirkwood 9:30pm

$15/$8 members

Captain Kirkwood at Foundry616 on Wednesday September 25th!


Our next gig will be at the brand new Sydney venue Foundry616! It’ll be a Cap’n K gig with a difference, with not one but TWO special guests! Along with heroic regulars Ellen, Glenn and Tom, we’ll be joined by sax extraordinaire Matt Ottignon and another Jann Rutherford Memorial Award winner, Ali Foster on drums! This will be a gig with a difference and we’ll be playing lots of tunes you won’t have heard from us before! Don’t miss out, k? 

Find out more about Foundry616 at their website.

Book your tickets to Captain Kirkwood’s gig here.

Capn K at Kinetic Jazz Festival 26th March!

This Sunday the 26th we’ll be playing two sets at the Kinetic Jazz Festival. We will be playing the ever-popular “Theseus” suite and another set of originals, including some new ones!

Here are the details:

Where? – St Luke’s Anglican Church Hall, Stanmore Rd Enmore

When? – 26th May, 6-8pm

How much? – $20 or $15 concession

Can under 18s come? – Yes!


The Kinetic Jazz Festival starts this Wednesday, May 22nd. Have a look at their website for more details about the other bands.


See you there!


Thanks a lot to everyone who came to our launch at Jazzgroove last night! Great crowd and a whole lot of positive feedback.

If you missed the launch, but would like to buy or download the album, you can do that at

Our next gig will be on Sunday, May 26th as part of the Kinetic Jazz Festival! Click on that link for more details. Hope you can come!

Photo by Nick Gilbert

Photo by Nick Gilbert

New Album Review and Q&A

The wonderful John Hardaker has written a great review of the new album, which you can read at He also sent Ellen a bunch of questions about the album, about her inspiration for writing “Theseus,” the writing process, and jazz and music in general. Check it out here

Album Launch April 30th at Jazzgroove!

Album Cover

Captain Kirkwood’s new album “Theseus and the Minotaur” will be launched at Jazzgroove on Tuesday, 30th April. It features the 5 part “Theseus and the Minotaur” suite – a narrated “music story” based on the Greek myth, plus 3 other original tracks by bandleader Ellen Kirkwood.

Gig Details:

Date: Tuesday 30th April

Address: Jazzgroove at 107 Redfern St, Redfern, NSW

Time: Random Acts of Jazz 8pm, Captain Kirkwood 9:30pm

Prices: $15 or $8 for Jazzgroove members

“Ellen Kirkwood’s ‘Theseus’, already highly attractive as a recording, is especially appropriate for live performances, its programmatic vehicle supplying a value-added cultural and dramatic experience to music that is never less than expressive, evocative and joyous.” – David Sampson

Preview the album at