Saturday February 27th, 2021, 4.30pm : MERRI CREEK

-Secret locations, Walking and Pausing. Email for information. $10, kids under 10 free.

Ernie Gruner, Sophie Dunn, Hope Csutoros – moving violins  //  BOOKING =



Sunday September 15th  2019
Siteworks Community Room – 33 Saxon St, Brunswick, 4.15pm (like a house concert, under one hour, then tea)
Ernie Gruner & Sophie Dunn – violins,  Noella Yan – cello
Booking : Click Here : $15/$12

NOELLA YAN   Having lived, studied and performed across 4 continents, Noella is a passionate advocate of new music and interdisciplinary collaborations. She has premiered numerous works by composers and has been a member of Trio Anima Mundi and Ad Hoc Collective since 2015. Recent performances include working with Andree Greenwell at the Arts Centre and Riverside Parramatta. Formerly artistic co-director of a cross-cultural project celebrating Singapore’s 50th, Noella curated a series of cross cultural concerts fusing Eastern and Western instruments across Australasia, including the Parliament House , Canberra. Previous projects include improvisational collaborations with dancers and visual artists in Singapore and the US fostering awareness around social and environmental issues.  Deeply passionate about using music to effect change, Noella founded ARTIF - Art It Forward ( , a non-profit outreach effort that seeks to bring creativity through the arts to underserved communities.

SOPHIE DUNN    Sophie Dunn explores different musical styles, incorporating improvisation to develop her own musical sound. This is reflected in the diverse range of musical projects she is involved with. Devil Goat Family String Band last year won the Brunswick Music Festival People’s Choice award and released the album “Peace, Love and Goats”. The Skulls Band has performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Ballarat White Night. She has played with Mariachi los Romanticos for nearly ten years. The Tango Chamber combines nuevo tango with afro-cuban and flamenco influences, and she plays in Andy Baylor’s Banksias Band. Sophie has performed with several classical ensembles including the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble and the School of Hard Knocks Street Requiem String Quartet.

ERNIE GRUNER led the Monash String Quartet and Orchestra, then focussed on Irish fiddle and jazz . He’s improvised music for 18 years with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company, and created music for theatre productions at fortyfivedownstairs and La Mama. Ernie is Australia’s leading klezmer violinist following studies in New York, Kracow, Budapest, and Montreal. He’s played jazz and blues, gypsy, middle-eastern and Balkan music with Jugularity, Klezmeritis, Yalla!, Bohemian Nights and Saray Iluminado.  He’s performed with Anne Norman, Adam Simmons, Archie Roach, Ruth Roshan, Shane Howard, Kavisha Mazzella, Dya Singh, Texicali Rose, Patrizio Buanne and more. Ernie appeared twice on TV’s “Spicks and Specks” and has over 75 recording credits.  He formed Bowlines to explore the possibilities for bowed string players to improvise music.



Sunday October 7th, 2018 : 5pm  – ALBUM LAUNCH

Adam Simmons will launch the album.  (Helen Mountfort, Hope Csutoros, Ernie Gruner)

Musical Guests – Adam Simmons – saxophone & more,  Karen Berger – Hang drum

Movement Guests – members of Travel Art Dance company, and Melbourne Playback Theatre company

Carlton Church of all Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton

Bookings $20/15 , family and youth discounts

(If you can’t wait… to order, or get digital download , go to Bowlines Bandcamp page, or at  Readings Carlton, Captain Stomp see



Saturday May 19th,  4.30pm  – Fairfield Uniting Church – Bookings Recommended
First set : Hope, Helen, Ernie reveal some of their musical backgrounds by playing solos of their composed pieces or favorite Klezmer, Hungarian, Celtic, Blues tunes or songs.
then an interval for tea and nibbles, then a 45′ Bowlines set.  $20/15 & discounts.
with Ernie Gruner – violin, octave violin , Helen Mountfort – cello, Hope Csutoros – violin, viola, 
(Strings from Stilleto SistersBohemian NightsMy Friend the Chocolate Cake )
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Sunday April 22nd , 2pm – HOUSE CONCERT – ELTHAM – Bookings Essential 
$20 includes 2 sets, with solos first, and afternoon tea. with Helen Mountfort – cello, Hope Csutoros – violin, Ernie Gruner – violin, viola


Sunday February 25th, 2018, 4pm, Some Velvet Morning, 123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill

Bookings Recommended $15/ $12 at door unless sold out. 

with Helen Mountfort – cello, Hope Csutoros – violin, Ernie Gruner – violin, viola + guest Dan Witton – double bass


Sunday November 12th, 2017, 4pm, 75 Reid St, North Fitzroy

with Helen Mountfort – cello, Hope Csutoros – violin, Ernie Gruner – violin, viola + guest Karen Berger – handpan

BOOKING :  $15 full /$12 concession, $25 family



Friday June 23rd, 2017  7.30pm Aeso Studio, Fitzroy 83 Brunswick St, $20 tix via

Bowlines supports the debut live performance of Garden (blends contemporary Persian and Western themes – led by Gelareh Pour on vocals and kamancheh)

Bowlines : Ernie Gruner, Biddy Connor, Myfanwy Hunter


Sunday May 28th, 2017, 5pm, Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St, Northcote

with Helen Mountfort – cello, Hope Csutoros – violin, Ernie Gruner – violin, viola

(Strings from Stilleto Sisters, Bohemian Nights, My Friend the Chocolate Cake

+ Guest – Adam Simmons  alto flute, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone :

Booking :    Tix : Early Bird till May 14 : $15/10 then $20/15

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2017, 7pm, Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St, Northcote

CD LAUNCH with Jenny Thomas, Heather Stewart and Ernie Gruner – “CIRCLING STRANGERS

Tickets – Booking Recommended, else $15/$10 at the door. Buy CD and enter free.

One hour concert, then join us for tea and cake

Guest Anne Norman will launch the CD (Shakuhachi and director of Darwin’s Festival of Underground Music

SPECIAL NEWS : Debut CD – Circling Strangers (Ernie Gruner, Jenny Thomas, Heather Stewart) now available by contacting or see

Odd time for a concert? Heather Stewart moved to Paris, and is only back here briefly


Past CONCERT : Sunday October 30th, Northcote Uniting Church, 3.30pm – 4.30pm ish then tea

$15/10, Booking Recommended

with Helen Mountfort – cello, Hope Csutoros – violin, Ernie Gruner – violin, viola

as part of the Darebin Music Feast