Nillumbik Grooves

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Welcome to Nillumbik Grooves, where local musicians take the area’s hottest sounds out into its hottest locations. Nillumbik Grooves is a musical feast, providing an enticing taste of the combination of environment and creativity Nillumbik is famous for.

Are you, or do you know, a fantastic Nillumbik musician, band or ensemble? Are you a Nillumbik-based musician or group seeking an innovative way to help boost your visibility and find new audiences?

Nillumbik Grooves is a video project that spotlights our amazing local talent.


Matt Stonehouse performing Around the Corner 

Filmed at Edendale Community Environment Farm, Eltham.

Matt Stonehouse is a local musician, composer and instrument maker. He is Australia’s foremost percussionist of Arabic and Turkish styles of drumming and is featured on more than forty albums of both local and international artists.

In addition to percussion, Matt is a highly regarded guitarist, mandolin and mandocello player. He has previously been an artist in residence at both Dunmoochin, in Cottles Bridge, and Montsalvat, in Eltham.

Find out more about Matt Stonehouse at his website


Hana Zreikat (Sounds Like Hana) performing Black Balloons 

Filmed at Tancks Corner, Yarrambat

Hana is a Nillumbik-based singer songwriter. Music teacher by day, renegade composer and singer songwriter by night, Hana’s compositions have been performed worldwide, from Vatican City (Rome) to Federation Square (Melbourne) and Hordern Pavilion (Sydney).

Hana has composed and conducted for organisations such as The Australian National Academy Of Music, The Australian Children’s Choir, Creativity Australia and The Ballarat Symphony Orchestra.

Find out more about Hana at her website.


Johnny Cronin performing Home 

Filmed at A Local Baker, St Andrews

Johnny Cronin is a Dublin-born singer songwriter living in Eltham. He came to Australia in 1986 with little more than his rucksack and an acoustic guitar.

His musical interests and influences range across folk, rock, country and alternative styles. The strength and passion that runs through his music is matched by his ability as a songwriter and storyteller and by his amazing voice.

Find out more about Johnny Cronin at his Facebook page.


The Paperback Writers performing Train Ride 

Filmed at the Civic Drive Outdoor Performance Centre.

The Paperback Writers are an ‘ordinary bunch of kids from Eltham’ living out their collective dream of creating and performing original music. They are

  • Toby Freeman: Piano, Lead Guitar, Ukulele, Keys and Vocals
  • Max McKenzie: Bass, Synth, Keys and Lead Vocals
  • Thomas Lingard: Rhythm and Lead Guitar
  • Elliot McCluskey: Drums

Find out more about the Paperback Writers at their website.

Listen to more of the Paperback Writers' music at their YouTube channel.


How to apply

Successful submissions will be contacted within seven days.

More information

Contact Arts & Cultural Services
03 9433 3126