Music to my ears

ACCORDING to Slim Dusty there’s “nothing so lonesome, so morbid or drearier than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer”.

But what about music?

“The only thing worse than a pub with no beer is a pub with no music,” Tom Fisher from Clancy’s Fish Pub says.

Right now he’s run ragged organising a shindig to celebrate 30 years of live music at the heritage-listed pub.

“It’s not easy to do live music and we have done it for 30 years…We never intended stopping and we won’t,” he says.

• Jim and Joe Fisher in 1988, shortly after taking over Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle. Photos

Live and Local, which coincides with Fremantle’s Heritage Festival, is a tribute to past and current musos, and those following hot on their heels.

“It’s a nod to the future and the past,” Fisher says.

It’s also an intergenerational gig and dad Jim Fisher will join his son on stage, while Billy Rogers will perform with daughters Anna, Nina and Rosie, and Lucky Oceans will play with his son Toby.

Oceans and Rogers—who formed the highly popular Zydecats—and Fisher have been mates for years, and regulars at Clancy’s since it opened.

• Joe Fisher and Lucky Oceans in Clancy’s in 1988

The new wave of musos will be represented by Fraeya Evans, Jack Davies and the Herald new favourite, the Bush Chooks.

“Jack is a superstar in the making,” Fisher says.

Live and Local will be spread over two stages, one inside and the other outside on the Princess May Park side of the pub.

Joe and John Fisher took over Clancy’s in 1988, after running the successful Seaview Tavern for several years.

Tim Minchin

John’s brother Jim was a regular at the Bluegrass Sunday sessions at the Seaview, and with his music connections, Clancy’s future as a live-music venue was assured.

“Dad had the hook up…and introduced them to everyone.”

• Bill Rogers at Clancy’s in 2018.

You can always expect the unexpected at Clancy’s—Paul Kelly dropped in one night to play with the Zydecats, and Tom Fisher’s cousin Tim Minchin not only worked there, but also gave impromptu performances.

Live and Local, 30 Years of Clancy’s Music, is on May 26. Tix $25 via Oztix and


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