Presented by Arty Records

Patti Smith and Pippi Longstocking converge to crank-out smart-arse songs for minds that move.”
A ‘Last Stand’ might be expected but Ronnie Taheny has never succumbed to cliche. However, she has spent 35 yrs in the industry and the last 25 gallivanting around the globe, dodging bullets and police alike whilst touring. Our self-confessed beach-bum has always returned for summer and graced us at the Gov with an annual 1-off concert before departing once again to her European base.
This year is no different. Except it is. In 2 ways. This year, Taheny celebrates a Golden Anniversary with us at The Gov whilst thanking us for 25yrs of excellent support and loyalty in the best way she knows - by retiring. That’s gratitude for you.
Yep, Ronnie’s stepping back from live performance in response to growing demands in other areas of her life along with the sudden expansion of her record label (Arty Records - Germany. Ireland. Australia.) Now exiting stage-left, she happily shifts her considerable passion, focus and generosity towards younger original artists needing dedicated expertise whilst planning international careers; something the successfully self-managed Taheny knows a bit about.
But that’s off-stage biz. On-stage, Taheny has a cheeky and charismatic stage presence full of roguish charm, boundless energy, amusing anecdotes, acerbic spoken-words and spontaneous one-liners all told in Taheny’s inimitably dry and self-deprecating style. Whether on piano or 11-string guitar, Ronnie is a versatile doyenne of clever, melodic tracks peppered with fire, fury and fun.
Her grande finale will contain pearls from her entire 8-CD catalogue and you get to make requests! Whether solo or with band (Jarrad Payne on drums; Flik Freeman on bass; Lainie Jamieson on keys and everyone on harmonies), it’ll be a dynamic soundscape supported by that bright newcomer: Zac Eden.
THE LAST SWIM may sadly mark the final major performance of one of SA’s most successful and selfmade singer songwriters, but that title is misleading because Taheny intends to spend a LOT more well-deserved time at the “office” and in the ocean. See her before she does!
Want to make a song request? Email it in before Dec 10th to: or take what she jams down your throat. For the last time.
Photo credit: Janine Hartwig (c)

Table reservations essential and limited. Book a table via Ronnie: 0413 450521. Tickets must be purchased separately.

+ Zac Eden
The Gov | Sat 03 Feb
Tickets: $30 + booking fee
Doors open 7.30pm