Presented by Stroud X NORPA

Tickets on sale Wednesday 9 September at 9am

about the studio sessions

NORPA and Kate Stroud have teamed up to curate a program of intimate live music events in The Studio at Lismore City Hall. Together we’re bringing more live music to Lismore! So gather your friends and join us for great a night out with music, a drink or two and a bite to eat.

about ash grunwald

Acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest storytellers and live performers Ash Grunwald released his new album in Mojo in 2019. A modern classic blues record which features The Teskey Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Kasey Chambers, Mahalia Barnes, Terry Evans, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Harry James Angus from The Cat Empire and Ian Collard. The album saw Ash tour Australia Nationally, head to America, as well as extensive European touring which takes place over 2020.

The album coincided with the release of Ash’s first book, Surf By Day, Jam By Night (published by Pantera Press). The book combines Ash’s two passions – music and surfing. From heavy wipe-outs to heaving crowds, the book gives an insight into the minds of true legends who have mastered the artforms of surfing and music. Through conversations with Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, Jack Johnson, Dave Rastovich, Jaleesa Vincent, G. Love, and many more, Ash discusses flow states, jamming versus shredding, style, transcendence, fear, career longevity, growth mindset, mindfulness and what it’s really like to live your dreams. Surf By Day, Jam By Night is an inspiring book that encourages us all to look inside ourselves and chase the things that truly make us happy.

If a new album and a new book wasn’t enough to keep Ash out of trouble, he also works tirelessly alongside his wife Danni doing his part for the environment on their Clean Up The Coast initiatives, whereby beach clean-ups are organised where Ash is on tour. Conscious of the impact of single use plastics, Ash and his wife created Earth Bottles, a range of re-usable products including drink bottles, coffee cups and straws. In 2019 Ash launched his podcast, Soulful Conversations, which sees Ash talk to a range of inspiring and interesting people, including John Butler, Ziggy Alberts, Kim Churchill and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire).


$60pp + transaction fee (tables for 2 – 6 available, ticket price includes performance and supper)
Capacity is strictly limited.

NORPA bar and secret chef diner

Supper by Secret Chef Diner is included in your ticket.  The Diner is open from 6pm and will be serving an individually plated selection of tapas.

  • Smoked tomato arancini
  • Korean Beef
  • Mushroom san choi bow
  • Red curry duck, crispy wonton
  • Smoked trout, namjim


  • Smoked tomato arancini
  • Sticky eggplant
  • Mushroom san choi bow
  • Red curry pumpkin, crispy wonton
  • Pickled vegetables

The licensed NORPA Bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the Studio.

be covidsafe

We currently have a COVID Safety plan in place. Please also note the additional new conditions of entry:

  • If you are feeling unwell, or have been in a virus hotspot, or in close contact with a confirmed case in the last two weeks, you should not attend an event at Lismore City Hall (we reserve the right to refuse entry).
  • Please note that we also reserve the right to refuse entry if contact details (for contact tracing purposes) are not provided.
  • If you feel unwell while at Lismore City Hall please let us know.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided before entering.
  • You will be allocated a seat to ensure you are kept at a safe distance from other guests. You must sit in the seat (or area) you have been allocated.
  • Please make sure you are seated when consuming food or drinks.
  • Make sure you keep up to date with Government guidelines at and follow the physical distancing and safe hygiene measures we have in place.


This gig is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.