Day Street Band

Day Street Band is a community band, set up to raise money for Detour House Inc, a young women’s refuge based in Leichhardt. Our members all live on Day Street, Leichhardt.  Since 2016 we have raised over $7,000 for the charity.

Next Show?

Our next show is from 1-4pm on June 11, 2018 at Leichhardt Bowlo, 88-92 Piper Street, Leichhardt.  As always we will be raising money for Detour House, a womens’ refuge.  Kids are welcome!  Free entry.

We originally set up for fun, but realised we could have fun and help our community through the power of music! We are a covers band playing the songs that we love.  Previous gigs have included tunes from The Beatles and Pink Floyd, but also Neil Diamond and Counting Crows, then all the way to The Ramones, Screaming Jets and Radio Birdman.  Just like the members of the band, our song choices are eclectic.

Detour House

Detour House is a non-profit organisation servicing homeless and other at-risk girls and women, based in Sydney, Australia. Detour House also incorporates The Girls Refuge, a crisis accommodation service for homeless girls.

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2017 MEDIA RELEASE               

MEDIA RELEASE                

March 6, 2017

Day Street Band aid Womens’ Shelter

For the second year running, a group of neighbours from Leichhardt’s Day Street have banded together with the support of the Leichhardt Bowlo, for an afternoon of music, community vibes and fund raising.  The event at the Bowlo on Sunday, March 26 from 3 to 6 pm, will aid Leichhardt and Glebe-based womens’ shelter Detour House Inc.

The 2016 show was a resounding success, with a bowlo busting 400 plus crowd and over $3,000 raised for the inner west charity.  The donations came from the crowd on the night, an internet campaign, Leichhardt Bowling Club and Restaurant, Soul Messengers merchandise sales and the fashion item of 2016, the Day Street Band baseball cap.  The aim this year is to beat both those numbers with a donations target of $4,000. Plus, there will be a new limited edition Day Street Band cap.

The Day Street Band was formed at the street’s annual Christmas Party in December 2015.  Monthly BBQs and a FaceBook group keep this bunch of neighbours well connected with each other.  The group boasts two professional musicians, but in keeping with the ethos of the Day Street Band, neither session singer Amanda Easton nor guitar teacher Simon Morel will be taking their usual places on stage.  The band also features Day Streeters who played semi-professionally ‘back in the day’ – from 90s alt-rock bands to 70s punk bands – playing a range of covers from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Leichhardt Bowling Club have generously not only agreed to host the community event, they are even monetarily contributing to the charity.  Daniel Hitchcock, Secretary Manager of the club said “We are a community bowling club and want to support others who are in turn supporting the needy in our community.  When Simon Morel approached us we were delighted to help.  It is going to be a fantastic afternoon.”

Detour House General Manager, Kerri Betteridge, is also positive about the event, “We run 2 services for women and girls. Detour House in Glebe is for women who have experienced drug and alcohol dependency, and the Young People’s Refuge in Leichhardt is for girls and young women from 13-17 years of age who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  All of our clients have experienced violence or neglect. We are funded by Department of Community Services, but we are always open to donations.  It’s great that a group of local residents are happy to help in this way – every dollar makes a difference.”

In addition to the Day Street Band, critically acclaimed Leichhardt-based bluesy soul band Soul Messengers  and electro pop chanteuse Amanda Easton will be playing short sets.

Simon Morel is a Leichhardt-based musician.  He has released 2 solo albums.  He currently plays guitar in and manages Sydney Soul band, Soul Messengers ( and works as a guitar player for inner west chanteuse Amanda Easton (  In addition, he works as a session guitarist, offers private and group guitar lessons and offers free advice and music industry contacts to music artists via his company The Record Factory.  He also authors two music blogs: SimonLovesGuitars and The Record Factory.


For more information, photographs or an interview, please contact Simon Morel on or 0404267623