island entertainment presents

Lines Like Water


Lines Like Water is the performance moniker of Rob Hortle, a singer-songwriter and award-winning poet from the Southern edge of the world. Rob has several years of experience playing for audiences at pubs, small festivals, corporate events, balls, and charity events in Australia and the UK. With a mix of originals and unique covers, he is ready to bring you folk-punk, rock and roll, Aussie classics, pop princesses, hip-hop, and everything in between.

Since returning to Tasmania in 2023, Rob has been a regular at some of Hobart’s most popular venues, including Jack Greene, Botanica, the Telegraph Hotel, the Cascade Brewery Bar, Franklin Wharf Bar and Restaurant, and the Den.

Rob was the first person to win the national Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award two years in a row, has had his poetry published in several magazines, and received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the UK Songwriting Competition for his original song ‘Resurrection’.

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Last year, through a mutual acquaintance, I approached Rob to perform at the AGM of the refugee advocacy organisation of which I am a member… The people present greatly appreciated his performance, which was very entertaining and engaging. He is highly talented and professional – doing all the set-up and pack-down himself in the time available. In short, I can recommend Rob to anyone looking for entertainment at any event


I had the pleasure of meeting Robert through the Canberra music scene where he captivated audiences providing a unique insight into his songwriting ability and creating an energetic atmosphere. As a Director of a booking agent, I booked Robert at a few venues where he was extremely reliable, professional and easy to work with. He has a versatile sound suited to all the venues I manage and was amongst a group of musicians I regularly had positive feedback from patrons. I was sad to see him leave Canberra but great to hear he’s continuing to share his music wherever he goes.”

Former booking agent