SAT 20 JAN
w BOOTS N ALL
An awesome night of live music by Boots N All and E11even supporting Shelley Hillman’s Ovarian Cancer – Trek for Treatment Challenge.
Funds raised will be split between Ovarian Cancer Australia and Shelley’s travel costs associated with the trek. Come along and support this great cause!
$ 20 ON THE DOOR
THURS 25 JAN
MOUNT EERIE (USA)
W special guests JULIE BYRNE (USA) + JUNE JONES
Mount Eerie is the nom de plume of Phil Elverum, formerly of The Microphones, based in Anacortes, Washington. Mount Eerie's albums have always aimed to push into new territory, both in sound and idea, but the thread of Elverum's voice has remained constant throughout, soft and human amid the wide range of textures and worlds. Often the lyrics have attempted to grapple with big questions, the briefness and the smallness of human life being a running theme. Mount Eerie's new album, "A Crow Looked At Me", sounds closer to the latter; minimal instrumentation, no production, clear and heavy words right up front.
The difference here is the subject matter. In 2015 Elverum's wife, the French Canadian cartoonist and musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with a bad cancer just after giving birth to their first child. She died a year later. Elverum wrote and recorded the album throughout autumn 2016, in the same room where Geneviève died, using mostly her instruments; her guitar, her bass, her pick, her amp, her old family accordion, writing the words on her paper. The songs are about the brutal details of that experience, from the hospitalisations to the grieving, the specific domestic banalities that become existential in the context of such huge and abrupt loss. These songs are not fun. They are pretty and they are deep, and they find a love that prevails beneath the overwhelming and real sorrow.
$ 30 +BF
sun 28 JAN
BLIND DATE RECORDS
Blind Date Records are throwing a BBQ in our brickyard!
Featuring James Ellis and the Jealous Guys + Sean McMahon music + Freya Josephine Hollick + Matt Green Music + Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides) + Jeb Cardwell Band + gourmet BBQ, in the Theatre Royal garden.
Blind Date Records are a new, independent label based in Melbourne, representing some of the finest singer/ songwriters and performers of alt-country, americana, country-soul and blues.
Check out the Blind Date Records sampler here..
4pm - 8pm
entry by donation
SAT 3 FEB
People of Earth, The Reefers are gathering their forces for the big push into Castlemaine where they will lay siege to The Theatre Royal until the righteous agree that it's best to boogie when faced with the might and power of those who wield the Secret of Surf.
Don't dance like nobody's watching, dance like everyone in the room owes you money.
The Reefers are going to power through two sets of surf and turf.
SAT 10 FEB
STORM THE CASTLE
POWER, NO CLASS, IRON WORZEL, DEAD, ENZYME, AFFORDABLE REPAYMENTS, AXILLISM, MUFFLER, SABBATICAL CAT.
$15 + BF
sat 24 feb
woody: songs of freedom
To remember the 50th Anniversary of the death of the 20th century’s greatest folk singer, Woody Guthrie, a concert performance dedicated to celebrating the life and cultural phenomenon of this great artist and humanitarian.
Bruce Hearn (from Strange Tenants) has gathered some of Melbourne’s best folk/roots musicians together to form The Machinists (referencing The Weavers), to give new life to the songs of legendary balladeer Woody Guthrie. Given the state of the world, with rising racism, intolerance, xenophobia, hatred and fear mongering, the time has come to re-discover and celebrate the power, humanity and social justice messages of Woody Guthrie. Remember, if not for Woody Guthrie, there would be no Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen!
WOODY: Songs of Freedom has played to full houses in Melbourne and now bring this show to Castlemaine.
$25 + BF
SAT 17 MARCH
CALLING ALL DANCING QUEENS TOUR
BABBA - Calling All Dancing Queens Tour! The wonderful musical illusion that is BABBA. For 22 years, BABBA have been thrilling audiences with their superb re-creation of 70’s super group ABBA and the legacy of hits they gave us. With glitz and glamour served up with Swedish accents and an overflow of musical memories, BABBA will take you on a journey through time to when satin was King and Dancing Queens ruled. Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida can be yours once again - all you have to do is believe. No matter how old or how young you are, the show, just like the music, is timeless. Audiences know when they have been a part of something very special and that is why BABBA audiences keep coming back, time after time after time. It’s truly is a family affair!
$ 35 +BF
THURS 22 MARCH
The tour will celebrate the end of a landmark 12-months for Cloher, releasing her self-titled album to unprecedented acclaim and unleashing her live show to rapturous audiences all over the world.
These shows will likely be Cloher’s only run of Australian headline shows with a band in 2018 as demand will see them tour overseas throughout the year.
It’s a rare thing for an artist on her 4th album, 15 years into her career, to break new ground with such withering force but Jen Cloher’s 2017 has left critics and fans alike reaching into their grab-bags for new superlatives. This was the year where Jen Cloher confirmed once and for all she’s one of this country’s most important musicians. As if it were ever in doubt.
Cloher’s self titled album (released through her own label Milk! Records) received 5-Star Reviews from The Guardian, The Herald Sun and The Independent (UK). It was longlisted for the AMP and also listed in Rough Trade’s Top Albums of 2017. She was crowned Double J’s Australian Artist Of The Year.
fri 20 april
the wilson pickers
The Wilson Pickers bring their jovial, virtuosic and often spell binding live show to the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine to launch "The Wilson Pickers LIVE" this coming April. Viva La Wilson Pickers.
The Wilson Pickers are a three time ARIA and one time Golden Guitar nominated, formidable five piece acoustic and vocal harmony group hailing from four separate states of Australia’s East Coast. Each of the players has an impeccable songwriting and playing pedigree. Since forming in 2009 as side project between John Bedggood, Andrew Morris, Sime Nugent, Ben Salter and Danny Widdicombe, the Pickers struck a major chord and became festival favorites around the country, renowned for their exquisite harmony singing and jovial attitude. Their 2016 album, You Can’t Catch Fish from A Train, was a triumphant return to the stage and studio after a five year hiatus while their beloved guitarist, Danny recovered from leukaemia. Their early 2018 LIVE album features the band at their best at the 2017 Byron Bay Bluesfest.
$ 20 +BF
fri 11 MAY
& THE PINK
Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds ARE BACK!!!
After two sell-out Australian tours, legendary voodoo guitarist for seminal sexy bands like The Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and The Gun Club, Kid Congo Powers returns to Australia in May 2018.
Bringing back a heady mix of fuzz guitar, New Orleans drum beats and bass lines dripping with soul, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds “cast garage-surf-spaghetti-western-retro-futuristic magic”.
$ 30 +BF
Be sure not to miss one of rock n’ roll’s true legends.
wed 16 MAY
A David Roy Williams + Metropolis Touring Presentation
bad manners (UK)
Ska Legends BAD MANNERS bring their non-stop party down under for a Greatest Hits Tour!
Fronted by the larger than life Buster Bloodvessel, BAD MANNERS setlist is all chock-a-block full of bouncy ska toons - ‘Lip Up Fatty’, ‘Special Brew’, ‘Just A Feeling’, ‘Skinhead Love Affair’, ‘My Girl Lollipop’, ‘Inner London Violence’, ‘Walking In The Sunshine’, ‘Lorraine’ and of course the ultimate knees up ‘Can Can’.
Very Special Guest is the rude-girl queen of ska-pop JENNIE MATTHIAS (ex THE BELLE STARS) who will perform THE BELLE STARS classics “Sign of the Times”, “Iko Iko” and “The Clapping Song” plus some skankin’ covers and originals.
“that’s what the evening was about: dancing wildly and jumping around, generally making merry and having a good time” London Gigger