SAT 21 OCT
Since launching his recording career a decade ago, Justin Townes Earle has established a reputation as a singular leading light in the Americana music community. With fearless, personally charged lyrical insight and infectious melodic craftsmanship, the young veteran singer-songwriter has built a rich, personally charged body of work.
$50 + BF
SAT 4 NOV
THE IDLE BAND
The Idle band were formed last year to be the house band at the Castlemaine Idyl event at Lot 19. They then played the Castlemaine Spring Ball shortly afterwards and enjoy getting together for an occasional romp. Expect dancing tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. This gig will be some local Saturday night fun at it's best.
TICKETS $5 ON THE DOOR
SUN 5 NOV
W DAVID BLUMBERG & THE MARABY BAND
Ben Salter is releasing his third solo album, Back Yourself, through ABC Music on 1st September. Recorded in Salter’s new home of Tasmania over the past twelve months, it is another eclectic collection of songs ranging from acoustic ballads to prog-metal work outs. It is sure to fail to win him the widespread commercial success he has half-heartedly aspired to for the past twenty years, but as a piece of art it is a tour de force. Armed with a freshly minted band, Salter will be hitting the road in October and November attempting to sell his nebulous message, and hopefully some physical copies of his new album, to the people of Australia.
$15 + BF
MON 6 NOV
Since their inception in 2015, The Senegambian Jazz Band’s (TSJB) sound has developed through melding the traditions of west African melodies and rhythms with everything from jazz, latin and funk to “doof doof”. With 5 musicians from 4 countries TSJB’s music is a melting pot of sounds, influences and cultures intricately woven to create a magical sonic experience, unlike anything in the Australian music scene.
DOORS : 8:00PM
SAT 11 NOV
POISON CITY PRESENTS
ROCKET SCIENCE / CABLE TIES / MOD CON / TV HAZE /
THE PINK TILES / FLOUR / DJ FEE-B SQUARED
$25 + BF
SUN 12 NOV
Cloistered in the old rickety family house in their home town of Esk in Queensland, the musical sisters’ traditional Christmasfestivities have until now been shrouded in secrecy. For this very special season they let you into their world of egg nog, panty-hose and painted chokos. From Enya to Silent Night, Daft Punk to The Twelve Days Of Christmas, these dysfunctional sisters take family get-togethers to a new level. Come and join these off-the-wall siblings as they turn your Christmas into a stuffed ham. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese grater to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party yet.
$45 + BF
SUN 19 NOV
Ash Grunwald performing live at the Theatre Royal.
Stay tuned for further info and support artists.
SAT 25 NOV
BALLS 'N' ALL
DOORS : 8:00PM
FRI 1 DEC
americana double feature
tracy mcneil &
the stetson family
With her latest album 'Thieves' (winner Best Country Album, The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016), Tracy McNeil and her band The GoodLife deliver classic Americana infused with a healthy dose of Californian shimmer, harking back to the halcyon days of late 70s L.A country rock with Laurel Canyon-esque harmonies hung on pop-hooks. . “Dazzling…A technicolour West Coast dreamscape: the sound of sunrise over cedars and noonday Joshua Trees and high desert dusk…” Rolling Stone
Celebrating their 10 year anniversary with the release of their new single 'Brother', The Stetson Family continue to deliver their spirited, free-wheeling bluegrass and gritty Americana infused sound with lush harmonies and songs that take the audience on a journey down life's joyous and sometimes crooked highway. Their latest album, True North, further established the band internationally, breaking out of Australia onto US Roots/Americana charts and garnered stellar reviews in the UK, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Uruguay and everywhere in between.
fri 8 dec
the east pointers
‘What We Leave Behind’ Australian National Tour
Transatlantic Celtic folk power trio, the JUNO Award winners The East Pointers, are Prince Edward Island fiddler Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and Ontario guitarist Jake Charron.
Their second album ‘What We Leave Behind’, released in September 2017, continues to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a devoted fanbase around the globe. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and songs, The East Pointers have spent the last two years solidly touring Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia in support of their JUNO Award winning album, Secret Victory. “Furiously energetic yet organic, celebratory yet cool, this is an impressive calling-card for a band who are soon to be making waves around the world” Songlines Magazine.
“The high-velocity trio expresses an intuitive freedom in its approach with savvy interaction and youthful vigour”
BBC Radio 2.
SUN 10 DEC
W Special Guests
One of Australia's favourite storytellers, Josh Pyke has today announced a regional tour of Australia alongside the news that he'll be hanging up his Josh Pyke boots and going on hiatus from the end of the year. To celebrate his illustrious career and to say 'goodbye for now,' he will be embarking on a massive regional tour in November and December, kicking off on November 3 at the Byron Bay Brewery, moving through to Port Macquarie, Katoomba, Henley Beach, Norwood, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Belgrave, Ballarat, and finishing up at Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on December 10
FRI 22 DEC
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS REVUE STARRING
RAISED BY EAGLES
THE AHERN BROTHERS
It’s said that Christmas comes but once a year. And often - that’s enough for some. But someone - somewhere - has been very, very nice and Santa (in the form of Raised By Eagles’ Luke Sinclair wearing a dodgy red onesie and hat) has repaid both the favour and behaviour with the announcement of a very special Raised By Eagles show to help you celebrate Christmas in salubrious style and excellent company.
Raised By Eagles – who have had a somewhat hectic past few months, touring extensively and playing to full rooms around the country following the release of their critically acclaimed third album I Must Be Somewhere - have invited good friends and fellow talents Lost Ragas and The Ahern Brothers to join them in a rousing, soul-shaking, Country-style Christmas Revue (times two).
Led by the ARIA award winning Matt Walker, Lost Ragas - whose musical wizardry and earth-quaking, cosmic-country stylings has been blowing minds since their inception in 2013, were delighted to accept – taking time out from the studio where they are working on their next album to join the festivities.
Steve Grady and Josh Rennie-Hynes, who make up The Ahern Brothers have been busy stealing hearts out on the road, touring with Tex, Don & Charlie and fast forging a name for themselves as one of the best new country/folk acts on the scene. They’ll round out this wonderful lineup of three of Melbourne’s finest and most sought after live bands.
DOORS : 8:00PM
SUN 31 DEC
SUGAR FED LEOPARDS / TEK TEK / EMPAT LIMA
Party on with our favourite bands the Sugar Fed Leopards, TEK TEK and Empat lima.
Dress up for your cruise ship holiday. There'll be food, tropical drinks and all kinds of weird fun.
$35 + 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