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
sUN 4 MAR
HAIR DREAM MACHINE
Featuring The Morning After Girls, New Candy’s, The Baudelaires, The Blackheart Death Cult, Sludge Party, Tom Blackwell, and a psychedelic light show brought to you by the Electric Light Brigade.
Hair Dream Machine is a not-for-profit social enterprise. A collective of dream team hair stylists with an aim to work alongside Australian health, and mental health services. Providing free haircuts, and personal hair care education to marginalised, and struggling individuals who may not have the resources, or access to commercial hairdressing salons. Such people may be experiencing homelessness and/or domestic violence, mental health issues, social isolation, they may be refugees, or living in rural indigenous communities.
Twenty dollars will help the Hair Dream Team achieve their goals, and you’ll get to see some of the most amazing bands on the planet
There’ll be Dj’s and more…not to mention the famous Theatre Royal Courtyard BBQ
WED 13 MARCH
Vikki Thorn is touring Australia for the very first time in March this year, fronting her own Trio along with Heath Cullen and long term ‘The Waifs’ bassist Ben Franz.
After 25 years of singing and touring as one third of ‘The Waifs’, Vikki Thorn found her own voice deep in the canyons of Utah. Known for her powerful vocals and blues harp playing, she is a dynamic & passionate performer who has sung with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Kelly, John Butler and Missy Higgins.
Now with her feet on stone and hands in the dirt, her new collection of songs portrays the humor and heartbreak of life just south of Hell’s Backbone. It’s from this harsh and beautiful landscape that she draws her inspiration. It’s a long way from the fishing camps of Western Australia where she was raised and she sings about them too.
Themes of movement, motherhood & motocross weave through country blues, slightly side stepping away from the folk format of The Waifs to indulge in her passion for old R&B. Her voice can swing and roll or radiate the intimate warmth of the morning’s first cuppa, inviting you to sit at the kitchen table while she sings about life in the wild places.
$40 + 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
SUN 18 MARCH
USTAD SHUJAAT KHAN
WITH JAY DABGAR
For the very first time, Multicultural Arts Victoria is proud to present legendary Sitarist and Grammy Award nominee Ustad Shujaat Khan on his first ever Australian tour. Ustad Shujaat Khan belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice.
Shujaat Khan's musical pedigree extends seven generations. He is the son and disciple of the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, and his grandfather, Ustad Inayat Khan, were all leading artists of their respective generations. Shujaat Khan has performed at prestigious music festivals in India and has performed in Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. Alongside his many notable performances, Khan has been a regularly featured artist at prestigious concert halls including Royal Albert Hall in London, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and Congress Hall in Berlin.
Shujaat Khan has also collaborated with different genres of music. The Rain, an album featuring Shujaat Khan and the Indo-Persian Ghazal ensemble, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for "Best Traditional World Music Album".
Recently finishing a very successful tour of Australia with the Grammy award winner and Padma Bhushan Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt, local Tabla sensation Jay Dabgar will accompany Shujaat Kahn during his Australian tour. Dabgar will bring 24 years of Tabla playing experience to these highly anticipated shows. Born into a family of Tabla makers, Dabgar learnt the instrument from his Gurus, Late Pt. Nandan Mehta and Pt. Pooran Maharaj at the famous Saptak School of Music in India. Dabgar’s skills are well known throughout Australia as well as internationally.
$ 40 +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.
SAT 24 MARCH
Salsa Social Castlemaine
FIESTA DE SALSA
THURS 12 APRIL
KILLER SOLO TOUR
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
SUN 29 april
ADAM HARVEY +
$ 40 +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
$ 65 +BF
FRI 25 MAY
& HER BAND
Love Police announce the return of EILEN JEWELL and her stellar band for a series of show in May and June. Playing in support of their blues influenced album of 2017 “Down Hearted Blues”, Eilen and band will be ripping through tunes from that album and all her catalogue in a night of country twang, Americana and reworked blues classics. Those familiar with the sweet, sweet sounds of Eilen and band will know they are in for a fine night of music and good times to warm up the oncoming winter months.