SAT 16 DEC
THE GIN CLUB
W FELICITY CRIPPS BAND - ALBUM LAUNCH
AND GEORGIA SPAIN BAND
The Gin Club will be saddling up the Kia Carnival once again for a very
special bunch of shows this December. Their agent in Stockholm, Ola
Karlsson, has decided to spend the festive season down under and so the
band have decided to dust off the dancing shoes and head out on the road.
Since forming at an open mic night in Brisbane in 2003, The Gin Club have
gone on to release five studio albums and one live album, tour to Canada
and the US, and play at a bunch of festivals around Australia including
Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay Blues & Roots, Port Fairy Folk Festival &
Dark Mofo, and firmly ensconce themselves in the hearts of discerning music
lovers across Australia and The World.
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 13 JAN
Tijuana Cartel is a East Meets West wonderland. A sensory overload, euphoria, fat beats and heavy, bass-fuelled electronica live band.
In 2018 they’re coming to Europe, Asia & New Zealand to share their latest single “ISHTAR”, bringing together beats and people of all cultures to unite on the dance floor.
The band started as a couple of guitars and with the aid of a few computers, synthesisers, a percussionist & trumpeter they’ve managed to weave their way into some sort of Indy- Electronica-world-music movement.
The live set is driven by house beats, infused with trumpet, percussion and frantic middle eastern guitar lines blending layers of rich, intricate and atmospheric soundscapes with laid-back rhythms and luscious vocals.
“We blend all our personal influences together into our own sound, I'm into flamenco guitar and world sounds, where as Carey is more into break beat and electro styles, Eamon has a jazz background and Sheila brings her DJ alter ego into the mix.” Paul George (Tijuana Cartel frontman)
$ 20 +BF
THURS 25 JAN
MOUNT EERIE (USA)
W with 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
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
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.