Brunswick Bluegrass CollectiveBrunswick Bluegrass Collective are playing a home gig at the Brunswick Bowls Club.

A lazy Sunday afternoon of bluegrass and old-timey tunes and barefoot bowling should you choose to do so. This is a home game for the band, so Melbournites head on over  and be a part of a lazy last day of Spring, not to mention the best collisions of acronyms since the Rogue Spatula Party of Coburg and Altona held it’s AGM at the RSPCA.

3:00pm, Sunday 30th November. Brunswick Bowls Club.


Greg Cahill on Southern Style

Special ConsensusJan Dale will be playing an interview she recorded with Greg Cahill this coming Tuesday, 11th November. Jan hosts the always popular radio show Southern Style on

Greg Cahill, and his band Special Consensus are currently in Australia for the MountainGrass Festival and will be appearing in other parts of the country as they tour and playing with The Davidson Brothers.

Southern Style can also be streamed to your computer, so you might like to also catch Jan’s special in the archives of the PBS website.

Southern Style with Jan Dale – PBS FM 106.7
Tuesdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm or online at

Kruger Brothers in Good Company

Kruger BrothersBrisbane based band The Company has announced that they will teaming up with The Kruger Brothers (USA) on their debut Australian tour this November/December. Direct from North Carolina, the critically acclaimed Kruger Brothers, featuring ‘Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo’ winner – Jens Kruger together with The Company will perform in Brisbane and South East Queensland – a show you must not miss.

Virtuoso Banjo player Jens Kruger is hailed as one of the foremost exponents of 5-string banjo in the world today and The Krugers have featured on The David Letterman Show. Here’s what they have been saying about them:

I used to think the banjo was somewhat limited to certain styles, until I heard Jens Kruger. Jens has played some of the most beautiful and expressive banjo I’ve ever heard – Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Jens Kruger has established himself as one of the world’s most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players - Happy Traum.

The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent - Bluegrass Journal

Don’t miss your chance to see these incredible musicians live in Brisbane. See below for performance dates and ticketing information.

  • Friday 28th November & Saturday 29th November – 7:30pm – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane – Book Tickets
  • Sunday 30th November – 7:30pm – Samford Hall, Samford QLD – Book Tickets
  • Friday 5th December – 7:30pm – Maleny Community Hall, QLD – Book Tickets
  • Sunday 7th December – “Unwind in the Vines” Including James Blundell – 4pm – Ocean View Winery, Mt Mee, QLD – Book Tickets

Special Consensus and Davidson Brothers Gig

Davidson BrothersAustralia’s favourite bluegrass export, the Davidson Brothers have just returned from a whirlwind tour of the US and are pleased to invite you to their free November Residency – Sunday’s @ The B-East. They are also extra super very pleased to invite you to one special show with fabulous USA bluegrass act Special Consensus.

The Davidsons met Special Consensus when they were on tour in Raleigh North Carolina launching their critically acclaimed new album ‘Wanderlust’ and hanging backstage with all the other bluegrassers.

Special Consensus has just won two IBMA International Bluegrass Music Awards with their new John Denver tribute album and are thrilled to be making the trip to Oz.

Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2014.
Time: Support 8.30-9.15pm Davidson Brothers Band 9.30-10.15pm

Northcote Social Club – Monday 17th November, 2014
Special Consensus (USA)

Show tickets here.

Bunbury Blues Club to feature Bluegrass Band

SW Blues ClubThe South West Blues Club Inc. in Bunbury W.A.  have announced that they are featuring a Bluegrass band called Good Corn Liquor from New South Wales. This group will be playing at their regular club gathering on Saturday 15th November.

Organisers say that this is the first time that they have had a Bluegrass Band at their club and are seeking to attract new audiences to their club nights.

Good Corn Liquor is a country/bluegrass inspired band hailing from Gunnedah NSW. Currently residing in Newcastle, NSW they can be regularly found playing shows around the Hunter and North West. Covering a multitude of artists from Soggy Bottom Boys, Old Crow Medicine Show all the way through to bands such as Aerosmith and The White Stripes. They love a beer and a knock about tune, with a current repertoire of originals shining with country, blues and bluegrass influence.

Good Corn Liquor are:

  • Stu McKenzie – Vocals, Harmonica & Kazoo
  • Ben McCauley – Banjo, Guitar, Dobro, Jaw harp & Vocals
  • Ben Murphy – Guitar, Mandolin, percussion & Vocals
  • Nicholas Wright – Bass Guitar & Vocals

Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass Tour

Chris Henry BandPeter Rowan’s mandolin-player, Chris Henry, returns to Australia with his own bluegrass band, The Hardcore Grass. This is a must-see band for all lovers of bluegrass music.

The International Bluegrass Music Association has labelled Chris Henry as “the premier Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation”, while US Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan describes him as “a bright young star in Bluegrass Music”, and has made him a full-time member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.

Chris Henry grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA, the son of veteran bluegrass musicians, Red and Murphy Henry. He moved to Nashville about ten years ago, and has been making quite a name for himself as one of the most highly regarded and sought-after young musicians on the American bluegrass scene. He received an International Bluegrass Music Association nomination for Song of the Year in 2011 for writing “Walking West to Memphis.” He was in Shawn Camp’s band, and in the last few years he has been playing with his own band, The Hardcore Grass, and with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.

He impressed Australian audiences when he toured here earlier this year as a member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Trio. As a result of that tour, he has been invited back to Australia to headline the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival this October.

Chris is touring with his own four-piece band, The Hardcore Grass, consisting of himself on mandolin and vocals, Mike Garris (guitar and vocals), Corrina Logston (fiddle and vocals) and Beth Lawrence (bass and vocals).

As well as being a talented guitarist, Mike Garris is also a highly respected bass-player, and has recorded and toured extensively as a long-time member of the Del McCoury Band and David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience. Fiddler, singer-songwriter, Corrina Logston, is an exciting new talent in bluegrass today, widely known for her lively and versatile fiddling, and tenor singing rooted in traditional bluegrass music. She has performed with the likes of Del McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, Alison Krauss, and Charlie Louvin, and many others. Beth Lawrence has been living in the South for 10 years, and playing bass and singing with national bluegrass bands, including the Mark Newton Band, Ron Block Band, Jerry Salley Band, and The Daughters of Bluegrass.

Chris Henry website:
Hardcore Grass facebook:

Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass – 2014 Australian Tour Dates:

  • Fri 24, Sat 25, Sun 26 Oct: Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
  • Tue 28 Oct: Bonny Hills Community Hall, Bonny Hills, NSW
  • Thur 30 Oct: Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW (with Annie Lou Band)
  • Fri 31 Oct: Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
  • Sat 1 Nov: Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together, Annandale, NSW
  • Sun 2 Nov: Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
  • Thur 6 Nov: The Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
  • Fri 7 Nov: Canberra Musicians Club, Turner Bowling Club, Turner, ACT
  • Sat 8, Sun 9 Nov: Blackwood Festival of Music & Culture, Blackwood, Vic
  • Tue 11 Nov: Mountain Pickers Association, Burrinja Café, Upwey, Vic
  • Thur 13 Nov: Courthouse Café, Camperdown, Vic
  • Fri 14 Nov: Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, Vic
  • Sat 15, Sun 16 Nov: Mountaingrass Festival, Harrietville, Vic
  • Thur 20 Nov: The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Vic
  • Fri 21 Nov: Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
  • Sat 22 Nov: Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW

Colin O’Brien Tour Dates

Colin O'BrienColin O’Brien has announced dates for his tour in New South Wales and Victoria.

Colin O’Brien’s music is informed by the past and speaks to the present. A playful performer, Colin delights his audiences with fiery melodies, groovy rhythms, soulful lyrics, fancy footwork and old time hat tricks. His banjo, fiddle and guitar playing, percussive dancing, and lyrics all express an earnest regard for the traditional, natural and true.

O’Brien is a nationally touring independent performer based in Nashville. He has shared bills with artists such as The Infamous String Dusters, Great American Taxi, Trampled By Turtles, Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Steve Martin, Sam Bush, Darol Anger and Peter Rowan. Colin has performed at many venues and festivals throughout the United States including Rocky Grass, The John Hartford Memorial Festival Boats and Bluegrass, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Station Inn, The Sioux River Folk Festival, The Ark and dozens more.

Colin loves to engage his audience, young and old alike, and may at any time leave the stage to dance and sing among them; his voice, fiddle and feet all still resounding loud and clear through the stage speakers.

In 2011, the great Nashville musician, Larry Perkins, heard Colin play at the John Hartford Memorial Festival and was side-struck. “Colin’s music is genuine, whimsical, full of fun and carefully crafted. For me, it’s a very pleasant surprise”. He invited Colin down to Nashville to record. The resulting After A Song features Colin’s original songs performed with several of John Hartford’s band mates, including Perkins himself.

You are a very talented artist – John D. Loudermilk, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee
Colin O’Brien is a great entertainer – Tim O’Brien

In addition to his solo song and dance, Mr. O’Brien performs with The Nashville Stringy-Band, an acoustic super-group featuring Matt Combs on fiddle, Mike Compton on mandolin and Todd Phillips on bass.

When not entertaining on the road, O’Brien may be found dancing in his front yard on the banks of the Cumberland River with his fiddle and banjo as the General Jackson steamboat rounds Hartford’s bend.

Colin’s tour dates:

23 Oct 14 – Mofo, Surrey Hills, NSW: 10:00am
24 Oct 14 – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival
30 Oct 14 – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC: 8:00pm
31 Oct 14 – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC: 10:00am
9 Nov 14 – Barney Allen’s, St. Kilda, VIC: 7:00pm

Old South Gig Guide Oct 2014

Old SouthOld South Bluegrass are getting out-of-town. They’ll be playing songs from their fantastic new album “The Hanging Tree” at The Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale on Saturday 18th October. On Saturday, 25th October they will be performing in Cambrai at The Cambrai Hotel.

 As usual, all unaccompanied children under ten will receive a litre of red cordial and a free kitten. 

Old South’s new album “The Hanging Tree” is available here at the Australian Bluegrass shop.

Casey Driessen on Southern Style.

Jan Dale - Southern StyleU.S. fiddle player Casey Driessen will be Jan Dale’s guest in the studio on Southern Style on Tuesday 16th September.
Casey is touring Australia giving concerts and teaching workshops and promoting the release of his new album “The Singularity.”

Southern Style can also be streamed to your computer, so you might like to also catch Jan’s special in the archives of the PBS website.

Southern Style with Jan Dale – PBS FM 106.7
Tuesdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm or online at

Casey Dreissen On Tour in Oz 2014

Casey DreissenMajor festivals and events in Australia invariable provide the opportunity for international artists to travel to and tour parts of Australia. This is the case with the Sunshine Fiddle Camp scheduled for next month on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Casey Driessen one of the featured guests at this year’s camp has spent his career pushing the boundaries of fiddle music and has been touring with The Flecktones, Tim O’Brien, and Darrell Scott, and opening for the Zac Brown Band.

Driessen’s captivating live shows see music created by assembling musical parts like a musical Dr. Frankenstein. Driessen draws on a number of wide-ranging influences from Tom Waits to Stevie Wonder to jazz violinist Stuff Smith. He’s particularly drawn to the improvisational elements of bebop, the groove of R&B, and percussion rich global cultures. Driessen’s continued interest in percussion has also led to the creation of Fiddle/Sticks, an ongoing audio and video project in which he collaborates with drummers like Jamey Haddad, Kenny Malone, and Futureman.

Though the Grammy-nominated Driessen has participated in several genre-blending ventures, including Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet, at his core, he is a bluegrass fiddler, albeit one who honed his skills at Berklee College of Music.

Casey Driessen is a rather funky fellow….Music-wise, you might call him the heir to Vassar Clements in that he too, straddles the line between roots and jazz. If you’ve ever seen Driessen perform live you’ll swear his violin plays him - Nashville Scene.

Casey Driessen is touring Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane: