Davidson Brothers to Play Meeniyan Hall.

DavidsonsThis Saturday 26ht July, the Davidson Brothers will play Meeniyan Town Hall for the first time, with special guests The Little Stevies.

Tickets are selling quickly but there’s still some available.

Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up just down the road from Meeniyan in the town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts .

Australian Country Music Award winners in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Hamish and Lachlan Davidson are “the best young bluegrass pickers we have seen for a long while in Australia and a very exciting live act. They appeared on the Ryman in Nashville at the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Awards as presenters and showcased at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in 2004 and 2009 and the 2011 European World of Bluegrass in the Netherlands.

Winner of multiple Australian National Bluegrass Championship titles on fiddle, banjo and mandolin, After recording four albums in the US, Hamish & Lachlan knew it was time to record in their native country with their live band. 2014 will see the release of their brand new album ‘Wanderlust’ featuring ten original tracks recorded in Melbourne, Australia featuring Jacob McGuffie on acoustic guitar and Louis Gill on upright bass.

The Passionate Fools in SA.

The Passionate FoolsThe Passionate Fools have a gig at the Singing Gallery in McClaren Vale this weekend. and are asking  you to help them advertise the gig.

You are invited to join The Passionate Fools: Wendy Jackson and Peter Hisco for a fun-filled evening of acoustic music. With very special guests: Jeri Foreman and Gage Stead along with Hugh and Janet Gordon.

The Passionate Fools are teaming up with Jeri Foreman and Gage Stead for one set and then with Hugh and Janet Gordon for the second set. They will then have everyone play together for the closing set. A great night of acoustic music.Gordon-Forman-Stead

  • Where: Singing Gallery
  • When Sat 19th July 7.30pm
  • How to Book: 0413 358 618 or email dave@singinggallery.com.au.
  • Cost:Tickets: $20

About the Singing Space:

The old Congregational Church in McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia has been bought and transformed in to the Singing Gallery. It is recognised as a unique performance space for acoustic music with local, interstate and overseas performers. It also hosts markets, live theatre, music groups, weddings, festivals.

Bluegrass Bonanza – Part Two

The Stetson FamilyThe Berwick Folk Club and Folk Victoria present a night of bluegrass featuring The Stetson Family and Faux Grass at The Balla Balla Community Centre – Casey Indoor Leisure Centre at 65 Berwick Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne, Vic.Bluegrass Bonanza

The event is supported by  Peninsula Folk Club, Mountain Pickers, Fat Chance and Ringwood Folk Club.

The Bluegrass Bonanza is scheduled for Sat. 30th Aug 2014, 7:30pm.

All enquiries to Chris or Edward on 03 – 9702 1223.

Tickets $20 full price or $16 members. Book at TryBooking.com or pay at the door.



Bangalow Bluegrass Festival

Bangalow BBQThe inaugural Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival , a not-for-profit community event is set to celebrate local food & music with highlights including a stellar line-up of Bluegrass musicians, a BBQ cook-off, a Pickers comp and family friendly entertainment in the Byron Bay hinterland – Bangalow Showgrounds, Saturday 2 August, 2014.

Amateurs, chefs & professionals are all in with chance to win $1000 first prize in the BBQ cook-off! It’s the only one of its kind accredited by the Australasian BBQ Alliance and ‘Burger Mary’ – self-proclaimed BBQ enthusiast – will preside as the official judge.

A Pickers comp – Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin/Fiddle – will attract a $250 first prize and local schools will be hosting a day of $2 games for the kids raising money to fund arts in schools programs.

The Bluegrass line-up features Bellingen folk The Mid North whose old-time Mountain Music, Gospel, Pop and Front porch won them Tamworth Country Music Festival gongs earlier this year. Bluegrass 5 piece The Stetson Family who’s high lonesome country-folk, reached US chart status with ‘tales of love gone wrong, snake-handling preachers and wandering down life’s crooked highway’; and perennials of the festival circuit, 7 piece string outfit The Morrisons who regale with their alt-country, bluegrass, old-timey and folk, alt bluegrass lead the bill along with an impressive collection of local Bluegrass musicians.

The mercurial Starboard Cannons have just released their second album ‘The Brave and the Valiant’ (Vitamin Records). A successful crowd funding campaign testament to their growing appeal. New Queensland band River Mountain Riot will deliver spry, traditional Bluegrass and Heartworn Highway take time out between recording in the studio and their Treehouse residency to perform, folk, roots, and country along side the eponymous Barkers Vale Brothers – troubadours with a penchant for 1920s-1950s radio programming, traditional bluegrass, old timey, roots and swing.

Nashville raised local and festival organiser Fletcher Potanin, inspired by the compelling musicianship of the grass-roots collective the Northern Rivers Songwriter Sessions, saw both the need and desire to create greater accessibility to audiences and musicians. The festival is a collaboration with festival artistic director, Ash Bell of the Starboard Canons. With the support of the local community, all proceeds raised will benefit arts and cultural initiatives in the Northern Rivers. “I feel the sustainability of the creative wealth that’s become synonymous with our region is worth preserving. ”
So dust off your double denims and be prepared to experience irrepressible hootin’ and hollerin’, some maudlin winsomeness and sheer, infectious joyousness.

Tickets on sale now at Oztix. Includes a tasting plate.
Adult $40 |Family Pass $65* [on the gate Adult $50|Family Pass $80]
*Oztix booking fee applies. Children under 18 free. Adult & Family passes include a tasting plate!

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Borderline to Play Tyers

BorderlineThe Gippsland Acoustic Music Club are delighted to present well-known local band Borderline, as the main act for the July club night at Tyers, commencing at 7.30pm on Sunday 6th July at the Tyers Hall, Main Rd Tyers,

Borderline comprises band members Terry Cupples, Dan Boothman and Carolyne Boothman and they are set to provide a great night of music. Featuring tight harmonies, great instrumental work and a sense of humour, Borderline will perform sets of three songs by artists like The Eagles, John Denver, Alison Krauss, The Hollies, Gillian Welch, Gordon Lightfoot, many other well-known artists, as well as originals.

Support Act on the night is the Sale Catholic College “Show Choir”, a group of young performers who will impress with their talent and lovely singing.

Entry is $10 club members/concession, $15 non members. U 18 free.

Prior to the club night, Vocal Nosh will be held from 5.30pm (please arrive 5.15pm), and led by the very talented Wendy Sellings and Sue Cullen from Acoustic Kitchen. Entry is $12 adults, members/concession $8, Under 18 free. This group then stays on to share fresh bread, home-made soup and fruit.

For further information contact: Carolyne Boothman ph. 0419 526709, email carolyneboothman@gmail.com or the club’s website www.musicclub.org.au.

Old Time Jam Victoria Hotel.

Vic Hotel JamIt’s not often we get to hear about some old-time music activities this one looks like  lots of fun:

Old-Time Stringband Jam Sessions, with Craig Woodward, Warren Rough and Friends at the Victoria Hotel, 380 Victoria Street, Brunswick 3056.

Open jam session for any players interested in Traditional Old-Time music. Flat-Foot dancers are most welcome.

Admission Free.


  • Sat 14 Jun, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 21 Jun, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 28 Jun, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 5 Jul, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 12 Jul, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Bluegrass Bonanza in Cranbourne



BluegrassBonanza Folk Victoria and Berwick Folk Club have let us know of their plans to co-host a ‘Bluegrass Bonanza’ night in Cranbourne on Sat 7th June.

The artist line up includes Hardrive and Coolgrass with local clubs including Mountain Pickers Association, Peninsula Folk Club and Selby Folk Club  providing additional bands for the evening.



The venue is Balla Balla Community Centre, 65 Berwick Cranbourne Road Cranbourne in Victoria. Click on the poster to the right for more details.

Folk Victoria has been pretty dormant for the last few years. The new and invigorated committee is trying to get things moving again by building up a membership base and supporting live music.

Brunswick Bluegrass Collective Play Open Studio

Brunswick Bluegrass CollectiveThe BBC are performing on Saturday 10th May at 8.30pm at Open Studio at 204 High St, Northcote, 3070.

Brunswick Bluegrass Collective has evolved out of a love of old timey and bluegrass music with a fluid lineup that has included members of various ensembles such as Hobson’s Choice, Devil Goat String Band and the Blue Grassy Knoll and includes musicians such as Dan Witton, Nara Demasson, Gus Macmillan, Jim Green, Kate Connor, Jenny Thomas,Trent Arkleysmith and others.

The result is a spontaneous meal of rich musicianship, where songs and tunes get thrown together and mixed with playful and improvisatory approach to traditions inspired by mountain music, sweet tunes and fine company.
Cost will be $8 or $5 concession. They’d love to see you there.

Old Man Luedecke In Australia

Old Man LuedeckeCanada’s Old Man Luedecke is making a welcome return to Australia after the success of last year’s tour with fellow folk troubadour Jordie Lane. He is touring Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Old Man Lueddcke is bringing with him his new EP I Never Sang Before I Met You. He will be performing tracks from both the new EP and his Album of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year winner Tender Is The Night album (2014 East Coast Music Awards, Canada), this tour promises to delight.

You are invited to come along, meet and be charmed by Old Man Luedecke. For more info, hit www.oldmanluedecke.ca or check out the dates below.

Tour Details:

Thu 24 May Carrington Bowls Club
1 Cowper St, Newcastle
Ph: 02 4961 4140
Bookings: Bill.Mundie@newcastle.edu.au
Fri 25 May St Stephens Anglican Church
39 Kurrajong St, Dorrigo NSW
Bookings: bridgetsommers@yahoo.com.au
Sun 27 April Petersham Bowls Club
77 Brighton St, Petersham NSW
Ph: 02 9569 4639
Bookings: johnsgigs@gmail.com
Thu 1 May South Coast Folk Club
Port Noarlunga Bowling Club, River Rd Port Noarlunga SA
Bookings: pete@southcoastfolkclub.com.au
 Fri 2 May  The Singing Gallery
133 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA
 Ph: 0413 358 618
Bookings: www.singinggallery.com.au
 Sat 3 May  The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Marieville Esplanade, Hobart TAS
 Doors open 7pm, music from 7.30pm
Bookings: manager@arelmedia.com.au
Tickets $30 / $35 @ door
 Sun 4 May (3pm)  The Flying Saucer Club
4 St Georges Rd, Elsternwick VIC
 Ph: 03 9528 3600
Bookings: www.flyingsaucerclub.com.au
 Tue 6 May  Burrinja Café
351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey VIC
 Ph: 03 9754 5707
Bookings: sugarplumber@yahoo.com.au


Old South – World Tour

Old SouthBluegrass, Americana & Folk – Old and new tunes about broken hearts and lonesome nights; trains, mothers, coal mining, murder, whiskey and going home… All the misery and tears you could wish for wrapped in the joy of singing and playing acoustic only. Hot bluegrass, smooth harmonies, fast instrumentals. Now recognised as one of Australia’s leading bluegrass bands, they have been playing together and with others in Australia and overseas since the 1960’s.OldSouthTour

Since 2011, Old South has been frequently invited both to play and present workshops at the Fleurieu Folk Festival, The Wirrina Bluegrass Festival, The Great Alpine Pick, the Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, the MountainGrass Festival, the Kelly Country Pick, The Kapunda Celtic Festival and the Semaphore Music Festival.

Old South will release their second CD later this year.

About Old South:

Phil Parker - Lead singer, guitar. Phil has a clear and powerful vocal style, perfect for the music. Having played in four bluegrass bands, he has developed a commanding knowledge of harmony theory and technique, and ensures everyone knows their parts and remembers them.

Geoff Bridgland - Baritone, banjo, fiddle. Geoff has been playing bluegrass with a range of bands since he was in the “Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys” in 1968. Geoff plays 5 string banjo as straight as he can and is sometimes allowed to irritate the old-time fiddle for a short while.

Andrew Hook - Bass, mandolin, guitar. Andrew has been playing in various Victorian and SA bluegrass bands since 1980, and has worked extensively with Paul Wookey and The Rank Strangers with whom he released 3 albums and who were finalists in the Best Foreign Bluegrass band category in
international competition in Nashville, Tennessee in 1989.OldSouthPoster

Dave Taylor - Tenor, double bass. The thinking man’s bassist, tenor harmony singer and Timelord. His high harmony rounds out the Old South sound and his jokes have made the men realise that reality is optional after all, which puts him way ahead in this game.

Leonard Cohen - High baritone, Resonator guitar. One of the founders of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band in NZ, he joined the Skillet Lickers on moving to Adelaide. He has toured widely, played with Pete and Mike Seeger, Slim Dusty and Reg Lindsay, recorded six albums and performed on TV and radio. Leonard has played before the Prince of Wales and another pub in Dubbo.