Emily Miller & Jesse Milnes on Southern Style

Milnes & MillerJan Dale will be presenting her Southern Style program on Tuesday March 17, between 1:00pm and 3:00pm featuring the music of Emily Miller & Jesse Milnes.

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Emily was raised playing and singing Louvin Brothers and Stanley Brothers songs with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter. They now make their home in central West Virginia.

Whitetop Mountaineers on Southern Style

Whitetop MountaineersOn Tuesday 10th March from about 1.30 pm Jan Dale will be featuring The Whitetop Mountaineers who are on yet another Australian tour.

The Whitetop Mountaineers are Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham, a duo hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Steeped in the mountain music traditions, their shows are a combination of country duet singing, fiery instrumentals and high energy Appalachian dancing.

Martha and Jackson have performed at festivals, venues and workshops across the USA and have toured to the UK, Ireland, and Australia.

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 www.pbsfm.org.au.

Stringbusters return to Yinnar in 2015

Strzelecki StrinbustersThe Strzelecki Stringbusters return to their spiritual home, The Yinnar Hotel, next Wednesday Feb 25th, for the 1st monthly show of 2015.

Now entering its 7th consecutive year, these shows feature the best Bluegrass & Old TIme artists from Australia and overseas in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where the humor flows freely and the good times keep on rolling.

Old favorites from Melbourne, Coolgrass, return this month for their 3rd visit to the musical landmark.

Coolgrass win and delight audiences with their hilarious take on bluegrass, and are favourites throughout Australia and New Zealand. They have been featured at Australia’s National Folk Festival, the Auckland Folk Festival, Port Fairy, the Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, the Redlands Bluegrass Festival, the Fairbridge Folk Festival, the Tamworth Music Festival and many more, plus many folk clubs, wineries, town halls, arts councils, pubs and so forth across Australia and New Zealand. They have recorded 4 CDs – Toad Rage (2004), Jaguar Breakdown (2006), Never Put The Banjo Down (2009) and Most Peculiar (2012).

Entry on the night is $10 at the door, with the Stringbusters kicking things off at 7.30pm. Bookings are essential, Ph 5163 1263.

2015 Manjimup Jamcamp

The Warren Arts Council have announced that enrolments for their 2nd jam camp are now open. Wernick

Jamcamps Australia has posted details of the enrolment process on its website for the Warren Arts Council. The camp is scheduled for three nights and three days from Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June this year.

The camp will feature a Friday night post dinner get-together jam. The camp tuition will start on Saturday morning at 9:00am (after breakfast) with group sessions, small-group practice throughout each day until late Monday morning.

Costs for the camp are $410.00 with an early bird offer of $380 until the 15th March 2015.

This year’s camp includes all tuition and accommodation, as well as breakfast and dinner for the three nights and days from 29th May to 1st June. Both shared and (some limited) single accommodation are available at the Manjimup Hotel.

The camp commences with a get-together and welcome jam on Friday night after dinner at the Manjimup Hotel.

Bookings are now open and deposits are being accepted via the Jamcamps Australia  website.

Wernick Method Jam camps and day sessions have been operating in Australia since 2007. There have been several camps run in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. future camps are being planned for NSW an South Australia.

Visit the Jamcamps Australia Website for details of the Wernick Method and to read of student’s testimonials from previous camps.

Delaneys Creek Jam Camp

Delaneys CreekFriday 24th – Sunday 26th April 2015, Kay Armstrong, Gary Vann and the boys from The Company will be hosting a jam camp in Delaney’s Creek, Qld.

It is a camp is for bluegrass pickers who want to jam with other musicians and learn to perform as a group. Friday night is an all-in jam session where you will get to meet and play with other attendees.

The setting for the jam camp is a beautiful 40 acre property at Delaney’s Creek.
The venue is a 60 minute drive north of Brisbane airport; 10 minutes from Woodford and and 5 minutes from the D’Aguilar motel.

All details can be found on the Delaneys Creek Jam Camp website.

Tamworth Bluegrass Jam

JamWhether you are an experienced Bluegrass picker, singer, just starting out or simply want to come along and listen to the tunes. All are welcome to this exciting event.

The Jam will be hosted by Pete Denahy at the Tamworth PCYC. There will be many great pickers attending including Dan Kerin and Jody Bell. All levels are welcome – including anyone who just wants to relax in the air con and have a listen.

One of the aims is to encourage young country musicians to try their hand at Bluegrass. There will be a host of experienced pickers who will be there to help out anyone who is new to the genre and jamming.

Check out the Facebook Event Page.

  • This is an event for all ages and free
  • BBQ and refreshments available
  • Pool Tables, for the non-musical
  • And best of all, air conditioning

The Wayward Angels Head To Tamworth

The Wayward AnglesThe Wayward Angels is a four piece all-girl band delivering sweet vocal harmonies to a repertoire of alt country/bluegrass tunes.

The girls met through a local Brisbane bluegrass jam session and went on to form the Wayward Angles. They say they bring a taste of bluegrass with a feminine edge to Brisbane audiences and now they are heading to Tamworth.

The group cites their main influences as: Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, Blue Highway, The Punch Brothers old-timey and bluegrass music

The Wayward Angels are: Kay Armstrong on banjo, Jody Bell on mandolin, Brenda Kelly on guitar and Anne-Marie Lawton on double-bass.

Performance Schedule:

  • Sat. 17th Jan – Post Office Hotel – 1:20pm – 2:00pm
  • Sun. 18th Jan – RB Sellars Stage – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Cripple Creek to Play Strathalbyn Auto Collectors Club

Cripple Creek BandCripple Creek has been invited to perform at the Strathalbyn Auto Collectors Club prestigious Cars of Australia Show on Australia Day, 26th January 2015 at the Strathalbyn Oval Complex, open from 10 am to 4.30 pm.

Cripple Creek will be performing from 10:30am to about 1:30pm

Following the Club’s very successful inaugural Show in January 2014, this year’s Show has been expanded to include just about any car with an Aussie flavour originally built or assembled in Australia. Categories include historic, street and modified cars. There will be Trader and Food stalls, our Cripple Creek band and dance floor under a marquee, 2000 model cars on display and for sale, free mini train rides around the grounds plus a bouncy castle and sideshows.

You can find out more from the web site: strathalbynautocollectors.com.

Cripple Creek hail from Adelaide, South Australia and is an energetic acoustic foursome with stirring harmonies and instrumentals and a driving sound that play songs from spine tingling ballads to toe tapping breakdowns in a unique blend of bluegrass and alt-country.

Cripple Creek features:

  • John Hyland: Guitar, Dobro and vocals
  • Ron Williams: Banjo and vocals
  • Jamie Baldwin: Fiddle, mandolin and vocals
  • Ian Davis: Double bass and vocals

Nine Mile Creek on Southern Style

NineMileCreekNine Mile Creek will be performing live to air on January 13th on Jan Dale’s Southern Style as part of the PBS FM “Coopers Studio Five Live.”

Nine Mile Creek is a bluegrass band playing traditional and original bluegrass, with a touch of swing and Americana. Long time fans of the bluegrass genre and those appreciating the joys of good acoustic music are embracing Nine Mile Creek’s fresh approach. Full-on up tempo rhythms underpinned by Andrew’s bass and Kevin’s guitar are a feature of the band’s sound. This provides a platform from where Mark’s hard-driving mandolin and Colin’s banjo brings traditional bluegrass tunes to life, all nicely rounded out by Tanya’s fiddle playing. Lead vocal duties are shared, and two, three and four-part harmonies make for an exciting, toe-tapping musical experience.

Mark Pottenger and Andrew Barcham were keen to continue the experience they’d had playing in previous bands, and with Colin Weight on banjo, formed a trio that performed at the Kelly Country Pick in 2012. Kevin Parsell joined in early 2014, and Tanya Balka completed the line up to make Nine Mile Creek what it is today.

The band is building a strong repertoire and is a regular contributor to the Mountain Pickers Association’s monthly night at Burrinja Café in Upwey. In 2013 they performed at the Great Alpine Pick in Harrietville, closely followed by a support slot for New Zealand band The Pipi Pickers. They also perform at non-bluegrass events, introducing the joys of bluegrass music to enthused audiences.

Expect Nine Mile Creek to become regular performers at bluegrass and other music festivals and events, as they entertain audiences with their special blend of hi-octane traditional and original material.

Jan Dale’s radio program, 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 www.pbsfm.org.au.


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.