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Tue, 17 April 2018

Altan (Ireland) Thornbury Theatre Tuesday June 12 2018

Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, folk music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 5:34 pm

Tuesday June 12
Doors: 7.00pm
Dinner Served: 7.30pm
Support: 8.30 – 9.00pm
Altan 9.30 –
Cost: $66.30 General Admission
$71.40 Reserved Seating
$107.10 Dinner and Show
$70 Door

In the last dozen years, no traditional Irish band has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan.

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.

The album ‘The Gap of Dreams’ transports the listener to the lifestyle of rural Donegal, to a time before electricity when folks would gather together in the mists of winter to tell stories, sing songs and dance into the wee hours of the night. The music lifted the locals’ spirits and helped elevate them beyond the hardships of the day like famine, conflict and emigration. It is this spirit that informed the development of the band through their many phases of growth from a duo performing in pubs to international touring and recording artists.

The chance to experience this thirty year-active band is to experience the living legacy of Irish music.

Grant-Lee Phillips Thornbury Theatre May 13th

Filed under: acoustic music, blues music, rock music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 5:32 pm

Thornbury Theatre
Sunday May 13
Doors Open 5.00pm
Dinner Served 5.30pm
Matt Joe Gow 6.30 – 7.00pm
Grant-Lee Phillips 7.30pm
Cost: $51.00 General Admission | $56.10 Reserved Seating
$91.80 Dinner and Show
$55 Door
GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS
MASTERFUL SINGER AND SONGWRITER RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
With Special Guest Matt Joe Gow
AUSTRALIAN TOUR – MAY 2018

Over an extensive career Grant-Lee Phillips has earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter – an artist who can deliver lyrical observations with a dry and evocative sense of time and place.
His gift for reconciling classic touchstones with an adventurous sensibility has distinguished his work since he first emerged as the front-man of the acclaimed trio Grant Lee Buffalo in the early ‘90s.
At once cinematic in scope and disarmingly intimate, his captivating solo career has explored a variety of modes. Whether it be the electronic inventiveness of Mobilize, acoustic interplay of Virginia Creeper, chamber-pop of Little Moon, meditative solemnity of Walking in the Green Corn, Nashville inspired The Narrows or his latest and most urgent work, Widdershins – Phillips is not one to rest on the accolades of the past.
He’s a riveting live performer who thrives onstage. Nevertheless, a new generation have discovered Phillips through his role as the town troubadour on the cult television hit The Gilmore Girls (both in its original run and the 2016 reunion.)

Speaking of his new album, Widdershins, Phillips sees a kind of parallel with his earliest work with Grant Lee Buffalo. “That was also a time of intense social anxiety. The Gulf War, the LA riots – everything became cranked up. Then a few years later there was the earthquake we lived through, which also made for a time of uneasiness. I was in a heightened state when I wrote that stuff – as I am now.”

Thu, 14 September 2017

Into The Mystic Joe Creighton

Filed under: blues music, rock music, folk music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 3:45 pm

Sunday 3rd October 2017
Caravan Music Club welcomes back JOE CREIGHTON and his eight piece band (including The Belfast Horns) to present INTO THE MYSTIC celebrating The Music of Van Morrison. This line-up have been performing to sell out venues for 2yrs and with lead singer Creighton, born and raised in Belfast, he brings a tremendous authenticity to the show.
Creighton grew up in Belfast, at the same time and on the same streets as Morrison and he would often watch Van perform live in the early days of his first band “Them” at the Maritime Club in Belfast.

Woody - Songs of Freedom

Filed under: acoustic music, rock music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 3:41 pm

Sunday 1st October 2017
Caravan Music Club Oakleigh
Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of folk legend, Woody Guthrie, BRUCE HEARN from the iconic band Strange Tenants, has assembled some of Melbourne’s finest folk/roots musicians to form The Machinists, comprising KAVISHA MAZZELLA, CHRIS PASCOE and ALLARA PATTISON, to perform an evening of Woody’s political/social justice songs. They will be joined by special guests MICK THOMAS & KERRIE SIMPSON as well as the 20 piece Victorian Trade Union Choir.
‘Woody: Songs of Freedom’ will be a unique opportunity to celebrate the music and politics of struggle for a better world free from war, racism and inequality.

Mike Rudd’s Retrospective Spectrum - Ariel

Filed under: blues music, roots music, rock music, folk music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 3:33 pm

Saturday November 11 2017
Thornbury Theatre
Doors Open: 4pm
Steve Hoy 4.30pm
Chris Stockley 5pm
Billy Miller 6pm
Mike Rudd 7pm - 8.30pm
Special Guests Billy Miller sings The Ferrets/Billy Millers Great Blokes and Chris Stockley sings The Dingoes very special guest Steve Hoy.

Thu, 22 June 2017

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Mon, 24 April 2017

Scotland The Brave @ Hamer Hall 30.6.2017

Filed under: world music, folk music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 3:02 pm

Scotland The Brave
Hamer Hall
Friday 30 June, 8pm
Sunday 2 July, 2pm
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes, includes 20 minute interval
Scotland The Brave is the smash hit celebration of the best of traditional Scottish music, song, and dance.
This spectacular production features over 100 singers, dancers, and musicians, performing popular works such as Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral, The Gael, Ye Banks and Braes, Auld Lang Syne and many others. The thrilling line up of soloists includes the internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and popular tenor Gregory Moore.

Scotland The Brave, with its rousing anthems and dashing performances, has captivated audiences throughout Australia and New Zealand and in North America and is now a best-selling DVD for ABC Classics.

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