The Wellingtons Duo
Sep
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Wellingtons Duo

The Wellingtons are back. And despite embarking on their 14th year together, the Australian’s are determined to prove that they can still deliver the pop (feel) goods. The new album “End of the Summer”, comes six years after their last studio album (In Transit, 2011). After extensive touring in Europe, USA & Japan to support the album and following EP, Hey Hey, The Wellingtons spent some time settling down before heading back into the studio.


End of the Summer may contain a few more songs about settling down (No Way This Could Fail/So Easy), and childhood nostalgia (End of The Summer/1963), but the production is un-mistakenly familiar (with the lyrics delivered with their signature hint of bleakness). 
Layered male/female harmonies, sweeping melodies and intricate instrumentation, once again create an instantly memorable pop bliss that they're renown for.

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The Large Number 12s
Sep
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Large Number 12s

"They are larger than life..."

"You just gotta see this band...."

"...the best pub band ever, anywhere."

"...feet-off-the-floor stage attack is an exhilarating invitation to dance"


Once upon a time a late night pizza bar in Bendigo did not have a Large Number 12. After taunting and haranguing from certain drunken youths, the late night pizza bar created a large number 12 pizza. Years later a band was formed in Bendigo and its creator named it the Large Number 12s. The band leader moved to Melbourne to pursue the delights and depravity of the city, some Larges came with him some stayed in Bendigo.

 
The Large Number Twelves sometimes worked and sometimes broke up, sometimes enjoyed praise and sometimes scorn. Sometimes real music is ignored sometimes not. In the early 90s the leader of the Large Number 12s decided to re-form the band with a rhythm section from a covers band he was working in.

 
The bass player was to be the 17th bass player the Large Number 12s had used, the leader thought he may have found the one he was looking for. The drummer was Melbourne rock and punk pedigree, he was loud, he was soft, the leader was happy.

 
All this time the leader’s brother stuck by him in a sibling belief and love for vocal harmony. The Large Number 12s played covers and snuck in originals, people listened. In the early 2000s a guitarist asked to sit in with the Larges on Sunday nights if he wasn’t touring. The songs got stronger, the band got tougher, the music and passion never faltered.

 
One Sunday night an Adelaide record producer heard the band and stated he would record them in the pub. Six months later he showed up with a recording studio in the back of his truck and recorded the album “Every Sunday”.

 
The Large Number 12s don’t care if it’s 20 people or 1000 people the songs get played with the belief they were written with. Other musicians love the Largers because they are still making great rock, great melodies, great rhythms and great noise.

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James Ellis & The Jealous Guys
Sep
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

James Ellis & The Jealous Guys

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys is a country / Americana band from Melbourne, Australia. After 10 years writing and playing songs in The Bitter Sweethearts, James Ellis launched this new band at the end of 2016, which includes members of Big Smoke (Tim Baker, Luke Brennan, Joe Cope and Alex O'Gorman) and The Hello Morning (Steven Cliffhanger and Joe Cope). Relying heavily on traditional country instrumentation and arrangements, the music draws on the influence of Hank Williams, Ray Price, Waylon Jennings and more recent traditionalists such as Daniel Romano. 

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The Terry McCarthy Special
Sep
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Terry McCarthy Special

Terry McCarthy plays solo and with his band The Terry McCarthy Special. He also plays and sings in the duo Furlan and Husky with Marcel Borrack, The Mcgillacuddy Brothers with Malachi Doyle, and plays steel guitar in the instrumental outfit Schwienhund. 

The Terry McCarthy Special are one of my favorite bands doing the Melbourne Pub Circuit.
The combination of McCarthy's storytelling and the bands easy grooves are just the thing for a Weekend afternoon with a few beers or a Friday night after work. 


Part Country band, part Rock band with Reggae features. Funk-Country perhaps? Influences vary from Willie Nelson, The Stones, Dylan and as I said Reggae odysseys which create a relaxing and danceable vibe. Combined with this is the warmth, wit and tenderness of one of Melbourne's most underrated songwriters. Stories of high fun and romance, of relationship ups and downs, songs about his musical heroes, McCarthy creates his own unique mythology which demands repeated listenings. 


From what I've heard of the live shows, the new album promises to be a cracker. The existential country rocker "Wasted and Alone", the reggae epic "Long Time", the party tune "Drinking at a Hotel" are already crowd favorites. 
 

The band comprises McCarthy on swaggering vocals and guitar, supported by the cool, sometimes whimsical rhythm section of Nathan Farrelly (bass) and Damian Fitzgerald (drums). 
One of Melbourne's best kept secrets. Check them out

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Rick Hart and The Sweet Addictions
Aug
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rick Hart and The Sweet Addictions

Award winning singer-songwriter Rick Hart is a storyteller, who weaves a tapestry of melody soaked simplicity with thoughtful, heartfelt imagery. Seamlessly blending ingredients from traditional country, soul, blues, rock’n’roll and folk influences to create a sound all his own. 
Together with his band The Sweet Addictions, they deliver a show doused with energy, honesty and warmth, delving into Hart's bag of melody soaked, countrified soul treats.

For The Country Record said “Hart is a refreshing counterpart to the plethora of male singers who have gone awry of country tradition. Hart is a perfect antidote to whatever bro-hangover still looms over us and has the same refreshing appeal that Sam Outlaw’s debut had”. 

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Jep & Dep
Aug
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jep & Dep

The duo have created two albums so far. Their 2014 debut album WORD GOT OUT received 4 stars in both SMH and Rolling Stone Magazine with glowing comparisons and reviews:
 
"Come on like folk-noir variations on Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue's classic Where the Wild Roses Grow, ballads with the right balance of creeping menace and painful regret"...
 
After recently supporting LOW, Aldous Harding, Cash Savage, Jen Cloher, Courtney Barnett, Mirel Wagner, Jessica Pratt , Johnny Marr and The Blackeyed Susans - Jep and Dep are ready to perform their second album “THEY’VEBEENCALLED” around the country and the world.
 
The album stretches itself across the aural equivalent of a lonely midnight drone spiriting across regrets and distant memories. THEY’VEBEENCALLED is the sound of Jep and Dep refining their folk noir sound into something menacingly beautifully and unique.
 
The album speaks from the utter disapproval of gentrification; missing rich kids in reservoirs; tumultuous relationships ending with euphoric sadness and the passing of loved ones ...THEY’VEBEENCALLED is dark, romantic, real and seeps into the room like a familiar haunting ghost.
 
Recorded and produced by Darren Cross (Dep) mainly between the hours of 12am- 5am (when all in the neighborhood were sleeping and the gentrification rests for the day) the somewhat heavy noir feel vibrates through the recordings in many ambient and ethereal forms.
 
Mastered by William Bowden (the Church, Goyte, Jimmy Little, Tim Finn to name a few) in Tasmania enhances the subtle nuances and otherworldly atmospheres of the album.
 
The album is proudly released and distributed on the duo’s very own label independent record label NO DRUMS RECORDS and will be available on Vinyl, Compact Disc and digitally exclusively on Bandcamp- no other streaming services.

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The Hired Guns
Aug
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Hired Guns

The Hired Guns were formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1996, with the original line-up of Adam Spellicy (The Dumb Earth), Chris Willard and David Creese (both from The Dumb Earth and Lizard Train) and Anthony Paine (High Pass Filter, Snout and Black Cab). 

The band was initially conceived as a side project from the members' other esoteric musical concerns, and evolved from their mutual love of late 60s/early 70s psychedelic country rock, and an interest in the burgeoning alt.country movement.  

After releasing a debut split 7" single with Sydney band The Dearhunters in 1999, on the Steady Cam label, The Hired Guns added multi-instrumentalist Timothy Deane and Jane McCracken to their ranks and released their first full length album, "Between Here & The Night", on Laughing Outlaw Records, in 2002. 

After a lengthy hiatus during which the band underwent line-up changes and the members followed their other musical pursuits, The Hired Guns returned to the studio in late 2008 (with new drummer Kjirsten Robb replacing David Creese), to record their second album. 

'Flyin' ', CD single, release November 2009.

Album 'You Know Something' release 9 October 2010.

Album 'Golden Home' release 15 November 2014.

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Leaps and Bounds - Yarra’s Women of Country
Jul
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Leaps and Bounds - Yarra’s Women of Country

In the second week (23/7) we see Sue Ray. Hailing from Brisbane, Sue is an award winning indie singer/songwriter and Female Artist Of The Year nominee in the 2013 Q Music Awards. Living between Nashville and Brisbane, Sue continues to tour and perform regularly and in the past year has appeared live on NITV programme League Nation Live. In late 2017, Sue will be touring Australia to promote the release her of latest EP “Sue Ray – Live at Artec Studios Nashville.

Also performing on the night, blending vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country is Brooke Russell & the Mean Reds + Mick Thomas & the Roving Commission’s newest recruit, Ayleen O’Hanlon opening up the night’s proceedings.

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Leaps and Bounds - Yarra’s Women of Country
Jul
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Leaps and Bounds - Yarra’s Women of Country

Yarra’s Women of Country brings together 6 of Australia’s rising female country artists over 2 weeks at The Standard Hotel.

The first week (16/3) features Freya Josephine Hollick, the old world country songbird from the Victorian goldfields. She sings of lowdown and dirties, of high times and golden mansions and the bursting and the burning of the heart. A voice that floats between Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton and Skip James, a lady not to be missed. With support from the hauntingly beautiful Jemma Nicole in trio mode + former Cliftonhillbilly, Jemma Rowlands.

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Tim Guy
Jul
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tim Guy

Well-travelled Melburnian Tim Guy has graduated from solo act to bandleader, but he’s still the star of his seasoned ensemble. Fifth album Chords rolls up the best bits of ’70s rock radio and cult power-pop, all washed in dreamy strings and vocal harmonies. Guy wears his influences on his sleeve, from Big Star (“St. Petersburg”, “Mixed Up Mind”) to cosmic Americana - Gram Parsons style (“Electric Heart,” “The Rambler”). His ambitions take him across genre lines: the barroom country of “Footsteps” is the catchiest tune here, while “It’s the Weekend!” celebrates aptly with disco licks and falsetto. All the components may be familiar, but Guy reanimates them with giddy enthusiasm and a rare lightness of touch. Even the sad songs sound like they’re brimming with excitement. (Doug Wallen for Rolling Stone)

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Shaky Stills
Jul
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Shaky Stills

Country and Western, Swing, Rockabilly and Indi-roots with a backbone rhythm section made of pure rhythm and blues. A players band, made from Australia's finest, with Ed Bates' pedal steel at the core of the sound, Patty and the band's songwriting and playing is genuine and seriously good.

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Chris Pickering Band
Jun
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Chris Pickering Band

Big respect for Chris Pickering – his third album is wildly ambitious. Not content to make another album at home in Brisbane, he went to the source, recording at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee with Stax Records’ great Don Nix (who has produced John Mayall, Albert King and Charlie Musselwhite). ... But Pickering pulls it off, and that’s a fact. The result is a superb collection of soulful country-tinged pop. File next to Ron Sexsmith.

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Rory Ellis
Jun
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rory Ellis


“Rory Ellis is one of those singer/songwriters, like Leonard Cohen, who makes the hairs on your arms stand up by simply opening his mouth and uttering a few throaty words.”- Brett Callwood: Acoustic Magazine UK

AMERICANA may be the buzzword of the industry, but Rory Ellis personified this genre with pride, years before it became cool.
With his new album, One Skin about to be unleashed, Ellis is again set to push the boundaries and awaken the spirits of audiences, using his genre as the conduit.

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Georgia State Line
May
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Georgia State Line

Hailing from small-town regional Victoria, Georgia State Line is a clad formed within the walls of their music university, banding together over that all too familiar country twang. Weaving together humble yet soaring melodies intertwined with alt-country rhythms, their music exemplifies the essence of old time country innocence whilst divulging in the tales of being young, in love and the tribulations of losing far more than you gain

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The James Ellis Band
May
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

The James Ellis Band

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys is a country / Americana / honky tonk band from Melbourne, Australia which includes members of Big Smoke(Tim Baker, Luke Brennan, Joe Cope and Alex O'Gorman), The Hello Morning (Steven Cliffhanger and Joe Cope) and The Bitter Sweethearts(James Ellis and Joe Cope). Their music draws on the influence of Hank Williams, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Daniel Romano.

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Tobias & Karin Page
May
8
9:30am 9:30am

Tobias & Karin Page

Former frontman for altcountry band The Promises , Toby’s debut single Let You Down evokes the romanticism of folk with a nod to pop. Two years in the making, Toby’s self titled album was created in collaboration with his great friends an bandmates, Rob Kidd and Craig Hadlow, and producer Nick Huggins. With diverse influences ranging from Ry Cooder, John Renbourne, and The Shins to Nick Drake and The Cure, Toby’s album celebrates the story of his musical roots through a unique blend of folk, alt-country and indie pop.

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The Glorious North
May
1
9:00am 9:00am

The Glorious North


The Glorious North is a country rock band from Melbourne Australia. Their debut album, 'Welcome to the Glorious North' invites you into a whiskey-stained world of lost loves, loaded Lugers and booze-addled broken hearts. 

Early Paul Kelly, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Wilco are some of the influences you will hear echoing through 'Welcome to The Glorious North', creating a sound that is supercharged country pop. Lyrics to lead you into the beautiful darkness tell tales of small bars in the small hours and the sordid sins of lost and lonesome souls. 

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Dave Orr (QLD)
Apr
24
9:00am 9:00am

Dave Orr (QLD)

Playing the blues is never as simple as it seems. It’s a balancing act between virtuosity and feel, rawness and finesse. Many try, but few seem to nail it like DAVE ORR. At the heart of his music is that unmistakably raw blues guitar. It’s the sound of late night whiskey bars, of musicians stretching themselves and just letting loose.

It’s a scene that Dave knows better than most as he has become nothing less than a fixture of the Brisbane music scene over the past decade. A legend even that has shared more stages with more artists than even he could remember.

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The Weeping Willows
Apr
17
9:00am 9:00am

The Weeping Willows

“Their authenticity and craft as singers, as songwriters and in Andrew Wrigglesworth's sublime guitar playing makes this a hypnotic and alluring album. Dark folk, blues and country musings on nature, death and doomed romance suit them well and puts Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates right up there with the finest Americana music you'll hear this year.”
- The Music (themusic.com.au) (Feb. 2016)

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The Wayne Jury Four
Apr
3
9:30am 9:30am

The Wayne Jury Four

Wayne’s  initiation into the world of music began in Geelong supporting Australia’s finest touring bands (AC/DC, Ayres Rock, Little River band, Buffalo, Cold Chisel, Dragon, Hush,TMG, etc.)

Frankie Lee (ABC Sydney) says “Wayne Jury's music can evoke strong emotions. His exceptional voice has the power, the technical strength, and the main ingredient - absolutely heartfelt soul - to really move the audience.”

“Wayne Jury is one of the best blues singers in this country.” .... according to Michael Smith, Drum Media Sydney.

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The Hired Guns
Mar
27
10:00am10:00am

The Hired Guns

The Hired Guns were formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1996, with the original line-up of Adam Spellicy (The Dumb Earth), Chris Willard and David Creese (both from The Dumb Earth and Lizard Train) and Anthony Paine (High Pass Filter, Snout and Black Cab). 

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