Chris Pickering
Aug.
4
7:00 pm19:00

Chris Pickering

“A Morricone esque guitar line at the beginning of the opening title track [Canyons] suggests the scope of Pickering’s vision and his impressive skill. He is capable of almost single handedly creating captivating music in a variety of styles. His influences are impeccable: Neil Young comes to mind when his guitar goes into overdrive, Paul McCartney when the melodies get under your skin, Big Star with his DIY pop sensibility and even Rufus Wainwright at times.”

-       Polly Coufous, The Australian, December 2016.

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The Bakersfield Glee Club
Jul.
21
7:00 pm19:00

The Bakersfield Glee Club

Back when Buck Owens was a boy in Texas and before Merle Haggard’s family moved from Oklahoma you might wonder what went on in Bakersfield, California. But for decades from the 1950s it was a boom-town. Not just because of the oil or the fertile soils of the San Joaquin Valley, but because a sound was fashioned in the hands of Buck, Merle, Tommy Collins, Wynn Stewart and other émigrés from around the USA that has become synonymous with stripped back and hard country.

The Bakersfield Glee Club draws members from as far as Gippsland to Glen Waverley and backgrounds ranging from prog- rock to bluegrass – each inspired by this straight up style that has endured since the middle of the last century and today is one of few country-genres that is still unmistakably country. And like all good glee clubs their repertoire is diverse enough to include classics from town they draw their name, western swing, honky- tonk and an occasional jazz standard.

The formula is as old, tried and true. The line-up has everything they need and you want to hear – driving rhythm, soaring fiddle and pedal steel that will make you cry in your beer. Perhaps most importantly, over a number of years in Melbourne bars and other places, The Bakersfield Glee Club has paid their dues, gathering a following amongst the country hard core, the two-steppers and general roots-music fans.

Darren Maxfield – Vocals/Guitars, Greg Field – Fiddle/Vocals Seamus O’Sullivan – Pedal Steel, Justin Rudge – Bass Simon Edwards – Drums

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Women of Country - Leaps and Bonds - Week 2
Jul.
14
7:00 pm19:00

Women of Country - Leaps and Bonds - Week 2

Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells
Madeline Leman and the Desert Swells create an Americana retro surf sound that is both silky smooth and a little bit country kitsch. Influenced by the rock n’ roll, blues, surf and soul traditions Madeline and her band create a fresh sound that transcends the country genre. Influenced by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Eilen Jewell, Madeline captivates audiences with stories of strong female protagonists, cowboys and truck drivers who ramble their way through the mundane and the profound. With Fabian Hunter on electric honky tonk guitar, Alexander Bleakly on double bass and Leah Senior providing the rich Gram and Emmy Lou style harmony, Madeline Leman and the Desert Swells are a new Americana outfit that is both sinful and soulful, heartbreaking and leg shaking.

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Sarah Carroll
“Some of us come leaping into this world with a sparkly set of pipes ready to conquer the ears of the masses. Sarah’s tone, timbre and delivery sit squarely at the other end of the spectrum: honed by a life of keen listening, while supporting or collaborating with other singers and musicians, Sarah’s voice has matured into the kind of ripe fruit that artists dream of possessing - considered, compassionate, wise, strong and female” -  Jackie Marshall, The Travelling Songwriter’s Almanac, April 2018.
Sarah Carroll has performed at most of Australia’s high-profile festivals over a 25 year career, and is noted for her work with GIT, The Junes and The Cartridge Family.  She launched her epic progressive country album Star Parade, out on Sugarrush Music, with a national tour and a trip to the USA, where she appeared at Americanafest as part of the Australian contingent.  Star Parade reached the top 5 on the Airit regional radio charts and has received golden reviews in the press as well as strong support from public radio and the ABC across the country.  Sarah has enjoyed supporting high-profile artists at home such as Kinky Friedman (USA), Mic Conway, Old Man Luedecke (Canada), Eddi Reader (Scotland), Renee Geyer, Tim Rogers and one of Australia's finest songmen, Neil Murray. In the USA, she works with the likes of Anne McCue, Tommy Womack and Bill Kirchen.  Sarah is an experienced radio broadcaster and music writer, having most recently published an interview with one of her favourite American songwriters, Robbie Fulks in Rhythms magazine.

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Brooke Taylor

Since picking a guitar up for the first time only eight years ago, Brooke Taylor has already crammed more into the resultant time frame than many performers do in a career. A musical grounding in both her home city Melbourne and Sydney, Brooke soon started travelling and playing around the world. Auckland witnessed her first “overseas” gig before an eventful tour of Canada followed, which included playing at venues in Vancouver, Calgary and Banff. The Canadian trip required Brooke to live in a seven seater mini-bus throughout the tour, while travelling over 3000k across country. The retirement of the 600 dollar mini-bus coincided with Brooke’s first visit to America and subsequently she played gigs in New York. Arriving in the UK on Australia Day (January 26th) in 2008, Brooke then moved to Leeds 2 weeks later, to pursue her music career in England. With a voice which can cover country to bluesy with equal poise and assurance, Brooke can turn from foot-stomping to poignancy with incredible ease. Song-writing two weeks after her first introduction to a guitar, Brooke has developed into an accomplished song-writer with a penchant for the human vulnerabilities, fears and joys which everyone experiences and which allows the audience to empathise and relate to.

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Women of Country - Leaps and Bonds - Week 1
Jul.
7
7:00 pm19:00

Women of Country - Leaps and Bonds - Week 1

Rose Zita Falko
Rose Zita Falko grew up and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her early life was surrounded by singing, poetry and literature and this fuelled a passion to further explore the world of music. This journey has been a tapestry of exciting and eclectic opportunities with the focus now firmly resting on singing and songwriting. Her involvement at the DAG Songwriting Retreat co-writing with the likes of Felicity Urquhart and Kevin Bennett, was followed by a successful east coast summer tour with Kelly Brouhaha and Andrew Thomson and a series of vibrant performances at the unique Tamworth Country Music Festival. Most recently, she attended REO rafting songwriters retreat in Canada where she was mentored by the likes of Bonnie Hayes (Bonnie Raitt, Cher and Billy Idol) and Matty Benbrook (Dido, Paolo Nutini, Faithless, Bobby Buzini). She was lucky enough to co-write with international artists such as Bobby Buzini and Nick Howe. Back in her home town, there's been time to support Jen Mize and Mark Sholtez, co-write with Gretta Ziller and successfully launch her debut EP, Original Son. 

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Katie Bates
Upon hearing the rustic tones of Katie Bates, you’d be forgiven for thinking she’d cut her teeth in music from the back of a Tennessee saloon as opposed to the dive bars of Melbourne, Australia. When not bearing her soul on stage, she’s the girl in the corner simply glued to the jukebox. In between effortlessly shrugging the advances of barflies and blow-in drinkers, she trawls through Americana, blues and folk until the songs become engraved on her tongue.  The Victorian singer-songwriter brings an attitude to the table that is seldom seen in the roots/country scene. A fire in the belly that simmers beneath a sweet surface of a gifted storyteller. 

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Georgia Delves 

Honest, agile, and refreshingly self-assured, Georgia State Line’s unique brand of country-infused melancholy yields music that’s equal parts heartsick and hopeful.
Fronted by lauded songwriter Georgia Delves, the Melbourne, Australia-based band melds both vintage and contemporary sounds to craft songs steeped in Tennessee sunsets and the scent of softened leather. Delves’ voice is effortlessly colourful, lyrical and textural with a depth and grace to rival even the most revered of talents.

It’s for good reason too. Born and raised in the regional Victorian town of Bendigo on a balanced diet of guitar, voice and classical violin, Delves sang in Catholic school choirs by day and cut her teeth on the local pub music scene by night. It was her grandparents who introduced her to the ultimately catalystic American country music of the 1960s and 70s. In this, Delves had met her match. Armed with her guitar and a book of lyrics heartfelt and resolute, she moved to Melbourne and formed a band.

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The Glorious North
Jun.
23
7:00 pm19:00

The Glorious North

The Glorious North emerge from their summer hiatus as all dark deeds should: into the cold black night of winter. 
Join Melbourne’s masters of slacker country at the Standard Hotel, Sunday June 23 for tales of loves lost and Lugers loaded.
Performers of The Widow and Murder Ballad #13, The Glorious North would like nothing better than to chill your soul while you warm the cockles of your heart with a stiff drink or three.  

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Nathan Beretta Band (Mini Residency)
Jun.
16
7:00 pm19:00

Nathan Beretta Band (Mini Residency)

Nathan Brett has made his mark in the Australian blues scene with multiple award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry.

Growing up with Blues jazz and soul in the household, Nathan has brought his own unique style to the table. Influenced by artist such as Ronnie Earl, Albert Collins, Albert King and Buddy Guy Nathan plays from the soul with a “all killer no filler” approach.

After taking a year of music Nathan is back on a mission to put the “edge” back in into the blues, with vibrato bending  guitar solos and emotion.

The Nathan Beretta band is a known, yet new act on the scene and is not to be missed if authentic Blues is your thing.

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Nathan Beretta Band (Mini Residency)
Jun.
9
7:00 pm19:00

Nathan Beretta Band (Mini Residency)

Nathan Brett has made his mark in the Australian blues scene with multiple award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry.

Growing up with Blues jazz and soul in the household, Nathan has brought his own unique style to the table. Influenced by artist such as Ronnie Earl, Albert Collins, Albert King and Buddy Guy Nathan plays from the soul with a “all killer no filler” approach.

After taking a year of music Nathan is back on a mission to put the “edge” back in into the blues, with vibrato bending  guitar solos and emotion.

The Nathan Beretta band is a known, yet new act on the scene and is not to be missed if authentic Blues is your thing.

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Nathan Beretta Band (Mini Residency)
Jun.
2
7:00 pm19:00

Nathan Beretta Band (Mini Residency)

Nathan Brett has made his mark in the Australian blues scene with multiple award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry.

Growing up with Blues jazz and soul in the household, Nathan has brought his own unique style to the table. Influenced by artist such as Ronnie Earl, Albert Collins, Albert King and Buddy Guy Nathan plays from the soul with a “all killer no filler” approach.

After taking a year of music Nathan is back on a mission to put the “edge” back in into the blues, with vibrato bending  guitar solos and emotion.

The Nathan Beretta band is a known, yet new act on the scene and is not to be missed if authentic Blues is your thing.

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Michael Meeking and the Merchants
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

Michael Meeking and the Merchants

Michael Meeking takes time out from putting the finishing touches on his fourth-coming solo album to return to the Standard for a night of soulful alt-country roots rock with chiming guitars, strong upbeat melodies & big choruses.

Michael has been described by Jeff Jenkins of The Australian Music Guide as “a fine Australian storyteller (think Neil Murray). The Meeking might not inherit the earth, but he will impress with his passionate country rock.”

 Americana UK declared that Michael had “the rock swagger of The Faces, only more refined and performed better”, while UK’s Maverick Magazine said of Michael’s previous album, Ride On: “It’s a bit like listening to your favourite bits of your entire record collection in just 40 minutes.” 

Regularly shortlisted for the Australian songwriters award its well worth getting down to The Standard on Sunday 24thMarch 7pm to enjoy some very fine song writing.

 

 

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Waz E James Band
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Waz E James Band

With the immanent release of Waz e James’s 11thAlbum, Done and Dusted, the band has taken on a new look. The Cd Produced by and featuring Jeff Lang includes guest appearances by Bill Chambers, Ian Collard and Andrew Pendlebury and Steve Hadley.

The members of the WEB touring band for 2019 include:

Waz e James– Vocals and Guitar

Andrew Pendlebury– Lead Guitar

Steve Hadley– Bass

Scotty Bennett  - Drums

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Katie Bates
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Katie Bates

2018 saw her release her anticipated debut EP 'New Gold' in to the world. Now with new music on the horizon and an album in the works for 2019, Melbourne singer-songwriter Katie Bates brings her Alt-Country trio to the Standard for a night of heartfelt songs brimming with honesty and delivered with one of the most dynamic voices around. Her sets bring to the table a mixture old songs and new - with heavy Americana influence from the works of Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch and Tom Petty.

“Bates’ voice is soft, sweet, and very warm which tends to pulls you in as you listen. While 'New Gold' has got that traditional country, heart and soul grit to it, the songs have a very modern feel, blending the eras of old and new for a new generation to enjoy.” - The Music Below (California, USA)"

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Honk
May
5
7:00 pm19:00

Honk

We are Honk, a Melbourne rhythm and roots band that blends heritage country music with a love of rock n’ roll. Honk comprises seasoned musos from the independent music scene who've played in bands you may have heard of and many you probably haven't. 

Our 6 track EP 'Never Planned’ is the prelude to a soon-to-be released LP featuring spaghetti western drinking songs, lovesick laments and outright rockers. If you've ever fallen asleep on a train, won at cards, lost at love or tried to save the farm, Honk is the band for you. 

 

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Rose Zita Falko
Apr.
28
7:00 pm19:00

Rose Zita Falko

Fuelled by a love of storytelling, Rose Zita Falko’s songs reflect an understanding of ‘lifescapes’ of both city and country. Her music has been tagged as ‘western noir’ with an added description of American rawness meets sophisticated jazz and soul tones. There is no archetypal Rose Zita Falko song, her songs range from a quiet soulful meander right through to upbeat toe-tapping sing-alongs. Rose Zita Falko performs her original songs with warmth and style, add in a few yarns and some stellar band musicians and that is a Rose Zita Falko show to remember.

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Young Henrys Presents: Jimmy Kyle with Luke Yeoward & Hanny J
Apr.
25
6:00 pm18:00

Young Henrys Presents: Jimmy Kyle with Luke Yeoward & Hanny J

Young Henrys returns with the third instalment of the Best Served Loud (Victoria) gig series. The April show features Jimmy Kyle of Chasing Ghosts with performances by Luke Yeoward - Music & Hanny J.

We're bringing together three of Melbourne's best singer-songwriters for an incredible night of poignant narrative story telling on Anzac Day.

Headlining the show is punk troubadour Jimmy Kyle - known as the front man of Chasing Ghosts. In 2016 Chasing Ghosts released the fiery opus I Am Jimmy Kyle. Filled with unapologetic folk punk anthems, it's been a favourite of ours ever since. Jimmy has most recently played shows with legends like Mike Herrera and Tex Perkins.

Luke Yeoward has always been a musical force of nature. From his early busking days in New Zealand - through to his protest punk rock in KING CANNONS and The 131's. One thing has always remained consistent - Luke knows how to move audiences with his soulful performance and musical story telling.

Impassioned, sentimental and evocative - Hanny J of Clowns writes the soundtrack to your deepest feelings, simmered with angst and complimented with a course finish. Her work is raw yet elegant. Her live show is a freight train of emotive explosives set for your hearts station delivered with passion and vehemence.

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Chris Pickering
Apr.
14
7:00 pm19:00

Chris Pickering

“A Morricone esque guitar line at the beginning of the opening title track [Canyons] suggests the scope of Pickering’s vision and his impressive skill. He is capable of almost single handedly creating captivating music in a variety of styles. His influences are impeccable: Neil Young comes to mind when his guitar goes into overdrive, Paul McCartney when the melodies get under your skin, Big Star with his DIY pop sensibility and even Rufus Wainwright at times.”

-       Polly Coufous, The Australian, December 2016.

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Apr.
7
7:00 pm19:00

Collingwood Casanovas

The Collingwood Casanovas are a 5 piece Bluegrass band from
Melbourne, Australia. Drawing on the raw emotional sound of Bill
Monroe and The Stanley Brothers the Casanovas have made their homes in
Pubs and beer gardens performing hundreds of gigs since their
inception in 2015. Playing classic Bluegrass and Country repertoire
along with charming originals the Casanovas are Urban Bluegrass with
plenty of fire and spark, going from burning picking to sweet
harmonies with just the right amount of rough edges. They return to
one of their favorites, The Standard Hotel on April the 6th for two
sets of the best. Free Entry from 7.

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Ben Mastwyk
Mar.
31
7:00 pm19:00

Ben Mastwyk

With two albums to date nominated for Best Country Album (The Age Music Victoria Awards), high rotation on national radio and clips airing on CMC, Melbourne artist Ben Mastwyk has certainly caught the attention of fans and industry alike. Mastwyk’s whiskey-tinged warble imbues his image-laden storytelling with echoes of Gene Clark, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams. Along with his band, THE MILLION$, songs erupt into psychedelic honky-tonk gems. Mastwyk has toured his songs around Australia, New Zealand and the USA including a solo performance at Nashville's iconic Bluebird Cafe and supports for Sam Outlaw and Robbie Fulks. 

2018's Winning Streak “explodes the delicate poise of excellent debut "Mornin, Evenin" with lashings of cosmic American pedal steel and psych-guitar glitz. For fans of Flying Burrito Bros, Daniel Romano and their ilk, Winning Streak will be a hard album to top in 2018." (Country Update)

 “…A direct line to heartache, Mastwyk has captured the soul of country music."

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"The songs are rich with meaning and truth…real and raw, just as true country music should be.”

RHYTHMS MAGAZINE

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The Glorious
Mar.
17
7:00 pm19:00

The Glorious

The Glorious will make their debut at The Standard on Sunday March 17.

Fresh from the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album KINGS, the band will bring their trademark sweet melodies and crisp harmonies to the Sunday night revelry.

Digging into a wealth of new material as well some deep cuts from their back catalogue, the band will also throw in some familiar tunes and curiosities from revered artists.

The Glorious are steadily building an international profile after tours to the US and New Zealand. Come down for what will be a great end to the weekend.



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Waz E James Band
Mar.
10
7:00 pm19:00

Waz E James Band

With the immanent release of Waz e James’s 11thAlbum, Done and Dusted, the band has taken on a new look. The Cd Produced by and featuring Jeff Lang includes guest appearances by Bill Chambers, Ian Collard and Andrew Pendlebury and Steve Hadley.

The members of the WEB touring band for 2019 include:

Waz e James– Vocals and Guitar

Andrew Pendlebury– Lead Guitar

Steve Hadley– Bass

Scotty Bennett  - Drums

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Nathan Beretta Band
Mar.
3
7:00 pm19:00

Nathan Beretta Band

Nathan Brett has made his mark in the Australian blues scene with multiple award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry.

Growing up with Blues jazz and soul in the household, Nathan has brought his own unique style to the table. Influenced by artist such as Ronnie Earl, Albert Collins, Albert King and Buddy Guy Nathan plays from the soul with a “all killer no filler” approach.

After taking a year of music Nathan is back on a mission to put the “edge” back in into the blues, with vibrato bending  guitar solos and emotion.

The Nathan Beretta band is a known, yet new act on the scene and is not to be missed if authentic Blues is your thing.

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Patrick Wilson
Feb.
24
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson is a Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Toting his blend of old-time and alternative country he draws comparisons to the early music of Guy Clark and Steve Young. With story telling and song integrity at the forefront of his music, Wilson pushes the boundaries of “Americana” music in an attempt to define the relatively new genre. 

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Dave Orr (QLD)
Feb.
17
7:00 pm19:00

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."

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Opelousas
Feb.
10
7:00 pm19:00

Opelousas

Head out on the highway of your mind. Kerri Simpson, Alison Ferrier and Anthony Shortte are whipping up a lil gumbo to wile away the winter hours. Take a roux of Ferrier’s down and dirty stripped-back guitar and fiddle, pepper with Simpson’s rough, raw vocals and add a side-helping of Shorty's swamp-soaked percussion. Head on up the river, hear the ghosts of Cleveland and Lightnin' a-whistlin' through the air and voilà:  Opelousas. Bare-boned blues for free-wheeling minds.

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Anna Scionti
Feb.
3
7:00 pm19:00

Anna Scionti

Melbourne Blues Songstress Anna Scionti (pronounced Shon-tee) is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and slide player. An eclectic mix of influences has led Anna to play her own style of Urban Blues.

Having represented Melbourne in Memphis Tennessee at the 2016 International Blues Challenge (USA) and playing blues festivals both local and interstate this blues woman is one to watch. On Cigar Box Guitar, Resonator, Lap slide and stomp you will be immersed deep into her world of emotionally charged electrified rhythmic blues.

Released in October 2017, Anna’s self-titled EP debuted at No.2 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts in November 2017. Five self-penned songs feature her unique sound and style of driving guitar and seductive vocals. This release is just the beginning of what is to come from this Melbourne-based singer-songwriter as she heads back into the studio to complete an album due for release in spring 2018.

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Mandy Connell
Jan.
20
7:00 pm19:00

Mandy Connell

Mandy Connell is often accompanied by talented musicians. Richard Grace (Bass) has been supporting touring with her for a decade. Often now she appears with violinist Clare Johnstone or sometimes other bass player Craig Kelly

"Connell is the latest in a distinguished line of talented female musicians to grace the musical scene in Aus. A truly gifted performer". Eric Bogle.

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Dan Dinnen & Shortie
Jan.
6
7:00 pm19:00

Dan Dinnen & Shortie

Dan Dinnen is a blues singer/songwriter, harmonica player and guitar finger-picker. His original tunes include smoking ballads, country-blues ditties and juke joint boogies.  
He’s an energetic performer who combines an old-time blues feel and style with originality – PBSfm’s Helen Jennings has referred to Dan Dinnen as having “one of the most authentic blues voices on the scene, but with an individual sound.” 
Dan was the 2016 MBAS Blues Performer Of The Year (Solo/Duo Category) and a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. He’s also a Chain Award recipient (Group Of The Year 2016) for his work as lead vocalist and harp player with Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men. 
Dan has performed alongside some of Australia's leading blues artists including luminaries such as Fiona Boyes, Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking and Lloyd Spiegel. As a solo performer he has appeared at festivals including Blues On Broadbeach QLD; Bendigo Blues & Roots VIC; Thredbo Blues NSW; Australian Blues Music Festival, Goulburn NSW; Echuca Winter Blues VIC
As well as his solo shows, Dan performs with the Dan Dinnen Trio, featuring Jordan Hyde on double bass and Benny Gerrard on drums, and has also teamed up for some grooving duo gigs with drummer/percussionist Anthony Shortte – best known for his work with ARIA award winning blues act Collard Greens and Gravy.

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Brooke Russell and Shane Reilly
Dec.
23
7:00 pm19:00

Brooke Russell and Shane Reilly

After a smashing October residency, Brooke Russell and Shane Reilly play their final two sets of 2018 at The Standard Hotel on 23rd December. Featuring tunes from both their songbooks and favourite covers from their collections, Shane and Brooke will wrap up the year in a lovely bow with harmonies and many stringed things. Entry is free and the banter unpredictable. 

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Benny James & The Blue Flames
Dec.
9
7:00 pm19:00

Benny James & The Blue Flames

Benny James & the Blue Flames is a coming together of some of Melbourne’s finest blues and rock musicians .

The band consists of Benny James on Electric Guitar and Vocals, Lain Pocock on the Bass Guitar, Dave “Suit” Watkins on Drums & Christopher Mildren on Hammond, Keys & Vocals.

All members of this quartet boast a long history of touring and playing professionally around Australia and abroad in various projects over many years.

Musically you can feast your ears on the classic tones – from the subtleties of early blues styling of Howling Wolf, Freddie King, Peter Green to the “Rock blues” styles of ZZ Top, Jeff Healey, Hendrix and the like.

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The Special
Dec.
2
7:00 pm19:00

The Special

This tight three piece stretch roots rock country reggae like an elastic band. The songwriting is full of tenderness and wit. The rhythm section is top shelf with Damian Fitzgerald on the drums and Nathan Farrelly on bass. This combined with Front man Terry McCarthy’s emotive tones and Willie Nelson like phrasing make The Special One of Melbourne’s finest bands.

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Sammy Owen Band
Nov.
25
7:00 pm19:00

Sammy Owen Band

Sammy Owen Blues Band has electricity, intensity and a give everything approach to entertaining a live crowd. Formed 2011 as a rotating line up of musicians from Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street, the hard-working Melbourne band performed weekly at some of the streets most frequented venues.
Sammy Owen is a left handed electric guitarist who leads the band. Sammy focuses on writing original songs with the band who creates their own contemporary, funky, energetic blues sound.
The band received great response and reviews from a debut performance at Echuca Winter Blues Festival in 2013, which lead to performances at Blues at the Briars as well as consecutive years at the world renowned Wangaratta Jazz and Blues. Sammy Owen Blues Band returned to Echuca Winter Blues in 2014 and were a clear favorite with festival goers throughout the weekend.

2013 saw Sammy Owen Blues Band release the debut Album “the neighbourhood watch….real people, real stories” which has lead to Top 10 placements in the Reverbnation Blues Charts as well as airplay on various shows on PBS 106.7fm and Triple R . The bands live shows have received rave revues in beat magazine, Melbourne street press & by blues fans and non blues fans alike.

Be prepared to be blown away by Sammy Owen’s unique, down to earth and downright stunning blues.

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