Michael Meeking Band
Mar.
24
7:00 pm19:00

Michael Meeking Band

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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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."

POST TO WIRE

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

RHYTHMS MAGAZINE

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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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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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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.

www.rosezitafalko.com

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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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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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Jo Meares
Nov.
25
5:00 pm17:00

Jo Meares

Jo Meares is a singer/songwriter from Melbourne now mostly living in Berlin.

This year Jo released his fourth solo album ‘Back to the World’.

Jo will be playing songs from his new album with the band he recorded it with and other songs over 2 sets.

The Jo Meares Band are:-

Jo Meares - vocal/guitar

Dave Milne - drums

Mark McCartney - guitars

Trent McKenzie - bass 

Some quotes from ‘ reviews:-

‘...This is an album that does something for you and something to you...Magnificent doesn’t 

seem to cover it...Outstanding 10/10’  - Ernest Platt, Wildspiritz Rising

‘...Back To The World is another of Meares’ mini-masterpieces..’ - Simon Sweetman, Off the Tracks

Press for Jo’s previous album ‘King of the Crystal Mountain’:-

From Simon Sweetman at Off The Tracks:-

'...the whole album hit me in a way that some albums do; something by Richmond Fontaine, say. Or Springsteen's 'Ghost of Tom Joad'. A complete thing, a completed album that plays out like a movie or a book or a stage-play. It’s there. It unfolds for you. You’re listening to it but you can see it in front of you – you can imagine, the mind wanders due to the beauty and intensity and integrity of the music and the lyrics. Big bold stories. Real

From Vinny Ramone, Outpost show 2SER:-

Jo Meares’ music is unique with a truly original sound. He is a wonderful singer-songwriter and incredible live performer.

His 3 albums released to date (‘A Handful Of Smoke’, ‘One More Time’ and ‘King Of The Crystal Mountain’) are all classic Australian recordings.

Part Neil Young, part Lou Reed, part Nick Cave – but with a uniquely Australian twang!”

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Chris Pickering
Nov.
18
7:00 pm19:00

Chris Pickering

This story starts somewhere around here: in 2008 Chris Pickering decided to pack his bags and guitar, and relocate to one of the most competitive music cities in the world, Nashville, Tennessee. It was working and recording in Nashville that began to shape the future direction of his own unique songwriting style, a style that is to be found all through his latest releases, the EP Corners, and the release of his latest album Canyons in August 2016. This album contains all new material recorded in the United States in Nashville, TN, and Joshua Tree, CA.

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Dan Brodie & Chris Brodie
Oct.
28
7:00 pm19:00

Dan Brodie & Chris Brodie

Standard Hotel Mini Reso - Oct 21 & 28

LOST NOT FOUND is a Sunday hangover for any day of the week, a loner’s gem, a startling set of back-alley takes on established classics; new life breathing in through the bones of these songs, the flesh exposed, the spirit soaked in new bar-room spirits no doubt, but something wonderful has happened here. 

- Simon Sweetman/Off The Tracks  * * * * *

Dan Brodie is a revered Australian singer-songwriter. 

Since 1999, Brodie has captured audiences around the world, releasing a succession of albums (seven in total) which have been nominated for numerous awards. 

Brodie's talents are recognised in his native Australia with two ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards for his second album, Empty Arms, Broken Hearts and along with his various outfits, The Broken Arrows and The Grieving Widows, Brodie’s musical talents have taken him to the U.S., U.K., Brazil, France, Spain and Denmark, playing such iconic venues as CBGB in New York, The Continental in Austin, The Exit/In in Nashville and The Olympia in Paris.

His latest solo covers Album, “Lost Not Found” represents a high water mark, capturing Brodie at his most vulnerable - from the visceral Bob Dylan opener, “Standing in the doorway” to a meditative take on Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger”, through to Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the bottle let me down” and Paul Simon’s “You can call me Al”; and was recently performed to sell out audiences across Europe.

Joining Dan at the Standard for these two very special intimate shows will be longtime collaborator and world renowned guitar slinging brother-in-crime, Chris Brodie (Dallas Crane).

Words of a drunken man - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pvudbQ7Xv4

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Dan Brodie & Chris Brodie
Oct.
21
7:00 pm19:00

Dan Brodie & Chris Brodie

Standard Hotel Mini Reso - Oct 21 & 28

LOST NOT FOUND is a Sunday hangover for any day of the week, a loner’s gem, a startling set of back-alley takes on established classics; new life breathing in through the bones of these songs, the flesh exposed, the spirit soaked in new bar-room spirits no doubt, but something wonderful has happened here. 

- Simon Sweetman/Off The Tracks  * * * * *

Dan Brodie is a revered Australian singer-songwriter. 

Since 1999, Brodie has captured audiences around the world, releasing a succession of albums (seven in total) which have been nominated for numerous awards. 

Brodie's talents are recognised in his native Australia with two ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards for his second album, Empty Arms, Broken Hearts and along with his various outfits, The Broken Arrows and The Grieving Widows, Brodie’s musical talents have taken him to the U.S., U.K., Brazil, France, Spain and Denmark, playing such iconic venues as CBGB in New York, The Continental in Austin, The Exit/In in Nashville and The Olympia in Paris.

His latest solo covers Album, “Lost Not Found” represents a high water mark, capturing Brodie at his most vulnerable - from the visceral Bob Dylan opener, “Standing in the doorway” to a meditative take on Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger”, through to Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the bottle let me down” and Paul Simon’s “You can call me Al”; and was recently performed to sell out audiences across Europe.

Joining Dan at the Standard for these two very special intimate shows will be longtime collaborator and world renowned guitar slinging brother-in-crime, Chris Brodie (Dallas Crane).

Words of a drunken man - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pvudbQ7Xv4

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Rhythm X Revival
Oct.
14
7:00 pm19:00

Rhythm X Revival

Rhythm X Revival is an energetic rockin’ country blues band formed through songwriting and the friendship of duo John-Luke Shelley and Johnny Tesoriero. April saw the release of their nine-track debut self-titled album recorded at The Teskey Brothers’ studio by Sam Teskey, with Ben Wicks on bass guitar. 
John-Luke and Johnny have been reincarnated as Rhythm X Revival from their previous bands JLS & Co, High Speed Steel and The Three Tones. They have performed in festivals around Australia including the Broadbeach Blues Festival, the Queenscliff Music Festival, Bendigo Blues Festival, Echuca Blues Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Guitars across the Bay.  
Featuring John-Luke as the lead singer and on lead and rhythm guitar, Johnny Tesoriero on drums, Chris Rourke on bass and Jeremy Neumann on keyboard, Rhythm X Revival has soulful tones of country and blues with modern melodies, catchy lyrics and captivating vocals. 
‘This fast-paced electric-drenched blues, is fun-filled, energy-packed and keeps you guessing’ as quoted in The Rockpit. 
‘If there was a simple way to explain the album to any Country or Blues fan, you would say that Rhythm X Revival is purely the reincarnation of the deep, old school Tennessee sounds we all know and enjoy’, as quoted in Amnplify.

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The Pheasantry
Oct.
7
7:00 pm19:00

The Pheasantry

Electric Melbourne based Americana with an original set list that started back in 1993,
Swampy grooves,blues, country rock and roll with alternative grassy harmony.
Upright bass and rhythm pins down the lead guitar that always tells a story.

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Oct.
7
5:00 pm17:00

The Standard & YOUNG HENRYS month of Sunday Music

Ladies & Gentlemen, music & Standard lovers alike. 

This month The Standard & YOUNG HENRYS are proud to present one of the greatest months of Sunday music The Standard has put together in its long, rich history.

After a long hiatus from The Standard & the accumulation of beauty & cred with THE BLACKEYED SUSANS & his mesmerising solo career, we welcome back ROB SNARSKI for 3 Sunday’s in October. 

Rob & his music have left a beautiful mark on the Australian music landscape & we are so excited to host his solo sets, starting at 5pm THIS SUNDAY.

But wait, there’s more! 

How about, as we get through to the middle of October, we bring in ARIA award winner DAN BRODIE & his brother CHRIS to round the month out.

Dan has played some sensational gigs at The Standard & is a brilliant songwriter with an amazing set list of songs. 

It’ll beDouble the music each Sunday this month, with 5pm & 7pm gigs each Sunday of October.

Entrance is free & our friends from YOUNG HENRYS will be selling their beers & ciders at happy hour prices on all 4 Sunday’s from 5pm!

Check out the line ups below!


October 7 

5pm ROB SNARSKI 

7pm THE PHESANTRY 


October 14 

5pm ROB SNARSKI 

7pm RHYTHM X REVIVAL


October 21 

7pm DAN & CHRIS BRODIE


October 28 

5pm ROB SNARSKI 

7pm DAN & CHRIS BRODIE

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Roz Girvan
Sep.
23
7:00 pm19:00

Roz Girvan

A country-soul songwriter with a talent for finding the extraordinary in the everyday,Roz Girvan will be performing songs from her successful 2017 album release ‘East’. From Honkey Tonk, Country blues and Americana –Roz delivers her big- hearted songs with a voice of impressive warmth and strength. With lyrics that resonate, and melodies that entice, her songs have been included in an Australian sampler for the Americana Festival in Nashville, compiled by Brian Wise (3RRR). Backed by the magic fiddle/mandolin of her husband Greg Field, and a solid band, it’s bound to be an afternoon of great local music.

 

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David Cosma
Sep.
16
7:00 pm19:00

David Cosma

David Cosma returns to The Standard on Sept 16th, with his longtime musical offsider Nick Carrafa joining him. It’s a mish-mash of blues, roots, pop and some. Playing a right handed guitar, left handed, Dave’s songs are honest, with content about anything, nothing and everything in between. Nick contributes harmonies, harmonica, percussion and some original tunes of his own too. They’ll be performing a set of originals including songs from Cosma’s current release, The Death of Discovery. This will be followed by a set from the WCCM Combo (Americana/ Rockabilly/ Country), featuring Dave, Nick and joined by Adrian Whyte and Trent McKenize. Sunday, September 16th, kicking off at 7.00pm.

 

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Dan Dinnen & Shorty
Sep.
9
7:00 pm19:00

Dan Dinnen & Shorty

Dan Dinnen & Shorty sees one of the Australian Blues Scene’s most dynamic performing artists team up with one its most exciting and original drummer/percussionists.

Dan Dinnen is a blues singer/songwriter, harmonica player and guitar finger-picker who delivers a swag of original tunes that run the gamut from smoking ballads to juke-joint boogies and grooves. He’s an energetic performer who combines originality with an old-time blues feel and style. 

Dan Dinnenis one of the most authentic blues voices on the scene, but with an individual sound.”  - Helen Jennings, PBSfm.

Dan was the 2016 MBAS Blues Performer Of The Year (Solo/Duo Category), a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN and a Chain Award recipient (Group Of The Year 2016) for his work as lead vocalist and harp player with Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men. 

Drummer/percussionist Anthony “Shorty” Shortte is best known for his work with ARIA award winning blues act Collard Greens and Gravy. Shorty’s unique approach to the drum-kit helped to create a rolling, rollicking, juke-joint sound that captivated audiences at gigs and festivals around the country for 20 years.

Dan and Shorty have a ball as they weave rhythms around each-other’s playing, delivering blues that simply grooves!

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Patrick Wilson
Sep.
2
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick Wilson

Fresh from the studio with a some of Melbourne’s finest musicians, Multi –instrumentalist and singer songwriter Patrick Wilson will play 2 sets of country down at one of Fitzroy's most charming pubs, the standard hotel. Come down to hear some new tunes and classic honky tonk standards from 7pm. 

Free entry.


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. 
From the age of 19 Patrick began working as an apprentice butcher in his surf-coast hometown of Torquay, Victoria. Here he lived the wear and tear of daily grind, working an unfulfilling job during the day, and at night writing and cultivating his name around the Geelong/ Melbourne music scene. Wilson took this only as fuel to the fire, up and quitting his job and channeling small-town life into writing, recording and independently releasing debut EP, ‘Ryan The Moth’ in 2013. Noted as the ‘emptiome of country folk’ (Torrent This TV)

It was the influence of musicians like Van Morrison and Roy Orbision that Patrick grew up listening to on the radio that inspired his writing. Taking guidance from Orbison’s soulful croon and Morrison’s orchestral arrangements in order to arrange and craft a comprehensive big band;The Bare River Queens and to record sophomore EP, ‘Anywhere With A Rooftop’, released September 2017. 

Since performing with a band to performing as a drummer and guitarist for several other Melbourne based musicians, Wilson has created a sound unique in his own; tasteful and well made. Comprehensive in nature with just the right amount of taking from the old and building on the new.  
Wilson has supported country legends, The Bellamy Brothers and Bill Chambers and has performed as part of Tamworth Country Music Festival. Undoubtedly, he is one to keep your eye on.

“I heard Patrick Wilson sing for the first time in a small studio in Melbourne. His voice and his songs blew me away.” - Bill Chambers

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Matt Walker
Aug.
26
7:00 pm19:00

Matt Walker

ARIA Award winner Matt Walker’s latest project Lost Ragas are hard to pin down. Broken hearted alt country that flies off into amazing dual slide guitar meets lapsteel all centered around Matt Walker’s beautifully dark voice. Following on from their debut “Phantom Ride” which garnered ABC Radio National Album of Week, Lost Ragas released their second album, Trans Atlantic Highway in early 2015 to critical acclaim once again which led them to support The Felice Brothers as well as making their debut appearances at Dashville Skyline, Out on the Weekend and Semaphore Music Festival. In 2016 they released a new single, “Where James Played” in homage to their friend James Crucikshank (The Cruel Sea) b/w Spectrum’s classic “I’ll be Gone”.
 
While the band buckles down in the studio again to begin work on their 3rd album, Matt takes time out to play a rare solo show.
 
http://lostragas.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thelostragas
http://www.mattwalker.com.au/
http://lostragas.bandcamp.com/releases
http://m.youtube.com/channel/UCO9CMoIqvlBHQSRdger5A5A

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The Glorious North
Aug.
19
7:00 pm19:00

The Glorious North

The Glorious North are a country rock band proudly from the north side of Melbourne, singing songs about girls, love, loss and booze.  They describe their sound as Slacker Country but their live shows are anything but.  They’re back after a brief writing and recording hiatus so get along for a toe tapping good time.

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Honk
Aug.
12
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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Shaky Stills
Aug.
5
7:00 pm19:00

Shaky Stills

With his brand of country, folky rhythm and blues, out the front Shaky is more of a crooner than a screamer, Shaky’s pure and charismatic voice is impossible to miss”.

“Matched with his trademark quirkiness, quick wit and finesse at penning interesting songs".

Patty Carr ( aka Shaky ) fronts an unmistakable sound & style, with Ed Bates on the pedal steel driving Country & Western, Rhythm n Blues, Rockabilly & Swampy shuffles. There's plenty of inspired soloing from Ed and Matt Rodd on the steel and 6 string electric guitar.

They'll be debuting their new single "It Ain't Easy" along with playing songs from their current Album Genuine. 

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Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls
Jul.
29
7:00 pm19:00

Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls

It’s the morning after the night before … Are you filled with regret or still on a high?

“Will you send me to heaven or put me through hell?” Michael wonders in the gospel-tinged ‘Running Towards Me’. Elsewhere, in ‘Someone New’, he asks: “Is it a blessing or a curse to feel such joy and then such hurt?”

Saturday Night Sunday Morning is the finest album in a music career that has taken Michael from Melbourne to London and back again. After six years in London, Michael returned home and re-formed The Lost Souls (Julien Chick on bass, Chris Gates on guitar, and Dave Kleynjans on drums, Cate De Carteret and Maryanne Smart on backing vocals). They’re joined on the album by some special guests, including Shane Reilly (Lost Ragas) on pedal steel, and Steve Hesketh (The Drones, Jet, You Am I) on piano, while Alison Ferrier and Michael trade lines of lament in ‘Please Don’t Cry For Me’, a heartbreaking tale of sorrow and regret. “Lovin’ ain’t my best game,” Michael confesses. “Always seems to end in pain.”

The album was co-produced and engineered by the multi-talented Roger Bergodaz. “We went into the studio and smashed out 13 songs in 12 hours,” Michael smiles. “Most of the songs were put down in one or two takes. We were very inspired by the sounds and space that Roger had captured in his work with Raised By Eagles and Lost Ragas.”

Opening cut, ‘One Sweet Day’, is a declaration of commitment. “No matter what the future might hold,” Michael sings. Right now, the future looks bright for Michael Meeking and The Lost Souls. Michael’s work has been championed by Triple R’s Neil Rogers. “Not only a gifted songwriter and performer, the hard-working Michael is one of the genuinely decent people floating around in this thing called the music industry,” Neil says.

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, 2012’s Ride On: “It’s a bit like listening to your favourite bits of your entire record collection in just 40 minutes.”

And The Music’s Jeff Jenkins stated: “The Meeking might not inherit the earth, but he will impress with his passionate pop.”

Much of Saturday Night Sunday Morning is rooted in the classic Melbourne country-rock sound of bands such as The Dingoes, Weddings Parties Anything and The Warner Brothers, though Tom Petty influenced ‘Looking For A Change’, Ryan Bingham inspired ‘Back To Life’, and ‘Me And Lucinda’ is a love song to Lucinda Williams.

“All I want is serenity,” Michael declares in first single, ‘Field of Green’, before adding some Stones-like swagger to ‘It Won’t Take You Long’. But that’s the story of SaturdayNight Sunday Morning, a glorious record of conflicting emotions and contrasting styles.

 

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Women of Country - Leaps and Bounds
Jul.
22
5:00 pm17:00

Women of Country - Leaps and Bounds

Yarra’s Women of Country returns to The Standard Hotel in 2018 as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. Sunday 22nd July brings together 5 of Australia’s rising female country artists in one very special show.  

This years show features local next big thing(s) Georgia State Line, fresh from their tour with Eilen Jewel - new act The Canyon Callers featuring Melbourne via Perth songwriter Brooke Russell - highly regarded country and soul singer Roz Girvan - Cat Canteri, recently awarded ‘Album of the Week’ in The Age - and Mandy Connell, who has recently completed her second web series of duets with local songwriters.

All acts will play 45 minute sets starting from 5pm, and like all shows at The Standard Hotel, it will be free entry.

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