Category: gigs

On tour: Ben Mastwyk, Rose Zita Falko & Mitch Power

45569159_863973777059728_3362841598994939904_oAustralians on the east coast are lucky – because the Roadshow Deluxe Tour is heading their way. The combination of Ben Mastwyk, Rose Zita Falko and Mitch Power is playing in Queensland and Victoria in November and December.

Melburnian Mastwyk has been building his fan base with songs such as ‘This Country’. Zalko also hails from the south and brings with her the successful debut EP Original Son and its iTunes top 20 single ‘A Town Called Lonely’. Completing the troika is singer-songwriter Mitch Power, who has toured extensively over the past few years and has also found success as a stand-up comedian.

That’s three guaranteed great artists on the one bill, making for a show not to be missed.


Sat 10th NOV | The Bearded Lady (3pm) | Brisbane, QLD
Sun 11th NOV | Can You Keep A Secret (6pm) | Brisbane, QLD
Fri 23rd NOV | The Skylark Room | Upwey, VIC
Sat 24th NOV | Major Tom’s | Kyneton, VIC
Thurs 13th DEC | Spotted Mallard | Brunswick, VIC
Sun 16th DEC | The Bridge Hotel | Castlemaine, VIC

Raised by Eagles on the run in winter

image001.pngMelbourne alt-country outfit Raised by Eagles are on tour this Australian winter, bringing their 2017 album I Must Be Somewhere (and other songs) to audiences. They’re one of our finest acts and well worth braving a cold night to see.

The remaining dates are:
Sunday June 24
Chapel On Little Ryrie GEELONG VIC
More info here

Saturday June 30
More info here

Friday July 6
Caravan Music Club BENTLEIGH VIC
With special guests
More info here

Saturday August 4
Spotted Mallard BRUNSWICK VIC
With Georgia State Line
More info here

Wednesday August 15
More info here

Thursday August 16
More info here

Friday August 17
Heritage Hotel BULLI NSW
More info here

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August
Grand Junction MAITLAND NSW
More info here

Watch the video for ‘Nightwheel’, the latest single from I Must Be Somewhere:


women in docs on tour

There’s no guarantee that women in docs will wear Doc Marten boots when they’re touring … but maybe they will. The best way to find out is to turn up and see them play! Given their lovely songs and even lovelier harmonies, any boot no-show will be forgotten in an instant. You can find the women in docs on the road here:

Friday 17th October 2014 | 8pm
28 Main Road, Bakery Hill VIC
(03) 5333 7722

Saturday 18th October 2014 | 6pm
Mountain Mummas, SHEFFIELD TAS
60 Main Street, Sheffield TAS
0400 467 317

Sunday 19th October 2014 | 6pm
The Grand Poobah, HOBART TAS
142 Liverpool Street, Hobart TAS

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 | 7.30pm
Melbourne Folk Club [Bella Union], MELBOURNE VIC
Bella Union, Cnr Lygon & Victoria Street, Melbourne VIC

Thursday 23rd October 2014 | 7.30pm
Friends of St Brigid’s Church, CROSSLEY VIC
212 Port Fairy-Koroit Road, Crossley VIC

 Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October 2014
Fleurieu Folk Festival, WILLUNGA SA
Main Road, Willunga SA
(08) 8327 2797 |

 For more information, please visit

Redlands Bluegrass Festival: 8 to 10 August

Not too far from Brisbane there’s a place called Redland Bay, and it will soon be the site of the twentieth Redlands Bluegrass Festival with its impressive line-up of Australian artists, some of whom will be familiar to country music aficionados and Tamworth Country Music Festival goers.

This year’s festival will be held on 8 to 10 August and will feature The Pigs, Golden Guitar winners the Davidson Brothers, the Round Mountain Girls and Bluegrass Parkway, who have the distinction of being Australia’s longest-running bluegrass band.

The festival is family friendly and it caters for musicians as well as fans – there are instrument and vocal workshops on the mornings of the 9th and 10th.

Tickets start from $40 to $125 for an all-weekend festival pass, and there are a range of accommodation  options available at the festival site, which is Kindilan Convention Centre, corner Days and German Church Road, Redland Bay.

For more information, go to:

Songwriters in the Round – Rooty Hill RSL

Luke O’Shea is to host three sessions of Songwriters in the Round at Rooty Hill RSL (admittedly, this is only useful information if you live in Sydney, but Rooty Hill RSL runs the Total Country website so non-Sydney folks may be interested in that).

The free shows will happen in the Club Lounge at 8 p.m. on 18 October, 8 November and 22 November. Each week three different songwriters will perform their songs in acoustic mode and talk about the stories behind the songs. The first week features Kevin Bennett (from The Flood) and Drew McAlister (of McAlister Kemp) along with Luke O’Shea.

For more information please visit the Rooty Hill RSL Total Country website.

Madison Violet on tour

Four years ago I saw a Canadian duo called Madviolet play in a little church hall in Hornsby, in Sydney’s north. The pair – who are Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern – were so impressive that I then drove to Canberra to see them play again, and I’ve never seen such a large percentage of an audience rush to buy CDs after a gig before or since.

Madviolet are now Madison Violet and they’re heading to Sydney, Katoomba and various locations in Victoria over the nexxt little while. I interviewed Brenley last week and will post that interview shortly, but in the meantime wanted to shout out loud: GO TO THEIR GIGS! They’re simply magic.

Country music at Marrickville Bowlo

On Saturday night I turned up at Marrickville Bowling Club in Sydney to see The Baylor Brothers – and a fine evening it was too, with many people, lots of dancing and some excellent music. I also learned that Marrickville Bowlo is hosting country music acts for the next few Saturday nights. Unfortunately the information is not on their website, so you may have to call to find out who’s on, but it’s great to know there’s an accessible Sydney venue that’s prepared to give country music a go. And accessibility is key in a city where parking spots are at a premium: the club is in a quieter, light industrial part of Marrickville – just around the corner from the Factory Theatre, if you know it – so there’s plenty of parking and buses run nearby.
91 Sydenham Road (corner of Fitzroy)
Marrickville NSW