Category: gigs

Anaconda Campfire Concert – 6 June 2020

image013Australia’s country music artists have been keeping us entertained while we’ve all been at home, putting on live shows via Facebook and Instagram. These shows have also served as a reminder – if one was needed – of how much incredible talent is in the industry. Now, several of those very talented folks are appearing in a one-off event – a free digital Campfire Concert – this Saturday, 6 June 2020 at 5 p.m. AEST, thanks to outdoor adventure retailer Anaconda.

The event will be streamed on Anaconda’s Facebook page:

And YouTube channel:

Now to the line-up:

  • Seven-time Golden Guitar winner and American CMA ‘Global Artist’ award winner Travis Collins.
  • Four-time Golden Guitar winner Amber Lawrence.
  • Ten-time Golden Guitar winner Colin Buchanan.
  • Three-time Golden Guitar Winner and two-time ARIA Award nominee Fanny Lumsden.
  • Four-time Golden Guitar nominee Matt Cornell.
  • Golden Guitar Best New Talent 2020 winner Blake O’Connor.
  • Golden Guitar finalist Gretta Ziller.

If you want to set the scene you could have  a campfire of your own – Anaconda invites you to share your most memorable outdoor experiences during the Campfire Concert and you could win one of five $500 Anaconda Gift Cards. Head to to submit your photo for your chance to win.


Lachlan Bryan and his Drunken Piano Bar

fullsizeoutput_2b3Isolation has affected everyone differently. Some of us – those who are introverts, most likely – have crawled into proverbial shells with Netflix or equivalent. Some are itching to get out and are taking advantage of the rules that allow for walking and running and swimming. Some musicians have been streaming live from their living rooms. And one, Melbourne singer-songwriter Lachlan Bryan, has created an actual show, Drunken Piano Bar. What started as Bryan playing an assortment of covers and songs from his back catalogue had, by its second week, become a show with structure, and segments featuring some of his bandmates from The Wildes, Shaun Ryan and Damian Cafarella, and even a guest artist, Catherine Britt, streamed in to play a duet. By week three the streamed-in guest was in the USA: Hannah Aldridge, with whom Bryan recently shared a stage (along with Ben Leece) in the inaugural Tenuous Rounds shows. You can see highlights from that show below:

Bryan is taking requests – via video selfie only – and all songs are played on piano. The selection is eclectic and interesting – and the arrangements often unique to this format. In short, in its short life the Drunken Piano Bar has become a must-see musical experiment, with the benefit for the audience of knowing that the quality of music will always be great. You don’t have to know Bryan or his music to enjoy it, but it does help if you bring a sense of curiosity and humour, and a willingness to sit back and be entertained for an hour.

That hour happens on Monday nights at 10 p.m. AEST. Live on Facebook and Instagram

Live performances in isolation

There are some excellent Australian country music artists who have set up regular slots to perform live on Facebook during this isolation time. All times below are AEST.

MONDAYS at 10 p.m.Lachlan Bryan – Drunken Piano Bar

TUESDAYS at 6.45 p.m. Brook Chivell

WEDNESDAYS at 7.30 p.m.Fanny Lumsden

FRIDAYS at 8 p.m.Catherine Britt – Songs & Stories

SATURDAYS at 3 p.m. Brad Butcher

SUNDAYS at 3 p.m.Amber Lawrence – Family Show

If you’re an Australian country music artist and would like to let people know about your social media performances, please contact me with the details and I’ll post them here.

El Cosgrove, Billie Rose and Laura Frank launch Femmestomp tour

FEMMESTOMP 1El Cosgrove, Billie Rose and Laura Frank are three singer-songwriters who sit under the country music umbrella yet have diverse styles and sensibilities. They have united to bring together their fantastic individual sounds under the banner Femmestomp, with a debut show at the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival on 24 January at The Welder’s Dog.

The trio were brought together by the team at Footstomp after Billie Rose talked to them about a tour of her own. While they didn’t know each other prior to embarking on the tour, there is the prospect of collaboration, with Billie Rose saying, ‘I think it’d be awesome to do some songwriting with the girls down the track.’

Only three shows are planned for now, which means punters should make sure not to miss out – although they haven’t ruled out other shows, coordinating schedules could take some time so there are no guarantees!

The other two dates on the tour are:

30 January – The Bearded Lady – Brisbane
31 January 31 – Home Of The Arts – Basement – Gold Coast 

For those not yet familiar with the work of these three artists, tracks are available below.

Billie Rose | El Cosgrove | Laura Frank

Old Man Luedecke on tour in Australia

Canadian singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke is a fairly regular presence in Australia, thanks to his dedication to touring here. And Australian audiences appreciate his charm and gentle sense of humour – and, of course, his music. For an example of all of that, see this video of ‘Low on the Hog’ from his latest album, One Night Only! Live at the Chester Playhouse.


Old Man Luedecke tour dates – go to for details

Thu Nov 29
Brookstead Hall, Brookstead QLD*

Fri Nov 30
Maryvale Community Hall, Maryvale QLD*

Sat Dec 1
Cooranga North Memorial Hall, Cooranga Nth QLD*

Sun Dec 2
Mothar Mountain Hall, Mothar Mountain QLD*

Wed Dec 5
Koah Hall, Koah QLD*

Thu Dec 6
Forrest Beach Senior Citizens Centre, Forrest Beach QLD*

Fri Dec 7
Middlemount Community Hall, Middlemount QLD*

Sat Dec 8
Queen Street Hall, Yeppoon QLD*

Sun Dec 9
Bucca Hall, Bucca QLD*

Wed Dec 12
Rainbow Beach Community Hall, Rainbow Beach QLD*

Thu Dec 13
Thornville Hall, Thornville QLD*

Fri Dec 14
Springbrook Community Hall, Springbrook QLD*

Sat Dec 15
Mt Nebo Community Hall, Mt Nebo QLD*

Sun Dec 16
Eudlo Hall, Eudlo QLD*

Dec 27 – Jan 01
Woodford Folk Festival

*With Lucy Wise

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.