JOUK MISTROW

Sunday Nov 23, 2014

7pm to late

A pseudo-nihilistic, alt-garage three-piece hailing from Brisbane. Having been together for just only over a year now with house-party honed skills and an attitude to match, JOUK MISTROW debuted this year and have played a string of venues throughout Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Byron Bay, as well as beating 54 bands to win Ric’s Bar’s Exposed Competition. Garnering attention from Germany and many other international blogs and magazines along with NME marking JOUK MISTROW as a band to keep on your radar and being offered lucrative boutique festival slots in Brighton, UK – all within 8 months of their first show. JOUK MISTROW is planning big.

 

SET TIMES

9:50 – 10:30 JOUK MISTROW
8:50 – 9:30 Hushka
8 – 8:30 1st-Cassette Cathedral


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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YARN

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

7pm to late

Every dish has a story. From the moment we open our mouths to let the airplane in, food serves many purposes in life. We eat to socialise, celebrate, fuel our bodies and fill a void. Whether it’s nostalgia found in a bowl of Mum’s chicken soup, or guilt brought on by a late-night binge, our connection with food is rich with meaning. What we consume and how we prepare it is often an expression of our culture, ethics …and mood, leading us to wonder if we really are what we eat.

 

Come down to Black Bear Lodge on Wednesday 26 November, and nourish yourselves with stories.

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YOUNG MAGIC

Thursday Nov 27, 2014

7pm to late

Young Magic is the sonic pairing between Indonesian vocalist, Melati Malay and Australian producer, Isaac Emmanuel. Though based in New York, the eclectic outfit has recorded music whilst traversing the four corners of the earth. Strange Yonder are proud to announce their Australian Tour, with Presents partners Tone Deaf.

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FAMILY JORDAN

Friday Nov 28, 2014

SET TIMES

Moonshine 9-9.40
Family Jordan 10-11


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.

FREE ENTRY

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HAILEY CALVERT

Sunday Nov 30, 2014

7pm to late

Brisbane’s Hailey Calvert has returned with her much awaited third E.P; a thoughtful and honest collection of cleverly crafted folk songs delivered with a powerful, expressive blues toned voice.

A Queensland Music Awards nominee and treasured player on the Australian singer/songwriter scene, Hailey has performed all over Australia and internationally, touring to New York, London and Ireland in recent years. Performances at Woodford Folk Festival, Bendigo Blues and Foots Festival and Blues on Broad beach have also garnered new fans for the W.A born musician.

The ‘After Your Heart’s Gone Home’ E.P marks Hailey’s return to an acoustic based sound after her ‘Geography’ album explored the use of a full band to bring her songs to life.

Heading to Black Bear Lodge on 30th of November for her hometown launch, Hailey is looking forward to showcasing some new songs calling her latest release ‘a snapshot of where I am, what I’m feeling and thinking about. All of my albums are like diaries that anyone is allowed to read!’

‘I hope people relate to the songs in some way or another. I always find someone listening is going through the same thing no matter how personal you think something you’ve created is.’

Support for the evening will be the always soulful and charming Josh Lovegrove.

Hailey will be joined on stage by a few talented musician friends in a night of captivating, heartfelt music not too be missed.

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LULUC

Wednesday Dec 03, 2014

7pm to late

Much acclaimed indie-folk duo Luluc Brooklyn-based, Melbourne-bred Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett — have announced supports for their homecoming tour in November and December. Luluc’s return to Australia follows a bevy of career accomplishments; signing to Sub Pop Records, recording their sublime new album Passerby with The National, and most recently touring the USA with J Mascis. Since they left their hometown of Melbourne, Luluc have made fans in high places; Joe Boyd, the brilliant 1960s record producer, recruited them for a Nick Drake tribute tour, The National handed them the keys to their studio to record Passerby, Lucinda Williams took them out on tour and declared, “I think Zoë’s lyrics are remarkable and together, she and Steve make musical magic. She has that kind of voice that, when it’s wrapped around the right words, can make you cry. It did me.”

 

With special guest Tom Cooney.

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GRACE WOODROOFE

Thursday Dec 04, 2014

7pm to late

Celebrating the release of the dramatic single ‘Pluto’, Grace is bringing her music to audiences around Australia for a run of headline shows at the end of this month

 

Starting at Mojos in Perth on November 29 and taking in Black Bear Brisbane on December 4, Good God Sydney, December 5 and The Workers Club Melbourne, December 6, Grace will be sharing a first look at the music she has been making with Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), Sam Spiegel (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Dann Hume (Alpine).

 

Her first single ‘Pluto’ debuted on The Fader (USA) and Clash Music (UK), and has since garnered a multitude of praise from the global online community. The track has reached upwards of 15,000 plays on Soundcloud and has also been added to triple J. The captivating contradictions of Grace’s music are given free rein on this track which is anchored by a barely there beat amidst pulsing synths and stuttering drums.

 

Formerly releasing music as Grace Woodroofe, Grace recently impressed crowds opening for alt-j on the band’s headline tour of Australia in October. Completely in her element onstage, this solo run of dates mark the first taste of her full live show with band and will see her playing music from her upcoming EP, slated for release early next year.

 

Tickets on sale at 10am Wednesday November 5 through iheargrace.com

 

 

 

 

SET TIMES

Grace Woodroofe 9.30 – 10.30
Mid Ayr 8.20 – 9


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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THE TROTSKIES

Friday Dec 05, 2014

5pm to late

The Furrs and Soviet Xray Record Club are joining forces with The Trotskies for the Melbourne groups’ DYR single launch. After their 2013 selt-titled debut EP and a number of notable supports, including Kele, Wolf & Cub and Gang Of Youths, The Trotskies return with a brand new single, more complex sounds, and a chance to see them in their most powerful setting- live. The Furrs have also been making waves of their own, after a well-received slot at Bigsound and releasing a self-titled debut EP of their own, this is a match made in heaven. Catch them all for free on Friday December 5th at Black Bear Lodge.

 

 

SET TIMES

10:30 – 11:15 THE FURRS
9:30 – 10:10 THE TROTSKIES
8:30 – 9:10 SOVIET X-RAY RECORD CLUB


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.

FREE ENTRY

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LITTLE MAY

Saturday Dec 06, 2014

5pm to late

Little May have already earned a nation-wide reputation for their emotionally connective, charged lyrics and smoldering hooks that have set them apart from many emerging bands. For their debut headline tour beginning in November, the trio are set to bring to life the haunting tracks that have captured many fans from around the globe and celebrate their debut self-titled EP (out October 10th) – making Australian audiences the first to hear the yet unreleased songs spun live.

 

No strangers to some of the country’s biggest stages, Little May have earned their live-set stripes at Splendour in The Grass, Laneway and BigSound and supporting the Australia tour of Stockholm-based, pop-sweetheart Mikhael Paskalev.

 

“Little May make folk tunes with a hint of ghoulish darkness, and they deserve all the glowing admiration they can muster,” said Frankie Magazine after the release of their second single “Hide” and only a year later the band have evoked fervent fans from around the world. Now with a live band set up with drummer Catriona Hunter and bass/keys player Mark Harding their delicately composed songs shimmer in the expansive sound and their first solo national tour sets to radiate across the country.

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NEW NAVY

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

7pm to late

NEW NAVY have just announced their first headline tour in 18 months off the back of their latest singles HEAVEN and ROSALINE. The band have been spending the last year and a half writing & recording, preparing for the release of their debut album, due 2015. They recently dusted off their suitcases and hit the road supporting ANDY BULL on his Sea Of Approval album tour in September, playing to sold out rooms all across the country, and are now preparing the hit the spotlight themselves, delivering their brand of summer indie-pop to 10 different locations throughout November & December.

TICKETS HERE

$12 PRE / $15 DOOR

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STU LARSEN

Thursday Dec 11, 2014

7pm to late

Travelling troubadour Stu Larsen is soon to announce an assortment of live dates across Australia and New Zealand, along with the release of new single ‘San Francisco’.

‘San Francisco’ is taken from Stu’s stunning debut album ‘Vagabond’, out now on Inertia. The track is the oldest on the album, penned by Stu on whimsical drive from L.A. to San Francisco. Stu’s best friend and album producer,

Passenger, said of the track, “I remember hearing it for the first time and feeling like I’d heard it a million times before. Straight away it had an incredibly classic feel and, even after hearing it night after night, I still absolutely love it.”

No stranger to the road, Stu left his native Queensland, Australia four years ago to play music round the world. His journey took him all over Australia, New Zealand, Japan, North America, Europe and the UK as he perfected his lyrical storytelling making friends, and fans, along the way.

True to nomadic form, this December Stu will be back touring Australia for the second time this year.

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GRMM

Friday Dec 12, 2014

5pm to late

Dance music tastemaker Diplo doesn’t give out his seal of approval to just anyone. So when the trailblazing DJ dropped the GRMM track What You Need in his revered BBC Radio 1 program to an audience of millions, the music world took note.

After What You Need broke him to the world, GRMM connected online with New York vocalist Father Dude to create the chill-trap powerhouse Electrify. Already, Electrify’s landed on high rotation on Australia’s most respected radio station triple j, hit the #2!spot on the iTunes electronic chart and amassed half a million streams on SoundCloud, with the play count climbing by the day. The song was such a success that GRMM and Father Dude have gone back into the studio for a second collaboration, due to arrive soon.

With special guests cln (live) & Deuces

BEFORE THE SHOW – Hunting Hour, every Friday and Saturday, 5-7pm

GRMM SHOW  from 7pm

AFTER THE SHOW – Party on Wayne, Party on Garth

SET TIMES

Deuces (DJ) 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
cln 8:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Deuces (DJ) 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM
GRMM 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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WAXHEAD

Saturday Dec 13, 2014

5pm to late

There is something both mature and gritty in the expansion of WAXHEAD’s sound on their new single and title track off their debut EP “Home”. The sound takes elements from the early Aussie rock scene and slaps them together with chunks of Pink Floyd and Talking Heads while retaining something that is altogether unique and individual in a world full of carbon copy record label yes bands.

 

The EP “Home” shows the band’s continued long term relationship with good friend and producer George Carpenter as they placed him behind the Neve console and like WAXHEAD’s idols before them, recorded drums to 2 inch tape. Mastered by the legendary Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys) the result is a bombardment of cheeky, warm, tape blasts that are getting closer and closer to capturing the band’s ferocity of sound when they play live. This is something WAXHEAD has been striving for since they first began recording their songs. Guitars are grainy and violent as they push and pull with their fuzz and distortion, while having the odd psychedelic acid flashback. Bass, the gushy warm centre binds the whole, propelling it forwards with venom and angst. There is a satirical reverberation to the vocals, something humorous in it’s parody of modern day man as it tells the age old simple tale of a young man trying to find his place in society, his “Home”.

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FATAI

Sunday Dec 14, 2014

7pm to late

It’s been a huge two years for Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Fatai. After having penned a label and publishing deal with Universal Music/Mercury Records, Fatai has been on an organic and creative journey in the studio, working diligently toward releasing her sounds to the world.

 

Recently Fatai has spent time co-writing with Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos) and John Castle (Megan Washington, Vance Joy, Josh Pyke). She has also worked alongside producer Bry Jones (founding member The Rockmelons/Producer – Guy Sebastian; Shannon Noll; Stan Walker) on an upcoming project.

 

Fatai’s online audience has exploded in recent months, largely due to her captivating YouTube performances and covers, and this is only the start of what we can expect from her in the near future.

 

After recently supporting American band Boyce Avenue on their sell-out Australian tour, Fatai is gearing up to embark on her own tour that will see her performing to fans throughout November and December in Australia and New Zealand. With a powerhouse voice and the charisma to match, Fatai is an artist you need to hear. Stay tuned for new music coming soon.

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KARL S WILLIAMS

Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

7pm to late

KARL S. WILLIAMS is a guitar-slinging, banjo-wielding freak equally adept at heart shredding piano with a voice that will confound expectations. Over the past few months KARL S. WILLIAMS has taken his new album ‘Heartwood’ around the country supporting BUSBY MAROU, played one of the most talked about sets at BigSound and headed to New York City to Showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon. Returning to home soil in November, KARL S. WILLIAMS will be playing a run of festivals such as Bridge Town Blues, Queenscliff Music Festival, Drop In Festival and Festival Of The Sun, with a few intimate headline shows in between.

 

The first single from ‘Heartwood’ is the stomping ‘Time Bomb’ with “I’m a daisy cutting, motherfucking judgement day” proving to be one of the more memorable choruses of 2014. Since it’s initial release the backbone of “Heartwood” has been the Jeff Buckleyesque piano song “Is This Love” which showcases what is truly special about Karls voice. “Is This Love” is scheduled for release in early 2015, before he starts working on album number two.

 

His stunning performance at BigSound in September received rave reviews and had him named as one of 10 of the buzziest bands at the conference by The Guardian and in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top Five Acts.

 

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HEY GERONIMO

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

7pm to late

Brisbane’s Hey Geronimo have steadily developed into one of the country’s most innovative and quirky purveyors of indie music after releasing a string of radio singles over the last two years. The band is now proud to announce the release of new single ‘Finale’ on Wednesday, November 29th – the first track from their highly anticipated debut album (due 2015).

Recorded with acclaimed Australian producer Steve Schram (The Cat Empire, San Cisco, Eagle & The Worm), the new single is filled with trademark Hey Geronimo hooks, left-of- centre guitar riffs, and big harmonies. The track also features a cameo vocal performance from fellow Brisbanite, Jen Boyce (Ball Park Music).

‘Finale’ follows on from Hey Geronimo’s previous EP releases – Hey Geronimo (2012) and Erring On The Side Of Awesome (2013) – which featured triple j high-rotation singles ‘Why Don’t We Do Something’, ‘Carbon Affair’ and ‘Lazer Gun Show’ (7th on triple j in early 2014). The band’s first two record releases achieved substantial local and international attention, including major international syncs, over one million combined Youtube views, a coveted inclusion in triple j’s Next Crop 2012 list and an entry into the US CMJ College Radio Top 100 charts last year.

2013 was an action-packed year for the four-piece, with festival performances at Big Day Out, Homebake, Fat As Butter and Peats Ridge, national tours alongside Deep Sea Arcade, Pluto Jonze and 90s indie legends Presidents of the USA – not to mention their ten-day tour of India in November as a featured Australian artist on the NH7 Weekender festival. Hey Geronimo will be touring throughout Australia in December 2014 to support the release of ‘Finale’.

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DARLING JAMES

Sunday Dec 21, 2014

7pm to late
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NO BEER TODAY

Wednesday Dec 24, 2014

Sorry we are closed, today. Miss you already

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NO BEER TODAY

Thursday Dec 25, 2014

Sorry, we are closed today. Miss you already!

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NO BEER TODAY

Friday Dec 26, 2014

Sorry, we are closed today. Miss you already.

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NO BEER TODAY

Thursday Jan 01, 2015

Sorry, we are closed today. Miss you already!

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PAPER LIONS

Friday Jan 02, 2015

5pm to late

Whilst touring throughout Canada and aboard, Paper Lions have shared stages with the likes of CAKE, Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, The Rheostatics, No Joy, Hot Hot Heat and Electric Six. Oh, and they’ve also performed for Duchess Camilla & Prince Charles.

Paper Lions have recently released their sophomore full-length album, ‘My Friends’, recorded with producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers, Mother Mother), and will touring Australia through January 2015.

 

Before the show – Hunting Hour 5pm-7pm

After the show – Party on Wayne, party on Garth.

SET TIMES

7.30 – 8.10: TBC
8.30 – 9.10: Nova & The Experience
9.30 – 10.30: Paper Lions


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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SUNBEAM SOUND MACHINE

Friday Jan 09, 2015

5pm to late

fter earning critical acclaim on 2013’s double EP One/Sunbeam Sound Machine, Sunbeam Sound Machine release their debut long player, Wonderer. A dreamy pysch-pop release with heavy emphasis on catchy and repetitive lyricism – the kind that entrances the listener as it transports them to another world.

Sunbeam Sound Machine is the brainchild of talented Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Nick Sowersby who writes and records in the sanctity of his garage in Collingwood, Australia. On Wonderer, Sowersby has honed in the washed out dream-pop sound he made his own on his first releases and has created bigger, brighter and more complete ethereal pop music. He has enlisted the musical genius of Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard) to mix and talented Melbourne based producer Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee) to master the record. The contribution by these two completely different yet equally magnificent talents has provided a rich and sweeping sound that envelops the listener.

Wonderer plays out semi autobiographically with lyrical questions of self-reflection, self-improvement and self-progression. The listener heads on the journey with Sowersby via the album’s down-the-rabbit-hole tunnel of sound and emotive stimulation. The entrancing sound of Wonderer is transportive whilst retaining an endearing and intentional self-awareness. Though emotive, the album isn’t an emotional slap in the face but rather a journey the listener and Sowersby take together calmly. The layered quality of the record fills any space it occupies; be it headphones, bedrooms or live venues.

Sowersby’s simple lyricism asks questions of the listener as the ambient swirling dream-pop burrows through their ears and etches itself into the brain. It is a layered record that will fill any room when the five-piece band plays the album live.

 

Before the show – Hunting Hour 5-7pm – free entry

After the show – Party on Wayne/Party on Garth

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WYE OAK

Sunday Jan 11, 2015

7pm to late

Touring Australia for the first time!

 

Baltimore-based duo Wye Oak’s newest work sees a departure from their distorted, guitar-based brand of modern folk, towards a stunning synth-drenched sound full of intricate melodies and soaring vocals. Live, the band takes its fervent following on a rollercoaster of all-encompassing sound and emotion. Jenn Wasner – who Spin calls “one of the premier voices in indie rock” – fronts on vocals and bass with Andy Stack playing drums and keyboards simultaneously, creating a sound much greater than the sum of its parts.

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LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS

Thursday Jan 15, 2015

7pm to late

Lunatics On Pogosticks are a trio of teen Aussie rapscallions that have been squeezing out some tasty tunes since gestation. With the firelickin’ Calum Newton shootin’ out electro orgasms on G-tar/Vocs, the impenetrable James Whitfield gettin’ dumb on the drums and Bryce Wilson making bass guitar popular since 95. Delicious Lo-Fi garage pop-noise alt stylings are the name of the game.

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SLOW CLUB

Friday Jan 16, 2015

5pm to late

January sees the return of UK boy-girl duo Slow Club. Formed in 2005 when both Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor were still teenagers, they return to Australia on the back of their new career-defining album “Complete Surrender”. The album touches on everything from Motown and the output of Memphis’ Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie. The songs are certainly bigger and the pair have grown from a charmingly ramshackle teenage duo bursting with potential into a fully-formed, self-confident and impressively talented band.

 

BEFORE THE SHOW – Hunting Hour 5pm-7pm

AFTER THE SHOW – Party on Wayne/Party on Garth

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JNGL

Sunday Jan 18, 2015

7pm to late

One of the final legs of ‘JNGL‘s’ mini summer tour will find the 23 year old Brisbane producer back in familiar territory playing his summery indie pop anthems in his home town at the Black Bear Lodge.

JNGL has been pumping out solid releases over the past year since launching the act in late 2013 and with two summer singles coming late 2014 and an EP scheduled for early 2015, there’s no better time to catch him in his element. Playing alongside JNGL are two other up and coming electronic artists also calling Brisbane home, Allthingslost and Grand Pavilion.

Allthingslost have been steadily gaining recognition over the past year with an impressive string of shows and releases to match, definitely a player to watch in the scene over the coming months.

Grand Pavilion have also had an an impressive impact on the local music scene, rising steadily off the back of their singles ‘Foot Steps’ and ‘Weightless’ attracting the attention of music fans worldwide with some big name blogs featuring the releases.

JNGL, Allthingslost and Grand Pavilion are playing at the Black Bear lodge on the 18th of January 2015

SET TIMES

8:00 – 9:00 – Allthingslost
9:15 – 10:15 – Grand Pavilion
10:30 – 11:30 – JNGL


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.

$10 at the door

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KID CONGO & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS

Sunday Jan 25, 2015

7pm to late

AUSTRALIA DAY EVE!!!

Get greasy in the psychedelic swamps of rock ’n’ roll with Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds! A founding member of The Gun Club and erstwhile guitarist for The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the legendary Powers has garage punk swagger in spades. He makes his first trip to Australia with long-term cohorts The Pink Monkey Birds for a night of raw, sonic ambrosia featuring a heady mix of fuzz guitars, New Orleans drum beats and bass lines dripping with soul.

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THE UPSIDE DOWN TOUR

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

7pm to late

The International Songwriters Club and NetgigsUK presents – The Upside Down Tour.

After joining forces to tour Europe in October, these 4 award winning and highly acclaimed singer/songwriters are now bringing the show ‘Down Under’, touring major cities in Early 2015 to coincide with new album releases.

With songwriting styles likened to Neil Young & Elvis Costello (Jack Henderson), Ed Sheeran (Sam York), Bob Dylan/Gram Parsons (Lachlan Bryan) and Emmylou Harris/Jewel (Aleyce Simmonds) this show is bound to please the music lover and entertain with it’s diverse and collaborative nature.

With a special guest Norwegian singer/songwriter thrown into the mix, this is a show not to be missed.

 

Jack Henderson
Having toured Europe and the UK for many years, Jack’s songwriting took him to the USA where he shared stages with artists such as Buddy Miller, Sarah McLachlan and Natalie Merchant.

Sam York
Sam York is one of Britain’s finest new songwriters – his songs are both accessible and poetic, and he has been receiving rave reviews, even before an official release. His soulful vocals add an emotional vibrancy to his performances, and he has played alongside artists including Tom Jones, Jesse J, and Ed Sheeran.

Lachlan Bryan
Lachlan Bryan, with his band The Wildes, has released three critically-acclaimed albums. The most recent, Black Coffee, was awarded Alternative Country Album of the Year at the 2014 Country Music Awards of Australia (Golden Guitars).

Aleyce Simmonds
2014 Australian Independent Female Artist of the year, Aleyce Simmonds is no stranger to country music audiences. A 4 times Golden Guitar nominee, she rose to prominence in 2005 after winning the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition. Since then she has delivered no.1 singles, hit videos and toured extensively with artists from all ends of the country music spectrum.

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