Night moves
Simon Wooldridge
It seems only a few weeks ago that the last guitar riffs of another explosive Travis Bowlin set pretty much rounded-out proceedings at the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. That November weekend saw the most successful festival to date with around 17,000 punters soaking up the s..
17-Feb-2017
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Philharmonia returns
Bendigo Weekly
After several successful European tours in 2015 and 2016 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is coming back to Bendigo with a powerful new programme. “Classical music the world over” is the motto of the orchestra. The ensemble’s Jens Kehling said it is irrelevant for th..
17-Feb-2017
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Home based release
Bendigo Weekly
Mariah McCarthy and Georgia Delves are returning to their rural roots in Bendigo to release their single Judgement Call. Collectively known as Deer Prudence, the pair released their debut single Sam’s Lament at the tail end of last year, with their new single taken from their forthcomi..
17-Feb-2017
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Rattlin' good fun at the Schaller
Bendigo Weekly
Need an excuse to enjoy some craft beers, local produce and great live music? On Saturday the Schaller Studio and The Pantry will be hosting another fun-filled, sunny Saturday session. Nibble and sip your way through the afternoon, soaking up the sun and raucous rhythm and blues music..
17-Feb-2017
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Songbirds hit the road
Sharon Kemp
A 15-year long friendship and numerous credits on each other’s albums have prompted two of Australia’s most celebrated musicians to go on the road together. Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and country singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers started the 10-date tour Sooner o..
09-Feb-2017
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Golden Vine gets the blues
Simon Wooldridge
Geoff Achison is Australian blues royalty. The internationally-renowned guitarist, who spent his early years in Malmsbury, has just embarked on a lengthy tour that also takes in the UK and US. Bendigo’s Golden Vine, tomorrow night, is gig number six of a scheduled 52 which also s..
09-Feb-2017
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Surge in the scene
Simon Wooldridge
Twelve months or so ago the following statement, from a hard-working local muso, may have seemed fanciful, or certainly very ambitious. “Musically, I want Bendigo to become the Seattle of Australia.” Now though, it sounds like a statement of intent; one that is getting some..
02-Feb-2017
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Music in the park
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo’s massive Summer in the Parks program continues with the Music in the Park concerts every Friday evening through February. The series of free concerts takes in Strathdale, Eaglehawk and White Hills before wrapping up in Rosalind Park on February 24. First up, next Friday, ..
26-Jan-2017
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A modern classic
Simon Wooldridge
With 12 explosive tracks coming in at a Ramonesesque 27½ minutes, Clowns’ 2013 debut album I’m Not Right is a modern punk rock classic. They followed it up two years later with the rapturously received Bad Blood – similar enough to cement their credentials as Melbour..
19-Jan-2017
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This way to the Vine
Simon Wooldridge
I was talking up This Way North a few evenings ago, but stalled when asked to categorise their sound. “They’re a bit rocky,” I said, “and there are elements of dance in there. A bit funky. Soul. And even a kind of a hint of world music in parts.” However ..
12-Jan-2017
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Morris is no minor
Simon Wooldridge
Forever associated with the 1960s psychedelic classic The Real Thing, Russell Morris’s career stretches back more than 50 years> Variously described as both legend and icon, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008. Morris makes a very welcome return to Bendigo on Frid..
05-Jan-2017
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The year that was
Simon Wooldridge
You won’t find “vibranter” in the dictionary, however it perfectly describes what happened to the Bendigo music scene this year; a vibrant scene got vibranter. There were many 2016 highlights for me. But I’ll start with Groovin The Moo. Well it wasn’t actually ..
21-Dec-2016
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Party on all levels
Bendigo Weekly
MusicMan doesn’t do things by halves. Tomorrow’s Christmas party features 29 acts over 12 hours on three levels. As well as being a lot of fun it’ll be a test of endurance for even the hardiest gig-goer. Tomorrow though, sees a more varied line-up than usual at th..
16-Dec-2016
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Roll on Riverboats
Simon Wooldridge
A weekend on the river in Echuca over a late summer weekend is appealing enough on its own. Add-in an eclectic mix of some of Australia’s leading musical performers and you have a very enticing weekend in store. The Hoodoo Gurus join James Reyne, Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen in headlin..
08-Dec-2016
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Cooler than playing sport
Simon Wooldridge
An interesting night of alt-indie-rock is set to unfold next Saturday, December 10 at the Golden Vine when the Dead Lurkers, The Psychouts, and Starman Dives come together for a one night residency. The Dead Lurkers’ offbeat psychobilly-garage-punk ruminations on 19th century Australian li..
02-Dec-2016
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One off from Ruteger
Simon Wooldridge
Ruteger is a name to conjure up good memories for Bendigonians of a certain vintage. The band formed in 1997 and blazed a power-pop-rock trail for several years before splitting in 2005, citing “musical differences”. Ruteger toured with the tag-line “the coolest thing to ..
24-Nov-2016
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The return of Josh
Simon Wooldridge
Josh Rennie-Hynes makes a quick and very welcome return to the city after his recent Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival performances. Rennie-Hynes’ extensive Australian and New Zealand tour, promoting second album Furthermore, stops off at Billyroy’s Blues Bar, beneath the Goldmi..
17-Nov-2016
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Best of the Bendigo blues
Simon Wooldridge
THE resounding verdict on the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival which took over the city last weekend is Best Ever. Spring finally arrived and a definite spring in the step was evident among 15,000 festival-goers. The festival showcased not only 170 acts, but Bendigo at its finest. ..
10-Nov-2016
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Choirs in harmony
Bendigo Weekly
Melbourne-based chamber choir Polyphonic Voices will join forces in November with the internationally award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers and some of Melbourne’s finest instrumentalists and talented vocal soloists for performances of Gabriel Faur&ea..
03-Nov-2016
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Never and the Black Swamp
Simon Wooldridge
Nestled-in quietly among the bustle that will be the sixth Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is a cracker of a gig at Musicman. It will be anything but quiet when The Black Swamp and Never hit Bendigo on Saturday, November 5. Queensland’s The Black Swamp bunkered down at the star..
27-Oct-2016
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