Melbourne’s award-winning, brass-clad quintet The Bean Project are touring the country in support of ‘Naked Trees’ throughout 2018.

From the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia come The Bean Project, a vibrant brass-folk quintet blending the raw sounds of folk, jazz and singer-songwriter – most aptly described as ‘the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire’.

In 2014 The Bean Project emerged as a duo, making a name for themselves playing locally, touring the east coast, then releasing their debut EP in 2015. The Bean Project were named the Folk Alliance of Australia’s 2016 Artist of the Year and grew into a five-piece band, touring nationally and performing at festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival and Folk Alliance International (USA).

In June 2017, The Bean Project teamed up with David Carr at Rangemaster Studios to record their debut album ‘Naked Trees.’ Like a good whisky, ‘Naked Trees’ is strong, woody and rich, makes you think about your life and gives you a bubbling desire to dance. Swaying from enthusiastic groovy numbers such as ‘Gaps’ to tear-jerking singer-songwriter ballads such as ‘Never Been More Alone,’ the album is a diverse collection of 10 songs inspired by jazz, funk, country and pop, played by an equally as diverse cast of musicians from varying musical sensibilities. The album can be purchased in digital or deluxe CD format from their website, and can also be found on digital platforms.

It’s exciting to have The Bean Project back in Bendigo after they made a lot of fans at last year’s Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival – it’s extra exciting to have Georgie Currie (of The Northern Folk) as the chief support on this show with an opening set to be performed by Pat Ward.

The Old Church on the Hill is located on the corner of Harkness and Russell Streets, Quarry Hill, Bendigo.

The Singer/Songwriter Showcase events, staged at the Old Church by the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival crew on a semi-regular basis, are an opportunity to enjoy a House Concert vibe in a public venue. The door charge is generally $15 for adults, under 12s free and, although drinks are available for sale, the focus is on THE MUSIC. If your conversation is more important to you than other people’s enjoyment of the artists’ performance, please take it outside.

Proceeds from drink sales go to supporting the Old Church crew and their many worthy initiatives. Sound production is provided by R&J DJ & Entertainment and the door takings are able to be shared between the performers with thanks to our valued sponsors picking up the costs that would normally come out of the door.

We look forward to your company for an intimate concert experience like you’ve likely never experienced before.

At a glance:

Date: Saturday 7 April 2018

Venue: The Old Church on the Hill

Address: Cnr Harkness and Russell Streets, Quarry Hill, Bendigo
Times: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm

Door Charge: $15