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Lily & King return to The Golden Vine

The inimitable Lily and King make a welcome return to Bendigo at the Golden Vine. ‘Quirky’ only goes partway to describing this fun, multi-talented duo – who happen to include a toy piano amongst their arsenal of instruments. Lily and King have been charming Bendigo audiences for several years with their offbeat and highly entertaining gigs. Citing influences as diverse as Billie Holiday and The Pogues, Lily and King put on a toe-tappingly catchy show; their music sitting somewhere between a 1940s nightclub routine and carefree, bohemian buskers. They’re in turn light-hearted, yet provocative, folky and bluesy, [...]

Lily & King return to The Golden Vine 2017-09-02T08:17:02+00:00

A Charm of Finches at The Old Church on the Hill

This Sunday, August, 6, award-winning teen sister duo Charm of Finches (Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes), from Melbourne, are celebrating the first birthday of their debut album, Staring at the Starry Ceiling, with a show at The Old Church on the Hill. The ‘dream-folk’ duo have been playing folk and roots festivals nationally since 2014, and this year won the prestigious Gill Rees Young Musicians Award at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. They have also earned plaudits from The Music magazine (“the music they make is affecting, and emotional“), and Tone Deaf (“gorgeous chamber pop”). Charms of Finches [...]

A Charm of Finches at The Old Church on the Hill 2017-08-04T13:59:33+00:00

Lloyd Spiegel drops in at the Old Church on the Hill

Bendigo holds good memories for Australian blues icon Lloyd Spiegel. “Bendigo was the first place I ever went outside of Melbourne to play, when I was 11. At that age, it felt like a 'tour'.” Spiegel told the Weekly. He reckons he’s now played here about 50 times. It’s not only gigs that bring him here though. “I go to Bendigo quite often without a guitar. It's been a favourite spot for me for many years to get away for a few days. In part that's because the blues is a strong genre there, so I feel at [...]

Lloyd Spiegel drops in at the Old Church on the Hill 2017-07-31T10:10:07+00:00

Bluesy double act to roll through Bendigo

The Blues Tram is set to roll again on Saturday, May, 27 with two very talented singer-songwriters on board. Hailey Calvert and Luke Watt will entertain and charm passengers on a vintage restored W Class tram as it traverses the Bendigo CBD From Queensland, soulful powerhouse Hailey Calvert (w/Jason Cameron) and the bluesy-folky Luke Watt (from pretty much all over, but now resident of a very thankful Central Victoria) will serenade an intimate Blues Tram audience from 2pm. The Blues Tram is a unique experience in Bendigo’s busy live music calendar. Spaces are limited, and in addition to [...]

Bluesy double act to roll through Bendigo 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00

Easter Weekend Bendigo music highlights

Bendigo has a big weekend of music in store to complement the city’s other Easter festivities. The Easter Blues Bender features over 20 artists at venues across the city from Thursday evening through until Sunday. There are daytime family-friendly events in Rosalind Park and Lansell Gardens, and later evening events in some of the city’s bars and pubs. “It’s exciting to see so many great artists in Bendigo over the holiday weekend,” said Colin Thompson, Festival Director, Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, which has coordinated much of the mini-festival. On Good Friday, punters can enjoy some autumn [...]

Easter Weekend Bendigo music highlights 2017-05-06T13:15:46+00:00

Jagger’s Bendigo tour

The name Jagger will no doubt ring a bell for music fans of all ages. This weekend sees Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother, visit Bendigo to play three gigs. Remarkably, these gigs are Jagger’s only Australian dates. He plays at the Handle Bar in Mitchell Street tonight, Friday, March, 24. Tomorrow afternoon sees him play an intimate show on the Blues Tram. And to round off his ‘World Tour of Bendigo’, Jagger will play at the Rifle Brigade Hotel tomorrow night. He’d just played in New Zealand when I caught up with him last weekend. “Never having been [...]

Jagger’s Bendigo tour 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00

Jeff Lang at the Golden Vine

“I used to come and play in the corner of the front bar at the Golden Vine in the early days, before the back room was set up as a venue.” Jeff Lang has fond memories of the Golden Vine. “They were fun shows, everyone pretty close to you. I wrote the song Ravenswood - title track from my 1994 debut - sitting in my van outside the Vine. There's a real mood in that whole Goldfields area.” Lang returns to the Golden Vine, next Friday, March, 24, showcasing new album, Alone in Bad Company, which was released [...]

Jeff Lang at the Golden Vine 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00

March highlights

March is going to be another exciting month for live music in Bendigo. Scanning the online what’s on and events pages, it’s shaping-up to be pretty busy, with many highlights. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, sees two regular musical visitors to Bendigo join forces for a double header on the Blues Tram. The Mojo Corner are a hard-working Geelong-based blues outfit. They’ll be showcasing tracks from their new album, Bullet on A Train. They’re joined by Melbourne chanteuse Emilee South whose mix of styles and genres encompasses Hawaii, small-town Australia, and 1950s Paris. The Blues Tram departs from the [...]

March highlights 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00

Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers Band tribute concert

“Legend” gets over-used in popular music. Eric Clapton though, is one of a handful of stars who genuinely carries that label. Tomorrow night, Saturday, February, 25, a group of Bendigo musicians will come together for a special Eric Clapton and Allman Brothers Band tribute show at the Golden Vine. Chris DeAraugo, a fixture on the Bendigo music scene for many years, is a huge Clapton fan. “He was my first guitar hero. I have every record he’s ever made,” DeAraugo said. “I’ve seen him live many times. I was lucky to see him at the Hollywood Bowl in [...]

Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers Band tribute concert 2017-05-06T15:49:15+00:00

Blues & Roots Showcase, Musicman, Deer Prudence

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 & Roots Music Festival. That November weekend saw the most successful Festival to date with around 17,000 punters soaking up the sounds whilst enjoying an idyllic Bendigo spring. It all gets going again in earnest on Sunday, February, 19 at the Rifle Brigade with this year’s first Showcase event. Like previous years there will be two stages – on the balcony, and in the car park. The long-range forecast suggests we’re [...]

Blues & Roots Showcase, Musicman, Deer Prudence 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00